Wyeth responded to the ruling today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the case of Israel Bio-Engineering Project v. Amgen, Inc. The Court reversed a previous summary judgment ruling and sent the case back to the district court to determine if Israel Bio-Engineering Project has any ownership rights in the patent in suit.
Wyeth believes the appeals court ruling deals with a very preliminary issue, and the Company will ultimately prevail on the issue of ownership. Today's ruling also has no impact on the Company's defenses of non-infringement or patent validity, and the Company continues to believe that the patent in question in this case is not relevant to Enbrel (etanercept).
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