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NUJS IP chair prof Shamnad Basheer intervenes in ‘epic’ SC Novartis case, ‘first time in 60 years’

NUJS Kolkata professor Shamnad Basheer, who is the HRD ministry’s chair professor for intellectual property, argued over two days in his first-of-its-kind academic intervention in the landmark Novartis-Glivec patent hearing in the Supreme Court.

Swiss drug maker Novartis had approached the SC in September when it was refused a patent for cancer drug Glivec which is sold by India’s generic drug makers to reportedly 1.2 billion Indians and to poorer nations across the world.

Basheer argued before justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Desai that even though Novartis didn’t satisfy the test to patent Glivec, excessive pricing can also not be a ground to revoke a patent. [Spicy IP]

In August, pharma company Natco had filed for defamation against Basheer in the Delhi high court, claiming that its reputation was harmed by Basheer’s comments in his entry in SpicyIP on the company’s ongoing legal battle.

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