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Warner Chilcott and Watson Pharmaceuticals Announce Agreements on Loestrin(R) 24 and Femcon(R) Fe Patent Litigation
Date:1/12/2009

HAMILTON, Bermuda and CORONA, Calif., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI) and Warner Chilcott Limited (Nasdaq: WCRX) announced today that they have entered into Settlement and License Agreements to resolve pending patent litigation related to Warner Chilcott's oral contraceptive products, Loestrin(R) 24 and Femcon(R) Fe. Separately, Warner Chilcott and Watson have entered into a Co-Promotion Agreement relating to Warner Chilcott's Femring(R) product and License and Supply Agreements relating to a Warner Chilcott development-stage oral contraceptive product.

Loestrin(R) 24 and Femcon(R) Fe Settlement and License Agreements

Under the terms of the settlement agreements, Warner Chilcott has granted Watson a non-exclusive license to the U.S. patents covering Loestrin(R) 24 Fe (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets, USP and ferrous fumarate tablets) and Femcon(R) Fe (norethindrone, ethinyl estradiol tablets, chewable, ferrous fumarate tablets). The agreement covering Loestrin(R) 24 Fe will permit Watson to commence marketing its generic equivalent product on the earlier of January 22, 2014 or the date on which another generic version of Loestrin(R) 24 Fe enters the U.S. market. The agreement covering Femcon(R) Fe will permit Watson to commence marketing its generic equivalent product on the earlier of 180 days after Barr Laboratories, Inc. (now Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.) enters the market with a generic equivalent product, or January 1, 2013. The parties will promptly file dismissals without prejudice that will conclude both litigations. Additional details concerning the settlements have not been disclosed.

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