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Watson Says Appeals Court Affirms Concerta(R) Patent Invalid
Date:4/26/2010

MORRISTOWN, N.J., April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI) today confirmed that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Court has affirmed a March 31, 2009 District Court decision that the asserted claims of ALZA's United States Patent No. 6,919,373 "the '373 Patent" are invalid.  The original suit by ALZA Corporation and McNeil-PPC, Inc. alleged that Watson's generic versions of Concerta® (methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release tablets), developed by Watson's subsidiaries, Andrx Corporation and Andrx Pharmaceuticals LLC, infringed the '373 Patent.  The opinion, dated April 26, 2010, applies to Watson's generic versions of Concerta® in the 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg and 54 mg strengths.  

Watson noted that the Appeals Court decision addresses patent infringement questions concerning its methylphenidate ER tablets, a generic version of Concerta®.  FDA must resolve a Citizen Petition, and approve Watson's pending Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA), prior to launch of its generic.  Concerta® has annual brand sales of approximately $1.2 billion.

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Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company.  The Company is engaged in the development and distribution of generic pharmaceuticals and specialized branded pharmaceutical products focused on Urology and Women's Health.  Watson has operations in many of the world's established and growing international markets.

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