SANOFI-AVENTIS SUES NOVOPHARM FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT IN CANADA
Paris, March 11, 2005:Sanofi-aventis has learned through the Canadian Ministry of Health website that Novopharm Limited had obtained marketing approval in Canada for a product claiming to be generic enoxaparin.
Sanofi-aventis companies Aventis Pharma Inc. and Aventis Pharma S.A. are bringing suit in the Federal Court against Novopharm for patent infringement of Canadian patent 2045433, which covers Lovenox®. Sanofi-aventis will vigorously defend its legal rights with respect to this patent. About sanofi-aventis Sanofi-aventis is the world’s 3rd largest pharmaceutical company, ranking number 1 in Europe. Backed by a world-class R&D organization, sanofi-aventis is developing leading positions in seven major therapeutic areas: cardiovascular, thrombosis, oncology, metabolic disorders, central nervous system, internal medicine, and vaccines. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT : SAN) and in New York (NYSE : SNY)