The Medicines Company got yet another reprieve on Angiomax as a court yesterday extended the life of the much-disputed US patent on the anti-coagulant. The district court’s insistence that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is misinterpreting deadlines for filing patent term extensions suggests that this legal wrangle is likely to continue, extending the current patent protections and boosting TMC’s bottom line (Court ruling sparks share rally for The Medicines Company, March 17, 2010).TMC shares surged 34% to $12.47 on news of the decision to an 18-month high, demonstrating how important the Angiomax patent is to the New Jersey company’s fortunes. With Angiomax constituting nearly all of its sales this year and comparatively small forecasts for its remaining marketed and pipeline products, every day TMC can extend the Angiomax patent past the currently estimated expiration of November 23 is welcome extra revenue.
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