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Merial Press Release

Merial Limited (Duluth, Georgia, USA,www.Merial.com) announced on January 13, 2005 that Merial Limited v. Sankyo Company Limited, Case No. HC 04-C-00708 (UK High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Patents Court), resulted in a judgment revoking SPC/GB01/040, owned by Sankyo Company Limited and licensed to Virbac SA, which designated as the basic patent GB 2093695B. The judgment also ordered that the costs of this action incurred by Claimant Merial Limited, without limitation, shall be assessed against the Defendant, Sankyo Compay Limited. The Merial Team that obtained this favorable result included Judy Jarecki-Black, PhD, Esq. (Global Head of IP, Merial), Dr. Michel Riviere (Merial IP Department), Thomas J. Kowalski, Esq. (Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP, www.FLHLaw.com), Drs. Charles Harding and Zoe Clyde-Watson, European Patent Attorneys (D Young & Co. www.dyoung.com), Messrs. Trevor Cook and Gary Hopkins, Solicitors (Bird & Bird, www.twobirds.com), and Mr. Daniel Alexander, QC (8 New Square www.8newsquare.co.uk).


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