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Supreme Court turns down Vanderbilt University's Cialis patent push


The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition by Vanderbilt University to hear its claim to part of the intellectual property at the core of blockbuster erectile dysfunction drug Cialis. In a case launched more than five years ago, Vanderbilt had claimed that three of its researchers should be listed as co-inventors of taladafil, an enzyme developed in the 1990s and credited to a French Glaxo Inc. scientist. The university had sued Icos Corp., then a stand-alone company but has since been acquired by Indianapolis-based drug giant Eli Lilly, saying its researchers' work in the late 1980s had helped lay the basis for the development of taladafil. more

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