Merck Statement On NASONEX® (mometasone furoate monohydrate) Patent Trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey


April 4, 2012 8:00 am ET

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J., April 4, 2012 – Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, firmly believes its patent for NASONEX nasal spray is valid and infringed and will vigorously defend its intellectual property rights in a bench trial against Apotex Inc. and Apotex Corp. that began in U.S. federal court today.

Merck sued Apotex for infringing U.S. Patent No. 6,127,353, which covers mometasone furoate monohydrate, the active ingredient in NASONEX nasal spray, and which is scheduled to expire in 2018.

Judge Sheridan will preside over the trial. Merck is represented in the case by the law firms Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Gibbons P.C.

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