Amarin Awarded US Patent 8,298,554 Issuance for Vascepa
Amarin Corporation (NASDAQ: AMRN) announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a patent covering the pharmaceutical composition of Amarin's VascepaTM (icosapent ethyl) capsules based on U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 12/769,885. On July 2, 2012, Amarin announced the issuance of a Notice of Allowance for claims under this application. The newly issued patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,298,554, is titled "Highly Stable EPA in a Capsule."
This issued patent has a term that expires no earlier than in 2030. Amarin plans to list this patent in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations, or Orange Book.
"This patent issuance represents another step forward in Amarin's effort to protect the commercial potential of Vascepa," said Joseph Zakrzewski, Amarin's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Amarin's goal is to protect the commercial potential of Vascepa to beyond 2030 through patent protection, regulatory exclusivity and trade secrets and by taking advantage of manufacturing barriers to entry."
Amarin now has eight U.S. patents either issued or allowed as well as over