USV Ltd vs Eli Lilly: Copy of Decision Rejecting Lilly Application

I’m trying to lay my hands on the patent office pre grant decision in USV vs Eli Lilly, where USV successfully challenged Eli Lilly’s application for Forteo, an osteoporosis drug. I had blogged on it earlier here.

If any of you have a copy of the decision or know someone at USV Ltd that can give us a copy of the decision, please let me know at . I promised to review this decision in my earlier post–but have been unsuccessful in my attempts to procure a copy from the respective parties and their counsels. I guess not many people are in favour of transparency. The online petition and the letter to the PMO therefore comes at a good time.

On a related note, it bears mention that Sandeep Rathod (a leading patent attorney working with Matrix Labs) kickstarted a blog, along with Feroz Ali (who recently authored a brilliant book on pharma patents) to fill this gap. The blog reviews important patent opposition decisions from India. For those interested, please visit them here.

Shamnad Basheer

Shamnad Basheer

Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer founded SpicyIP in 2005. He's also the Founder of IDIA, a project to train underprivileged students for admissions to the leading law schools. He served for two years as an expert on the IP global advisory council (GAC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2015, he received the Infosys Prize in Humanities in 2015 for his work on legal education and on democratising the discourse around intellectual property law and policy. The jury was headed by Nobel laureate, Prof. Amartya Sen. Professional History: After graduating from the NLS, Bangalore Prof. Basheer joined Anand and Anand, one of India’s leading IP firms. He went on to head their telecommunication and technology practice and was rated by the IFLR as a leading technology lawyer. He left for the University of Oxford to pursue post-graduate studies, completing the BCL, MPhil and DPhil as a Wellcome Trust scholar. His first academic appointment was at the George Washington University Law School, where he served as the Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of IP Law. He then relocated to India in 2008 to take up the MHRD Chaired Professorship in IP Law at WB NUJS, a leading Indian law school. Later, he was the Honorary Research Chair of IP Law at Nirma University and also a visiting professor of law at the National Law School (NLS), Bangalore. Prof. Basheer has published widely and his articles have won awards, including those instituted by ATRIP, the Stanford Technology Law Review and CREATe. He was consulted widely by the government, industry, international organisations and civil society on a variety of IP issues. He also served on several government committees.


  1. AvatarGenericIPguy

    Dear Shamnad,

    Many thanks for mentioning me on your blog.
    I am trying to update as many decisions as possible on oppositions. Will upload the Esomeprazole hydrate decision, before this weekend.



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