NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced receipt of a further action from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) regarding the reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 6,284,471 ('471) relating to REMICADE® (infliximab) in which the PTO maintained its rejection of the patent. Based on the receipt of today's action, the company's subsidiary, Janssen Biotech, Inc., will have until June 12 to file a notice of appeal to the PTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board and plans to do so.
Currently the '471 patent expires in September 2018. Patent '471 remains a valid and enforceable patent as it undergoes reexamination at the PTO. Janssen Biotech will continue to defend its intellectual property rights, and if necessary, will pursue all available appeals.
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