In Pfizer Inc & Ors v Triveni Interchem Private Limited & Ors, the director of Triveni Chemicals is ordered by the Delhi High Court to pay 2 crore in damages to the pharmaceutical business Pfizer for contempt of court and violation of Pfizer’s patented substance Palbociclib. Pfizer created the drug Palbociclib to treat a few different forms of breast cancer.
According to Justice C. Hari Shankar, the director of Triveni will be arrested and detained in a civil prison at Tihar Jail for two weeks if the damages are not paid.
Earlier, the High Court had granted Pfizer interim remedy (injunction) by prohibiting the defendant Triveni from creating, marketing, or offering for sale any product that contained Palbociclib or any pharmaceutically approved salt that would infringe their patent.
“Accordingly, in the interest of justice, the Court deems it appropriate to dispose of this application by directing Kamlesh Singh, the director of Defendants 1 and 2 to pay, to the plaintiff, an amount of Rs. 2,00,00,000/- within a period of two weeks from today, failing which he shall be taken into custody and detained in a civil prison for a period of two weeks at Tihar Jail, Delhi,” the Court ordered.