Swiss-drug major F. Hoffman-La-Roche has successfully defended its patent for hepatitis drug Pegasys in post-grant opposition [download] filed by Mumbai-based biotech company Wockhardt and Mumbai-based NGO Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust. Interestingly, the recommendation of Opposition Board was to revoke the granted patent for Pegasys, i.e. IN198952 but the Assistant Controller T.V. Madhusudan meritoriously ruled against the recommendation of Opposition Board and upheld the validity of patent. This decision is possibly the first post-grant opposition decided by the Indian Patent Office and we strongly recommend reading it.