BEDMINSTER, N.J., and DUBLIN, Ireland, Dec. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amarin Corporation plc (Nasdaq:AMRN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the commercialization and development of therapeutics to improve cardiovascular health, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published notification of a Notices of Allowance for Amarin's U.S. Patent Applications Serial Numbers 13/685,281, and 13/685,291, each titled "Stable Pharmaceutical Composition and Methods of Using Same." The claims in these allowed applications cover methods of lowering triglycerides by administering a pharmaceutical composition comprised of a mixture of free fatty acids, including EPA and/or DHA to varying degrees, to patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia (the MARINE population) and in patients with hypertriglyceridemia on concomitant statin therapy (the ANCHOR population). A Notice of Allowance is issued after the USPTO makes a determination that a patent can be granted from an application. The issued patents would have terms that expire no earlier than in 2030.
These applications are part of an expanding patent portfolio for Amarin with 38 patent applications now either issued or allowed with the USPTO and over 30 additional applications pending in the United States.
About AmarinAmarin Corporation plc is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the commercialization and development of therapeutics to improve cardiovascular health. Amarin's product development program leverages its extensive experience in lipid science and the potential therapeutic benefits of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Vascepa ® (icosapent ethyl), Amarin's first FDA approved product, is a patented, ultra pure omega-3 fatty acid product comprising not less than 96% EPA and available by prescription. For more information about Vascepa visit www.vascepa.com. For more information about Amarin visit www.amarincorp.com. Forward-looking statements This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about whether the subject patent would be issued and adequately protect Vascepa against competition, the expiration date of the pending patent, Amarin's plan to protect the commercial potential of Vascepa, the future status of pending patent applications, planned regulatory submissions, outcomes and expected action dates. These forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described or projected herein include the following: events that could interfere with the issuance of a patent, or once issued, the continued validity or enforceability of a patent; Amarin's ability generally to maintain adequate patent protection and successfully enforce patent claims against third parties; commercializing Vascepa without violating the intellectual property rights of others; and uncertainties associated generally with research and development, and related regulatory submissions, action dates and approvals. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other risks associated with an investment in Amarin can be found in Amarin's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Amarin undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.