The Indian Patent Office denied BDR Pharmaceuticals' compulsory licensing application to produce a generic copy of Bristol-Myers Squibb's cancer drug Sprycel, or dasatinib, because it said BDR did not make sufficient efforts to acquire a voluntary license for the drug. "The facts of the case indicate that BDR did not make enough attempts to seek a voluntary license from the innovator company, which went against them," said Chaitanya Prasad, controller general of patents. BDR called the decision unfair, while Bristol-Myers Squibb said "intellectual property protection is important" for innovation.

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