If you want to read one blogger's insightful and interesting take on the Glivec issue in India, please read this post on the SpicyIP blog. Looks like the patent board rejected NVS application on the basis of some opaque definition of efficacy - which they refuse to clarify any further. Also looks like someone in the Patent office is now sitting on the panel that will hear Novartis' appeal thru the Indian patent process....so much for conflict of interest etc. Regardless of how sound the courts rationale in India, Pharmalyst does think that this could hurt their own pharma companies in the long run.
Hat Tip: Pharmalot