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(Bloomberg) -- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. won a U.S. Supreme Court patent ruling that will help it forestall generic competition to its top-selling Copaxone multiple- sclerosis drug.

Voting 7-2, the justices gave a reprieve to a Teva patent that would protect Copaxone from rivals until September 2015. The majority told a lower court to reconsider a ruling invalidating the patent.

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