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Court Decides against the Company’s Yasmin® Patent

Leverkusen, Germany, March 3, 2008 – On March 3, 2008, the US District
Court for the District of New Jersey ruled against the validity of Bayer
Schering Pharma’s 531 patent for the company’s oral contraceptive Yasmin,
the result of a patent challenge by generic manufacturer Barr Laboratories.

Bayer disagrees with the court’s decision and will consider its legal
options in this regard. The company will continue to vigorously defend its
intellectual property.

Bayer is currently evaluating the impact of the court’s decision on another
product of the company’s line of oral contraceptives, the oral
contraceptive YAZ which was approved for marketing by the US FDA and
launched in 2006.  However, regardless of the outcome of today’s court
decision Bayer retains marketing exclusivity for YAZ as an oral
contraceptive in the US until March 16, 2009.  No generic manufacturer can
lawfully market a generic version of YAZ for an oral contraceptive
indication until after March 16, 2009.

The company has now slightly adjusted the subgroup’s margin target and
plans to improve the EBITDA margin before special items of Bayer HealthCare
toward 27 percent in 2008, from 25.6 percent in 2007. However, the margin
target of around 28 percent for 2009 remains unchanged. Sales of Yasmin in
the US amounted to EUR 321 million in 2007.


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Contacts at Bayer AG, Investor Relations:

Dr. Alexander Rosar (+49-214-30-81013)
Dr. Juergen Beunink (+49-214-30-65742)
Peter Dahlhoff (+49-214-30-33022)
Ilia Kürten (+49-214-30-35426)
Ute Menke (+49-214-30-33021)
Judith Nestmann (+49-214-30-66836)
Dr. Olaf Weber (+49-214-30-33567)

Herr Peter Dahlhoff, Bayer AG, Investor Relations, Tel.: 0214-30-33022,
e-mail:, Fax: 0214-30-96-33022

DGAP 03.03.2008 
Language:     English
Issuer:       Bayer Aktiengesellschaft
              Gebäude W 11
              51368 Leverkusen
Phone:        +49 (0)21430-1
Fax:          +49 (0)21430-66328
ISIN:         DE0005752000
WKN:          575200
Indices:      DAX,, EURO STOXX 50
Listed:       Regulierter Markt in Berlin, Frankfurt (Prime Standard),
              Hannover, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, München, Hamburg;
              Terminbörse EUREX; Foreign Exchange(s) London, Madrid, Tokyo,
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