Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff

Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff

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Federal Circuit Holds That Even Functional Claims Require Structural Fence Posts

In AbbVie Deutschland Gmbh v. Janssen Biotech, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court decision that found AbbVie’s patents directed to anti-IL-12 antibodies invalid for lack of adequate written description. As...more

7/14/2014 - Biotechnology Functionality Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Patents

Putting Structure and Function Into Context for USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

The USPTO’s ”Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, and Natural Products” has been criticized for requiring a product to be markedly different in...more

7/9/2014 - Minerals Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Patents Public Comment USPTO

Federal Circuit Looks for a Different Kind of Unexpected Results in BMS v. Teva

In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that BMS’s Baraclude® patent is invalid as obvious. In so doing, the court gave little weight to...more

7/3/2014 - ANDA Bristol-Myers Squibb Obviousness Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Patents Prescription Drugs Teva Pharmaceuticals

The New USPTO Patent Eligibility Rejections Under Section 101

Well, it’s happening. Office Actions with new patent eligibility rejections based on the USPTO’s March 4, 2014 Guidance are being mailed out to patent practitioners across the nation. While some new rejections under §101 were...more

5/7/2014 - Guidance Update Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Patents Public Comment Section 101 USPTO

Update on Myriad Appeal and Announcing a Public Forum on the USPTO 101 Guidelines

Myriad has appealed the district court decision that denied its motion for a preliminary injunction against Ambry Genetics Corp. According to a report in Bloomberg BNA Life Sciences Law & Industry Report™, on April 14, 2014,...more

4/17/2014 - Ambry AMP v Myriad Appeals Life Sciences Myriad Myriad v Ambry Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical USPTO

Federal Circuit Find Fractures in Roche Boniva Patents

In Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. v. Apotex, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment that two Roche Boniva patents are invalid as obvious. The conclusion of obviousness is not particularly remarkable...more

4/15/2014 - FDA Generic Drugs Hoffman LaRoche Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical Prior Art Summary Judgment

The State of Vaccines Under the USPTO 101 Guidelines

In his State of the Union Address given on January 28, 2014, President Obama recognized the need for continued and increased investment in new technologies, including technologies specific to the biological and pharmaceutical...more

4/1/2014 - Biologics Pharmaceutical USPTO Vaccinations

Federal Circuit Finds Easy Solution to Avodart Solvate Written Description Question

Are claims that recite a “solvate” of a chemical compound invalid for lack of written description if the patent does not describe any specific solvates? In GlaxoSmithKline LLC v. Banner Pharmacaps, Inc., the Federal Circuit...more

3/13/2014 - Chemicals Claim Construction FDA GlaxoSmithKline Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical Written Descriptions

Do Pharmaceutical Compositions Have Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Under the New USPTO Guidelines?

The USPTO’s new patent subject matter eligibility guidelines (the “Guidelines”) include examples that apply the multi-factored analysis mandated by the Guidelines to compositions that include one or more “natural products” as...more

3/11/2014 - Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical USPTO

Federal Circuit Upholds Lyrica Patents

In a non-precedential decision issued February 6, 2014, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court decision that upheld the four Orange Book listed patents for Pfizer’s Lyrica® product. According to the court’s rules, the...more

2/12/2014 - Drug Compounding Patent Infringement Pfizer Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Patents Teva Pharmaceuticals Written Descriptions

The Danger of Self-Colliding Divisional Applications in the EPO

Last week I had the honor of speaking at the 27th Annual Pharmaceutical/Chemical Patent Practice Update put on by the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association’s Chemical Practice Committee. The entire program was...more

12/19/2013 - Chemicals EPO EU Life Sciences Patents Pharmaceutical

Federal Circuit Invalidates Galderma Differin Patents

In Galderma Laboratories v. Tolmar, Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s findings that the Orange Book-listed patents for Galderma’s Differin® 0.3% gel product were not invalid as obvious. In so doing, the...more

12/12/2013 - ANDA Obviousness Patents Pharmaceutical Prior Art

Federal Circuit Finds LUNESTA Patent Infringement Based on ANDA Product Description Not Avoided by Other Certifications

In Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed the district’s holding of no Lunesta® patent infringement that was based on a certification submitted to the court, and found...more

10/1/2013 - ANDA Claim Construction FDA Infringement Patents Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs

Applied Biosystems Seeks PTA for 2007 Patent

On August 21, 2013, Life Technologies, Corp., Life Technologies, Ltd., Applied Biosystems LLC, and Molecular Probes, Inc. (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) brought suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of...more

8/28/2013 - America Invents Act Equitable Tolling Novartis Patent Reform Patent Term Adjustment Patents Pharmaceutical

Federal Circuit Finds Taclonex Patent Not Obvious, Reverses USPTO Decision

In Leo Pharmaceutical Products, Lt. v. Rae, the Federal Circuit issued a rare decision reversing an obviousness determination by the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)....more

8/21/2013 - Obviousness Patents Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Patents Prior Art USPTO

Federal Circuit Finds No Written Description Support For Novozymes Amylase Patent

In Novozymes A/S v. DuPont Nutrition Biosciences APS, the Federal Circuit determined that the Novozymes amylase patent at issue did not satisfy the written description requirement of 35 USC § 112, because the disclosure did...more

7/25/2013 - Biotechnology Patent Applications Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical Written Descriptions

Federal Circuit Finds Wyeth Restenosis Claims Invalid as Not Enabled

In Wyeth v. Abbott Laboratories, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision that the claims at issue are invalid for failing to satisfy the enablement requirement of 35 USC § 112....more

7/2/2013 - Abbott Laboratories Enablement Inquiries Patents Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs Validity Wyeth

Federal Circuit Invalidates Prandin Patent Claim as Obvious

In its third look at the Novo Nordisk A/S patent related to Prandin®, in Novo Nordisk A/S v. Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories Ltd., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that claim 4 of U.S. Patent No....more

6/27/2013 - ANDA Obviousness Patents Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs USPTO

Supreme Court Applies Antitrust Scrutiny to ANDA Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements

In Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc., the Supreme Court held that reverse payment (“pay-for-delay”) settlement agreements made in the context of settling Hatch-Waxman ANDA litigation should be evaluated for antitrust...more

6/20/2013 - Actavis Inc. ANDA FTC FTC v Actavis Generic Drugs Hatch-Waxman Patents Pay-For-Delay Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements SCOTUS

Federal Circuit Holds That Third Party Clinical Trial May Not Constitute Public Use

In Dey, L.P. v. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the Federal Circuit vacated the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Sunovion, and remanded for further consideration of whether Sunovion’s clinical trial...more

5/30/2013 - Clinical Trials Infringement Patents Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs Public Use

Does The Experimental Use Exception Survive The AIA?

Now that the March 16, 2013 effective date of the first-to-file provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is fast-approaching, I have been reviewing the commentary in the USPTO’s February 14, 2013 Federal...more

3/8/2013 - America Invents Act Experimental Use Exception First-to-File Patent Reform Patents Pharmaceutical Public Use

Federal Circuit Upholds Fentora Patents, But Affirms Non-Infringement

In Cephalon, Inc. v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s finding that two Orange Book-listed patents for Cephalon’s FENTORA® product were invalid, but affirmed the district court’s...more

2/26/2013 - ANDA Cephalon Enablement Inquiries FENTORA Infringement Noninfringement Patents Pharmaceutical Written Descriptions

The Patent Prosecution Highway Pothole for Pharmaceutical Patents

The USPTO promotes the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) as a way to “fast-track” a U.S. patent application when a corresponding foreign application has been allowed, or when a corresponding PCT application has received a...more

1/17/2013 - Foreign Patent Applications Patent Prosecution Highway Patents Pharmaceutical USPTO

Supreme Court to Hear AndroGel Reverse Payment Case

The Supreme Court granted certiorari in Federal Trade Commission v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to address whether and when “reverse payment” agreements made to settle ANDA litigation violate antitrust laws....more

1/10/2013 - ANDA FDA FTC Generic Drugs Patents Pharmaceutical Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements SCOTUS Watson Pharmaceuticals

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