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PTAB Grants Rare Rehearing Due To Insufficient Evidence Of Obviousness

In Coalition For Affordable Drugs VI, LLC v. Celgene Corp. (2015-01096, -01102, -01103), the PTAB granted Patent Owner Celgene’s request for rehearing of a final written decision that had found the challenged claims invalid...more

Known Solution to General Problem Provides Sufficient Motivation to Modify Prior Art

In a final written decision in Bass, et al., v. Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC (IPR2016-00254), the PTAB found that the challenged claims of Fresenius’s U.S. Patent No. 8,476,010, directed to a sterile pharmaceutical composition of...more

Federal Circuit Holds Objective Indicia Must Be Linked to Novel Features

In Novartis AG v. Torrent Pharms. Ltd. (2016-1352), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decision in consolidated IPR proceedings (IPR2014-00784, IPR2015-00518) invalidating all claims of U.S. Patent 8,324,283. In doing...more

Pharmaceutical Compound Nonobvious Absent Evidence Suggesting Specific Modification to Prior Art Compound

The PTAB issued a final written decision in IPR2016-00204, upholding the validity of claims 1–13 of Patent RE38,551 E (“the ’551 patent”), which covers the antiepileptic drug VIMPAT® (lacosamide)....more

PTAB Grants Motion to Amend Claims, Kind Of

In Amerigen Pharmaceuticals Limited v. Shire LLC, IPR2015-02009 (March 31, 2017), the PTAB granted Shire’s Motion to Amend the claims in U.S. Reissued Patent RE 42,096, listed in the FDA’s Orange Book as covering Shire’s...more

PTAB Rejects Flawed Inherency Argument Against Drug Composition Patent

On February 3, 2017, the PTAB denied a petition by Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC (“Amneal”) to institute an inter partes review of Hospira Inc.’s patent directed to pharmaceutical compositions of the sedative dexmedetomidine...more

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