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Samsung Bioepis and Merck & Co. Launch Renflexis, A Lower-Priced Competitor to Inflectra

by Goodwin on

Merck & Co. and Samsung Bioepis announced today the U.S. launch of Renflexis (infliximab), a biosimilar of Janssen’s Remicade. Renflexis was approved on April 21 by the FDA for all eligible indications. ...more

Rx IP Update - July 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

Supreme Court of Canada strikes down "promise doctrine", upholds AstraZeneca’s NEXIUM patent as useful - As previously reported, on June 30, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada granted AstraZeneca’s appeal in the NEXIUM...more

Approved Biosimilar Products Around The world

Please see full chart below for approved biosimilar products around the world. ...more

Biosimilars in Europe

Europe has led the way globally with respect to biosimilar medicines since 2005. In that year, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued regulatory guidelines for the development and assessment of biosimilars....more

German Federal Court: Permission granted - HIV/AIDS drug distribution continued

by Hogan Lovells on

The X. Civil Senate of the German Federal Court of Justice has granted a motion by three companies of the Merck Sharp & Dohme group (Merck) for a preliminary permission for the continued distribution of Isentress®, a drug...more

Supply and Purchase Agreement Triggers On-Sale Bar Provision of 35 USC § 102(b)

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court and found that a Supply and Purchase Agreement between Helsinn and third-party MGI Pharma, Inc. (MGI) before the critical date of the asserted...more

Second Circuit Allows Class Action Suit Involving Diabetes Drug to Proceed

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Purchasers of Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company’s branded diabetes drug, ACTOS, filed an antitrust suit alleging that Takeda falsely described two patents to the US Food and Drug Association (FDA) and, as a result, delayed...more

Court Dismisses Infringement Theory Premised on Speculated Future Formulation Changes

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US District Court for the District of New Jersey granted generic manufacturer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c) on the basis of non-infringement. Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. v. Luitpold...more

Court Construes “Hydrate” to Require Crystalline Form Following Battle of the Experts

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the issue of the proper construction of claims to a trihydrate compound, the US District Court for the District of New Jersey concluded that a person of ordinary skill in the art (POSA) would understand “hydrate”...more

The Effects of the Actavis Decision on Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements in ANDA cases -- Four Years After

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decision in FTC v. Actavis, finding that although so-called reverse payment settlement agreements were not per se antitrust violations in cases brought against generic drug makers...more

PTAB Life Sciences Report - July 2017

About the PTAB Life Sciences Report: Each month we will report on developments at the PTAB involving life sciences patents. Myriad Genetics, Inc. v. Johns Hopkins University - PTAB Petition: IPR2017-01102; filed March...more

Supreme Court Decision Allows Faster Marketing of Biosimilars

On Monday, June 12, 2017, the United States Supreme Court in a unanimous decision held that manufacturers making biosimilars of biologic drugs did not have to wait until after gaining federal approval of the biosimilar to...more

FDA Report: Agency Announces Expedited Review of Certain ANDAs

On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a press release stating how it would begin implementing its plan to increase competition for prescription drugs. This comes on the heels of FDA Commissioner...more

Rx IP Update - June 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

Supreme Court of Canada News - SCC denies Apotex leave to appeal omeprazole infringement decision. On June 1, 2017, the Supreme Court dismissed Apotex’s application for leave to appeal (docket no. 37478) the Federal Court...more

Cancer Moonshot: USPTO Extends Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program Initiative

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued a Notice today extending the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program (Pilot Program), also known as “Patents 4 Patients.” The Pilot Program, which accelerates the...more

Federal Court reaffirms and reissues section 8 venlafaxine judgments overturned by the Court of Appeal for hearsay

by Smart & Biggar on

As previously reported, in 2016 the Federal Court of Appeal set aside a decision of the Federal Court awarding Teva close to $125 million in damages under section 8 of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations...more

USPTO Extends Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 29th, 2016, the USPTO announced the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program to allow expedited examination of patent applications that pertain to cancer immunotherapy. Under the Program and after proper petition, the USPTO...more

Chief Judge Stark Denies Defendants’ Motion For Reargument Of Court’s Order Holding Defendants Liable For Costs Of ANDA Litigation...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

By Memorandum Order entered by The Honorable Leonard P. Stark in UCB, Inc., et al. v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. et al., Civil Action No. 14-1083-LPS-SRF (D.Del., May 19, 2017), the Court denied Defendants’ motion for...more

SCOTUS Ruling Gives a Boost to Biosimilars; FDA Continues to Advance Products Through AdComs

On a sweltering hot D.C. morning, those of us anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court’s opinion in its first case involving biosimilar biological products finally exhaled. The June 12, 2017 opinion followed the parties’ oral...more

Expected Executive Order to take on High Drug Prices; Senate Committee Hears Recommendations on Drug Supply Chain from Experts

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

According to an article posted today on the BioCentury website, the Trump administration is drafting an executive order that will take on the high costs of pharmaceuticals by instructing “executive agencies to use value-based...more

Determination on Indirect Infringement Requires Factual Record, Warranting Denial of Motion to Dismiss

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

Ever since the abolition of form complaints in patent cases, patent defendants have been incentivized to file motions to dismiss, and many have succeeded. But as Judge Gonzalez Rogers’ recent Order in this case reminds us,...more

Biosimilar Development Updates: Infliximab, Ranibizumab, Etanercept, Filgrastim & Trastuzumab

by Goodwin on

According to a May 7, 2017 record on ClinicalTrials.gov, Celltrion is conducting a Phase 1/3 clinical trial to evaluate efficacy and safety between a subcutaneous biosimilar of infliximab (“CT-P13 SC”) with its currently...more

FDA Approves Keytruda as First Cancer Treatment Based on a Genetic Biomarker

by Knobbe Martens on

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for treatment of patients whose cancers have a specific genetic feature (biomarker). The FDA has traditionally approved cancer treatments...more

Rx IP Update - May 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

Federal Court of Appeal finds that Apotex did not fail to mitigate its damages in relation to Apo-Trazodone drug submission - On April 6, 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the Federal Court’s finding that...more

[Webinar] Medical Device Connectivity: HIPAA, FDA and IP Considerations - June 14th, 2pm ET

by BakerHostetler on

Please join us for this complimentary CLE webinar. With increasing healthcare costs and the transition to value-based reimbursement, never has the need for connected medical devices been so great – and never have the...more

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