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The Supreme Court of Canada’s Fall Term: the Internet Court?

The Supreme Court of Canada’s Fall term, which began on October 3rd, could probably be labelled the “internet term”, with major cases involving both Google and Facebook. The Court will also be hearing a number of other cases...more

Subject Matter Jurisdiction Remains in Hatch-Waxman Patent Infringement Action after ANDA Filer Changes from Paragraph IV to...

The District Court of Delaware denied defendant Wockhardt’s motion to dismiss a patent infringement action based on the reasonable inference that plaintiff AstraZeneca may need to assert its patent rights in the future. On...more

Put the Candle Back: the AstraZeneca FCPA Enforcement Action

I am back from a two-week summer study program at Oxford, run by Michigan State University through its Odyssey to Oxford program. It was a great experience. My class was on The Tudors in film and print so not only did I...more

Court Report - September 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Horizon Therapeutics, Inc. v. Lupin Ltd. et al. 1:16-cv-04438; filed July 21, 2016 in the District Court of New Jersey...more

Lessons Learned from AstraZeneca’s $5.5 Million SEC FCPA Settlement

Last week, the SEC added another pharmaceutical company to its list of FCPA violators when AstraZeneca agreed to a $5.5 million settlement with the SEC. AZ is now the 25th drug or medical device company to pay an FCPA penalty...more

A Tale of Two Escobars: Federal Courts Begin Grappling with Opposing Views of “Materiality”

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated opinion in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, which for the first time expressly recognized implied certification as a viable theory...more

Archigen Biotech seeks FDA Approval for Rituximab Phase I Clinical Trials

The Korea Herald reports that Archigen Biotech, a joint venture between AstraZeneca UK and Samsung BioLogics, has applied for FDA approval to begin Phase I clinical trials for its rituximab biosimilar, SAIT101. ...more

Deal Watch: AstraZeneca and LEO Pharma collaborate on skin drugs tralokinumab and brodalumab

AstraZeneca announced today that it has entered licensing agreements with LEO Pharma to develop and commercialize tralokinumab, a biologic that has completed a Phase IIb trial for atopic dermatitis, and brodalumab, which is...more

IP World Tour: Snapshots of Overseas IP Protection

No matter where you look in the world, it’s a certainty that a dispute is ongoing over someone’s intellectual property (IP). The theft of ideas is nothing new, but just as important to those investing abroad is knowledge of...more

TPPs Fail to Put Their Money Where Their (Litigation) Mouth Is and Lose

In third party payor litigation over prescription medical products, we have often marveled at the causation arguments that plaintiffs have offered and the willingness of some courts to accept collective proof over what really...more

Timing Is Everything – Meeting the One-Year Filing Deadline for IPR - Lannett Holdings Inc. v. AstraZeneca AB

Addressing the one-year time bar for filing an inter partes review (IPR) petition, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found petitioner’s arguments regarding proper service and jurisdiction unpersuasive and...more

Supreme Court Hearing May Resolve Critical Questions in Canadian Patent Law

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) recently granted AstraZeneca Canada Inc. et al. (AstraZeneca) leave to appeal from the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision upholding the invalidity of AstraZeneca’s Nexium patent. This appeal...more

Federal Circuit Finds Personal Jurisdiction Based On Plans To Market ANDA Product

In Acorda Therapeutics Inc. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., the Federal Circuit held that the filing of an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) and intentions to market the product across the United States–including in the...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Scope of Personal Jurisdiction in Hatch-Waxman Cases

On March 18, 2016, a panel of the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Acorda Therapeutics Inc. v. Mylan Pharms. Inc. and AstraZeneca AB v. Mylan Pharms. Inc., holding that Mylan is subject to specific personal jurisdiction...more

Breaking News – No Circuit Split (Yet) Over Post-Bauman General Jurisdiction by Consent

We’ve been watching competing interlocutory appeals in a couple of post-Bauman personal jurisdiction cases out of Delaware: Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 78 F. Supp.3d 572 (D. Del. 2015), and...more

Court Report - March 2016 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC et al. v. Lupin Atlantis Holdings SA et al. 1:15-cv-00904; filed October 9, 2015 in the...more

Court Report - February 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Astellas Pharma Inc. et al. v. Apotex Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-00857; filed September 22, 2015 in the District Court of...more

PTAB Decision Highlights The Importance Of Petitioners Filing Within 1 Year Of The Earliest Possible Date Of Service

It is well known that an Inter Partes Review (IPR) may not be instituted if the petitioner was served with a complaint alleging infringement more than 1 year prior to the filing of the petition. 35 U.S.C. § 315(b). Recent...more

"M&A Techniques in a Complex Environment"

While the headlines in 2015 focused on the “megadeal” transactions over $5 billion (there were at least 137 such deals in 2015, according to Thomson Reuters), many transactions involving cross-border activities required...more

Federal Circuit Hears Argument on Personal Jurisdiction in Two Hatch-Waxman Appeals

On Monday, January 4, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard oral argument in two appeals that may determine what effect the Supreme Court’s Daimler AG v. Bauman decision will have on the exercise of personal...more

Court Report - January 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al. v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC - 2:15-cv-01697; filed September 3, 2015 in the...more

PTAB Rejects Challenge to Onglyza® Patent

The lower burden of proof associated with inter partes reviews should make IPRs attractive to generic pharmaceutical companies, but even with that lower burden, success is not guaranteed, as illustrated by IPR2015-01340. ...more

The Pharmacy Industry – 2015 Year In Review

With 2015 coming to a close, we wanted to provide a recap of the major updates impacting the pharmacy industry and what pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers (“PBMs”), and pharmacies might expect in 2016. ...more

Life Sciences Spotlight - Asia Pacific - Issue 6, 2015

Trends and developments in cyber security and data protection: Why pharma and life sciences companies should take action. Pharmaceutical and life sciences companies are increasingly the target of cyber-attacks and...more

Court Report - November 2015 #4

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Vivus, Inc. v. Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc. 2:15-cv-06256; filed August 17, 2015 in the District Court of New...more

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