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USPTO Tries to Address Public Misunderstandings Regarding Myriad-Mayo Guidance

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office spent the entire afternoon session of today's biotechnology/chemical/pharmaceutical (BCP) customer partnership meeting focusing on the guidance memorandum for determining the subject...more

University of Pittsburgh v. Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

The Federal Circuit used its decision that the District Court erred in certain of its claim construction determinations to reverse a jury award of greater than $100 million, but left intact large portions of the District...more

Court Report

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. et al. v. Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. et al. 1:14-cv-00387; filed March 26, 2014 in the...more

Stay Off My Turf! How to Protect Field of Use in a Biotechnology License Agreement

To protect a licensor’s rights, a key element of a biotech license is the licensor’s right to restrict the scope of the license by limiting the field of use, often to a particular disease area. But the license agreement only...more

Court Report

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Apotex Inc. et al. 1:14-cv-00351; filed March 19, 2014 in the District Court of...more

Best Practices For Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

A femtosecond (FS) laser is exciting new technology, but it requires consideration of some important governance and compliance issues. Best practices require the surgeon and the facility (ASC or Hospital) to identify covered...more

Stopping Bad Legislation -- The Innovation Alliance Speaks Out

On the day before the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up S. 1720 (The Patent Transparency and Improvements Act), the Innovation Alliance delivered a letter to Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley...more

Pennsylvania Bio State Official of the Year

Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Chester) has been named State Official of the Year by Pennsylvania Bio. The award recognizes an official from Pennsylvania who has distinguished themselves in the bioscience industry. The annual recipient...more

GEN and FiercePharma Compile Lists of Top Selling Drugs for 2013

Earlier this month, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News released its list of the top 25 best-selling drugs worldwide for 2013. GEN's list, which the journal released on March 3 (see "The Top 25 Best-Selling Drugs of...more

IPR Update -- The First Biotech IPR Decisions

Earlier this month, on March 6, 2014, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("Board") issued three related inter partes review opinions, marking the first set of opinions related to either the Biotech or Pharmaceutical industry. ...more

Court Report

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Cephalon Inc. v. Sun Pharma Global FZE et al. 1:14-cv-00333; filed March 14, 2014 in the District Court of...more

Court Report

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Eli Lilly and Company et al. v. Accord Healthcare Inc., USA et al. 1:14-cv-00389; filed March 12, 2014 in the Southern...more

Five Things You Should Know About the USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

The new USPTO patent subject matter eligibility guidelines set forth a detailed analytical framework for evaluating whether claims satisfy the patent subject matter eligibility requirement of 35 USC § 101. If you are an...more

HSR Act Allows Pharmaceutical Licensing Transactions To Be Subject to Unique Reporting Requirements, FTC Tells Court

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has asked a federal court to find that the agency has authority under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR Act) to promulgate reporting requirements that apply solely to transfers of patent rights...more

Amicus Briefs Urging Reversal Filed in Ariosa Inc v. Sequenom, Inc.

The San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association (SDIPLA) is one of two groups that have filed an amicus curiae brief urging reversal of the District Court's summary judgment decision in Ariosa Inc v. Sequenom, Inc. (The...more

Court Report - March 02, 2014

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. v. Watson Laboratories Inc. et al. 1:14-cv-00268; filed February 27, 2014 in the...more

Court Report - February 23, 2014

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. AbbVie Inc. et al. v. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. et al. 1:14-cv-00215; filed February 19, 2014 in the District Court of...more

Court Report - February 16, 2014

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Teijin Ltd. et al. v. Lupin Ltd. et al. 1:14-cv-00184; filed February 12, 2014 in the District Court of...more

Patenting Necessary for Continued Innovation in Biotech/Pharma Industries, Academics Conclude

Most recent academic and some popular assessments of the effects of the Bayh-Dole Act have been critical. This has been due in part to political opposition to licensing university technology (and the purported soiling of the...more

Court Report - February 09, 2014

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. et al. v. Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. et al. 1:14-cv-00157; filed February 5, 2014 in...more

Clash Of Titans over Biosimilars at FTC Workshop

On Tuesday, February 4, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) conducted an all-day public workshop at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. on competition issues involving biologics and biosimilars. During highly informative...more

Court Report - Part II: February 03, 2014

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. et al. v. Noven Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al. 1:14-cv-00111; filed January 30, 2014 in the...more

Court Report - February 02, 2014

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Eli Lilly and Company v. Glenmark Generics Inc., USA. 1:14-cv-00104; filed January 23, 2013 in the Southern District of...more

Biotech Venture Funding Rebounded in 2013 After Strong Fourth Quarter

Earlier this month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for 2013. The report,...more

More Q&A from Webinar on Top Patent Law Stories of 2013

On Tuesday, we presented a live webinar on the "Top Patent Law Stories of 2013." The webinar covered ten of the fourteen stories that made it onto Patent Docs seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. Posts...more

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