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Crowdfunding and IP in Health and Biotech Start-ups (Part 2): The JOBS Act

Crowd Funding ImageThis is the second in a 3-part series about the use of crowdfunding in health and biotech start-ups. We started with the story of a tech start-up which set records for funding through a Kickstarter...more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – June 2015

As we reported in January 2015, 2014 was a banner year for venture capital on all fronts, from fundraising, to investment and exits – save, however, for the small drop in the number of deals versus the largest aggregate...more

Crowdfunding and IP in Health and Biotech Start-ups (Part 1): The Beginning

Crowd Funding ImageThis is the first in a 3-part series about the use of crowdfunding in health and biotech start-ups. We start with the story of a tech start-up which set records for funding through a Kickstarter campaign,...more

Patent for Technology that “Revolutionized Prenatal Care” Nonetheless Invalid as Patent Ineligible

The Federal Circuit Friday held in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. that Sequenom’s patent directed toward its MaterniT21 test—involving methods of detecting and using cell-free fetal DNA— was invalid for lack of...more

PTAB Grants Fourth Motion to Amend in an IPR Proceeding

For only the fourth time in its history, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) has granted a motion to amend in an inter partes review (“IPR”) proceeding, finding all substitute claims proposed by the patent owner...more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Grants Rare Motion to Amend Claims in Inter Partes Review

On June 5, 2015, a three-judge panel at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”), granted a motion to amend in an inter partes review (“IPR”) proceeding, ruling that the patentee Neste Oil Oyj (“Neste”) could amend the...more

Alert: Second Circuit Rules that "Product Hopping" May Constitute Unlawful Monopolization; Pharmaceutical Companies are Likely...

Recent antitrust challenges to pharmaceutical companies' efforts to transition patients from drugs nearing the end of their patent life to next-generation drugs have increased the risk of pursuing such "product hopping"...more

U.S. Appeals Court Finds Prenatal DNA Test Unpatentable

The United States Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit in the District of Columbia came down with another blow for the patentability of biotech testing products on Friday, June 12, 2015. The Court affirmed the 2013...more

Refashioning IP Asset Protection Strategies for Biotechnology and BioPharma Clients in View of the New Legal Realities of Subject...

In the 1970s, the biotechnology industry was in its infancy. Many academic researchers were developing faster, more efficient ways to clone and characterize gene products of interest, and companies arose to provide practical...more

Court Report - June 2015

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC et al. v. Gilead Pharmasset LLC 1:15-cv-00416; filed May 21, 2015 in the District Court of...more

Patent Reform Heads to the Senate Floor

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-4 to send an amended version of S. 1137, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act, to the full Senate for debate. The PATENT Act is this year’s...more

Billion Dollar Question Before the USPTO in CRISPR-cas9 Fight

A revolutionary biotechnology tool is the focus of an intense biotechnology patent dispute that will have far-reaching impact in coming years. The dispute is over the rights to the CRISPR-cas9 system, a versatile molecular...more

BIO International Convention 2015 Preview - BIO and Biosimilars

The 2015 BIO International Convention begins in two weeks in Philadelphia. For the past few years, we have provided a series of previews with the goal of making the large amount of information and opportunities available at...more

Össur Announces First Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Lower Limbs

In a recent press release, Össur announced that two amputees are the first people in the world able to control their prosthetic legs with their thoughts. According to the press release, tiny implanted myoelectric sensors...more

Carbon Utilization Legislation Introduced In The Senate

On May 11, 2015, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced S. 1282 -- a bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of Energy to consider the objective of improving the...more

Part 3 Of Biofuels Digest Series On TSCA And The Bioeconomy

Part 3 of Biofuels Digest's "Thought Leadership" series highlighting some of the ways the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) applies to biobased products was published May 18, 2015. Summaries of the first two "TSCA and the...more

Progress Toward Renewable Fuel Standard Blending Mandates

The White House is reviewing EPA's proposed rules to set the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements. The proposals are not currently publicly available, but EPA has committed to propose them by June...more

Patent Profile: DermTech Receives Patent for Method of Detecting Melanoma in Human Subjects

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued a notice of allowance for U.S. Application No. 14/199,900, which is entitled "Diagnosis of Solar Lentigo by Nucleic Acid Analysis." The '900 application, which is assigned...more

Biogen MA, Inc. v. Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research (Fed. Cir. 2015)

The Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C. § 146 pursuant to changes in the statute provided by the...more

MoFo BioMeter, Volume 4, Issue 1 - Record 2014 Biometer Shows Strong Year For Biotech

The full-year 2014 BioMeter confirms that 2014 was a banner year for biotechnology. The average BioMeter value for the entire year across all transactions reporting up-front payments and stage of development was $58.7...more

Is Biotech Patentable Subject Matter? [Video]

The issue of patent eligibility has been a hotly litigated issue in the field of intellectual property law, and both the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court have issued numerous decisions in recent years--particularly in...more

Court Report - April 2015 #4

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. v. Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. et el. 3:15-cv-02841; filed April 22, 2015 in the...more

Amicus Briefs on Biosimilar Patent Litigation

Amgen has appealed the district court decision denying its motion for a preliminary injunction to keep Sandoz’ biosimilar version of Neupogen® off the market. The appeal is on an expedited briefing schedule at the Federal...more

Enforcement Challenges For Biotech Patents [Video]

Enforcing intellectual property rights can be a challenging affair, and this is particularly true in the biotech industry. Attorneys Seth Northrop and Matt McFarlane discuss the issues facing biotech patent holders today,...more

BIO Commissioned Study Calculates Economic Contribution of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the U.S.

Last month, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced the release of a BIO commissioned study that estimates the economic impact of academic licensing between 1996 and 2013. The study, entitled "The Economic...more

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