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Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Metacrine Secures $36 Million in Financing

Metacrine, based in San Diego, Calif., is a biotechnology company focused on advancing research in nuclear hormone receptors for treatment of metabolic diseases originated at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies....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

Innovation Districts

Last year representatives of a coalition of 11 organizations started meeting to discuss the continued development and expansion of Oklahoma City’s bioscience and technology sectors. Among other matters, the group discussed...more

Dechert Survey of Securities Fraud Class Actions Brought Against U.S. Life Sciences Companies

Publicly Traded Life Sciences Companies in the United States Are an Increasingly Popular Target of Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuits - The past year was particularly noteworthy with respect to the relative number...more

Venture Funding Reaches Highest Level in More Than a Decade

Last 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 2014. The report, which is...more

IP Newsletter - January 2015

In This Issue: - Castle Defense: Federal Circuit Reinforces Patent Damages Gate in VirnetX - Standards Patent Licensing: Always Apportionment, Sometimes Stacking - Supreme Court to Consider Good-Faith...more

Sophisticated Hackers Target Insider Information

A security consulting firm has discovered a sophisticated hacking campaign that has targeted more than 100 public companies, investment banks and law firms. In a report released December 1, cybersecurity firm FireEye...more

CMS Publishes Open Payments Data Detailing Payments and Transfers of Value Provided by Life Sciences Manufacturers to Physicians...

On September 30, 2014, CMS published data regarding payments and transfers of value that pharmaceutical, biologic, and medical device manufacturers provided to U.S. physicians and teaching hospitals during the period August 1...more

Big Jumps Proposed to Size Standards for Environmental Remediation and Other Employee-Based Size Standards

On September 10th, SBA released proposed increases to the small business size standards for many of the industries that use employee-based size standards. The affected industries include some very popular ones for the...more

NNI Publishes Progress Review of 2011 EHS Research Strategy

On June 25, 2014, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) posted Progress Review on the Coordinated Implementation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy, which...more

FDA Issues Final Nanotechnology Guidances and Draft Guidance for Comment

On June 24, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued three final guidances and one draft guidance that it intends to provide "greater regulatory clarity for industry on the use of nanotechnology in...more

More of the Same: Recently Released FDA Social Media Guidance for the Life Sciences Industry

On June 17, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") continued to outline its expectations for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer use of social media platforms to promote manufacturers' products in two...more

Inside M&A - Summer 2014

“Commercially Reasonable Efforts” Diligence Obligations in Life Science M&A" - More than 80 percent of all deals in the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech industries include an earnout structure that provides...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

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

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

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

Institut Pasteur v. Focarino (Fed. Cir. 2013)

Last month, the Federal Circuit dismissed an appeal by Institut Pasteur of a determination by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences affirming the rejection of claim 14 of U.S. Patent No. 7,309,605 in an inter partes...more

Institut Pasteur Obtains Reversal of USPTO Board Decision of Obviousness of Eukaryotic Site-Directed Mutagenesis Methods

In Institut Pasteur v. Focarino, the Federal Circuit found that the obviousness determination by the USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences was not supported by substantial evidence, and rested on an “erroneous...more

Top Stories of 2013: #7 to #10

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2013, we identified fourteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year...more

Court Report -- December 15, 2013

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Pfizer Inc. et al. v. Hetero USA Inc. et al. 1:13-cv-02021; filed December 11, 2013 in the District Court of...more

United States BioPharma Patents - Quick Tips and News - Nov/Dec 2013

A. Three Tips for Overcoming U.S. Obviousness Rejections - 1) Argue no PFO first: Always argue down existence of an Examiner-asserted presumption of prima facie obviousness (PFO), before going on to second-step...more

University of Pittsburgh v. Cellerix (PTAB 2013)

The Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB), a creation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act that replaced the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) overruled the Reexamination Unit's decision that the claims of...more

Court Report -- December 08, 2013

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Astrazeneca AB et al. v. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. et al. 3:13-cv-07298; filed December 3, 2013 in the District Court of New...more

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