Biotechnology Patent Litigation

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Inherent Anticipation for Biotechnology Inventions

Anticipation by inherent disclosure requires that a single prior art reference necessarily includes the unstated limitation. The unpredictable nature of biological processes means that winning summary judgment of invalidity...more

Biotech Patent Dispute Between Academics That Is Far From Academic

On December 6, 2016, the parties to the complex and soon-to-be departed world of patent interferences orally argued their positions on motions in what has been described as the “biotech trial of the century” and as “the...more

Biotechnology Innovation Organization's Amicus Brief for In re Aqua Products, Inc.

On Friday, December 9, 2016, the Federal Circuit will hear oral arguments en banc in the In re Aqua Products, Inc. case to consider two questions related to the PTAB's treatment of Motions to Amend in IPR proceedings. ...more

Final Judgment Prescribed For Antibody Patent After Double Patenting Decision

We previously wrote about Judge Wolf’s decision to invalidate Janssen Biotech, Inc.’s (“Janssen”) biopharmaceutical patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,284,471 (the “’471 Patent”)), based on the doctrine of obviousness-type double...more

Double Patenting Decision Delivers Bitter Pill To Antibody Patent

In a recent decision on obviousness-type double patenting, Judge Wolf shortened the shelf life of a dispute between Janssen Biotech, Inc. (“Janssen”) and Celltrion Healthcare Co. Inc. (“Celltrion”), relating to a...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

Court Report - August 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. v. Lee - 1:16-cv-00852; filed July 1, 2016 in the Eastern District of...more

Federal Circuit Holds Claims to Cell Freezing Methods to Be Patent-Eligible

On July 5, 2016, the Federal Circuit held that claims reciting methods for cryopreserving hepatocytes in U.S. Patent No. 7,604,929 ("the '929 patent") are eligible for patenting. The decision vacated a lower court's holding...more

Court Report - July 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Eli Lilly and Company et al. v. Apotex Inc. et al. 1:16-cv-00475; filed June 22, 2016 in the District Court of...more

Full Federal Circuit Curbs On Sale Bar's Threat to Patents

Biotech and pharmaceutical companies received critical guidance from the Federal Circuit yesterday, when the en banc court exempted a broad category of common manufacturing and supply arrangements from the reach of the patent...more

Court Report - June 2016 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Janssen Biotech, Inc. v. Celltrion Healthcare Co., Ltd. et al. 1:16-cv-11117; filed June 14, 2016 in the District Court of...more

IP Developments In Biotechnology And Trade Secrets

2016 has been a year of IP changes and these changes have had an effect upon biotechnology as well as trade secrets. Patents: Will the U.S. Supreme Court Grant Cert. In Ariosa v. Sequenom? Ariosa v. Sequenom was...more

Court Report - June 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Orexo AB et al. v. Actavis Elizabeth LLC et al. 1:16-cv-00397; filed May 27, 2016 in the District Court of Delaware...more

Court Report - April 2016 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. et al. v. Biocon Ltd. et al. 1:16-cv-00278; filed April 19, 2015 in the District Court of...more

Another Diagnostic Patent Falls Under 101

In Genetic Techs Ltd v Merial LLC (Fed. Cir., April 8, 2016), the Federal Circuit invalidated yet another diagnostic patent for failing to satisfy 35 U.S.C. § 101 on the ground that the claims recite nothing more than a law...more

Methods Exploiting Junk DNA May Be Useful But Lack Patent Eligibility

Striking another blow against patent eligibility in the field of biotechnology, the Federal Circuit agreed with the district court that methods that use “junk DNA” to detect genetic variations lack patent eligibility under 35...more

Court Report - March 2016 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Roxane Laboratories Inc. 1:15-cv-00919; filed October 13, 2015 in the District Court of...more

District Court Invalidates Cleveland Clinic Diagnostic Patents On Motion To Dismiss

Judge Gaughan of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss after finding three Cleveland Clinic Foundation diagnostic patents invalid under 35 USC § 101. While the...more

Outlook for Patent Reform in 2016

With the final session of the 114th Congress under way, the likelihood of Congress taking up and passing comprehensive patent litigation reform legislation becomes more and more remote. From a timing standpoint alone, the...more

PTAB Declares Interference for Groundbreaking Gene-Editing Technology

Earlier this week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) set the stage for what is expected to be an epic battle over who owns the intellectual property rights to “the biggest biotech discovery of the century.” On January...more

Natera Responds to Sequenom's Petition for Rehearing En Banc

Last week, Appellee Natera, Inc. filed its response to the petition for rehearing en banc filed by Appellants Sequenom, Inc. and Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine, LLC in August (see "Sequenom Requests Rehearing En...more

What impact will the Australian Myriad decision have on patent eligibility of diagnostic tests?

By now most will know that: (a) Australia’s final appeal Court has made adverse findings against Myriad’s patent for utilising the BRCA1 locus to diagnose breast cancer; (b) the rejected claims are only those that...more

Court Report - October 2015 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Mylan Pharma Acquisition Ltd. et al. v Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC 1:15-cv-06700; filed July 30, 2015 in the Northern District...more

Can we patent products found in nature? It's complicated. An update on Australia's Myriad decision...

It remains to be seen if this new Myriad decision in Australia will be extended as it was in the U.S. to prevent virtually any product found in nature from being patented....more

What did the Australian High Court actually say about the patent eligibility of cDNA?

As the dust from the impact of the Australian Myriad decision begins to settle, now is the time to revisit what many have said regarding patent eligibility of cDNA, against what the final appeal Court actually said. On...more

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