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Batting Down Generic Plaintiffs’ Amarin Hail Mary Pass

We received a couple of odd anonymous comments to our “breaking news” post about the Amarin First Amendment victory for truthful off-label promotion. Both of them raised the same suggestion: “Does the logic of this opinion...more

PTAB Denies Institution of Kyle Bass's Ampyra Patent Challenge

The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has put an end to Kyle Bass’s Ampyra patent challenge, by denying institution of Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings. While many were hoping the PTAB would render a decision...more

Generating Life Sciences Brand Names: 5 Key Tips

In the challenging and complex world of life sciences product development, choosing a brand that survives the US Patent and Trademark Office and US Food and Drug Administration clearance processes is critical. Brand names in...more

SDNY Dismisses Manufacturing and Fraud Claims in Fertility Drug Case, But Conflates and Confuses the Rest

By all rights, it should be Sullivan writing about the Sullivan case. But John is taking a well-deserved vacation. We do not know if Sullivan’s travels more closely approximate a Bexis expedition, which involves long hikes...more

Court Report - August 2015 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Reckitt Benckiser LLC v. Dr. Reddys Laboratories, Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-04524; filed June 26, 2015 in the District Court of...more

Will New PTAB Rules Impact IPRs Filed By Kyle Bass Hedge Fund?

On August 19th, the USPTO released a new set of proposed rules related to post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Among the many offered rules was the addition of a “Rule 11-type certification”...more

Another FTC Conduct Case to Bolster Generic Drug Competition: Pharmaceuticals Charged with Illegal Non-Compete for Generic ADHD...

The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC” or “Commission”) ever-expanding list of enforcement actions to preserve competition for generic pharmaceuticals just grew in a new direction. This week, two generic pharmaceutical...more

Is Patentability Smothered by the “All Encompassing” Prior Art Reference?

Patent owners may welcome the Allergan, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. decision earlier this month when the Federal Circuit affirmed the validity of five patents relating to the pharmaceutical formulation Lumingan ® .01%. The Federal...more

The Government’s Generic Price-Fixing Investigation Targets Allergan’s Actavis Unit

This is our fourth post on the DOJ’s expanding investigation into possible price fixing by generic drug manufacturers. (Click here, here, and here to read our prior posts.) Since our last update, the DOJ has subpoenaed...more

Purdue Pharma L.P. v. Amneal Pharms., LLC

Case Name: Purdue Pharma L.P. v. Amneal Pharms., LLC, Civ. Nos. 04-Md-1603 (SHS); 13-cv-3372 (SHS), 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45967 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 8, 2015) (Stein, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: OxyContin®...more

ANDA Case Is Dismissed For Lack Of Personal Jurisdiction

The disputed technology is a generic rivastigmine patch. Defendant is a New Jersey corporation with a principal place of business in Vermont. Only specific jurisdiction is at issue since it is not “at home” in Delaware. ...more

FTC Commissioner Wright and D.C. Circuit Judge Ginsburg Criticize Second Circuit’s Actavis Ruling

We have been following developments in People of the State of New York v. Actavis, the New York Attorney General’s “product hopping” suit against Actavis and its subsidiary, Forest Laboratories LLC (together, “Actavis”). Now,...more

Guest Post - Impossibility Preemption for Innovator Drug Manufacturers: Where Are We Now?

Today we have a guest post (her second - she's a glutton for punishment) from fellow Reed Smith associate Danielle Devens. This one brings together recent precedent recognizing post-Levine preemption in cases involving...more

Otsuka Pharm. Co., Ltd. v. Torrent Pharms. Ltd., Inc.

Case Name: Otsuka Pharm. Co., Ltd. v. Torrent Pharms. Ltd., Inc., Civ. No. 14-1078 (JBS/KMW), 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50082 (D.N.J. Apr. 16, 2015) (Simandle, C.J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Abilify®...more

Riddle Me This: The Federal Circuit Provides a Measure of Clarity to the Enigmatic Biosimilar Approval Pathway

In Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. (No. 2015-1499), a fractured panel of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals recently decided two issues of first impression relating to the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009...more

Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH v. Warner Chilcott Co.

Case Name: Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH v. Warner Chilcott Co., LLC, 12-1032-GMS, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52061 (D. Del. Apr. 21, 2015) (Sleet, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Lo Loestrin® Fe (norethindrone...more

GlaxoSmithKline LLC. v. Glenmark Generics Inc.

Case Name: GlaxoSmithKline LLC. v. Glenmark Generics Inc., USA, Civ. Nos. 14-877-LPS-CJB; 14-878-LPS-CJB, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52525 (D. Del. Apr. 22, 2015) (Burke, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Coreg®...more

In re Bendamustine Consolidated Cases

Case Name: In re Bendamustine Consolidated Cases, Civ. No. 13-2046-GMS, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55963 (D. Del. Apr. 29, 2015) (Sleet, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Treanda® (bendamustine HCl); U.S. Patents Nos....more

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. v. Burwell

Case Name: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. v. Burwell, Civ. No. GJH-15-852, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68230 (D. Md., May 27, 2015) (Hazel, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Abilify® (aripiprazole); N/A - Nature...more

Amarin Pharms. Ireland Ltd v. FDA

Case Name: Amarin Pharms. Ireland Ltd v. FDA, Case No. 14-cv-00324 (RDM), 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68723 (D.D.C. May 28, 2015) (Moss, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Vascepa® Capsules (icosapent ethyl); N/A...more

Representatives Seek Protections for Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA in Innovation Act

Last month, in a letter to Congressional leadership, 79 Members of Congress expressed their support for the Innovation Act (H.R. 9) but sought inclusion of language in the bill "to preserve the integrity of the Drug Price...more

China FDA Solicits Comments on Resolving the Backlog of Drug Applications

The China Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”) recently published a draft circular to address the backlog of drug applications. The Circular Regarding Several Draft Policy Opinions to Accelerate the Resolution of the Backlog...more

Sowing Uncertainty: Navigating Patent Disputes and Antitrust Scrutiny Post King Drug

On June 26, 2015, the Third Circuit issued an opinion in King Drug Co. of Florence, Inc. v. Smithkline Beecham Corp., (Case No. 14-1243). King Drug. The opinion, which already has been extensively commented on and...more

Braintree Labs., Inc. v. Novel Labs., Inc.

Case Name: Braintree Labs., Inc. v. Novel Labs., Inc., Case No. 3:11-cv-01341-PGS-LHG, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70993 (D.N.J. June 2, 2015) (Sheridan, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Suprep® Bowel Prep Kit (sodium...more

When a Divisional Is Not a Divisional: No Section 121 Safe Harbor for Reissue Patentee Who Retroactively Omitted New Matter - G.D....

Addressing the “safe harbor” provision under 35 U.S.C. § 121, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a district court ruling that a reissue patent was invalid for obviousness-type double patenting. G.D....more

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