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Innovator Drug/510k Medical Device Impossibility Preemption and the Meaning of “A Fortiori”

According to Black’s Law Dictionary, “a fortiori” is legal Latin meaning: - By even greater force of logic; even more so it follows. We’ve been arguing for some time – since PLIVA v. Mensing, 131 S. Ct. 2567...more

Supernus Pharms., Inc. v. Actavis Inc.

Case Name: Supernus Pharms., Inc. v. Actavis Inc., Civil Nos. 13-4740 (RMB/JS), 14-1981 (RMB/JS), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14111 (D.N.J. Feb 5, 2016) (Bumb, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Oxtellar XR®...more

Legislative Developments in Post-Grant Proceedings

Amidst a spate of high-profile IPR filings in the life sciences space by hedge fund financiers, the biotechnology industry has mobilized behind two chief legislative strategies designed to limit or eliminate its exposure to...more

Helsinn Healthcare, S.A. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs. Ltd.

Case Name: Helsinn Healthcare, S.A. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs. Ltd., Civ. No. 11-3962 (MLC), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27477 (D.N.J. Mar. 3, 2016) (Cooper, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Aloxi® (palonosetron); U.S....more

TPPs Fail to Put Their Money Where Their (Litigation) Mouth Is and Lose

In third party payor litigation over prescription medical products, we have often marveled at the causation arguments that plaintiffs have offered and the willingness of some courts to accept collective proof over what really...more

Braintree Labs. Inc. v. Breckenridge Pharm., Inc.

Case Name: Braintree Labs. Inc. v. Breckenridge Pharm., Inc., C.A. No 12-cv-6851 (AJN), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33336 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 15, 2016) (Nathan, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Suprep® (sodium sulfate /...more

Shire Development, LLC v. Watson Pharms., Inc.

Case Name: Shire Development, LLC v. Watson Pharms., Inc., Civ. No. 12-60862-CIV-MIDDLEBROOKS/BRANNON, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40360 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 25, 2016) (Middlebrooks, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit:...more

Jazz Xyrem + Valproate Patent Claims Avoid IPR

The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decided not to institute inter partes review (IPR) of key claims of Jazz’s U.S. Patent 8,772,306, which is listed in the Orange Book for Xyrem®. Although the PTAB did institute...more

Purdue Pharma L.P. v. Epic Pharma, LLC

Case Name: Purdue Pharma L.P. v. Epic Pharma, LLC, 811 F.3d 1345 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 1, 2016) (Circuit Judges Prost, Reyna, and Stark [sitting by designation] presiding; Opinion by Prost, C.J.) (Appeal from S.D.N.Y., Stein,...more

Warner Chilcott Co., LLC v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc.

Case Name: Warner Chilcott Co., LLC v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., 2015-1588, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 4945 (Fed. Cir. March 18, 2016) (Circuit Judges Lourie, Dyk, and Hughes presiding; Opinion by Lourie, J.) (Appeal from D.N.J.,...more

April Antitrust Bulletin

FTC Files No-AG Suit Against Pharmaceutical Companies - On March 30, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaintin the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against several drug...more

The Next Move in the Name Game: FDA Provides Long-Awaited Draft Guidance on Biosimilar Labeling

On March 31, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its long-awaited Draft Guidance on labeling for biosimilar products (the “Draft Guidance”) and is currently soliciting comments on its proposals. The...more

Acorda Therapeutics Inc. v. Mylan Pharms. Inc.

Case Name: Acorda Therapeutics Inc. v. Mylan Pharms. Inc., 2015-1456, 2015-1460, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 4942 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 18, 2016) (Circuit Judges Newman, O’Malley, and Taranto presiding; Opinion by Taranto, J.; Concurring...more

FDA Biosimilars Guidance Not Conducive To Preemption

The FDA recently released draft guidance concerning the labeling of biosimilar products (analogous in the biologic context to generic drugs). It’s called, not surprisingly “Labeling for Biosimilar Products Guidance for...more

Timing Is Everything – Meeting the One-Year Filing Deadline for IPR - Lannett Holdings Inc. v. AstraZeneca AB

Addressing the one-year time bar for filing an inter partes review (IPR) petition, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found petitioner’s arguments regarding proper service and jurisdiction unpersuasive and...more

Alert: FTC Challenges "No-AG" Agreement as Illegal Reverse Payment

On March 30 the US Federal Trade Commission filed suit in federal court alleging that settlements of patent litigation in the pharmaceutical industry in which a pioneer firm agrees not to market an "authorized generic"...more

Quo Vadis FTC: What Does the Commission's Complaint Against Endo Pharmaceuticals and Others Say About the Future of Post-Actavis...

This alert, the title of which is adapted from a March 30, 2016 FTC Staff Attorney blog post, considers the FTC's first lawsuit challenging a so-called "no-AG" agreement. No-AG agreements are components of Hatch-Waxman...more

Filing an ANDA May Expose Generic Manufacturers to Nationwide Personal Jurisdiction in Patent Infringement Suits

On March 18, 2016, the Federal Circuit affirmed the District of Delaware’s ruling in two companion cases that West Virginia-based defendant Mylan Pharmaceuticals is subject to specific personal jurisdiction in Delaware....more

FTC’s Latest “Pay for Delay” Action Focuses on Noncash “Payments” and New “Product Hopping” Theory of Harm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed an antitrust complaint this week against Endo Pharmaceuticals and several generic companies, alleging that these companies entered into anticompetitive “reverse payment” settlements of...more

FTC Launches First-Ever Attack on “No-AG Commitment” Pay-for-Delay Settlements

Today the FTC filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Endo Pharmaceuticals for entering into “pay-for-delay” agreements with two different generic manufacturers that...more

[Webinar] Avoiding Drug Substance Patents and Exclusivities: Prodrugs, Deuterated Drugs, and 505(b)(2) - April 14th, 9:00am...

Join Kurt Karst (Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.) (coauthor, "The FDA Blog") and Jeffrey Hovden (Robins Kaplan LLP) (coauthor, Generically Speaking) for a collaborative webinar. For generic drug companies, the biggest and...more

Stay Versus Stay: How Litigation Stays Pending IPRs Impact the 30-Month Regulatory Stay in Hatch-Waxman Litigation

Upon initiation of a patent infringement action between branded and generic pharmaceutical companies, the Hatch-Waxman Act (21 U.S.C. § 355(j)) provides for an automatic 30-month stay of Food and Drug Administration approval...more

Novartis FCPA Enforcement Action, Part I

The philosopher George Santayana is usually best remembered for the pithy saying, ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana was an essayist, poet, professor and novelist. According to...more

Federal Circuit Upholds Home Field Advantage in Generic Drug Cases

Under United States law, the holder of a patent on a brand-name, FDA-approved drug can bring suit for patent infringement against a generic drug manufacturer even before the generic manufacturer brings the drug to market....more

Federal Circuit Finds Personal Jurisdiction Based On Plans To Market ANDA Product

In Acorda Therapeutics Inc. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., the Federal Circuit held that the filing of an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) and intentions to market the product across the United States–including in the...more

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