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Generic’s Counterclaims for Non-Infringement are Proper Despite Covenant Not to Sue From Brand

On April 9, 2014, in Purdue Pharmaceutical Products, L.P. v. TWi Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Civ. No. 12-5311 (D.N.J.), Judge Jose L. Linares of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled that a generic...more

Federal Circuit Find Fractures in Roche Boniva Patents

In Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. v. Apotex, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment that two Roche Boniva patents are invalid as obvious. The conclusion of obviousness is not particularly remarkable...more

Shire Development, LLC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Claim construction in patent cases, and the propensity for the Federal Circuit to disagree with a district court's conclusions regarding the scope and meaning of claim terms, remains one of the most vexing aspects of patent...more

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Actavis, Inc. & Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Roxane Laboratories, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

The Federal Circuit's decision in the consolidated appeals of Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Actavis, Inc. and Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Roxane Laboratories, Inc. amply demonstrates the concept that you should be careful...more

Congressional Hearing on Proposed FDA Rule Change

Yesterday afternoon, Congress’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to examine the FDA’s proposal to change the rules of generic drug labeling....more

“Brand” New Law: Illinois Court Holds Brand Manufacturers Owe Duty of Care to Generic Users

Last week, a federal district court in Illinois held that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a branded drug manufacturer, owed a duty of care to a patient who took the generic version of its drug. Dolin v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., No....more

$4 billion price tag? FDA's proposed generic drug labelling rule

An economic consulting group recently published findings that a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rule will increase annual healthcare costs by $4 billion. The FDA's proposal, announced in November 2013, will allow...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Decision Preventing Generic Lyrica, Finding Sparse Evidence of Obviousness

A three judge panel of the Federal Circuit recently affirmed the District of Delaware’s judgment of infringement and validity related to U.S. Patent No. 6,197,819 (owned by Northwestern University and licensed to Pfizer)...more

District of New Jersey Finds Settlement Without Reverse Payment Is Not Subject To Anti-Trust Scrutiny

On January 24, 2014, in In re Lamictal Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation, No. 12-cv-995, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9257 (D.N.J. Jan. 24, 2014), Senior District Judge William H. Walls dismissed a putative, antitrust-class...more

Makena Drug Compounding Lawsuit Against FDA Gets New Life

On January 7, 2014, a three-judge panel of the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia unanimously vacated the dismissal of claims against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and others by K-V...more

The District of Delaware Stops Exela’s Bid To Market Generic Orimev

In the District of Delaware, Judge Leonard Stark recently issued a final judgment and permanent injunction in Cadence Pharms., Inc. v. Exela Pharma. Scis., LLC, No 11-733, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 166097 (D. Del. Nov. 14, 2013),...more

A Short-Lived Victory for Generic Manufacturers? – Part 2

In our prior blog post of the same title on July 5, 2013, we predicted that the protection from product liability/failure to warn litigation for generic manufacturers as a result of the Supreme Court decision in Mutual...more

AstraZeneca AB v. Hanmi USA, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

A classic example of product "evergreening" is how AstraZeneca used its experience with its omeprazole franchise (sold for over a decade as Prilosec®) to promote an alternative form of the drug, Nexium® (particularly, the...more

Reverse payment deals under the microscope in the EU

Lessons from the latest Commission decision on agreements affecting generic entry: - The European Commission’s crack down on so-called “reverse payment” agreements continues. - In the EU these agreements may...more

What Hath GSK Wrought? More Compliance Lessons From China

In an article, entitled “GSK China probe flags up wider worries”, in the Wednesday edition of the Financial Times (FT) reporters Andrew Jack and Patti Waldmeir discussed the ongoing bribery and corruption scandal involving...more

Galderma Laboratories, L.P. v. Tolmar, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

When does a prior art disclosure of a concentration range of a medicament render obvious the use of a species that falls within that range, when that same use was also known in the prior art? After all, common sense should...more

Japan Enacts Regenerative Medicine Law and Revisions to Pharmaceutical Affairs Law

On 20 November 2013, the Japanese Diet passed the Act regarding Ensuring of Safety of Regenerative Medicine (the "Regenerative Medicine Law") and the revisions to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law (new PAL) as it applies to...more

Pay-for-delay to Stay FTC’s Top Priority

In a recent interview, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Competition chairwoman Deborah Feinstein announced that targeting pay-for-delay arrangements by pharmaceutical companies would continue as a top priority for the...more

New FDA Rule on Drug Labeling May Mean Increased Exposure and an Uncertain Path for Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Litigation over the labeling of pharmaceuticals dates back to the mid-1800s. In only the last five years, however, two watershed decisions by the United States Supreme Court have established clear, albeit controversial,...more

FDA Rule Change Could Hold Generic Drug Manufacturers Liable

In 2004, Nancy Bartlett, a secretary for a New Hampshire insurance company visited her doctor complaining of shoulder pain and was prescribed the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Clinoril. Ms. Bartlett received the...more

California Biosimilar Bill Aligns with BIO Principles on Biologic Substitution

Yesterday, we noted that the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) recently expressed its opposition to a California bill (SB-598) that would authorize a pharmacist to select a biosimilar when filling a prescription order...more

GPhA Opposes California Biosimilar Bill; Points to Report on Savings from Biosimilars

Last week, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) released a statement regarding a California bill (SB-598) that the GPhA asserted would "introduce[] burdensome provisions that could raise costs and limit patient...more

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

Saying "But I won't do it" is not sufficient to avoid infringement in a Hatch-Waxman litigation, according to the Federal Circuit in the recently decided Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. The...more

Federal Circuit Finds “Molecular Weight” to Be Insolubly Ambiguous

In Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., the Federal Circuit invalidated a number of claims directed to a polymer defined by its “molecular weight” because the term was ambiguous, and Applicants’ conflicting...more

Product Liability Update - July 2013

Included in this Issue: ..United States Supreme Court Reverses First Circuit and Holds Federal Food Drug & Cosmetic Act Preempts Design Defect Claims against Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturers ..United States...more

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