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The Patent Office Clarifies the Ban on Patenting Naturally-Derived Drugs and Other Products

Since the very beginning of America’s revolutionary patent system, inventors in the life sciences have been granted patents for discovering and purifying natural products. It was taken as a given that a purified natural...more

Counties Seek To Implement Drug Disposal Ordinances

The Northern California County of Alameda has apparently begun to seek payment from select pharmaceutical manufacturers pursuant to the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance (Alameda County Code Chapter 6.53, §§...more

Xarelto Suits Sent to Louisiana

Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a new generation anticoagulant in a class of drugs known as direct thrombin inhibitors. It is a blood thinner used to reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes. Xarelto has also been marketed as...more

Pay-For-Delay In 2014: Courts Fill In The Actavis Gaps

A little more than one year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis Inc. and affirmed that antitrust principles apply to reverse payment settlement agreements — those in which a brand-name drug...more

How Effexor Recalls Can Leads to Lawsuits

When a manufacturer recalls a dangerous drug, how does that medication become the topic of a lawsuit? In the case of Effexor, an antidepressant drug, many lawsuits have already been filed in relation to birth defects and...more

Supreme Court Corner: Q4 2014

KIMBLE V. MARVEL ENTERPRISES, INC. Patent Licensing - Cert. Pending - Issue: Whether the Supreme Court should overrule Brulotte v. Thys Co., which held “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects...more

Cymbalta Withdrawal Cases May Soon Have an MDL

Eli Lilly & Co., the producer of the popular antidepressant Cymbalta (duloxetine), is facing a spate of litigation over injuries associated with the drug. Plaintiffs allege that Cymbalta can cause severe withdrawal symptoms,...more

The FTC gets activist post-Actavis

In 2013, the FTC left its mark on the pharmaceutical industry when the Supreme Court ruled in FTC v. Actavis that settlement agreements for patent infringement suits between branded and generic drug companies are not immune...more

HHS Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Clinical Trials Registration and Results Submission to ClinicalTrials.gov

On November 19, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published, for a 90-day public comment period, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Clinical Trials Registration and Results Submission. The...more

Preliminary Injunction Order in Actavis Casts a Skeptical Eye Toward the “Hard Switch”

Last week, we briefly reported on the injunction granted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in the New York Attorney General’s “product hopping” suit against Actavis and its subsidiary, Forest...more

Federal Circuit’s Sandoz v. Amgen Decision Forecloses Early Declaratory Judgment Suits by Biosimilars Applicants

On December 5, in the closely watched Sandoz v. Amgen case, the Federal Circuit held that a biosimilars applicant cannot use the Declaratory Judgment Act to challenge a reference product sponsor's patent prior to filing a...more

Supreme Court 2014 Patent Preview

On average, the U.S. Supreme Court historically hears fewer than one patent case each term. For example, in the 14 years between 1982 and 1995, the Court decided only five patent cases. In the seven years between 1995 and...more

Lupin Appeals Fine Imposed by European Commission in “Pay-For-Delay” Crackdown

In July of this year, the European Commission imposed fines on French pharmaceutical company Servier and five generic drug makers, including Lupin Ltd., totaling €427.7 million. The fines were the result of a five-year...more

The M&A Outlook in the Middle East: A Look Back at 2014 and Beyond

The Megatrends in Mergers & Acquisitions conference held in October 2014 focused on the evolving M&A landscape, promoting inbound and outbound M&A in the Middle East, and general industry trends. Among the speakers at the...more

For the First Time PTAB Upholds Validity of Pharma Patents

On December 9, 2014, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) upheld the validity of three Supernus Pharmaceutical’s patents relating to once-daily formulations of doxycycline. The trio of decisions is significant because...more

Preliminary Injunction Precludes Actavis from Pulling Current Version of Namenda off the Market

Yesterday, Judge Robert Sweet granted the New York Attorney General’s request to block Actavis and its New York-based subsidiary Forest Laboratories LLC from pulling Namenda, a dementia drug commonly used to treat...more

Federal Circuit Rules Against Patent Declaratory Judgment Actions Before Biosimilar Application Is Filed

On December 5, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued its opinion in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. et al. In a unanimous panel opinion (Judges Dyk, Taranto and Chen), the Court held that clinical trials initiated to support a possible...more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Issues First IPR Decisions on Orange Book-Listed Patents

On December 9, 2014, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued final decisions in three inter partes review (IPR) proceedings filed by Amneal Pharmaceuticals challenging three patents listed in the Orange Book for...more

Celltrion Healthcare Co. v. Kennedy Trust for Rhematology Research (S.D.N.Y. 2014); Hospira Inc. v. Janssen Biotech Inc. (S.D.N.Y....

Earlier this month, Judge Paul Crotty, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York handed down rulings in two separate cases related to the biosimilars law (the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for November 2014

For busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we have tried to summarize the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month with links to primary resources. November was definitely a...more

IP Newsflash - December 2014: DISTRICT COURT CASES: A Contrary Construction from Reexamination Is No Basis to Reconsider a...

On December 10, 2014, the Southern District of New York denied plaintiff’s motion to reconsider a 2006 claim construction ruling and vacate a related summary judgment order. Plaintiff requested the relief following a contrary...more

District Court Allows Monopolization Claims to Move Forward on Allegations of Direct Evidence of Monopoly Power

Traditionally, plaintiffs asserting claims under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act allege the existence of one or more product markets relevant to the defendants’ anticompetitive conduct and the defendants’ shares of those...more

PTAB Update -- Hatch-Waxman-Watch Edition

The pharmaceutical industry has been closing watching the proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB" or "Board") to see if inter partes review ("IPR") will be a viable option for generic drug companies seeking...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

Court Allows “Product Hopping” Claims to Proceed in Suboxone Litigation Based on Allegations of Removal of Prior Formulation and...

We’ve previously discussed antitrust claims related to “product hopping”—allegations that pharmaceutical manufacturers have reformulated or otherwise altered their products to prevent automatic generic substitution. Earlier...more

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