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IPR Update -- The First Biotech IPR Decisions

Earlier this month, on March 6, 2014, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("Board") issued three related inter partes review opinions, marking the first set of opinions related to either the Biotech or Pharmaceutical industry. ...more

Using Contingent Consideration to Bridge the Value Gap in Acquisitions of Publicly Traded Life Science Companies

M&A activity remains in the doldrums as we enter 2014. According to FactSet Mergerstat, in 2013, 446 transactions were announced involving a U.S. buyer or target in the life sciences sector, as compared to 527 in 2012. Many...more

No Patent for You

Patent eligibility restrictions hit life sciences and tech - After years of issuing rulings limiting what can be patented, the Supreme Court turned its attention squarely toward patent eligibility in the life sciences...more

Court Report - Part II: February 03, 2014

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. et al. v. Noven Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al. 1:14-cv-00111; filed January 30, 2014 in the...more

Court Report - February 02, 2014

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Eli Lilly and Company v. Glenmark Generics Inc., USA. 1:14-cv-00104; filed January 23, 2013 in the Southern District of...more

More Q&A from Webinar on Top Patent Law Stories of 2013

On Tuesday, we presented a live webinar on the "Top Patent Law Stories of 2013." The webinar covered ten of the fourteen stories that made it onto Patent Docs seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. Posts...more

Top Stories of 2013: #7 to #10

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2013, we identified fourteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year...more

The Danger of Self-Colliding Divisional Applications in the EPO

Last week I had the honor of speaking at the 27th Annual Pharmaceutical/Chemical Patent Practice Update put on by the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association’s Chemical Practice Committee. The entire program was...more

For the Common Good

For-profits and nonprofits in life sciences team up - Nonprofit groups are actively supporting research to solve tough medical challenges. Life sciences and pharma companies are eager to accelerate product development....more

Court Report -- December 15, 2013

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Pfizer Inc. et al. v. Hetero USA Inc. et al. 1:13-cv-02021; filed December 11, 2013 in the District Court of...more

United States BioPharma Patents - Quick Tips and News - Nov/Dec 2013

A. Three Tips for Overcoming U.S. Obviousness Rejections - 1) Argue no PFO first: Always argue down existence of an Examiner-asserted presumption of prima facie obviousness (PFO), before going on to second-step...more

The Regulation of Follow-on Biologics

What is new in the world of follow-on biologics? Manthei: Congress enacted the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 to provide an alternative to the submission of a Biologics License Application for...more

Court Report -- December 08, 2013

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Astrazeneca AB et al. v. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. et al. 3:13-cv-07298; filed December 3, 2013 in the District Court of New...more

The Life Sciences Report - Fall 2013

In this issue: - How to Expedite Examination of a Patent Application - The FDA Releases Final Guidance for Mobile Medical Applications - Creating Value in the Medtech Industry Using a Gender Lens -...more

Life Sciences Financing Survey - First Half, 2013

In This Issue: - Summary - Analysis of Industry Data - Detailed Fenwick & West Results: Valuation - Detailed Fenwick & West Results: Financing Terms ...more

Innovative Exit Strategies for Life Sciences Companies – Interview with Bill Whelan, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Bill Whelan, Co-chair of Mintz Levin's Life Sciences Practice, discusses exit strategies in the life sciences....more

China’s Life Sciences Regulatory Crackdown: September 10 Update

The regulatory enforcement environment in China remains tense, as both the Chinese government and media bring new actions and allegations against life sciences manufacturers in both the pharmaceutical and device sectors. We...more

Business Litigation Report -- April 2013

In This Issue: - Firm News: DoJ Star Healthcare Fraud Prosecutor Joins Washington, D.C. Office; and Quinn Emanuel Wins Top Honors at the Inaugural U.S. Benchmark Annual Awards - Main...more

Dechert Survey of Securities Fraud Class Actions Brought Against U.S. Life Sciences Companies

Publicly Traded Life Sciences Companies in the United States Remain an Increasingly Popular Target of Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuits: The past year was particularly noteworthy with respect to the absolute and...more

China Life Sciences Health Industry Client Briefing – February 2013 (March 11, 2013)

In This Issue: New Drug GSP Issued: Supervision on Drug Distribution to be Enhanced (China Securities Journal 2013-02-20) – February 20, 2013; China to Encourage Innovative Drug Development (Xinhua News Agency...more

China Life Sciences Health Industry Client Briefing – January 2013 (February 21, 2013)

In This Issue: Li Keqiang Comments from the 12th Plenary Meeting of the Medical Reform Leading Group (USCBC 2012-01-06) – January 6, 2013; MOH Announces Roadmap for Medical Reform (USCBC 2012-01-10) – January 10, 2013;...more

China Life Sciences Health Industry Client Briefing - December 2012 (January 18, 2013)

Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Health Care & Life Sciences - News & Regulations: ..Industry Calls for Reform of Lagging Drug Review System (Global Times 2012-12-02) – December 3, 2012...more

China Life Sciences - January 2013

In This Issue: Investor Q&A; Key Regulatory Issues for Strategic Life Sciences Partnerships in China; Compulsory Patent Licensing in China; and New Developments on the “Patentable Subject Matter” Requirement of U.S....more

China Life Sciences and Health Industry Client Briefing – November 2012 (December 13, 2012)

In This Issue: Priorities, Practical Tips and Lessons Learned from Reed Smith’s China Device Regulatory Briefing on December 4, 2012; Programs of Designated Drug Production to be Initiated: Five to 10 Pilot Varieties...more

Doing Business in Canada: Technology

Many Canadian businesses are involved in researching and developing cutting-edge technology in a number of areas including: information technology, high-tech, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, clean technology, environmental...more

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