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Practical Steps for Building a Strong Life Science Patent Portfolio Worth Billions of Dollars

In the last four years, several companies with antiviral drug programs, including Alios BioPharma, Idenix, Inhibitex, InterMune and Pharmasset, have been acquired by large pharmaceutical companies (‘‘big pharma’’). One of the...more

Strike Two – FDA Rejects Amgen’s Certification Petition for Biosimilar Applicants

In parallel with the district court case where Amgen is asserting that Sandoz has not complied with the BPCIA because they have not provided Amgen with a copy of their biosimilar application, in October 2014 Amgen filed a...more

Patent Misuse and Patent Exhaustion Asserted as Stand Alone Claims Dismissed for Failure to State a Claim

Continental Automotive GmbH and Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. (collectively "Continental") filed a multi-claim lawsuit against iBiquity Digital Corporation ("iBiquity"), which asserted causes of action for patent...more

Appellate Review of Claim Construction Still De Novo if Based Solely on Intrinsic Evidence - Fenner Investments, Ltd. v. Cellco...

Two appeals following the Supreme Court’s modification of the standard of appellate review on claim construction in Teva Pharm. USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. (IP Update,Vol. 18, No. 1) indicate that it is largely business as...more

Patent Term Adjustment in the Post-RCE Period

We know from Novartis v. Lee that a patent application does not earn “B delay” type Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) from the time an RCE is filed until a Notice of Allowance is issued, but an application still can earn PTA for...more

Federal Circuit Finds Disclaimer Based on “Object of Invention” Language

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Pacing Technologies, LLC v. Garmin International, Inc. (No. 2014-1396) provides patent litigators with a new tool for claim construction arguments and may make patent prosecutors...more

PTAB Rules Lab Notebooks Insufficient to Prove Conception and Reduction to Practice

Swearing behind a reference is an enticing option for a Patent Owner, but the Board has again reminded parties that rigorous—and admissible—proof of conception and reduction to practice is still necessary....more

Use Wayback Machine with Caution: PTAB Excludes Website Printouts from Wayback Machine

In a decision on the patent owner’s motion to exclude evidence, the PTAB excluded certain website printouts from the Wayback Machine as lacking authentication. ...more

Federal Circuit Review | March 2015

Patent Office’s Decision To Institute IPR Not Reviewable - In IN RE CUOZZO SPEED TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, the Federal Circuit held it lacks jurisdiction to review the Patent Office’s decision to institute inter partes review....more

The Innovation Act of 2015: Congress Targets Patent ‘Trolls’ Again

On February 5, 2015, the House Judiciary Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), flanked by a bipartisan group of his peers, reintroduced his “Innovation Act” (H.R. 9). The bill is the second time in as many years that the...more

Supreme Court to Hear Argument on March 31 Whether to Overrule Brulotte v. Thys, Co.

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court held in Brulotte v. Thys Co., 379 U.S. 29 (1964) that a license agreement requiring royalty payments for use of a patented invention after expiration of the patent term is unlawful per se. ...more

WIPO Releases Data on 2014 International Patent Filings

Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released data on 2014 international application filings under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). WIPO noted that U.S. and Japanese filings accounted for almost...more

Stay Pending Trial In Related Case Is Granted; Request To Enjoin Defendant From Seeking Post-Grant Relief Is Denied

Burke, M. J. Defendant’s motion to stay pending entry of judgment in a related case is granted. Plaintiff’s request to enjoin defendant from initiating post-grant review is denied....more

Patent Directed To “Upselling” Is Invalid

Andrews, J. Defendant’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim under section 101 is granted as to all asserted claims. Oral argument was held on May 23, 2014. ...more

Attorney’s Fees Are Awarded

Andrews, J. Defendant’s request for attorney’s fees is granted in part. Defendant is instructed to submit a joint proposed order reflecting the award. Defendant’s request for discovery and an injunction are denied....more

Cloud Storage Company Grounded in D. Mass.

A patent defendant specializing in “virtual” database systems recently learned how real its burden is when seeking to transfer out of the District of Massachusetts. Delphix Corp. (“Delphix”) and Actifio, Inc. (“Actifio”) have...more

Those NDAs May Not Be Worth the Paper They Are Written On

It is a given that companies strive to protect their intellectual property. Over the years, as an instrument of that protection, companies have made increasing use of non-disclosure agreements to advance that objective. A...more

The ACLU, Working for the Man

The ACLU championed its efforts in the AMP v. Myriad case as being another instance of the group fighting for the rights of the many and the powerless against corporate America and the oligarchical few. In a paradox, it now...more

District Court Denies Motion to Stay Pending Ex Parte Reexamination Where Defendant Was Competitor of Plaintiff and Chose Ex Parte...

Plaintiff Ecolab Inc. ("Ecolab") filed a patent infringement action alleging that Gurtler infringed Ecolab's patent for "SANITIZING LAUNDRY SOUR," United States Patent No. 6,262,013 (the "'013 Patent"). Gurtler subsequently...more

District Court Denies Amgen's Bid to Block Sale of Blockbuster Biosimilar Drug

On March 19, 2015, Judge Seeborg of the Northern District of California handed a significant victory to Sandoz's efforts to bring the first biosimilar product to market by denying Amgen's partial judgment on the pleadings and...more

Court Strikes Expert Opinions, No Punishment Intended

Order Granting Takeda’s Motion to Strike, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. LTD., et al., v. TWi Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Case No. 13-cv-02420-LHK (Judge Lucy H. Koh) - The Northern District Patent Local Rules are specifically...more

Draeger Medical Systems Files For Declaratory Judgment Against My Health

On March 19, 2015, Draeger Medical Systems, Inc. (“Draeger”) filed a Declaratory Judgment action against My Health, Inc. (“My Health”). The complaint alleges that My Health sent a cease and desist letter to Draeger that...more

USITC Declines to Institute Investigation of Induced Patent Infringement as Unfair Method of Competition or Unfair Acts

In a recent decision, the International Trade Commission rejected a petitioner’s attempt to use allegations of unfair competition and unfair acts as a possible way of working around the Federal Circuit’s bar on claims of...more

The Tyranny of the Judiciary

There has always been a tension between the need for a final arbiter of the law and the inherent power associated with such a role placed in the judicial branch. Jefferson himself was wary of this tendency, writing in a...more

PTAB Declines to Limit Claim Based on Disclosure of Only One Embodiment

The effect of the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation claim construction standard in inter partes review proceedings, forcing a decision that may be different than what could have been expected in district court litigation,...more

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