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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2016

Mean Girls v. The Right of Publicity: Lessons Learned From the Lohan and Gravano Lawsuits - On September 1, 2016, a New York appellate court ended two closely watched right of publicity lawsuits brought by Lindsay...more

Biotechnology Innovation Organization's Amicus Brief for In re Aqua Products, Inc.

On Friday, December 9, 2016, the Federal Circuit will hear oral arguments en banc in the In re Aqua Products, Inc. case to consider two questions related to the PTAB's treatment of Motions to Amend in IPR proceedings. ...more

Getting the Most from Biotech Patents in Europe Without Breaking the Bank: Selecting the Right Countries for Validation

Once a European patent application has been granted, all patentees must then choose to validate the granted application in one or more European countries. Such a decision may have long-term business and legal consequences. ...more

An Inflectra Update -- Pfizer Announces Launch of REMICADE® Biosimilar

On April 5, 2016, the FDA approved Celltrion's application to market a biosimilar to Janssen Biotech Inc.'s REMICADE® (infliximab) anti-TNF-a antibody (see "FDA Approves Inflectra - Celltrion's REMICADE® Biosimilar"). ...more

Guest Post -- Recent Software Case Gives Important Lessons for Biotech

On September 13, the Federal Circuit held that a series of ordered combination of steps related to lip-synch software did not constitute an abstract idea, and was subsequently patent eligible under §101 (McRO, Inc. v. Bandai...more

Freedom to Utilize Genetic Resources? The Nagoya Protocol Two Years Later

Two years ago today, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (“Protocol”) entered into international...more

Final Judgment Prescribed For Antibody Patent After Double Patenting Decision

We previously wrote about Judge Wolf’s decision to invalidate Janssen Biotech, Inc.’s (“Janssen”) biopharmaceutical patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,284,471 (the “’471 Patent”)), based on the doctrine of obviousness-type double...more

Double Patenting Decision Delivers Bitter Pill To Antibody Patent

In a recent decision on obviousness-type double patenting, Judge Wolf shortened the shelf life of a dispute between Janssen Biotech, Inc. (“Janssen”) and Celltrion Healthcare Co. Inc. (“Celltrion”), relating to a...more

Bad Science Makes Bad Patent Law—No Science Makes It Worse (Part II)

In Part I, I explained some general criteria for laws of nature, considering the prototypes of Newton's laws and Einstein's E=mc2. Now I'll turn to whether there are laws of nature in biology. Biological generalizations,...more

Continental patents a la carte or prix fixe? Biotechnology considerations for the unitary patent in Europe

Unitary patents in Europe - The European unitary patent and Unitary Patent Court (UPC) are slated to go into effect in early 2017. These monumental changes will have a significant impact on the ways patent rights are...more

Oxford Immunotec Ltd. v. Qiagen, Inc. (D. Mass. 2016)

Magistrate Recommends That Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Be Allowed for Kit Claims and Denied for Method Claims - Last month, in Oxford Immunotec Ltd. v. Qiagen, Inc., Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell of the U.S....more

Court Report - September 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Horizon Therapeutics, Inc. v. Lupin Ltd. et al. 1:16-cv-04438; filed July 21, 2016 in the District Court of New Jersey...more

Investment in Biotechnology Companies -- Nature Biotechnology Report

Despite an understandable amount of gloom and doom in patenting circles regarding the effects of the recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit jurisprudence on life sciences patents (Mayo v. Prometheus; AMP v. Myriad Genetics;...more

Court Report - August 2016 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Tris Pharma Inc. v. Actavis Elizabeth LLC et al. 1:16-cv-00603l; filed July 12, 2016 in the District Court of...more

Court Report - August 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. v. Lee - 1:16-cv-00852; filed July 1, 2016 in the Eastern District of...more

PTAB Denies Priority Claim, Has No Affinity for “Antibody Rule”

Addressing enablement and written description issues in the context of a priority challenge, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found that the challenged claims were not entitled to the benefit of the parent...more

Court Report - July 2016 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Genzyme Corp. et al. v. Zydus Pharmaceuticals (USA) Inc. 1:16-cv-00540; filed June 29, 2016 in the District Court of...more

Federal Circuit’s Application of Mayo Revives Biotech Patent

In Rapid Litig. Mgmt. Ltd v. CellzDirect, Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed a ruling of patent invalidity under Section 101, reviving a biotech patent to a method of preserving hepatocytes, liver cells, for medical use. The...more

Court Report - July 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Eli Lilly and Company et al. v. Apotex Inc. et al. 1:16-cv-00475; filed June 22, 2016 in the District Court of...more

Federal Circuit Offers Path Through Section 101 Thicket for Biotech Method Patents

In its July 5, 2016 decision in Rapid Litigation Management Ltd and In Vitro, Inc. v. CellzDirect, Inc. and Invitrogen Corp., the Federal Circuit held that patent claims directed to an improved method of cryopreserving...more

Congress Jumps on Bandwagon to Reduce Biologic Drug Exclusivity Term

Ever since the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) was passed along with the rest of the healthcare law commonly called "Obamacare" in 2010, the Obama Administration has included in every budget a proposal...more

Court Report - June 2016 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Janssen Biotech, Inc. v. Celltrion Healthcare Co., Ltd. et al. 1:16-cv-11117; filed June 14, 2016 in the District Court of...more

Carry on as Before: Supreme Court Refuses Sequenom’s Petition

To the surprise of many, including myself, the Supreme Court denied Sequenom’s petition for writ of certiorari (“Petition”). Sequenom asked the Court whether the inventive concept required under the Mayo/Myriad framework can...more

BIO International Convention 2016 Preview

U.S. Patent Practice – the PTAB, Federal Courts, and Patent Eligibility - The 2016 BIO International Convention has already begun in San Francisco, but most of the sessions and forums get underway beginning on Tuesday,...more

Court Report - June 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Orexo AB et al. v. Actavis Elizabeth LLC et al. 1:16-cv-00397; filed May 27, 2016 in the District Court of Delaware...more

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