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An Unsuccessful Reach for the STELARA, Written description of generic biomolecule claims

AbbVie owns US 6,914,128 (’128), which covers a variety of anti-IL12 monoclonal antibodies. AbbVie markets an anti-IL12 monoclonal (viz. Humira®) as a treatment for a variety of auto-immune disorders, including psoriasis....more

Generic Drug Company Licensees Avoid Patented Medicines Price Oversight

In nearly identical decisions released on May 27, 2014, Sandoz Canada Inc v Canada, 2014 FC 501 (Sandoz) and ratiopharm Inc v Canada, 2014 FC 502 (ratiopharm), the Federal Court of Canada held that some licensees of patents...more

What Is “a Patient?”

Braintree Labs, Inc. v. Novel Labs, Inc. - On appeal from summary judgment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit construed “a patient” to mean “a population of patients,” overturning the district court’s...more

Jumping Into The Actavis Briar Patch — Insight Into How Courts May Structure Reverse Payment Antitrust Proceedings And The...

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION - WHAT ARE REVERSE PAYMENT SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS? ..The Basic Framework of Hatch-Waxman Litigation ..The Federal Trade Commission’s View of Reverse Payment Settlements and Its...more

A Combination of References Need Only Provide a “Reasonable Expectation of Success”

Hoffmann La-Roche Inc. v. Apotex Inc. - Addressing the validity of a dosing regimen patent in Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower...more

Federal Circuit Vacates Infringement of Braintree SUPREP Patent

In a divided opinion issued in Braintree Labs., Inc. v. Novel Labs., Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed the district court on one of two challenged claim construction issues and vacated the district court’s finding of...more

Federal Circuit Expands Doctrine of Double Patenting

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Gilead) owns United States Patent No. 5,763,483 and United States Patent No. 5,952,375. The patents feature common inventors and disclose similar material in the field of anti-viral compounds. Natco...more

FTC Asks Court to Reverse Payment Decision

On May 2, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit requesting that the court reverse the district court’s decision in Lamictal Direct Purchaser...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

SDNY Patent Litigation Update: Vol. 1, No. 4

The SDNY Patent Litigation Update provides a single-resource, monthly summary of patent litigation action in SDNY including complaints filed, important decisions, and trending issues. For example, last month Judge Scheindlin...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

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

Prove that You Are DIFFERIN Enough!

In the recent case of Galderma Labs v. Tolmar Inc., the Federal Circuit announced an important new rule for evaluating obviousness of selection inventions. The court also gave important guidance as to what constitutes...more

Antitrust Bulletin - Vol. 5, No. 1

In this Issue: - New Developments - U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Patent Agreements That Postpone the Sale of Generic Drugs Violate Antitrust Laws - Direct Purchasers Have Standing to Bring Antitrust...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

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

Supreme Court, in FTC v. Actavis, rejects the “scope of the patent” test, holding that antitrust law’s “rule of reason” analysis...

Patent rights and antitrust law contain inherently antagonistic policies: While antitrust law is aimed at preventing monopolies and promoting competition, patent law explicitly rewards inventors with a time-limited right to...more

Court Report -- June 30, 2013

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Alpex Pharma S A et al. v. Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. et al. 1:13-cv-01143; filed June 26, 2013 in the District...more

Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett (2013)

The old adage "Bad cases make bad law" is invoked when the facts of a case lead a court to rule in favor of the particular entities before it rather than applying the law consistently. (Although anyone familiar with recent...more

News from Abroad: UK Court of Appeal Rules on Interim Injunctions

The Court of Appeal recently issued a decision concerning the issues that should be considered when granting an interim injunction. The proceedings related to Novartis' product zoledronic acid, which was used to treat...more

Supreme Court Subjects Reverse Payment Settlements to Antitrust Review

In a recent opinion with powerful implications for drug manufacturers, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in FTC v. Actavis that reverse payment settlement agreements can violate the antitrust laws despite the antitrust immunity...more

Supreme Court Rules That Pay-For-Delay Settlements Subject To Antitrust Challenges

Antitrust challenges to so-called “pay-for-delay” settlements in drug patent suits are allowed under the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc....more

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