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Biosimilar Uptake and Patent Litigation in Japan

Biosimilar uptake in Japan has been a bit mixed, but according to experts the volume shares of biosimilars suggests it could be a key market in years to come. The Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), which is...more

The Federal Court Reverses a Hindsight Reconstruction of An Important Pharmaceutical Invention

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In Millennium Pharmaceuticals v. Sandoz, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s holding of obviousness of certain claims of Millennium-owned U.S. Patent No. 6,713,446 (the ‘446 patent), finding that the district...more

Millennium Pharm. v. Sandoz, Inc. – Revenge of the Chemical Judges

In the 2003 panel decision in Schering Corp. v. Geneva Pharm., Inc., the panel rejected “the contention that inherent anticipation requires recognition [of the claim element not found] in the prior art.” The claims were...more

Settling the Discoverability of Settlement Agreements

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Settlement agreement between a co-defendant and plaintiff in a Hatch-Waxman patent litigation matter is discoverable, ruled Judge Bryson in Allergan, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., Case No. 15-1455 (E.D. Tex.,...more

Lidoderm Plaintiffs Survive Class Certification in Pay-for-Delay Suit

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The US District Court for the Northern District of California certified classes of direct purchasers and end-payers in a pay-for-delay multidistrict litigation involving Lidoderm. In re Lidoderm Antitrust Litigation, Case No....more

Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

In multiple ANDA litigations against multiple defendants, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. had several of its asserted claims held invalid for obviousness at the district court. The Federal Circuit reversed these decisions...more

German Federal Court: Permission granted - HIV/AIDS drug distribution continued

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The X. Civil Senate of the German Federal Court of Justice has granted a motion by three companies of the Merck Sharp & Dohme group (Merck) for a preliminary permission for the continued distribution of Isentress®, a drug...more

Diagnostic and Personalized Medicine Claims — Strategies for Navigating the §101 Minefield

In Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostic LLC, the Federal Circuit (CAFC) dealt another blow to the patent eligibility of diagnostic methods and the growing field of personalized medicine....more

Bioverativ Files ITC Complaint Against CSL’s Idelvion® Alongside District Court Infringement Suit

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In an earlier post, we discussed the recent rise in Section 337 proceedings against pharmaceutical products and medical devices at the International Trade Commission. Last week, Bioverativ, which markets the recombinant...more

Supply and Purchase Agreement Triggers On-Sale Bar Provision of 35 USC § 102(b)

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The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court and found that a Supply and Purchase Agreement between Helsinn and third-party MGI Pharma, Inc. (MGI) before the critical date of the asserted...more

Second Circuit Allows Class Action Suit Involving Diabetes Drug to Proceed

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Purchasers of Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company’s branded diabetes drug, ACTOS, filed an antitrust suit alleging that Takeda falsely described two patents to the US Food and Drug Association (FDA) and, as a result, delayed...more

Court Construes “Hydrate” to Require Crystalline Form Following Battle of the Experts

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Addressing the issue of the proper construction of claims to a trihydrate compound, the US District Court for the District of New Jersey concluded that a person of ordinary skill in the art (POSA) would understand “hydrate”...more

UK Supreme Court hands down landmark ruling in favour of Eli Lilly

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Following last Friday’s (7 July 2017) unusual move of advance publication of the outcome of the case, the UK Supreme Court now published the reasons for its decision in the long-running Actavis v Eli Lilly case. The reasons...more

The Effects of the Actavis Decision on Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements in ANDA cases -- Four Years After

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decision in FTC v. Actavis, finding that although so-called reverse payment settlement agreements were not per se antitrust violations in cases brought against generic drug makers...more

Italian time-machine : Limitation of the duration of an SPC may be decided by the Italian Patent Office

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The Board of Appeal of the Italian Patent Office (Commissione dei Ricorsi), by decision published on June 26, 2017, acknowledged the right of the patent holder to ask the Italian Patent Office for the limitation of the...more

Hogan Lovells Successfully Acts for Eli Lilly in UK Supreme Court Patent Ruling

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In an unusual move, the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) has given its key conclusions in the long running Actavis v Eli Lilly case ahead of giving the full judgment. The UKSC allowed Eli Lilly’s appeal and held that Actavis’ products...more

Sandoz Inc. v Amgen Inc.

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Artificial patent infringement occurs when certain types of approval applications are submitted to the U.S. Food And Drug Administration (the “FDA”). The U.S. Supreme Court recently considered a situation in which an...more

PTAB Issues Additional Final Written Decisions Finding AbbVie’s Humira Patent Unpatentable

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On July 6, 2017, the PTAB issued two additional Final Written Decisions finding AbbVie’s U.S. Patent 8,889,135 (“the ‘135 patent”) unpatentable as obvious over the prior art. The Final Written Decisions were issued in...more

PTAB Life Sciences Report - July 2017

About the PTAB Life Sciences Report: Each month we will report on developments at the PTAB involving life sciences patents. Myriad Genetics, Inc. v. Johns Hopkins University - PTAB Petition: IPR2017-01102; filed March...more

Supreme Court Decision Allows Faster Marketing of Biosimilars

On Monday, June 12, 2017, the United States Supreme Court in a unanimous decision held that manufacturers making biosimilars of biologic drugs did not have to wait until after gaining federal approval of the biosimilar to...more

Janssen and Celltrion: Remicade Biosimilar Patent Dance

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Janssen Biotech Inc. and Celltrion Healthcare have taken the next step over Janssen’s blockbuster arthritis biologic medicine Remicade (infliximab) and Celltrion’s biosimilar, as required by the Biologics Price Competition...more

FDA Report: Agency Announces Expedited Review of Certain ANDAs

On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a press release stating how it would begin implementing its plan to increase competition for prescription drugs. This comes on the heels of FDA Commissioner...more

ITC Section 337 – Quarterly Highlights

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SCOTUS Narrows Opportunity For ITC Section 337 Jurisdiction Over Imported Biosimilars Based On 180-Day Notice Provision - In Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., 794 F.3d 1347, 1357-58 (Fed. Cir. 2015), the Federal Circuit held that...more

The Supreme Court Delivers a Win for Biosimilar Manufacturers in Sandoz v. Amgen

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On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Sandoz v. Amgen, interpreting key provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) in favor of biosimilar manufacturers...more

SCOTUS: Supreme Court Lifts Biosimilars by Allowing Early Commercial Marketing Notice

The Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc., marking the first time the Court has interpreted the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) for the approval of biosimilar drugs. On...more

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