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Court Report - May 2016 #4

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Allergan, Inc. et al. v. Somerset Therapeutics, LLC 1:16-cv-00392; filed May 26, 2016 in the District Court of...more

On Sale Bar Invalidates Safyral, Beyaz Folate Patent

In Merck & CIE v. Watson Laboratories, Inc., the Federal Circuit found communications between Merck and a potential joint venture partner amounted to a commercial offer to sell that invalidated the Orange Book-listed folate...more

Court Report - May 2016 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc. 3:16-cv-02703; filed May 18, 2016 in the Northern District of...more

FTC Maintains Aggressive Stance Against Pay-for-Delay Deals

A recent complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) indicates that the agency is continuing its aggressive pursuit of agreements between drug manufacturers that delay the entry of generic pharmaceuticals into the...more

Quicker, easier and cheaper? New Rules for patent prosecution in India

Several notable amendments to India’s patent Rules came into effect on 16 May 2016, following the publication of draft Rules in November last year. The new Rules, which seek to fast track applications and introduce a number...more

CAFC Affirms Finacea Gel Infringement Under Doctrine of Equivalents

In Intendis GmbH v. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court decision that found infringement under the doctrine of equivalents. This case shows that the doctrine of equivalents...more

PTAB Institutes IPR on Humira Patent

As we previously reported, the PTAB instituted IPR on U.S. Patent 8,889,135, which is drawn to a method of treating rheumatoid arthritis (“RA”) with Humira®, a TNFa-inhibitor. Claim 1 is directed to “A method for treating...more

Amgen v. Sandoz: Sandoz’s Opposition to Amgen’s Conditional Cross-Petition for Certiorari

As we covered in a previous post, following the Federal Circuit’s decision in Amgen v. Sandoz, Sandoz filed a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review the Federal Circuit’s interpretation of the...more

U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2016 Special 301 Report

On April 27th, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), issued the 2016 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, "[i]ntellectual property is a critical source of economic growth and...more

Court Report - May 2016 #2 (Part II)

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Amgen Inc. et al. v. Sandoz Inc. et al. 3:16-cv-02581; filed May 12, 2016 in the Northern District of California - .....more

Analysis of Amgen’s complaint against Sandoz in pegfilgrastim litigation

As we reported earlier, Amgen recently filed suit under the BPCIA against Sandoz and Lek Pharmaceuticals in the Northern District of California. Amgen alleges that Sandoz’s submission of an aBLA for its pegfilgrastim product...more

Court Report - May 2016 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Impax Laboratories, Inc. 2:16-cv-02526; filed May 6, 2016 in the District Court of New Jersey...more

What Constitutes a “Commercial Offer” to Trigger the On-Sale Bar?

The on-sale bar defense under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) remains a topic of interest for the Federal Circuit. For example, the Federal Circuit, en banc, is considering whether a supplier exception should exist to the on-sale bar...more

Intendis GmbH v. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA (Fed. Cir. 2016)

The Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court spent an inordinate amount of time wrestling with each of their conceptions of the scope and application of the doctrine of equivalents a dozen years ago, coming to an accommodation...more

Breaking News: PTAB Institutes IPR on Humira® Patent

On May 17, 2016, the PTAB instituted IPR proceedings on claims 1-5 of U.S. Patent No. 8,889,135, drawn to a method of treating a rheumatoid arthritis patient with a TNFa-inhibitor. Humira®, marketed by Abbvie, is allegedly...more

Judgment Issues For Plaintiffs In ANDA Case

Sleet, J. The court issues findings of fact and conclusions of law and rules on post-trial motions. A 4-day trial took place between November 9-13, 2015. The disputed product is generic forms of plerixafor, which is...more

Amgen v. Hospira: Court Considers Issues Regarding the Scope of Discovery and the RPS’s Ability to Assert Additional Patents in...

In a recent hearing held in Amgen v. Hospira, the parties offered arguments on some novel issues relating to litigation under the BPCIA, particularly: - ..Whether a reference product sponsor (“RPS”) can compel a...more

USPTO Releases Patent Eligibility Update

On May 4, 2016, the USPTO released a “May 2016 Subject Matter Eligibility Update” (“Update”) providing guidance to patent examiners on formulating a subject matter eligibility rejection and evaluating an applicant’s response...more

Court Report - May 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG et al. v. Hetero USA, Inc. et al. 3:16-cv-02356; filed April 26, 2016 in the...more

Claims Are Construed In Pharmaceuticals Case

Robinson, J. Claim construction opinion issues regarding one term from one patent. The disputed technology relates to a form of tigecycline. The following term was considered...more

Are Drug Prices Really Too High?

Those working in the pharmaceutical space are used to hearing complaints about the high costs of drugs, and patents often are blamed for allowing pharmaceutical companies to charge “too much” for their products. But are drug...more

Patents-In Suit In ANDA Trial Are Non-Obvious

A 6-day bench trial was held from April 6-14, 2015. After trial, the court entered stipulations and orders regarding infringement of certain claims of the ‘178 and ‘206 patents. The court rejected defendant’s claim that the...more

Post-Trial Finding Of Non-Obviousness Issues

A 6-day bench trial was held from April 6-14, 2015. The court considers post-trial findings of fact and conclusions of law relating to validity of U.S. Patent No. 8,613,950 challenged by defendant on the basis of obviousness....more

Judge Griesa Grants Endo an Injunction Against Generic Manufacturers of Opioid Opana ER

On April 29, 2016, S.D.N.Y. District Judge Thomas P. Griesa granted Defendants Actavis, Inc., Actavis South Atlantic LLC (together “Actavis”) and Roxane Laboratories, Inc.’s motion to correct the court’s August 14, 2015...more

Apotex, Inc. v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Case Name: Apotex, Inc. v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., C.A. Nos. 12-cv-9295, 15-cv-3695, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2126 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 8, 2016) (Coleman, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Benicar® and Benicar® HCT...more

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