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Obama Launches Cancer Moonshot Task Force – But Where’s The Patent Power?

On January 28, 2016, the White House issued a Memorandum establishing the Moonshot Task Force “to double the rate of progress in the fight against cancer – and put ourselves on a path to achieve in just 5 years research and...more

The US Biosimilar Pathway: What’s Ahead

2015 was a landmark year for biosimilars. It began with the approval of the first US biosimilar, Sandoz’s Zarxio, in March 2015 under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA). Zarxio entered the US...more

IP Newsflash - February 2016 #2

SUPREME COURT CASES - Post-Complaint Events or Transactions Cannot Cure Prudential Standing Defects - The U.S. Supreme Court denied Alps South’s writ to review the Federal Circuit’s decision that the company lacked...more

Court Report - February 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Astellas Pharma Inc. et al. v. Apotex Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-00857; filed September 22, 2015 in the District Court of...more

PTAB Denies Amgen’s IPR in Win for AbbVie – Article “Suggests a High Degree of Unpredictability” in the Art at Time of Invention

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently denied institution of Amgen’s inter partes review against an AbbVie patent covering HUMIRA® (currently, the best-selling drug in the world). ...more

Purdue OxyContin Patents Invalid Despite Stemming From Discovery Of Source Of Toxic Impurity

In Purdue Pharma L.P. v. Epic Pharma LLC, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court decision holding four OxyContin patents invalid as obvious. In so doing, the court rejected Purdue’s arguments that its discovery of...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — January 2016

OPDP enforcement reaches record low in 2015 as drugmakers face uncertainty in digital marketing - Enforcement by the OPDP has fallen notably since 2010. The decline has been attributed, in part, to the agency's slow...more

Court Report - January 2016 #4

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Purdue Pharma L.P. et al. v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC 1:15-cv-00831; filed September 17, 2015 in the District Court of...more

Claims Are Construed In Pharma Case

Forest Laboratories LLC, et al. v. Sigmapharm Laboratories LLC, et al., C.A. No. 14-1119 – SLR-SRF, January 29, 2016. Robinson, J. Claim construction opinion issues regarding six terms from three patents. The...more

BioPharma Patents: Quick Tips & News - January 2016

Subject matter eligibility and “laws of nature.” As reported in our July 2015 newsletter, the Federal Circuit invalidated claims to a method of diagnosing fetal abnormalities without amniocentesis. This precedent—if it...more

Spangenberg Finds Partner to Target Nucynta® Patent

About a year ago, certain hedge-fund petitioners made headlines by filing IPR petitions targeting various biopharma patents. Most notably, Kyle Bass, founder of Dallas-based hedge fund Hayman Capital Management, and his...more

Otsuka Pharm. Co., Ltd. v. Zydus Pharms. USA,

Case Name: Otsuka Pharm. Co., Ltd. v. Zydus Pharms. USA, C.A. Nos. 14-3168 (JBS/KMW),14-4671 (JBS/KMW),14-5878 (JBS/KMW),14-6398 (JBS/KMW),14-7252 (JBS/KMW), 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138853 (D.N.J. Oct. 13, 2015) (Simandle,...more

Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs., Ltd.

Case Name: Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs., Ltd., Civ. No. 11-3962, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 167048 (D.N.J. Nov. 13, 2015) (Cooper, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Aloxi® (palonosetron); U.S. Patents...more

Spectrum Pharms., Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc.

Case Name: Spectrum Pharms., Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., 2015-1407, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 17313 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 2, 2015) (Circuit Judges Lourie, Wallach, and Hughes presiding; Opinion by Lourie, J.) (Appeal from D. Nev., Navarro,...more

Prometheus Labs., Inc. v. Roxane Labs., Inc.

Case Name: Prometheus Labs., Inc. v. Roxane Labs., Inc., 2014-1634, -1635, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 19556 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 10, 2015) (Circuit Judges Dyk, Taranto, and Hughes presiding; Opinion by Dyk, J.) (Appeal from D.N.J.,...more

Cubist Pharms., Inc. v. Hospira, Inc.

Case Name: Cubist Pharms., Inc. v. Hospira, Inc., 2015-1197, 2015-1204, 2015-1259, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 19662 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 12, 2015) (Circuit Judges Wallach, Bryson, and Hughes presiding; Opinion by Bryson, J.) (Appeal...more

More on Patent Settlements Including Litigation at the European Courts

Last week I posted on the European Commission’s (EC) latest report into patent settlement agreements between originator and generic companies in the European Union (EU). The EC says each time it produces these reports that...more

Extending the Patentable Life of 3D Printers: A Lesson From the Pharmaceutical Industry

Modern innovation typically occurs one step-improvement at a time. Some clients initially question whether their new application of an existing technology is patentable. Usually, the answer is ‘yes.’ Under U.S. law (and most...more

FTC Report Tallies Hatch-Waxman Settlements in First Full Year After Actavis

On January 13, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or the Commission) released an overview of the pharmaceutical patent settlements filed with the Commission in Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014). The...more

Court Report - January 2016 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. 1:15-cv-00806; filed September 11, 2015 in the District Court...more

“Obvious to Try” Rationale Insufficient to Institute IPR Trial Directed to Venlafaxine

The rate at which the Board denies inter partes review petitions has been climbing in recent months, and will be helped along by the Board’s denial of review in Neptune Generics v. Auspex Pharm., IPR2015-01313. Neptune...more

Court Report - January 2016 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Sage Labs Inc. v. Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals Inc. 1:15-cv-00791; filed September 9, 2015 in the District Court of...more

News from Abroad: IP Australia Releases Myriad Examination Guidelines

Following the recent public consultation in view of the Australian High Court's decision in D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics ("Myriad"), IP Australia has released new Examination Guidelines for applications which may be affected by...more

The Life Sciences Report - Winter 2016

Ten Considerations for Companies Evaluating a Pre-Negotiated Acquisition - In recent years, there has been a shift in the research and development strategy of large pharmaceutical and medical device companies from...more

A Stay of Litigation Pending IPR Does Not Provide a Basis For Extending 30-Stay of FDA ANDA Approval

On December 11, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted a motion to stay a Hatch-Waxman litigation pending the outcome of inter partes reviews (IPRs) on two of the patents-in-suit...more

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