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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

Merck & Cie v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

The Federal Circuit had the occasion to revisit the proper application of the on-sale bar under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) in ANDA litigation over claim 4 of U.S. Patent No. 6,441,168, which reads...more

The First Circuit Agrees that Non-Cash Reverse Payments Are Subject to Antitrust Scrutiny. Does the Loestrin Decision Point to...

Recently, the First Circuit became the second federal appellate court interpreting the Supreme Court's landmark decision in FTC v. Actavis, Inc. to hold that non-cash "reverse payments" between pioneer and generic...more

1st Circuit Joins 3rd Circuit: Non-Cash Reverse Payments Subject to Antitrust Scrutiny

Courts continue to evaluate the degree to which “reverse payments” are permitted post-Actavis. In the latest of these decisions, issued on February 22, 2016, the First Circuit held that non-cash payments may run afoul of the...more

Merck & CIE v. Watson Labs., Inc.

Case Name: Merck & CIE v. Watson Labs., Inc., Civ. Nos. 13-978-RGA, 13-1272-RGA, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115245 (D. Del. Aug. 31, 2015) (Andrews, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Safyral® and Beyaz®...more

Novartis Pharms. Corp. v. Watson Labs., Inc.

Case Name: Novartis Pharms. Corp. v. Watson Labs., Inc., Fed. Cir. Nos. 2014-1799, -1800, 2015-1061, -1062, -1120, -1121, -1141, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8374 (Fed. Cir. May 21, 2015) (Circuit Judges Lourie, Taranto, and Hughes...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - June 2015

Apls South, LLC v. Ohio Willow Wood Co. (No. 2013-1452, -1488, 2014-1147, -1426, 6/5/15) (Lourie, Moore, Chen) - Chen, J. Vacating judgment and remanding with instructions to dismiss due to lack of standing. “Precedent...more

Disputed Terms Are Construed In Colchicine Dispute

Robinson, J. Claim construction opinion issues regarding three disputed terms from four patents-in-suit. The court construes the following disputed terms...more

Court Report - April 2015 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Actavis Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-02499; filed April 7, 2015 in the District Court of New...more

Court Report - April 2015

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Gilead Sciences Inc. et al. v. Watson Laboratories Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-00289; filed April 1, 2015 in the District...more

Court Report

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Pfizer Inc. et al. v. Mylan Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-00026; filed January 8, 2015 in the District Court of Delaware. •...more

Court Report

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. et al. v. Roxane Laboratories Inc. 1:14-cv-01508; filed December 23, 2014 in the District...more

Ferring B.V. v. Watson Labs., Inc.—Florida II

Nature of the Case and Issue(s) Presented: The patents-in-suit claim oral dosage forms and method of treating menorrhagia and require three elements: (i) about 650 mg of tranexamic acid; (ii) a so-called modified release...more

Silence of ANDA with Respect to a Claim Limitation Does Not Constitute Infringement

Ferring B.V. v. Watson Labs., Inc. - In Hatch-Waxman litigation that involved Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) that were silent as to certain claimed limitations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

BioPharma Patents Quick Tips and News

THREE NEW CASES FROM THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT - UNEXPECTED RESULTS - 1. In Allergan v. Apotex, 754 F.3d 952 (Fed. Gir. 2014). claims to method of growing eyelashes by administering a broad genus encompassing...more

Court Report - September 2014 #6

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Cadence Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al. v. InnoPharma Licensing LLC et al. 1:14-cv-01225; filed September 24, 2014 in the...more

Irreparable Harm No Longer Presumed in the Third Circuit for Lanham Act Plaintiffs

In a recent decision, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit eliminated the presumption of irreparable harm for Lanham Act plaintiffs seeking preliminary injunctive relief. In Ferring Pharms., Inc. v. Watson Pharms.,...more

Court Report - September 2014

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. UCB Inc. et al. v. Watson Laboratories Inc. (NV) et al. 1:14-cv-01083; filed August 21, 2014 in the District Court of...more

Court Report - June 2014 #5

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. et al. v. Mylan Inc. et al. 1:14-cv-00777; filed June 19, 2014 in the District Court of...more

Shire Dev. LLC v. Watson Pharms., Inc.

Case Name: Shire Dev. LLC v. Watson Pharms., Inc., No. 2013-1409, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 5719 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 28, 2014) (Circuit Judges Rader, Prost, and Hughes presiding; Opinion by Hughes, J.) (appeal S.D. Fla., Middlebrooks,...more

Court Report -- June 17, 2013

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC v. Watson Laboratories Inc. et al. 1:13-cv-01015; filed June 6, 2013 in the District Court of...more

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

Contraceptives were the subject of the Federal Circuit's recent decision in Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. But, unfortunately, it's a rather fact-specific case with nothing of prurient...more

Supreme Court Oral Argument in FTC v. Actavis

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis (the caption for what was Federal Trade Commission v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in the 11th Circuit opinion below) last Monday, with Deputy...more

Case Brief: Federal Trade Commission v. Watson Pharmaceuticals

[Ed. The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in Federal Trade Commission v. Watson Pharmaceuticals. While Patent Docs will provide analysis regarding the oral argument in a subsequent post, we provide the following...more

Will FTC Chairman Leibowitz’s Departure Change The Enforcement Landscape?

After three years at the helm of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Chairman Jon Leibowitz stepped down. Without a doubt Chairman Leibowitz has been a visible and relentless advocate for restricting pay-for-day or reverse...more

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