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Perspectives on the PTAB Newsletter - November 2017

The Perspectives on the PTAB Newsletter is designed to be a valuable resource for all stakeholders in the global patent arena throughout the patent life cycle. To that end, articles will provide perspectives from both sides...more

Unknown Problem Plus Nonobvious Solution Cannot Render Patent for Sublingual Formulation of Asenapine Obvious

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The District Court for the District of Delaware found Forest Labs’ patent for sublingual or buccal compositions of asenapine and methods of using such compositions to treat mental disorders, including schizophrenia and mania,...more

Ferring Pharms. Inc. v. Par Pharm., Inc.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Ferring Pharms. Inc. v. Par Pharm., Inc., Civ. No. 1:15-cv-173-RGA, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106491 (D. Del. July 11, 2017) (Andrews, J.). Drug Product and U.S. Patent: Prepopik® (sodium picosulfate, magnesium...more

Patent Venue: The Federal Circuit Resolves Widespread Disagreement Among District Courts

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In Micron Technology, the Federal Circuit resolved widespread disagreement about TC Heartland and motions to transfer venue in patent cases. The Federal Circuit held that TC Heartland changed controlling law and, thus, that...more

Federal Circuit Rules That TC Heartland Is A Change Of Law Preventing A Waiver Of Venue, But Rules That A Forfeiture Of Venue May...

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Granting Petition for Writ of Mandamus, In re: Micron Technology, Fed. Cir. (November 15, 2017) - In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland, courts had been struggling with the question of whether...more

Wake-Up Call: Admissibility of Damages Calculations in Narcolepsy Drug Case

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing a motion by defendants Mylan and Ranbaxy to exclude damages testimony by plaintiff Apotex’s expert, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania admitted one and denied two proposed damages...more

Pfizer Inc. v. Mylan Pharms. Inc.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Pfizer Inc. v. Mylan Pharms. Inc., No. 15-79-GMS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125634 (D. Del. Aug. 9 2017) (Sleet, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Toviaz® (fesoterodine fumarate extended-release tablets);...more

Patent Eligibility Pointers from the Federal Circuit – Part 2

In Part 1 of this post series, several decisions from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) were analyzed to explore factors that may lead a court to find patent claims ineligible under §101. The cases discussed...more

NJ Court Grants Exceptional Case Fees Based on Speculative Infringement Suit

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US District Court for the District of New Jersey awarded Luitpold more than $210,000 in fees and costs under 35 USC § 285 after granting its motion for judgment on the pleading under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c) (ANDA Update,...more

Reckitt Benckiser LLC v. Amneal Pharms. LLC

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Reckitt Benckiser LLC v. Amneal Pharms. LLC, Nos. 15-2155 (RMB/JS), 15-4524 (RMB/JS), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 133998 (D.N.J. Aug. 22 2017) (Bumb, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Mucinex® (guaifenesin);...more

Federal Circuit Provides Guidance on Statements in Patent Dance Letters and Sunovion in Amgen v Apotex

by Goodwin on

As we previously reported, on November 14, 2017, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Southern District of Florida’s finding of non-infringement in Amgen v. Apotex. In that case, Amgen asserted the ’138 patent against Apotex...more

Generic Defendants Shed No Tears after Winning Motion to Add Incorrect Inventorship Defense

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted defendants' motion to amend their pleadings after the deadline for amending had passed. Allergan v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, No. 15-1455-WCB, 2017 WL 1512334...more

Federal Circuit Affirms District Court in Amgen v. Apotex

by Goodwin on

As we previously reported, Amgen appealed the Southern District of Florida’s judgment of non-infringement in favor of Apotex in litigation regarding Apotex’s proposed filgrastim and pegfilgrastim biosimilars. Today the...more

Cloud Security Firm Zscaler Faces Patent Litigation

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Over the past year, Symantec has filed two lawsuits asserting over a dozen patents against Zscaler’s cloud security platform, claiming in its Complaints that newcomer Zscaler “has gained momentum in the marketplace through...more

Supernus Pharms., Inc. v. TWi Pharms., Inc.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Supernus Pharms., Inc. v. TWi Pharms., Inc., 15-369 (RMB/JS), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154446 (D.N.J. Sept. 21, 2017) (Bumb, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Oxtellar XR® (oxcarbazepine); U.S. Patents Nos....more

PTAB Life Sciences Report - November 2017 #2

About the PTAB Life Sciences Report: Each month we will report on developments at the PTAB involving life sciences patents. Sawai USA, Inc. v. Astellas Pharma Inc. PTAB Petition: IPR2018-00079; filed October 16,...more

Dutch Supreme Court hands down landmark decision on infringement of second medical use patents

by Hogan Lovells on

On 3 November 2017, the Dutch Supreme Court (Hoge Raad) handed down a landmark decision on the infringement of second medical use patents in the Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. (“MSD”) v. Teva Pharma B.V. and Pharmachemie B.V....more

Janssen Voluntarily Dismisses Infliximab Patent Suit Against Samsung Bioepis

by Goodwin on

On May 17, 2017, Janssen sued Samsung Bioepis in the District of New Jersey for patent infringement under the BPCIA based on Samsung Bioepis’s filing of its aBLA for Renflexis® (infliximab-abda), a biosimilar of Remicade®...more

Allergan, Inc. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Allergan, Inc. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., No. 2:15-CV-1455-WCB, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 136445 (E.D. Tex. Aug. 25, 2017) (Bryson, C.J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Restasis® (cyclosporine); U.S. Patents...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Difference Between Indefinite Hybrid Claims and Definite Apparatus Claims with Permissive Functional...

The hybrid-claim issue arises in two situations: when an apparatus claim recites user-performed actions; and when an apparatus claim recites actions of the apparatus without tying those actions to the structural features of...more

Rare Grant of Request for Rehearing in Biologics-related IPR

by Morgan Lewis on

Reconsideration leads to a reversal of course regarding a key claim limitation. On October 26, 2017, in Hospira, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc., the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) granted Hospira’s request for rehearing and...more

Bayer Pharma AG v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

The Federal Circuit reversed a finding of non-obviousness on Friday based on clear error by the District Court on factual underpinnings of its obviousness determination, in Bayer Pharma AG v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. Such...more

Allergan Sales, LLC v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Allergan Sales, LLC v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., Civ. No. 2:15-cv-01471-FRG-RSP, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127886 (E.D. Tex. July 25, 2017) (Payne, M.J.). Drug Product and U.S. Patent: Delzicol® (mesalamine); U.S....more

Reckitt Benckiser Pharms., Inc. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs. S.A.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Reckitt Benckiser Pharms., Inc. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs. S.A., No. 14-1451-RGA, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 140633 (D. Del. Aug 31, 2017) (Andrews, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Suboxone® (buprenorphine HCl /...more

Genentech Opposes Transfer of Deleware MVASI™ (bevacizumab-awwb) Litigation to California

by Goodwin on

We reported earlier on Genentech’s complaint in the District of Delaware alleging that Amgen’s MVASI™ (bevacizumab-awwb) infringes over twenty Genentech patents, and Amgen’s motion to transfer that complaint to the Central...more

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