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Federal Circuit Affirms Apotex Bench Trial Win in Neulasta Biosimilar Suit

On November 13, The Federal Circuit issued a decision affirming a district court judgment that Apotex did not infringe Amgen’s recombinant protein patent in its abbreviated Biologics License Applications referencing Amgen’s...more

Federal Circuit Evaluates Import of Factual Statements Made During BPCIA Pre-litigation Patent Dance

In a nonprecedential opinion issued on November 13, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court finding that Apotex’s aBLAs for biosimilar versions of Neulasta® and Neupogen® did...more

Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Last month, the Federal Circuit rendered a decision in Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi that brought clarity to how the Court (and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) should apply the written description requirement in 35 U.S.C. § 112(a)...more

Biosimilars Update: Amgen, Allergan, Pfenex, Cinfa

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Below are regulatory and development updates regarding a number of biosimilar candidates. Today, Amgen and Allergen announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency...more

Biosimilar Litigation Updates

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Below is an update on recent developments in several litigations involving biosimilar products. AbbVie v. Boehringer Ingelheim (adalimumab): On October 23, the parties filed a joint status report. ...more

Amgen Considering Petitioning for Rehearing of Praulent Appeal

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Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit vacated an injunction in the Amgen v. Sanofi litigation that would have otherwise prohibited the sale of Sanofi and Regeneron’s Praluent® (alirocumab) product in the United States until...more

Genentech to Move to Dismiss Amgen DJ Complaint Regarding Mvasi (Bevacizumab-AWWB)

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We previously reported on Amgen’s complaint, in the Central District of California, seeking a declaratory judgment that MvasiTM (bevacizumab-awwb) does not infringe 27 Genentech patents, that those patents are invalid, and...more

Federal Circuit Casts Doubt on Antibodies Claimed by Epitope

In Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi, No. 2017-1480, the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded for a new trial because the district court (1) incorrectly excluded post-priority-date evidence regarding written description and enablement,...more

Amgen and AbbVie Settle Adalimumab BPCIA Litigation

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Amgen has announced that it has settled all pending patent litigation regarding AMJEVITA, its biosimilar version of AbbVie’s Humira® (adalimumab). Amgen reports that AbbVie will grant patent licenses for the use and sale of...more

New BPCIA Litigation: Amgen v. Mylan (W.D. Pa.)

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On Friday, Amgen filed a complaint for patent infringement under the BPCIA against yet another developer of a biosimilar of Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim). Amgen has sued Mylan in the Western District of Pennsylvania for...more

Federal Jury Awards Amgen $70M In Patent Suit Against Hospira

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On September 22, 2017, a Delaware federal jury found that Hospira infringed one of Amgen’s Epogen® (EPO) patents. Hospira maintained that its production of EPO was protected by the safe harbor of 35 U.S.C. § 271(e)(1) which...more

Following Biosimilar Trial, Jury Awards Amgen $70 Million for Pfizer’s Pre-Approval Infringement of Now-Expired EPO Patent

In one of the first Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) litigations to reach trial, a jury on Friday awarded Amgen $70 million in damages for Pfizer’s infringement of one of Amgen’s expired patents...more

The Biosimilars Council Supports Sandoz’s Preemption Position in Federal Circuit Amicus Brief

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Last week the Biosimilars Council submitted an amicus brief in the Federal Circuit remand proceedings for Amgen v. Sandoz, arguing that Amgen’s state-law claims for Sandoz’s failure to comply with the patent dance’s...more

FDA Approves Amgen’s Biosimilar of Avastin®

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Today, the FDA announced that it has approved Mvasi® (bevacizumab-awwb), Amgen’s biosimilar of Genentech’s Avastin®. According to the announcement, Mvasi® is the first biosimilar that the FDA has approved for the treatment of...more

Amgen/Allergan and Pfizer Present Positive Phase 3 Data For Two Investigational Trastuzumab Biosimilars

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At the European Society for Medical Oncology (“ESMO”) 2017 Congress, which was held over the past several days in Madrid, Spain, companies presented Phase 3 clinical data regarding two investigational biosimilars of...more

Skipping The Patent Dance: U.S. Supreme Court In Amgen V Sandoz Makes It More Difficult For Patent Owners To Delay Marketing Of...

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On June 12, 2017, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Thomas in Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., the United States Supreme Court considered the complex statutory scheme that attempts to expedite resolution of patent...more

Amgen v. Coherus: Coherus Files Reply in Support of Motion to Stay

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As we have previously reported, on July 25th, Coherus filed a motion to stay discovery pending the result of its motion to dismiss in its litigation against Amgen regarding pegfilgrastim, and Amgen filed an opposition on...more

Federal Circuit Confirms Innovators Must Sue Blind When Biosimilar Makers Withhold Information

On August 10, 2017, the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Amgen v. Hospira. It dismissed Amgen’s interlocutory appeal from a discovery order on jurisdictional grounds and denied a writ of mandamus ordering the district...more

Amgen Inc. v. Hospira, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

In the third installment of the "Amgen v." trilogy of BPCIA Federal Circuit cases, the Court in Amgen Inc. v. Hospira, Inc. answered a question that had been lingering since the very first case -- can a reference product...more

Amgen’s Opposes Coherus’s Motion to Stay in Pegfilgrastim Case

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In response to Coherus’s motion to stay discovery in Amgen v. Coherus, Amgen filed an answering brief yesterday opposing this motion. Amgen claimed that any delay in the proceedings would “unduly prejudice Amgen and present a...more

Coherus Update on Biosimilar Pipeline

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Coherus announced completion of initial phases of the Biologic Price Competition and Innovation Act patent exchange with Amgen for its pegfilgrastim biosimilar candidate CHS-1701. Coherus reported that it has received a...more

Q2 Earnings Round-Up

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Below are some highlights from second quarter earnings reports recently released by biologics and biosimilar companies. ..Coherus reported that it has cash and cash equivalents of $118.3 million as of June 30, 2017 and...more

Celltrion/Teva and Amgen/Allergan Announce FDA Submissions for Proposed Biosimilars of Herceptin®

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Yesterday, two groups announced the submission of applications seeking FDA approval of biosimilars of Herceptin® (trastuzumab), which is indicated for the treatment of HER2-positive early breast cancer, adjuvant breast...more

Update: Coherus’ Motion to Stay Discovery in Amgen v. Coherus

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Earlier this week Coherus filed a motion to stay the BPICA litigation brought by Amgen in the District of Delaware, arguing that in light of the FDA’s complete response letter delaying the launch of Coherus’ pegfilgrastim...more

Coherus Requests Stay Of Discovery in Amgen v. Coherus

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We previously reported, Amgen filed a BPCIA suit against Coherus Biosciences, Inc., relating to its aBLA for its pegfilgrastim (Neulasta®) biosimilar. In response, Coherus filed a motion to dismiss the suit arguing that...more

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