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Antibody Patents Are Not Immune to § 112: Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi, Aventisub LLC

by K&L Gates LLP on

In Amgen v. Sanofi, the Federal Circuit held that evidence that first came into existence after the priority date may be considered in determining whether a genus patent claim satisfies the written description requirement...more

More on Venue -- Plexxikon v. Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp. (N.D. Cal. 2017)

The sequel to the original summer blockbuster movie, Jaws, had as a tagline "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water." This sentiment can describe much of U.S. patent law over the last decade and a half,...more

Jury Verdict Overturned in Pepcid® Dispute After Court Finds Insufficient Evidence of Infringement

Last year, a jury awarded Brigham and Women’s Hospital (“BWH”) approximately $10 million after it found that defendant Perrigo Company’s (“Perrigo”) generic version of Pepcid® Complete® willfully infringed BWH’s patent. After...more

Magistrate Judge Recommends Dismissal of Amgen v. Coherus (Pegfilgrastim) Suit

by Goodwin on

We have been following the Delaware Amgen v. Coherus (pegfilgrastim case). In response to Amgen’s Complaint, Coherus filed a motion to dismiss the entire suit arguing that Amgen’s Complaint failed to state a plausible claim...more

FDA Includes Patent Submission Date Updates In Orange Book

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently updated the Orange Book to include patent submission dates. A patent submission date is the date the FDA receives patent information from the NDA holder. For each patent...more

Aligning a Product's Marketing, Regulatory and IP Plans

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Patent protection can be critical for health care products, including medical devices, prescription drugs, dietary supplements and software as a medical device (SaMD). Originally published in Law360 - September 8, 2017....more

Eli Lilly and Company v. Perrigo Co. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

In an appeal decided last month, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District Court for the Southern District of Indiana finding claim 20 of U.S. Patent No. 8,435,944 to be invalid as obvious. The panel also...more

Hatch-Waxman Venue: The New Narrow?

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The issue of venue—where geographically a case can be brought—and jurisdiction are a pair of principles to determine in which forum a case can properly be brought. Jurisdiction in personam concerns whether a particular party...more

Amgen Seeks En Banc Consideration of Written Description and Enablement Issues in Praluent® Litigation

by Goodwin on

In October, a Federal Circuit panel vacated a permanent injunction (which the Federal Circuit had earlier stayed pending appeal) that would have otherwise prohibited the sale of Sanofi and Regeneron’s Praluent® (alirocumab)...more

IPR Updates

by Goodwin on

Below are recent updates in biosimilar-related IPR proceedings: GENERAL BIOLOGICS PATENTS - On December 1, 2017, the Board granted institution of four IPRs on Celltrion’s petitions (IPR2017-01373 and IPR2017-01374) and...more

New FDA Guidance On Determining Whether To Submit An ANDA Or A 505(b)(2) Application

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a draft guidance summarizing the differences between abbreviated new drug applications (ANDA) and 505(b)(2) applications. Both sections were added to the FD&C Act...more

The Latest Trends in Drug Monopolies

by Zelle LLP on

Brand-name pharmaceutical companies employ a variety of strategies to preserve and extend their branded drug products’ monopolies. Challenges by generic drug manufacturers and consumers to those efforts as allegedly...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Probative Value of Patent Dance Statements

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act was considered in a November 2017 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Result: The court found that the commercial...more

BPCIA Litigation Roundup (Fall 2017)

by Goodwin on

Below is our fall update on the U.S. patent litigations concerning proposed or approved biosimilar products. For additional details, please consult our BPCIA Litigation Summary Chart or our previous quarterly updates (Summer...more

The Herceptin® Battle Moves into the District Court

by Fish & Richardson on

On November 17, 2017, Genentech filed suit against Pfizer in the District of Delaware, alleging that Pfizer’s biosimilar of Herceptin® infringes forty Genentech patents covering Herceptin® and its methods of use and...more

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

In re Sebela Patent Litigation

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: In re Sebela Patent Litigation, 14-6414 (CCC) (MF), 2017 U.S. Dist. Lexis 128258 (D.N.J. Aug. 11, 2017) (Cecchi, J.). Drug Product and Patents-in-Suit: Brisdelle® (paroxetine mesylate); U.S. Patents Nos....more

Sale of Generic Drug to Physician With “Extensive Information” on the Label May Induce Infringement

In Sanofi v. Watson, No. 2016-2722, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision, upholding induced infringement and validity of Sanofi’s patents covering compositions of, uses for, and methods for administering...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

Horizon Pharma, Inc. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs., Inc.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Horizon Pharma, Inc. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs., Inc., 11-2317 (MLC) (DEA), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107707 (D.N.J. July 12, 2017) (Cooper, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Vimovo® (naproxen / esomeprazole...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

IPR Updates

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Here are some updates since our last IPR update: HUMIRA - On November 6, 2017, Sandoz filed an IPR Petition challenging AbbVie’s U.S. Patent No. 9,187,559 (IPR2018-00156). ...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

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

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