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Why Can't Cisco Stop An Arista Founder From Attacking His Own Patents?

While this decision hurts Cisco’s enforcement efforts, it also suggests that companies that own patents that have been assigned to them by former employees must be careful going forward. Because the inventors of those patents could file IPR petitions to invalidate their own patents. Sophisticated companies should research whether they can contract with departing employees for non-aggression clauses that would preclude filing IPRs against patents owned by the company. As the Federal Circuit has reminded us, with IPRs almost no patent owner is safe…

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When did Mylan agree to launch its Herceptin biosimilar?

Mylan’s biosimilar for Herceptin® has FDA approval since December 2017.  Several months earlier, in March 2017, Mylan reached a global settlement with Roche and Genentech regarding their patents covering the drug.  The terms of the settlement have not been made public, which raises the question – when did Mylan agree to launch? 

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Why would acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s affiliated invention business, World Patent Marketing, need ex-Israeli Special Ops for security?

The day after the midterms, Trump fired AG Sessions and tapped Mr. Sessions’ chief-of-staff, Matthew G. Whitaker, to serve in the role as acting Attorney General.  Shortly thereafter, the press started to report that Mr. Whitaker was previously an advisory board member for a company known as, World Patent Marketing, before it closed shop following a consent decree with the FTC.  It is worth taking a moment to highlight the need for increased IP literacy.

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If Hatch-Waxman cases are governed by TC Heartland, will that lead to “generic friendly” districts?

Mylan ($MYL) recently prevailed on a motion to dismiss for improper venue in a pending Hatch-Waxman case for the drug Eliquis®.  Mylan successfully argued that Delaware was an improper venue under the recently test for venue in patent cases enunciated by the Supreme Court in TC Heartland.  What are the implications of TC Heartland governing venue in all Hatch-Waxman cases?  Will it lead to “generic friendly” judicial districts?

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Is every individual inventor a patent troll?

Unified Patents recently released statistics on patent lawsuit filings.  The statistics show patent filings to be trending downwards fairly significantly from a peak in 2015.  Yet, the statistics also show that the individual inventor, asserting his or her own patent, is behind many patent suits.  Does that matter? 

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Will damages for infringing a U.S. patent soon reach foreign sales?

In June of this year, the Supreme Court issued a decision in WesternGeco LLC v. Ion Geophysical Corp.  On its face, the case had minimal potential impact because it was limited to a more rarified form of infringement.  Now, however, the District Court in the long-running dispute between Power Integrations and Fairchild Semiconductor has suggested WesternGeco could justify taxing foreign sales for other forms of infringement of a United States patent.  And the Court has also kicked this question up to the Federal Circuit to decide.  Will damages for infringing a U.S. patent soon reach foreign sales? 

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Roche prevails on two IPR challenges to Herceptin patents—does it matter?

We previously wrote about Roche’s encroaching biosimilars for Ritxuan®, Herceptin®, and Avastin®.  This week, Roche prevailed on two IPRs covering patents for Herceptin®, but lost a third IPR covering another patent for the same drug. What does this mean? 

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Can Teva’s patents block Lilly’s anti-CGRP Emgality from the market?

The anti-CGRP market is heating.  Amgen’s ($AMGN) Aimovig® received FDA approval in May 2018, and Teva’s ($TEVA) Ajovy® received approval in September.  Hot on their heels, Eli Lilly’s ($LLY) Emgality® just received FDA approval at the end of September.  The drugs will all be sold for essentially the same price of $6900 / year.  Given the tight competition, can Teva use its patents to kick anyone off the market?

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Can Merck resurrect its $200M Sovaldi patent judgment against Gilead at the Supreme Court?

Merck ($MRK) lost a $200M patent judgment against Gilead ($GILD) after the Court found that Merck engaged in business and litigation misconduct.  Merck is now appealing to the Supreme Court, asking to resurrect that judgment.  Will it prevail?

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Will MorphoSys win the Darzalex patent case against Janssen and Genmab?

In 2016, MorphoSys ($MOR) sued Janssen ($JNJ) and Genmab for patent infringement.  MorphoSys claims that Janssen’s anti-CD38 antibody, Darzalex®, infringes three of its patents.  The case is scheduled to go to trial in February 2019.  The stakes are big because the patents purport to cover the actual protein used in Darzalex®, which could mean material royalty rates on sales of Janssen’s drug.  What are the strengths and weaknesses of each party’s case?

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UC loses the CRISPR-Cas9 patent appeal—now what?

The CRISP-Cas9 saga has effectively come to an end.  For now.  On September 10, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the PTAB dismissing the interference between UC and Broad.  What are the implications for UC’s patents? What are the chances UC can successfully appeal to the Supreme Court?

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Korlym: Will Teva prevail on its motion to dismiss the amended complaint?

We previously wrote about Corcept’s ($CORT) amended complaint in its Hatch-Waxman patent litigation against Teva ($TEVA) regarding Korlym®.  On July 27, Teva filed another motion to dismiss.  Corcept opposed the motion on August 21, and Teva filed its reply on August 28.  The motion is now fully briefed.  Who will prevail?

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Did AbbVie create a wrongful “patent thicket” around Humira®?

​​​​​​​Boehringer Ingelheim has claimed that AbbVie wrongfully created a “patent thicket” around Humira®, and it is delaying biosimilar competition.  While that defense is unique, and may be hard to prove on its face, the FDA appears to agree with Boehringer.  Did AbbVie create a wrongful “patent thicket” around Humira®?

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Will AbbVie’s latest patent suit against Sandoz mean a Humira-biosimilar before 2023?

AbbVie ($ABBV) has commenced its latest litigation in its campaign to keep biosimilars for Humira® at bay.  On August 10, AbbVie brought suit against Sandoz ($NVS) asserting that two of AbbVie’s patents will be infringed by Sandoz’s proposed biosimilar.  Sandoz is the fifth biosimilar to throw its hat in the ring.  Does this increase the odds of the US market seeing a biosimilar for Humira® before 2023?

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What are the takeaways from the Remicade® antitrust decision between Pfizer and J&J?

We previously blogged about Pfizer’s ($PFE) antitrust lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) related to Janssen’s Remicade®.  In short, Pfizer launched Inflectra® in 2016, which is a biosimilar to Janssen’s Remicade®.  Yet, Inflectra® has struggled to eat into Janssen’s monopoly for Remicade®.  Pfizer claims that Inflectra®’s poor sales are due to anticompetitive rebate schemes by Janssen.  Specifically, Janssen forced hospitals and insurers to enter exclusive arrangements and bundled-rebated programs that discouraged them from stocking or covering Inflectra®.  Pfizer sued Janssen in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Janssen moved to dismiss, but on August 10, the Court denied Janssen’s motion to dismiss.  What are the takeaways?

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Don't Sleep on Settlement...

Judge Hellerstein, however, recently disagreed. His short order upends a lot of conventional thinking about the confidentiality of patent settlement agreements, with its finding that the public interest in transparent court proceedings and in the "legitimate scope" of patent monopolies outweighs the interests of the parties in keeping the agreement confidential. Except for the actual payment amount, the "strong common law and constitutional presumptions of public access" compel disclosure of the other settlement terms in Judge Hellerstein's view. Especially where the the "court and parties should be publicly accountable for private settlement arrangements" involving patent rights that affect the public-at-large. 


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Why did Dr. Reddy’s file three IPRs against Celgene’s Revlimid patents?

On August 3, Dr. Reddy’s filed three petitions for inter partes review (IPR) against three patents owned by Celgene and listed in the Orange Book for Revlimid®.  Does this indicate that Celgene and Dr. Reddy’s are close to a settlement?  If not, what are the take-aways?

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