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Takeaways from the Tribe’s Oral Argument at the Federal Circuit: St. Regis Mohawk Tribe v. Mylan

On June 4, 2018, the Federal Circuit heard oral argument in Allergan’s effort to assert tribal immunity at the PTAB to shut down six IPRs against its Restasis® patents.  The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has appealed the PTAB’s prior decision that it cannot assert its immunity as a basis to terminate the IPRs.  While there was no clear indication for how the three-judge panel at the Federal Circuit would rule, there were some interesting exchanges revealing how the Court views these types of transactions, and how viable they may be in the future.

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Latest developments on whether the “litigation waiver” really dooms the Tribe’s assertion of sovereign immunity against the Restasis® IPRs

Allergan’s PTAB Restasis® fight continues, and a recent email tiff before the PTAB between the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and Mylan has added a further wrinkle to this case.  As we previously blogged, a recent decision by the PTAB (between the University of Minnesota and Ericsson) held that a State’s sovereign immunity against an IPR is waived under the Eleventh Amendment where the State affirmatively asserts the challenged patent in litigation.  That decision appeared to potentially doom Allergan’s strategy of passing off its Restasis® patents to the Tribe to defend against the IPRs.  A recent email exchange between the Tribe and Mylan (the Petitioner in the pending Restasis® IPRs) at the PTAB suggests the University of Minnesota decision may not, in fact, be the nail in the coffin that Mylan had likely hoped.  But it also shows that the Tribe may not be on as sound footing as it is claiming.

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