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AbbVie still can’t escape Boehringer’s claim that its Humira patent-thicket was wrongful.

The Court in AbbVie’s patent fight over Humira with Boehringer Ingelheim said that it “seems clear enough” that AbbVie had a patenting program designed to mitigate biosimilar entry for Humira®.  Though AbbVie clearly danced around ways to avoid producing much of its behind-the-scenes strategizing for building a patent estate sizeable enough to practically coerce settlements, the Court has ordered AbbVie to pull up its skirt.

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Three milestones to watch for in 2019 that could impact generic entry for Celgene’s Revlimid.

Since announcing the pending acquisition of Celgene ($CELG) by Bristol Myers ($BMY), investors have focused upon the patent-cases involving Revlimid®.  There are multiple cases and petitions for inter partes review (IPRs) at various stages of resolution.  The key question among investors is whether there will be any key milestones in those cases--especially during 2019 before the Bristol acquisition closes—that will clarify exactly when any of the pending generics will enter.  In this post, we identify three potential milestones to watch for from the Revlimid® patent landscape in 2019. 

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Why Apple Correctly Took Two Bites at a Qualcomm(?) Patent...

Ah, Qualcomm v. Apple. Always giving us something to talk about. In the latest news, the PTAB rendered its institution decisions on two Apple challenges to a patent Qualcomm had acquired from Palm, and asserted against Apple in Qualcomm’s first patent salvo back in late November of 2017. Since everyone knows that this Qualcomm-Apple battle is a cage match, it should be no surprise that Apple filed two IPRs against the same patent. Smart choice, considering that Apple won institution on one IPR, and lost the second.

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District of Delaware Makes it Harder to Corner the Market on Antibody Patents in MorphoSys v. Janssen

See our post in IPWatchdog. “The case is important to the growing body of patents covering biologic drugs because it delineates more precisely when functionally-claimed antibody patents can survive enablement and written description challenges.”

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MorphoSys loses its Darzalex patent case against J&J—what happens next?

Morphosys’ ($MOR) patent trial against Janssen ($JNJ) and Genmab was headed for trial in February.  In advance of that trial, however, the parties traded numerous summary judgment motions.  On January 26, Genmab announced that the District Court granted its motion to invalidate the asserted patents.  What happens next?

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For Amgen’s PCSK9 patent case, is there any read-through from Court’s summary judgment order to the trial?

On January 18, the District Court in Delaware issued an opinion resolving multiple summary judgment motions filed by both parties.  The key takeaway from that decision is that the case is now teed-up for trial beginning on February 19. But the Court didi highlight some key issues likely to be the focus of the trial.

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Did Corcept and Teva tell the Court they are about to settle the Korlym patent dispute?

On January 10, counsel for Corcept ($CORT) filed a letter with the Court in the pending patent litigation against Teva ($TEVA) over its proposed generic for Korlym®.  (See Dkt. 49).  Within that letter, Corcept requested an extension of one week to respond to Teva’s Answer to the Amended Complaint.  Corcept’s letter further stated that the “parties are currently discussing a potential agreement that would eliminate the need for Corcept to respond to Teva’s Answer . . . .”  Is that potential “agreement” a resolution to the litigation?

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Why Apple's Damages Dodge Matters for Patent Values...

Sophisticated defendants like Apple have three chances (jury, judge, appeals court) to “win” on damages, or to at least allow the litigation process to set the appropriate settlement range for any patent claim. It is a gauntlet for a patent owner to run, but it also confirms that any patent valuation that is not conducted through a litigation lens is likely as worthless as a big-ticket jury verdict based on erroneous expert testimony.

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Will Celgene and Dr. Reddy’s settle the Revlimid dispute now that Bristol Myers is at the table?

Celgene ($CELG) has announced plans to be acquired by Bristol Meyers Squibb ($BMY).  A settlement conference is scheduled in the Hatch-Waxman patent case between Celgene and Dr. Reddy’s on January 10, 2019.  Now that Bristol Meyers is at the table, will the parties be able to reach a settlement that couldn’t be reached before?

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Does Alice require fact questions or not? The Federal Circuit appears split.

Earlier this year, the Federal Circuit issued two precedential decisions that were predicted to stem the tide of early dismissals based upon Alice motions.  The cases were  Berkheimer v. HP and Aatrix Software v. Green Shades Software, and there were both deemed precedential by the Federal Circuit.  A recent concurrence at the Federal Circuit, however, shows that the Court may be splitting over the rationale underpinning Berkheimer and Aatrix, and that split may be heading for the Supreme Court. 

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Losing an IPR: Double The Pain

No longer should patent owners assume that the only pain of losing an IPR is seeing their patent cancelled. If there is a pending companion case in court, the likelihood that a losing IPR effort could lead to a larger award of attorney’s fees must also be taken into account. Put another way, the chances of a patent owner feeling double the pain because of an IPR filing have just gone up.

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The Federal Circuit sends a message about attorneys’ fees in Spineology v. Wright Medical

A recent precedential decision from the Federal Circuit sheds important light on how the Court views attorneys fees in patent cases.

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Does Moderna Therapeutics’ pipeline depend upon its patent dispute with Arbutus Biopharma over mRNA delivery?

Moderna is currently embroiled in an intellectual-property dispute that may be material to its long-term profits, regardless of which of the products in its pipeline eventually succeed.  At least one company, Arbutus Biopharma, has already claimed that Moderna’s tech uses its mRNA delivery technology.  Two pending patent disputes may decide whether Arbutus’ patents are a roadblock to Moderna’s revenue.

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Is Boehringer Ingelheim planning to launch its Humira biosimilar at-risk?

Boehringer Ingelheim has been one of the lone holdouts in AbbVie’s ($ABBV) campaign to delay biosimilar competition against Humira® until 2023.  To date, AbbVie has settled with almost all proposed biosimilars for entry dates in 2023.  Is Boehringer going to launch at-risk?

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What do the Court’s December 4 rulings mean for MorphoSys' Darzalex patent case?

Earlier this week, we blogged about the series of pending summary judgment motions in MorphoSys’ ($MOR) lawsuit accusing Janssen’s ($JNJ) Darzalex® of infringing its patents.  The Court heard oral argument on December 3.  The transcript of that hearing is not currently publicly available.  The Court, however, did issue oral rulings at the end of the hearing that hit the docket on December 4.  What do the rulings mean?

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Will MorphoSys’ Darzalex patent case against Janssen make it to trial, or be stopped at summary judgment?

The Darzalex® patent case commenced by MorphoSys against Janssen is headed towards trial.  Before that, however, the parties recently filed a series of summary judgment motions, and on December 3, 2018, the Court heard oral argument.  Will the Court moot the trial by granting Janssen’s motions to invalidate the patents?

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What are the takeaways from Unified Patents v. Realtime, the PTAB’s first post-AIT RPI decision?

The PTAB has issued its first post-AIT decision, Unified Patents, Inc. v. Realtime Adaptive Streaming, LLC.  In Realtime, the Patent Owner sought to defeat institution by arguing that Unified has run afoul of the AIT decision by failing to identify all RPIs, namely, its members.  The PTAB disagreed and instituted Unified’s IPR.  (The institution decision was entered in October, but the redacted decision issued on November 27, 2018).  How do we square the AIT decision with the Realtime decision?  Will third-party filers, such as Unified and RPX, no longer face RPI issues?

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The CAFC Curbs Personal Jurisdiction For Declaratory Judgment Actions.

A recent precedential case by the Federal Circuit, Maxchief Investments, Ltd. v. Wok & Pan, Ind., Inc., shows that the risk of a DJ action resulting from a pre-suit notice letter may be less troubling for a different reason than the one that preceded TC Heartland—namely, personal jurisdiction.

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