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IP Think Tank Global Week in Review, Pharma & Biotech Edition – Friday, 7 November 2008

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Highlights this week included:

US: CAFC affirms rejection of claim reciting broad genus of monoclonal antibodies for failure to satisfy written description requirement: In re Alonso (Holman’s Biotech IP Blog), (Patent Docs) (Patent Prospector) (Hal Wegner) (Patently-O)

 

General

The Medical Innovation Prize Fund and the WTO TRIPS Agreement (GenericsWeb)

India: Opening of Indian economy and India’s Patents (Amendment) Act 2005: their impact on pharmaceuticals: (IP Down Under)

Spain: SPCs in Spain (The SPC Blog)

Switzerland: More on SPCs in Switzerland (The SPC Blog)

US: Applying Bilski to biotechnology and the life sciences (Patently-O)

US: CAFC affirms rejection of claim reciting broad genus of monoclonal antibodies for failure to satisfy written description requirement: In re Alonso (Holman’s Biotech IP Blog), (Patent Docs) (Patent Prospector) (Hal Wegner) (Patently-O)

US: Paying off your generic drug competition? No problem: In re Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride Antitrust Litigation (Patent Baristas)

US: FTC Commissioner speaks out on follow-on biologics – current initiatives and long-term goals (FDA Law Blog)

US: Hatch-Waxman Act-related lawsuits likely to drop, but generic companies may start to challenge biotechnology patents, says David Pritikin (Law360)

US: Sequenom sues rival genetic research company Ibis Biosciences alleging infringement of DNA analysis patents (Law360)

 

Products

Biaxin (Clarithromycin) – US: Opposing Federal Circuit preliminary injunction standards: Abbott Laboratories v. Sandoz, Inc (Patent Docs) (PATracer)

Boniva (Ibandronic acid) – US: Hoffman La Roche files third patent infringement lawsuit against Orchid over generic Boniva (GenericsWeb)

Carbatrol (Carbamazepine) – US: Federal Judge grants summary judgment of noninfringement to Corepharma in Carbatrol patent dispute with Shire Laboratories (Law360)

Effexor (Venlafaxine) – US: Wyeth settles with fourth drug company, Anchen Pharmaceuticals, over generic Effexor (Law360)

Fentora (Fentanyl) – US: Cephalon sues Barr again over generic Fentora ANDA (Law360)

Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) – US: Federal judge dismisses claims of wilful infringement from four separate actions brought by Celgene and Novartis to stop Teva, Actavis and others from marketing generic Focalin (Law360)

Plavix (Clopidogrel) – Canada: Supreme Court confirms Plavix patent despite evergreening charges: Apotex v Sanofi-Synthelabo Canada (Patently-O)

Prevacid (Lansoprazole) – US: Oral argument in inequitable conduct case Takeda Pharma v Teva Pharma to be heard 5 November (Summary of arguments from both parties) (PATracer)

Razadyne (Galantamine) – US: Claims not obvious over prior art aren’t enabled by that art: Janssen Pharma v Teva (PATracer)

Rilutek (Riluzole) – US: Eight factors for determining ‘undue experimentation’ to defeat anticipation in the US: Impax v Aventis (IP Updates)

Stalevo (Carbidopa, Levodopa, Entacapone) – US: Wockhardt challenges patent for Stalevo originated by Orion and marketed by Novartis (GenericsWeb)

Topamax (Topiramate) – US: Court trims Daiichi’s award of costs: Ortho-McNeil v Mylan Labs (PATracer)

TriCor (Fenofibrate) – US: Abbott sues Biovail over generic TriCor (Law360)

Ultram (Tramadol) – Ortho-McNeil Janssen files another patent infringement suit against Impax over generic Ultram ANDA (Law360)

 

 

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