Pharma & Biotech Global Week in Review 20 May 09 from IP Think Tank

Here is IP Think Tank’s weekly selection of top Pharma & Biotech intellectual property news breaking in the blogosphere and internet.

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Highlights this week included:

US: ACLU, PUBPAT and others file lawsuit challenging constitutionality of patents on human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer: Association for Molecular Pathology et al v USPTO et al (Patent Baristas) (Ars Technica) (Patently-O) (IP Watchdog) (The Prior Art) (Patent Docs) (Patents4Life)

Omnicef (Cefdinir) – US: CAFC rules en banc: Terms in product-by-process claims are limitations in determining infringement: Abbott Laboratories v Sandoz (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog) (Patent Docs) (Inventive Step) (Patently-O)

 
General

IP Think Tank podcast: Biotech IP at the crossroads (IP Think Tank) (PatentlyBIOtech)

WHO meeting on pandemic flu reconvenes under pressure, IP laws key point of contention; fails to finish pandemic flu preparations (Intellectual Property Watch) (Intellectual Property Watch)

World Health Assembly takes on R&D, pandemics, not counterfeits; pandemic flu a top focus but IP issues unresolved (Intellectual Property Watch) (Intellectual Property Watch)

Experts aim to balance IP rights and human rights (Intellectual Property Watch)

Scientific American Worldview: measuring global biotechnology innovation (BiotechBlog)

Creative destruction in biotechnology (Biotech Blog)

Africa pharmaceuticals trademark network? (Afro-IP)

Brazil: Counterfeit and parallel importation of medicines affect confidence of Brazilians: Call for stringent action from the government (IP tango)

Brazil: Pipeline patents in Brazil: constitutional, or not? (IP tango)

China: China IP forum to bring third patent amendment face-to-face with biotechnology concerns (PatentlyBIOtech)

France: Patent and SPC status searches on the INPI website (The SPC Blog)

India: Government republishes controversial report on patentability of pharmaceuticals and microorganisms (Managing Intellectual Property)

India: The pharmaceutical patent debate: wither drug safety?: Dr Reddy’s post grant opposition against Pfizer’s Champix patent (Spicy IP)

Tanzania generic pharma sector set for growth (Afro-IP)

US: ACLU, PUBPAT and others file lawsuit challenging constitutionality of patents on human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer: Association for Molecular Pathology et al v USPTO et al (Patent Baristas) (Ars Technica) (Patently-O) (IP Watchdog) (The Prior Art) (Patent Docs) (Patents4Life)

US: Obvious-type double patenting and splitting ownership (CAFC says don’t do it): In re Fallaux (Patently-O)

US: Monsanto files suit against E I Dupont De Nemours alleging stacked soybean product infringes Roundup Ready technology (Patent Docs)

US: FTC position on reverse payments: Settlements can be precompetitive (Patent Baristas)

US: BIO IP policy briefing (Patent Docs)

US: Why blog about intellectual property? BIO Policy Briefing raises the IP social media question (PatentlyBIOtech)

Vietnam: Patentability of medical use claims in Vietnam (RelatIP)

 
Products

Actonel (Risedronic) – US: CAFC affirms Procter & Gamble’s Actonel patent validity; nonobviousness of positional isomer: Procter & Gamble v Teva (Patent Docs) (Patently-O) (SmartBrief) (SmartBrief) (GenericsWeb)

Alimta (Pemetrexed) – US: Eli Lilly and Princeton University sue Barr alleging infringement of Alimta patent (Technology Transfer Tactics)

Allicin – US: Yeda files suit seeking review and correction of patent term adjustment calculation for patent covering ‘site-specific in sit generation of Allicin using targeted alliinase delivery system..’ (Patent Docs)

Atripla/Truvada (Efavirenz, Emtricitabine, Tenofovir) – US: Gilead Sciences files second patent infringement lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals over Emtricitabine, a component of Truvada and Atripla (SmartBrief) (The IP Factor) (GenericsWeb)

Champix (Varenicline) – India: Pfizer responds to Dr Reddy’s post-grant opposition to Champix filed at Mumbai Patent Office (GenericsWeb) (Spicy IP)

Corpril (Ramipril) – Hungary: Metropolitan Board of Appeal rules human cosmetics and veterinary products dissimilar in opposition by Lidl to Ranbaxy’s CORPRIL for pharmaceutical products for human and veterinary use (Class 46)

Dovonex (Calcipotriol) – UK: Patent Court of England and Wales: Leo’s patent valid and infringed; Floyd J comments on lack of supra-national patent court: Leo Pharma v Sandoz (PatLit)

Effexor (Venlafaxine) – US: Wyeth, Lupin settle Effexor patent dispute (Patent Circle) (GenericsWeb)

Levaquin (Levofloxacin) / Floxin (Ofloxacin)  US: District Court New Jersey affirms enantiomer PTE validity; decision quickly appealed to the Federal Circuit: Stereoisomer orphan drug ‘sameness’ – another interesting counterpoint to FDA’s first permitted commercial marketing or use PTE determinations: Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical et al v Lupin Pharmaceutical et al (FDA Law Blog) (FDA Law Blog)

Lyrica (Pregabalin) – US: Pfizer, Warner-Lambert and CP Pharmaceuticals file patent infringement suit against Mylan and Alphapharm in attempt to block generic Lyrica (GenericsWeb)

Mucinex (Guaifenesin, Pseudoephedrine) – US: Reckitt Benckiser sues Watson for patent infringement in response to generic Mucinex ANDA (GenericsWeb)

Omnicef (Cefdinir) – US: CAFC rules en banc: Terms in product-by-process claims are limitations in determining infringement: Abbott Laboratories v Sandoz (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog) (Patent Docs) (Inventive Step) (Patently-O)

Pegasys (Peginterferon alfa-2a) – India: Roche defeats post-grant oppositions by Wockhardt and Sankalp to secure patent for Pegasys (International Law Office)

Protonix (Pantoprazole) – US: CAFC finds generic entry does not cause irreparable harm, affirms denial of preliminary injunction: Altana Pharma & Wyeth v Teva (Patently-O) (SmartBrief) (Patent Docs) (GenericsWeb)

Renvela (Sevelamer) – US: Genzyme sues Lupin for violation of Renvela patent (GenericsWeb)

Simponi (Golimumab) – US: Abbott Biotechnology files patent infringement suit against Centocor Ortho Biotech based on Centocor’s imminent launch of Simponi (Patent Docs)

Tarceva (Erlotinib) – India/US: More problems for Tarceva: Delhi High Court concludes polymorphic erlotinib hydrochloride not protected by compound patent; USFDA announces black box warning for Tarceva (Patent Circle)

 

 

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