Pharma & Biotech Global Week in Review 3 June 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:

Singulair (Montelukast) – US: Merck & Co’s Singulair patent challenged on $50K bounty (Patent Baristas) (GenericsWeb)

 
General

Docs at BIO (Panel addresses narrowing scope of biotech patents – Patent Docs), (‘Perfect storm’ super session – Patent Docs) (Biotech Director at EPO discusses European patent practice – Patent Docs)

Process of continuous improvement and pharmaceuticals (Profitability through Simplicity)

Africa: Nigeria (and Africa’s) drug problem – Africa’s capacity to manufacture drugs (Afro-IP)

Canada: Private Members’ bills seek amendments to Patent Act and Food and Drugs Act (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings)

EU: ‘Public health and the preservation of economic competitiveness: the European supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products’ article available (The SPC Blog)

India: Interim injunction granted against Assistant Registrar of Trademarks: Glenmark Pharmaceuticals v Assistant Registrar of Trademarks (International Law Office)

India: IP management in Indian agricultural research (Spicy IP)

Lithuania: Popularity of medicinal product does not make trademarks customary – CITRAMON-FORTE STIROL v NEOCITRAMONAS (International Law Office)

US: Supreme Court, In re Bilski and the lingering question of Labcorp v Metabolite (Patent Docs)

US: CAFC: Declaratory judgment – personal jurisdiction over foreign patent holder: Autogenomics v Oxford Gene Tech (Patently-O)

US: Pharmasset sued for patent infringement over its development of pharmaceutical compositions through the use of the TET system: TET System Holding GmbH & Co KG v Pharmasset, Inc (Patent Docs)

US: Mylan’s Chief Officer to testify before Congress concerning patent settlements between brand and generic pharmaceutical companies and tactics that delay entry of high quality, affordable generic drugs (SmartBrief)

 
Products

Actonel (Risedronate) – US: CAFC affirms validity, unpredictable nature of chemicals can defeat obviousness claim: P&G v Teva Pharma (Patent Baristas)

Actoplus MET (Pioglitazone hydrochloride, Metformin) US: Takeda files patent infringement suit against Teva following Para IV certification (Patent Docs)

Advair (Fluticasone propionate, Salmeterol xinafoate), Flovent (Fluticasone propionate), Serevent (Salmeterol xinafoate), Ventolin (Alberuterol sulphate) – US: Apparently tired of waiting for an FDA opinion, GSK submits drug delivery patents to FDA for Orange Book listing (FDA Law Blog)

Cinacalcet (Sensipar) – US: Teva sues Amgen for process patent infringement (Patent Docs)

Duac (Clindamycin, Benzoyl) – US: Stiefel files patent infringement suit against KV Pharmaceutical over Para IV certification concerning generic Duac (Patent Docs) (GenericsWeb)

Efexor (Venlafaxine) – Australia: Sigma seeks revocation of Wyeth’s extended release Efexor patent (GenericsWeb)

Enbrel (Etanercept) – US: CAFC deals another blow to Ariad: Amgen v Ariad Pharmaceuticals (Patent Docs)

FazaClo (Clozapine) – US: CIMA Labs files patent infringement suit against Barr following Para IV challenge (Patent Docs)

Genechip – US: E8 files patent infringement suit against Navigenics over use of GeneChip (Patent Docs)

Prandin (Repaglinide) – US: Novo Nordisk files patent infringement suit against Mylan over its ANDA to manufacture generic Prandin (Patent Docs)

Preos (Recombinant human parathyroid hormone) – Canada: Federal Court affirms likelihood of confusion between PREOS and PROTOS for osteoporosis medications: NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc v Biofarma, Société Par Actions Simplifiée (Canadian Trademark Blog)

Protonix (Pantoprazole) – US: CAFC affirms denial of motion for preliminary injunction; motivation can prove obviousness based on structural similarity: Altana and Wyeth v Teva (Patent Baristas)

Provigil (Modfinil) – US: Apotex files suit against Cephalon seeking declaratory judgment of invalidity and non-infringement so FDA can provide Apotex with approval to market generic Provigil (Patent Docs)

Singulair (Montelukast) – US: Merck & Co’s Singulair patent challenged on $50K bounty (Patent Baristas) (GenericsWeb)

Zyprexa (Olanzapine) – Canada: Court of Appeal upholds decision that interlocutory declaratory relief is not available in a NOC proceeding: Novopharm v Eli Lilly Canada (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings)

 

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