Pharma & Biotech Global Week in Review 24 Feb 2010 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal decides on dosage regime – Swiss-type claims no longer available: G 2/08 – Dosage Regime/Abbot Respiratory (EPLAW) (Managing Intellectual Property) (IPKat) (Patent Baristas)

EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal rules on patenting a method of treatment by surgery: G1/07 (IPKat) (EPLAW) (Patent Baristas)

Mucinex (Guaifenesin) – US: Federal Court grants summary judgment in favour of Perrigo finding no infringement of Adams Respiratory Therapeutics’ Mucinex patent (The IP Factor) (Patent Docs)

 
General

Biotech marathon: Vaccines and open innovation, but less IP? (IP Watch)

Exploring a new angle in the TRIPS and drug patents debate (Spicy IP)

EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal rules on patenting a method of treatment by surgery: G1/07 (IPKat) (EPLAW) (Patent Baristas)

EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal decides on dosage regime – Swiss-type claims no longer available: G 2/08 – Dosage Regime/Abbot Respiratory (EPLAW) (Managing Intellectual Property) (IPKat) (Patent Baristas)

India: Victory for access to medicines as Bayer loses lawsuit in India (GenericsWeb)

India: A comment on the vires of ‘The Protection, Conservation and Effective Management of Traditional Knowledge relating to Biological Diversity Rules, 2009’ (Spicy IP)

Tanzania: Yet another gene patenting storm brewing in Tanzania – Tanzania to oppose US and Brazilian governments from patenting a sorghum gene isolated from a sorghum variety found in Tanzania (Afro-IP)

UK: Satisfying the requirements for industrial applicability – EWCA provides guidance for biotech inventions: Eli Lilly & Co v Human Genome Sciences Inc (IP Think Tank)

UK: EWHC (Pat) finds Merial’s patent relating to ‘method for the in vitro diagnosis of type II porcine circovirus infection and diagnostic reagents’ invalid on grounds of obviousness: Intervet UK Ltd v Merial, the University of Belfast and the University of Saskatchewan (IPKat) (EPLAW)

US: Ariad v Eli Lilly: Written description requirement (Patently-O)

US: An empirical study of the role of the written description requirement in patent prosecution: Ariad v Eli Lilly (Patently-O)

US: Developments up to second-filed application relevant to show no double patenting: Takeda Pharm. Co. v Doll (Filewrapper)

US: District Court Massachusetts denies bid for bench trial in RNAi patent suit: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft v Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (Patent Docs)

US: Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit: Federal jurisdiction found in Neuralstem v Reneuron (Patent Docs)

US: District Court New Jersey: Disqualification of counsel in patent case requires ‘factual analysis’, not ‘automatic disqualification rule’: Wyeth et al v Abbott Laboratories et al (Docket Report)

US: Monsanto files patent infringement suit against Boggs Farm Center over use of soybean seed produced from earlier planted Roundup Ready soybean seed (Patent Docs)

US: Merck Sharp & Dohme file for review and correction of patent term adjustment calculation in respect of patent covering ‘Substituted pyrazoles, compositions containing such compounds and methods of use’ (Patent Docs)

US: Reverse payments in generic drug settlements – Are the courts or the FTC misapplying the law? (Patent Docs)

US: PhRMA representative questions follow-on biologics paper (Patent Docs)

USPTO announces agenda for next biotechnology/chemical/pharmaceutical customer partnership meeting (Patent Docs)

 
Products

Arzerra (Ofatumumab) – US: Glaxo Group, GlaxoSmithKline seek declaratory judgment of invalidity and non-infringement against Genentech, City of Hope (Patent Docs)

Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) – US: Bayer files patent infringement complaints against Lupin in Maryland and Delaware following Para IV challenge (Patent Docs)

Detrol (Tolterodine) – US: Teva appeals Pfizer’s win in Detrol patent infringement suit (The IP Factor)

Fentora (Fentanyl) – US: Cephalon files patent infringement suit against Sandoz in response to Para IV challenge (Patent Docs)

Fluvastatin – UK: EWCA (Civ) dismisses Novartis’ appeal against High Court’s decision that sustained release fluvastatin patent invalid for obviousness: Actavis v Novartis (EPLAW)

Mucinex (Guaifenesin) – US: Federal Court grants summary judgment in favour of Perrigo finding no infringement of Adams Respiratory Therapeutics’ Mucinex patent (The IP Factor) (Patent Docs)

Niaspan (Niacin) – US: Abbott files patent infringement suits in Delaware and E D Michigan against Sun Pharma following Para IV challenge (Patent Docs)

Patadol (Olopatadine) – US: Alcon files patent infringement suit against Wockhardt in response to Para IV challenge (Patent Docs)

Plavix (Clopidogrel) – US: USPTO tentatively rejects Plavix claims (GenericsWeb)

Seretide (Fluticasone, salmeterol) – South Africa: Commissioner of Patents: Glaxo gets asthma patent relief by claiming Cipla abuse (Afro-IP)

Solodyn (Minocycline) – US: Medicis file patent infringement suit against Ranbaxy following Para IV challenge (Patent Docs)

Viagra (Sildenafil) – US: Board of Patent Appeals affirms rejection of Pfizer’s broad patent over erectile dysfunction treatment (reexam was requested by Lilly & ICOS maker of Cialis and Bayer maker of Levitra): Ex parte Pfizer (Patently-O) (The IP Factor)

 

 

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