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Last week, the Federal Circuit denied Sandoz’s petition for an en banc rehearing of its precedential July 1st panel decision upholding two of Immunex’s patents covering Enbrel®.

As explained in the petition, Immunex was the first to make etanercept, the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor fusion protein that is the active ingredient in Enbrel® (used

On April 2, 2019, Eli Lilly and Company (“Lilly”) filed a Petition for Post-Grant Review (“PGR”) of Genentech’s U.S. Patent 10,011,654 (“the ’654 patent”). The ’654 patent, entitled “Antibodies Directed to IL-17A/IL-17F Heterodimers,” has just seven claims, with independent claim 1 drawn to “[a]n isolated humanized monoclonal antibody that binds to an IL-17A-17F heterodimer comprising

Last month, the FDA released four new guidance documents providing insight on the FDA’s interpretation of provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”), as it amends the Public Health Service Act (“PHS Act”) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), among other statutes. Two of the documents relate to the

Earlier this month, Amgen initiated suit against Apotex in the Middle District of Florida, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 9,856,287 (“the ’287 patent”). This is the third complaint that Amgen has brought against Apotex under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (the “BPCIA”), based on Apotex’s abbreviated biologic license applications (“aBLAs”) for biosimilars

Earlier this month, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “the Board”) denied institution of Sandoz’s petition for inter partes review of Abbvie’s patent, U.S. Patent No. 9,512,216 (“the ’216 patent”), directed to methods for treating moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis with a human anti-tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) antibody.[1] The petition,

Last week, Mylan N.V. and Biocon Ltd. announced that their jointly-developed insulin glargine biosimilar, Semglee™, received marketing approval from both the European Commission (which applies to all 28 European Union member states) and the European Economic Area member states of Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.[1] Additionally, the Therapeutic Goods Administration approved the biosimilar for use

Mumbai-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Lupin recently received FDA approval for its generic version of Roche’s Tamiflu® (oseltamivir phosphate), one of the most popular antivirals prescribed for relief from the influenza virus. The active ingredient is indicated for the treatment of acute, uncomplicated influenza A and B in patients two weeks of age or older who have

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Amgen v. Sandoz,[i] holding that the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (“BPCIA,” the “Act”) preempts state law, and thus state laws cannot be used to enforce participation in the BPCIA’s patent dispute resolution procedures and disclosure process. In light of

On November 6, 2017, Sandoz, Inc. filed its eighth inter partes review (“IPR”) against AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd. (“AbbVie”), challenging yet another patent from the Humira® patent portfolio. Humira®, used for the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease, continues to be the number one selling drug in the world.[i] With