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We have previously covered various aspects of a legal battle between Genentech and Amgen regarding Amgen’s efforts to market Mvasi, a biosimilar to Genentech’s bevacizumab product, Avastin.  These aspects include Genentech’s quickly-dismissed February 2017 action contending Amgen was in violation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) (covered here and here), and

As we recently covered, May 15, 2018, saw the FDA granting approval to Hospira (now a Pfizer subsidiary) for its Retacrit injection, a biosimilar to Amgen’s Epogen®. The approval, based on a Biologics License Application dated December 16, 2014, came after Hospira resubmitted its application twice after receiving Complete Response Letters from the FDA,

In October, we reported on a growing number of IPR challenges to Genentech’s U.S. Patent No. 6,407,213 (“the ʼ213 patent”) to Carter. The ’213 patent, “Method for making humanized antibodies,” which Genentech has stated in SEC filings covers technology used in developing the breast cancer drug Herceptin® (trastuzumab), has since been asserted or is otherwise

On January 3, 2018, Momenta and Mylan announced their development plan for a proposed biosimilar to Regeneron’s Eylea® whose active ingredient is aflibercept, a recombinant fusion protein. Eylea® was first approved as an intravitreal injection indicted for the treatment of patients with neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration. Eylea® is now also indicated for macular edema

As we previously reported, Pfizer filed three IPR petitions against Biogen-owned patents claiming methods of treatment with rituximab in April 2017. The three proceedings are: IPR2017-01166, regarding U.S. Patent No. 8,329,172 (“the ’172 patent”); IPR2017-01167, regarding U.S. Patent No. 8,557,244 (“the ’244 patent”); and IPR2017-01168, regarding U.S. Patent No. 8,821,873 (“the ’873 patent”). Institution