The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) requires applications to market a biological product be submitted for review by the FDA under § 351 of the Public Health Service Act (“PHS Act”). However, it carved out a limited exception for biological products that are in a product class that had already been approved under

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

The FDA recently proposed an amendment to its regulations defining the term “biological product.”  The proposed amendment incorporates changes made by the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) into the FDA’s regulations, and provides the FDA’s interpretation of the statutory terms “protein” and “chemically synthesized polypeptide.”  The proposed definitions of the statutory terms are

Prior to 1994, the term of a U.S. patent was 17 years from the date of issuance.  When the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (“URAA”) changed the term to 20 years from the earliest nonprovisional priority date, it appeared that unpatentability due to obviousness type double patenting (“ODP”) would no longer be relevant since the patent

On June 14, 2018, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the co-author of the Hatch-Waxman Act, filed an amendment to the Hatch-Waxman Act in an effort to further incentivize generic drug development. The language of the amendment, known as the Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018, states that its purpose is “to prevent the inter partes review

On March 8, 2018, Amgen Inc. (“Amgen”) filed suit against Adello Biologics, LLC (“Adello”) in the District of New Jersey, alleging infringement of seventeen patents:  U.S. Patent Nos. 6,180,391; 7,083,948; 7,118,884; 7,384,765; 7,427,659; 7,662,930; 7,735,525; 7,781,395; 8,191,566; 8,273,707; 8,940,878; 8,952,138; 9,418,416; 9,632,095; 9,643,997; 9,704,239; and 9,856,287.  The case is assigned to Judge Claire C. Cecchi

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,

Lately, it has been very difficult to get diagnostic claims allowed without limiting the method steps to very specific components (e.g. reagents, devices, assays, samples, etc.). However, a recent Federal Circuit case suggests that there may be hope for broader diagnostic claims in the future.  In Exergen Corp. v. Kaz USA, Inc., Appeal No. 2016-2315,