Last week, the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of AbbVie’s complaint seeking declaratory judgment of invalidity of U.S. Patent No. 6,248,516 (“the ’516 patent”) owned by Astra Zeneca subsidiary MedImmune.  AbbVie brought this declaratory judgment action in June 2016 in the hopes of ending its royalty obligations to MedImmune.

The Fed. Circuit’s decision

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

On September 28, 2017, AbbVie and Amgen announced a global settlement of their patent dispute surrounding Amgen’s proposed biosimilar to HUMIRA.  The terms of the agreement remain confidential between the parties, but according to the announcement, AbbVie will grant Amgen a non-exclusive license for the use and sale of Amgen’s biosimilar (AMGEVITA) to HUMIRA.  Amgen

Biologic drugs are quickly reshaping the pharmaceutical landscape as they dominate the drug market in annual sales revenue.  Abbvie’s Humira® (adalimumab) rocketed to the best-selling drug in the world with sales generating over $16 billion USD in 2016. The top biologic drugs are all driving revenues well beyond the $1 billion sales revenue demarcation that

Recently, AbbVie, Inc. and AbbVie Biotechnology, LTD (collectively “AbbVie” or “Plaintiffs”) filed a Complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against Boehringer Ingelheim International GMBH, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, Inc. (collectively “Boehringer Ingelheim” or “Defendant”) related to Boehringer Ingelheim’s adalimumab product, a proposed biosimilar to AbbVie’s

Sandoz, Inc. (“Sandoz”) entered into the battlefield over patents related to AbbVie’s Humira® (adalimumab).  On July 20, 2017, Sandoz filed petitions with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) for inter partes review (“IPR”) of two patents assigned to AbbVie, U.S. Patent No. 8,802,100 (“the ’100 patent”) entitled “Formulation of Human Antibodies for Treating TNF-Alpha

Boehringer Ingelheim International GMBH and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Boehringer Ingelheim”) have prevailed in two inter parts review trials against one of AbbVie’s patents related to Humira®.  In two final written decisions issued, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “PTAB” or “Board”) found all claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,889,135 (the ’135 patent”) invalid.

On June 22, 2017, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (“CHMP”) of the European Medicine’s Agency (“EMA”) recommended Samsung Bioepis’ Imraldi® (SB-5, adalimumab), a biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira®, for approval.  The CHMP’s recommendation will be referred to the European Commission for final marketing authorization.

Adalimumab is a TNF (tumor necrosis factor) inhibitor

Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics announced that its Medical Marketing Application (“MMA”) for FKB327, a biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira® (adalimumab), has been accepted for review by the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”).  Adalimumab is a TNF (tumor necrosis factor) inhibitor that binds to TNF-alpha (TNF-α), preventing it from activating TNF receptors, which cause the inflammatory reactions associated

Amgen’s Amgevita, an adalimumab biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira®, received approval from the European Commission on March 23, 2017.  Adalimumab is a TNF (tumor necrosis factor) inhibitor that binds to TNF-alpha (TNF-α) preventing it from activating TNF receptors, which cause the inflammatory reactions associated with autoimmune diseases.

Amgevita received approval in all available indications, including the