On March 31, 2017, Celltrion, Inc. (“Celltrion”) filed three new petition for inter partes review (“IPR”) of two additional patents related to Genentech and Biogen’s Rituxan® (rituximab).  Two of the petitions challenge claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,682,612 (“the ’612 patent”) and the other seeks review of all nine claims of U.S. Patent No.8,206,711 (“the

Pfizer, Inc. (“Pfizer”) filed a new petition with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) on March 24, 2017, for inter partes review (“IPR”) of U.S. Patent No. 7,820,161 (“the ’161 patent”) related to Biogen’s and Genentech’s Rituxan® (rituximab).  The challenged claims of the ’161 patent are directed to a method for treating rheumatoid arthritis

We reported last week that Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC, Genzyme Corporation, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. had filed suit in Massachusetts seeking a declaratory judgment that their Dupixent® (dupilumab) product does not infringe Amgen’s U.S. Patent No. 8,679,487 (“the ’487 patent”).  The litigation was filed on March 20, 2017.  In a one-two punch combination, Sanofi and Regeneron

On March 21, 2017, Celltrion, Inc. (“Celltrion”) filed two new petitions for inter partes review (“IPR”) of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,846,441 (“the ’441 patent”) and 7,892,549 (“the ’549 patent”). Three days later, on March 24, 2017, Celltrion filed two additional IPR petitions for U.S. Patent Nos. 6,626,196 (“the ‘196 patent”) and 7,371,379 (“the ‘379 patent”).  

Celltrion, Inc. (“Celltrion”) filed three new petitions with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) on March 15, 2017 for inter partes review (“IPR”) of Biogen’s U.S. Patent Nos. 8,329,172 (“the ’172 patent”), 8,557,244 (“the ’244 patent”), and 9,296,821 (“the ’821 patent”) related to rituximab.

Rituximab is an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody approved for the treatment

Hospira, Inc. (“Hospira”) filed a petition with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) on September 16, 2016 for inter partes review (“IPR”) of U.S. Patent No. 7,807,799 (“the ’799 patent”) related to Genentech’s Herceptin® (trastuzumab).  On March 15, 2017, the PTAB issued a decision instituting review of claims 1–3 and 5–11 of the

On March 2, 2017, the PTAB issued a decision denying Celltrion, Inc.’s (“Celltrion”) request for inter partes review (“IPR”) of claims 1-14 of U.S. Patent No. 7,976,838 related to Genentech’s Rituxan® (rituximab).  This denial comes less than a week after the PTAB instituted IPR of U.S. Patent No.     7,820,161, related to the same product,

Inter partes review (“IPR”) is one of several post-grant procedures created by the Leahy Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”).  An IPR provides a mechanism for challenging the patentability of one or more claims of an issued patent through an administrative “trial” conducted by three Administrative Patent Judges from the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s