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Federal Circuit Finds Velcade Patent Not Obvious Under Lead Compound Analysis

In Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Sandoz, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court decision that invalidated one of the Orange Book-listed patents covering the anti-cancer drug Velcade. In so doing, the court explained that a novel product with unexpected advantageous properties is not obvious just because the process by which it was made might have … Continue reading this entry

Does Amgen Have Viable State Law Claims Against Sandoz Arising From The Zarxio Biosimilar Patent Dispute?

In Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. (which you can read more about here), the Supreme Court held that 42 USC § 262(l)(9)(C) sets forth the exclusive federal remedy for failing to provide a copy of the biosimilar application to the reference product sponsor. Still, the Court directed the Federal Circuit to revisit Amgen’s state law claims to … Continue reading this entry

Supreme Court Biosimilar Patent Dance Decision Largely Favors Biosimilars

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. (No. 15-1039), deciding that 42 U.S.C. § 262(l)(9)(C) sets forth the exclusive federal remedy for failing to provide a copy of the biosimilar application, and that 42 U.S.C. §262(l)(8)(A) permits a biosimilar applicant to provide 180-days premarketing notice “either before … Continue reading this entry

How Will The Supreme Court Choreograph The Biosimilar Patent Dance?

On April 26, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Amgen v. Sandoz, where the parties have asked the Court to interpret two of the biosimilar patent dance provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). While it is never wise to predict how the Justices will rule based on the questions … Continue reading this entry

Supreme Court Will Judge Biosimilar Patent Dance

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review some of the patent dispute resolution provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). The Court granted certiorari in the dispute between Amgen and Sandoz, where the Federal Circuit decided that the biosimilar patent dance provisions are optional, but pre-marketing notice always is required.… Continue reading this entry

Solicitor General Sides With Sandoz On Interpretation Of Biosimilar Statute

The Solicitor General of the United States has filed an amicus brief in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc., asking the Supreme Court to grant certiorari and reverse the Federal Circuit’s interpretation of one of the “patent dance” provisions of the biosimilar statute. In particular, the Solicitor General does not agree that the pre-marketing notice required … Continue reading this entry

Amgen And Sandoz Do The Biosimilar Patent Dance Over Neulasta

Amgen Inc. has filed a complaint under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), asserting that a biosimilar application filed by Sandoz Inc. seeking approval of a biosimilar version of Neulasta® infringes two of its patents. According to the complaint, the parties followed the steps of the biosimilar patent dance and agreed which patents … Continue reading this entry

Amgen Hedges Its Bets With Cross-Petition For Certiorari Of Biosimilar Decision

Although Amgen originally did not petition the Supreme Court for certiorari to review the first Federal Circuit decision interpreting the BPCIA framework for resolving biosimilar patent disputes, Amgen now has filed a “Conditional Cross-Petition” for certiorari. Amgen urges the Court to deny Sandoz’s petition for certiorari, but asks the Court to grant its Conditional Cross-Petition if the Court decides to grant … Continue reading this entry

Amgen Launches Enbrel Biosimilar Patent Litigation

Although Sandoz’ application for FDA approval to market a biosimilar version of ENBREL® (etanercept) has yet to be approved, Amgen has brought suit under the Patent Act and Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) to enforce five patents relating to that product and approved methods of use. Some of the BPCIA issues raised in … Continue reading this entry

Sandoz Asks Supreme Court To Reverse Biosimilar Decision

On February 16, 2016, Sandoz, Inc. filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court, asking the Court to overturn the Federal Circuit decision that interpreted the “patent dance” provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) as requiring the biosimilar applicant to give 180 days’ pre-marketing notice that cannot be given until … Continue reading this entry

No Rehearing Of Biosimilar Patent Dance Decision

The Federal Circuit denied the petitions for rehearing en banc filed in Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., which was the court’s first decision interpreting the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA).  Perhaps the court thought that because both parties sought rehearing they must have gotten it right, but Amgen and Sandoz took issue with … Continue reading this entry

Federal Circuit Finds Biosimilar Patent Dispute Resolution Procedures Optional

In Amgen v. Sandoz, a divided panel of the Federal Circuit issued its first decision interpreting the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), and did so in a manner that appears to favor biosimilar applicants over owners of original biologic products (“reference product sponsors”). The court held that a biosimilar applicant does not have to share its biosimilar application with … Continue reading this entry

Federal Circuit Hears Oral Arguments In Neupogen Biosimilar Case

On June 3, 2015, the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments in Amgen v. Sandoz regarding the patent dispute resolution provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). As reflected in Judge Lourie’s comments, this case requires the court to interpret a statue that should win “a Pulitzer Prize for complexity.”… Continue reading this entry

Amicus Briefs On Biosimilar Patent Litigation

Amgen has appealed the district court decision denying its motion for a preliminary injunction to keep Sandoz’ biosimilar version of Neupogen® off the market. (I wrote about the court’s decision in this article.) The appeal is on an expedited briefing schedule at the Federal Circuit, and three amicus briefs have been filed. All of the amicus … Continue reading this entry

Judge Finds Biosimilar Patent Procedures Optional

Judge Seeborg of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order in Amgen, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., ruling that the patent dispute resolution procedures of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) are optional. If this interpretation is upheld, will any parties go through the complicated biosimilar patent dance of 42 USC § 262(l)?… Continue reading this entry

Federal Circuit Finds No Biosimilars Application Means No Case Or Controversy For Sandoz

In Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc., the Federal Circuit upheld the district court decision dismissing Sandoz’s declaratory judgment action for lack of jurisdiction. Although this may be the first Federal Circuit decision relating to a possible “biosimilar” product, the court was careful to steer clear of the biosimilars statute. Apparently the judges aren’t the only … Continue reading this entry

Federal Circuit Finds "Molecular Weight" To Be Insolubly Ambiguous

Please welcome Daniel Shelton, an associate in the Chemical, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Practice of Foley & Lardner LLP, as a new author for PharmaPatentsBlog. In Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., the Federal Circuit invalidated a number of claims directed to a polymer defined by its “molecular weight” because the term was ambiguous, and … Continue reading this entry

Federal Circuit Upholds One Claim Covering Combigan

In Allergan, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed the district court in part, finding that Allergan’s composition claims and most of its method claims are invalid as obvious, but upholding one method claim because it recites a non-obvious result. Some of the court’s reasoning in this opinion is troubling, and the non-obvious result … Continue reading this entry

The "Lead Compound" Approach To Obviousness And Obviousness-Type Double Patenting

In Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. v. Sandoz, Inc., the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s determination that the claims at issue were neither obvious nor invalid under the doctrine of obviousness-type double patenting based on a “lead compound” approach to the obviousness determinations. This case reaffirms the applicability of the “lead compound” analytical framework, and highlights … Continue reading this entry

Federal Circuit Clears Way For Generic Yasmin

In Bayer Schering Pharma AG v. Lupin, Ltd., the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s determination that the Abbreviated New Drug Applications at issue did not infringe the asserted patent related to Yasmin. In particular, the Federal Circuit agreed that the FDA had not approved Yasmin for the method of use claimed in the patent, … Continue reading this entry