Posts in Biotechnology


Frances Ligler’s Portable Optical Biosensors Improve Environmental Detection of Toxins, Pollutants

Dr. Frances Ligler is a pioneer in biosensor activity and a member of the 2017 class of inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. This New Years’ …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 0

Embrace IP That Works: Importance of Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) in the European Union

The European Union suffers from an investment deficit relative to other industrialized nations. A recent report by the European Commission emphasizes this impact, “the EU needs to …
By Dr. Kristina Lybecker
10 days ago 0

Benefits of NASA Space Directive on Mars could be Limited by Uncertain Software, Biotech Patentability

President Donald Trump signed a new space policy directive for human expansion across the solar system, a directive which hearkens at least slightly back to Horace Greeley’…
By Steve Brachmann
18 days ago 3

CAFC sides with Sandoz, Amgen’s state claims preempted by BPCIA

Originally filed in October 2014, the long-running and high-stakes battle between two powerhouse companies, Amgen and Sandoz, continues to lay out the ground rules for a growing biosimilar …
By Aubrey Haddach
24 days ago 1

Amgen v. Sanofi: A well characterized antigen insufficient for written description of an antibody

In what appears to be a clear departure from the past, in Amgen, the Federal Circuit has rejected the test, basing its rejection on the ground that …

Pity the Patients if Exclusive Licensing is Undermined

We've learned from experience that just because a theory's off base doesn't mean it won't take root, particularly when it involves patents and medicine. "No Vaccines Before …
By Joseph Allen
3 months ago 1

The Immunotherapy Patent Landscape: Types of patent claims for immunotherapeutic inventions

Immunotherapy has emerged as one of the most promising mechanisms to combat diseases like cancer and microbial infections. Since 2000, multiple antibody drugs have reached blockbuster status, including …

Federal Circuit declares Regeneron patent unenforceable due to inequitable conduct

The Federal Circuit issued a decision in Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Merus N.V. upholding the determination that the patent owned by biotech firm Regeneron was unenforceable. …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
6 months ago 0

Report shows drug patents fare better in IPR proceedings at PTAB

While the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has not been friendly to patent owners, to put it mildly, the PTAB has not been inhospitable to pharma …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 36

Horizon Pharma patents covering Vimovo arthritis pain relief treatment have validity upheld at district court and PTAB

Irish biopharmaceutical firm Horizon Pharma announced that two of its patents covering Vimovo, a pain relief treatment for arthritis patients, had their validity upheld in a patent …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 0

Supreme Court of Canada rules on Promise Doctrine in favor of Pharma Patent Owners

The Supreme Court of Canada issued a ruling in AstraZeneca Canada Inc. v. Apotex Inc., which gives patent owners a far greater ability to protect their intellectual …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 1

Lex Machina PTAB report highlights top petitioners, patent owners and law firms appearing in cases

Some of the reports most interesting findings involve which entities are most active at the PTAB as well as the law firms representing parties most frequently during …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 0

SCOTUS says OK to give notice of commercial marketing before FDA license under Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act

42 U.S.C. § 262(l) of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) regulates “biosimilars,” biological products that are highly similar to FDA-approved biological products. Section 262(…

Industry Reaction to SCOTUS decision in Sandoz v. Amgen

The Court’s Sandoz v. Amgen decision gutted a statute that had been carefully crafted to facilitate timely resolution of patent disputes and avoid delaying market entry …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 2

Lefstin, Mossoff critique SCOTUS’ sense of history and negative impacts on today’s patent system

“The Supreme Court has told us, and told itself, a particular story -- a story based in history to justify its current regime,” Lefstin said near the …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 8