Posts in Biotechnology


Patenting Antibodies: Written Description Considerations in Antibody Patents

The Amgen v. Sanofi decision put most functional antibody claims into question, including epitope and competitive binding claims, as well as antibody claims based on a newly …
By Li Feng & Stacy Lewis
3 days ago 2

23AndMe Sues Ancestry.com Over DNA Genetic Testing Kits

On Friday, May 11th, Mountain View, CA-based personal genetics testing company 23AndMe filed a lawsuit alleging patent infringement claims against Lehi, UT-based genealogy firm Ancestry.com. The …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 1

Law Professors Urge CAFC to Uphold Cleveland Clinic Diagnostic Method Patents

A group of six patent law professors filed an amicus brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Cleveland Clinic v. True Health Diagnostics. …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 1

Ariosa Liable for $26 Million in Lost Profits for Infringing Two Blood Test Patents

A jury verdict awarded more than $26 million to a group of plaintiffs including San Diego, CA-based gene analysis firm Illumina, Inc. The jury found that Ariosa Diagnostics …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

A Fleeting Glimpse of Reason in the Drug Development Debate

Despite the difficulties, the private sector is far and away the best bet for developing the desperately needed medicines of the future. Government is a critical partner …
By Joseph Allen
4 months ago 2

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
4 months 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 …

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
5 months 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
5 months 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
7 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
10 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
10 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
10 months ago 0