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PTO Reexamination Decision Can Eliminate Cause of Action in Concurrent Litigation

Fresenius USA, Inc. v. Baxter International, Inc.
By Simon Heimowitz ­– Edited by Jennifer Wong

The Federal Circuit held that a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reexamination decision, which had invalidated a number of patent claims, had to be given effect in a concurrent infringement suit regarding kidney hemodialysis equipment, effectively leaving Baxter without a cause of action. It vacated and remanded with instructions to dismiss the judgment of the District Court for the Northern District of California against Fresenius.

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Posted On Jul - 19 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Routine High-Throughput Screening is Undue Experimentation, Federal Circuit Holds

Wyeth v. Abbott Labs
By Kathleen McGuinness – Edited by Alex Shank

The Federal Circuit upheld the invalidity of patents claiming the use of rapamycin to treat restenosis, the renarrowing of an artery following angioplasty. The court held that “routine experimentation” to discover species of compounds within a claimed genus could constitute “undue experimentation,” since the discovery may require screening tens of thousands of compounds without any guidance from the patent.

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Posted On Jul - 5 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Supreme Court Adopts “Rule of Reason” for Reverse Payment Settlements

Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc.
By Kathleen McGuinness – Edited by Jennifer Wong

On June 17, the Supreme Court ruled that reverse payment settlements between brand name and generic drug manufacturers were not presumptively unlawful, but were subject to scrutiny under the “rule of reason.” This holding overruled the Eleventh Circuit’s dismissal of the case and resolved a circuit split.

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Posted On Jul - 3 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief
By Alex Shank

Federal Circuit Holds that Good-Faith Belief in Invalidity May Disprove Intent to Induce Infringement

Pandora Contends that Michigan Privacy Law Does Not Apply to Streamed Music

Chinese Wind Turbine Company Indicted on Misappropriation of U.S. Company’s Trade Secrets

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Posted On Jun - 29 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Isolated DNA Unpatentable but cDNA Patentable, Holds Supreme Court

Ass’n for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics
By Alex Shank – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held that “a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated.” However, “cDNA is patent eligible because it is not naturally occurring.” Id. The Court thus affirmed in part and reversed in part the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s prior opinion upholding the patent eligibility of isolated DNA.

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Posted On Jun - 25 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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