PTAB’s First Inter Partes Review Of Pharma Patents Is Against Generic Challenger

Last week the Patent Trial and Appeal Board found Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s three patents covering the drug Oracea® (doxycycline, USP 30 mg immediate release & 10 mg delayed release beads) valid in the first ever defense of pharmaceutical patents before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC v. Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., IPR2013-00368, -00371, […]

Federal Circuit limits application of inherency doctrine in obviousness cases

This week the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a district court judgment of invalidity because the district court had incorrectly applied the inherency doctrine in the obviousness analysis. The case, between Par and Twi, involved methods of use of nanosized formulations of the drug megestrol acetate. Par Pharm., Inc. v. TWi Pharms., Inc., No. 1:11-cv-02466 […]

Federal Circuit Affirms Invalidity of Warner Chilcott Patents for Osteoporosis Drug Actonel

A three judge panel of the Federal Circuit on November 18, 2014 affirmed the District of Delaware’s summary judgment decision that Warner Chilcott’s patents covering the osteoporosis drug Actonel were invalid for obviousness. Despite some uncertainty in the prior art regarding effective dosing of the drug, the Federal Circuit affirmed, stating that obviousness does not […]