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AstraZeneca inks $730m licensing deal for rare heart disease treatment

International11-01-2022Muireann Bolger

Alexion, AstraZeneca’s rare disease group, has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Neurimmune AG for NI006, an antibody in development for the treatment of the heart condition, transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy.

Allele drops COVID-19 protein suit against Pfizer, BioNTech

US06-01-2022Muireann Bolger

Biotech Allele has dropped its lawsuit accusing Pfizer and BioNTech of infringing technology covering a fluorescent protein used in COVID-19 vaccines.

AbbVie wants USITC to investigate Alvotech over Humira ‘theft’

US21-12-2021Alex Baldwin

AbbVie seeks to block imports of Alvotech’s biosimilar Humira into the US, claiming that the Icelandic company plundered former employees and used its trade secrets to develop the drug.

NextCure targeted in cancer drug trade secrets suit

US16-12-2021Alex Baldwin

Public biopharmaceutical company NextCure has been accused of misappropriating trade secrets in order to create a direct competitor to a biotech’s cancer immunotherapy technology.

Fresenius in patent dispute over hypocalcemia treatment

US07-12-2021Muireann Bolger

Fresenius Kabi is facing a lawsuit by two Pharmasphere subsidiaries over claims that it infringed a patent covering a treatment for hypocalcemia, a condition where the blood sugar level is lower than normal.

Moderna exposed after losing COVID-19 vaccine patent decision

02-12-2021Muireann Bolger

Moderna has failed to reverse an unfavourable ruling related to its COVID-19 vaccine technology, after the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the validity of a patent owned by Arbutus Biopharma.

Activists urge Biden to champion temporary COVID-19 IP waiver

International23-11-2021

Medical and human rights groups have called on US President Joe Biden to step up his personal engagement and help put in place a temporary waiver of IP rights for COVID-19 vaccines.

English High Court finds Bayer patent obvious in win for Teva

UK11-10-2021

The English High Court has found that a challenged claim of Bayer's targeted cancer drug sorafenib is invalid due to obviousness, in a win for Israeli pharmaceutical company Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Federal Circuit gives kiss of life to lip filler design patent

US06-10-2021

Medical device company SurgiSil has persuaded the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that its application for a design patent covering a lip filler was erroneously rejected by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

LSPN LIVE 2021: an ‘unmissable opportunity’

International28-09-2021Muireann Bolger

Over the past year, the life sciences sector has proved to be of vital importance in the fight against COVID-19. Now more than ever, it is imperative that IP professionals are best positioned to protect and leverage innovation in this fast-paced industry.

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