Schiff Hardin LLP has expanded its IP group with the hiring of Imron Aly as a partner.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a lower court decision that found Actavis’s generic version of Shire’s ulcerative colitis drug Lialda (mesalamine) infringes US patent 6,773,720.
The US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has upheld a patent covering Eli Lilly’s second biggest drug Alimta (pemetrexed disodium), after a challenge by Teva’s US pharmaceutical arm.
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear Teva’s appeal against a Federal Circuit decision that invalidated a patent covering its $4.3 billion-a-year Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) drug, allowing Sandoz, Mylan and Natco to produce generic versions.
Novartis has sued generic drugmaker Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories for infringing a patent related to its chronic myelogenous leukaemia drug Gleevec/Glivec (imatinib mesylate).
Three US lawmakers have introduced legislation that, if passed, would allow patent owners to obtain protection for existing biologic drugs that have been approved for new indications.
Gilead Sciences has received another challenge to its application to patent its new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) in India.
The US District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has upheld the validity of four patents covering Mylan’s Perforomist (formoterol fumarate) inhalation solution.
The USPTO has issued a patent to Israeli biotechnology company BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, which covers stem cell technology that can be used in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Staff at the European Patent Office will hold seven days of strike action starting this week, it has been confirmed.