The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld a decision by a district court that an inventor cannot further extend his shoulder surgery patent after already being granted a term adjustment period by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Johnson & Johnson has settled its case against Advanced Inventory Management, trading as eSutures, which it accused of distributing counterfeit and contaminated surgical tools.
Pfizer has struck a research and licensing agreement with Belgium biopharmaceutical company Imcyse to develop treatments for rheumatoid arthritis using Imotopes - Imcyse’s platform of immunotherapeutics based on synthetic peptides.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals has acquired UK medicinal cannabis company GW Pharmaceuticals in a takeover worth $7.2 billion.
Chinese drug maker Qilu’s proposed generic version of a cancer treatment infringes three patents, according to a lawsuit filed by Boehringer Ingelheim.
Coherus Biosciences has signed a deal with Chinese biopharmaceutical company Shanghai Junshi Biosciences for the development and commercialisation rights to toripalimab, Junshi’s PD-1 inhibitor, in the US and Canada.
Russian pharmaceutical company Pharmsynthez has allegedly started producing a generic version of COVID-19 drug remdesivir without the authorisation of the drug’s patent owner, Gilead Sciences.
Biotech company Illumina has won a dispute with Columbia University, after the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit backed an earlier ruling that the university’s DNA-sequencing patents were invalid.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp relief the crucial role that universities play in cutting-edge innovation. One story of the past year is the collaboration between research institutions such as Oxford University, and commercial entities like AstraZeneca, to rapidly bring a life-saving product to market.
More than 250 million rapid COVID-19 tests will be made available for low and middle-income countries as part of a World Health Organization initiative to accelerate the global response to the virus.