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Janssen v. Teva: Not an April Fool’s Day Joke for Life Sciences Companies

On April 1, 2024 the Federal Circuit released its opinion in Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. et al., affirming the district court’s finding that certain claims were not indefinite and remanding to the district court to reevaluate its obviousness decision.  The Federal Circuit’s analysis provides important considerations for life…

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USPTO Publishes Enablement Guidelines in view of Amgen v. Sanofi

On January 10, 2024, the USPTO published guidelines for assessing enablement in view of Amgen v. Sanofi and other recent court cases (“the Guidelines”). The Guidelines state that they are not intended to “announce any major changes to USPTO practice or procedure” but instead “incorporat[e] guidance from the Amgen decision and several post-Amgen enablement court decisions that…

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Federal Circuit Remands to USPTO to Clarify Analysis of Jepson-Format and Means-Plus-Function Claims in the Field of Biotechnology

On January 23, 2024, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) issued its decision granting the USPTO’s request to remand Xencor’s appeal of the rejection of U.S. Patent App. No 16/803,690 (“’690 patent application”) back to the USPTO. The USPTO requested remand so that the USPTO’s Appeals…

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