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Recent Bayh-Dole Act News: Comments on the Draft Framework; HHS Refuses to March-In on Xtandi; and Delayed Contracting Doesn’t Avoid Bayh-Dole

U.S. universities and academic institutions rely heavily on federal grants to fund their research and generate innovations in life sciences.  Universities often out-license patents protecting inventions created using federal funding to private companies including many startups.  Hundreds of drugs have been developed by collaboration between universities and private industry. The…

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Life Sciences Companies Make Up a Small Portion of the Companies Opting-In to the Unitary Patent; Ireland Announces Referendum Date

Life sciences companies continue to make up a small portion of the companies registering for Unitary Patents. Per the European Patent Office’s statistics portal, as of January 30, 2024 there have been 18,721 registered Unitary Patents. The Uptake Rate is 17.5%. Of this, Medical Technology companies account for 2,266 (or,…

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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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K-Fee Provides a Warning to Life Sciences Companies – What You Say in Foreign Prosecution May Affect Your U.S. Claim Scope

On December 26, 2023, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in K-Fee System GMBH v. Nespresso USA, Inc. While nominally a case related to coffee makers, its teachings are highly applicable to life science companies as they tend to file large numbers of…

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Some Much-Needed (Applicant-Friendly) Clarification on Priority Claims at the European Patent Office

On October 10, 2023, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) issued a consolidated decision in cases G1/22 and G2/22 clarifying a common issue regarding the validity of a priority claim made at the EPO. Per the Board of Appeal, there is a rebuttable presumption that an Applicant claiming…

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Is it Biosimilar or Interchangeable? It Won’t Be Easy to Tell Under FDA’s Latest Draft Labeling Guidance

Last week, FDA released a draft guidance, “Labeling for Biosimilar and Interchangeable Biosimilar Products” that—when finalized—will revise and replace its July 2018 final guidance, “Labeling for Biosimilar Products.”  FDA noted that this 2023 Draft Guidance reflects recommendations based on the “valuable experience about labeling considerations” that FDA has gained through…

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Supreme Court Affirms Amgen Patents’ Invalidity in Closely Watched Enablement Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided a closely watched case regarding patent law’s enablement requirement, Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi. The Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit’s decision that Amgen’s patent claims were invalid, holding that the patents’ disclosures “offer[ed] persons skilled in the art little more than advice to engage in…

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Proposed USPTO Fee Changes Will Make It Much More Expensive to Patent and to Challenge Patents on Therapeutics. You Have an Opportunity to Comment...

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO or PTO) recently announced proposed changes to certain fees it charges with respect to patent applications, design patents, and America Invents Act (AIA) trials. These changes may significantly increase costs associated with building a robust patent portfolio for New Chemical Entities (NCEs)…

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