Brazil has threatened to break a patent for Kaletra, one of three anti-retrovirals made by Abbott Laboratories Inc. Brazil said the price of Abbott’s combination Lopinavir and Ritonavir pill is so high it created a public health threat. Brazil is encouraging other countries to use the World Trade Organization‘s rules on patents to challenge pharmaceutical […]

Did Pfizer get punked by a nonprofit? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a ruling on one of several patents that Pfizer holds on Lipitor (atorvastatin), its top-selling cholesterol drug. In the reexamination proceeding initiated last year by the Public Patent Foundation (“PUBPAT”), the USPTO rejected all 44 of the claims of U.S. […]

The TechnoLawyer Blog’s Eighth Annual TechnoLawyer @ Awards where announced for best products, services, and Web sites in a variety of categories. While the Patent Baristas didn’t win as Best Coffee-Themed, Bio-Pharma Patent Law Blog, our congrats go out to Dennis Crouch’s Patently-O: Patent Law Blog for Favorite Practice Area Blog (definitely one of our […]

A U.S. District Court jury in Delaware yesterday dealt a blow to Boston Scientific Corp. finding that it infringed two cardiac stent patents of its main competitor in the field, Johnson & Johnson. BSX could be forced to pay damages to J&J although the exact amount will not be set until August at a separate […]

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider limiting antitrust suits against pharmaceutical companies, computer makers and other patent holders. The justices said they will hear an appeal by Illinois Tool Works Inc., which is trying to block a lawsuit over devices it sells for use in industrial printers. On Jan. 25, 2005, the U.S. Court […]

After just giving a talk this past week on international strategic alliances, I was struck by the recent Forbes article on the increasing number of big pharmaceutical companies increasingly forming alliances with biotech firms. It seems that almost 30% of big pharma’s revenue now comes from products licensed from smaller biotech firms. This shows the […]

Janssen Pharmaceutica Products, L.P. (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) and Synaptech filed suit against Barr Laboratories Inc., for patent infringement relating to Razadyne (galantamine hydrobromide), 4 mg, 8 mg, and 12 mg Tablets, formerly Reminyl. The action was initiated under the Hatch-Waxman Act as an infringement of a patent on the compound that expires […]

Shares of Vicuron Pharmaceuticals increased 79% to an all-time high of $28.21 Thursday after Pfizer agreed to buy the biotechnology company for $1.9 billion, or $29.10 a share in cash (an price 84% premium with a market capitalization of about $1 billion). The trend in Big Pharma seems to be one of buying biotech companies […]