Pfizer announced today that the United Kingdom’s Court of Appeal has upheld the exclusivity of the main patent covering atorvastatin, the active ingredient in the company’s cholesterol lowering drug Lipitor. The appellate court ruling affirms a lower court decision in October 2005 which found that a proposed generic from Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., an India-based pharmaceutical [...]

Today, the US Supreme Court refused to become involved in a closely watched case that tested the legality of multimillion-dollar settlements between big pharma drug companies and their generic rivals. The issue in that case was whether these big drug companies – such as Schering-Plough, the company involved in the case – should be allowed [...]

The Law of Karma states that β€œfor every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according as its cause was skillful or unskillful.’ Apparently Merck has decided to create some karma of its own, deciding that it has [...]

I’m really quite disturbed by a recent Federal Circuit decision which held that method claims can be infringed if the method is performed abroad, so long as “components of the method” are exported from the US. See Union Carbide v. Shell Oil Co. (Fed. Cir. 2005). This case is so wrong that I don’t know [...]

The Baristas are pleased to announce that Professor David Hricik from Mercer University School of Law will be a guest Barista on this site, contributing in the area of IP ethics on a regular basis. David receieved his B.A. in 1984 from the University of Arizona and his J.D. in 1988 from Northwestern University Law [...]

I will be at the ABA’s Intellectual Property Law Summer Conference in Boston from June 21-24. If you’d like to take time to meet next week, drop me a line and we’ll arrange a meeting at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel. I’ll be there chatting with fellow bloggers over a cup o’ joe at the [...]

Apparently after making substantial campaign contributions, the Baristas from Patent Baristas have been named Blawgers of the Year in the 2006 TechnoLawyer @ Awards! There’s no cash prize but it beats a poke in the eye. Of course, it’s an honor to just be nominated. It just happens to be even better to win. Blawgger [...]

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it would look at whether the international drug patent system prevents developing countries from obtaining needed medicines, vaccines and diagnostic tests. The 192 WHO members agreed at an annual meeting in Geneva to launch an intergovernmental group to look for gaps in medical research and development, and draw up [...]