Inter Partes Review's Day Has Come For Pharma IP Cases

Law360, New York (August 22, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued its first final written decisions on June 20, 2014, in four inter partes reviews of pharmaceutical-related patents. The four decisions effectively invalidated all 58 of the challenged patent claims spread across four patents owned by Merck & Cie and the South Alabama Medical Science Foundation, both of whom previously accused Italian biotech firm Gnosis SpA of infringement. 

Background

SAMSF owns three of the patents, which are licensed to Merck, which in turn owns the fourth patent generally relating to the active...
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