PTAB Denies Novartis' Challenge To Cancer Drug Patents

Law360 (January 18, 2019, 7:36 PM EST) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has declined to review two Plexxikon Inc. patents related to a skin cancer treatment, dealing a setback to Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., which is facing infringement allegations over a rival medication.

The PTAB, in decisions Wednesday, denied separate requests from Novartis to examine the patents in America Invents Act reviews. In one case, the PTAB said Novartis made arguments that had already been considered by an examiner during prosecution.

“We recognize that petitioner has a direct interest in pursuing the instant petition, but we also recognize the burden and expense to patent owner in having to...

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