IPR & Legal

MorphoSys says patent suit settled

Sunday 10 February 2019

Patent litigation involving two of Europe’s most important antibody companies plus Janssen Biotech formally ended on 31 January after the parties agreed to drop their mutual claims. The lawsuit was brought by MorphoSys AG against Genmab A/S and its partner Janssen relating to Darzalex (daratumumab), the latter companies’ marketed drug for multiple myeloma.

US court declares MorphoSys patents invalid

Saturday 26 January 2019

A US district court has ruled against MorphoSys AG in a patent infringement suit that the Germany company brought against Genmab A/S and its partner Janssen Biotech Inc relating to Darzalex (daratumumab), their marketed drug for multiple myeloma.

The decision, by the District Court of Delaware, means that MorphoSys’ claims for damage have been rejected and its three US patents for a similar drug have been declared invalid.

UK can unilaterally revoke Brexit, court says

Monday 10 December 2018

The UK, on the basis of a democratic decision, can unilaterally revoke a decision to withdraw from the EU as long as the withdrawal agreement has not entered into force, the Court of Justice of the European Union, announced on 10 December.

The enforcer of data protection steps into the spotlight

Wednesday 30 May 2018

With the introduction on 25 May of data protection regulations for companies inside the European Community and the outside companies that trade with Europe, a new entity called the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) began operations by holding a press conference in Brussels.

ViiV Healthcare sues Gilead over patent

Thursday 8 February 2018
United Kingdom

ViiV Healthcare Ltd, the specialist HIV company majority-owned by GlaxoSmithKline Plc, has filed a patent infringement suit against Gilead Sciences Inc over bictegravir, an integrase inhibitor that is part of a combination therapy approved in the US on 7 February.

Insulin producers accused of price manipulation

Wednesday 1 February 2017
United States

The US law firm, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, has filed a class action suit against Sanofi SA, Novo Nordisk A/S and Eli Lilly and Company alleging that they have used increasingly wider discounts from the list price of their analogue insulins to gain favour with pharmacy benefit managers and health insurers and thereby gained market share.

Cross-consent accord for Charpentier IP

Saturday 14 January 2017

Four companies with rights to intellectual property (IP) generated by Emmanuelle Charpentier and colleagues for the gene editing technology CRISPR/Cas9 have reached an agreement under which rights to the technology given by one member of the group will mean consent from the others.

EMA appeals against document ruling

Thursday 29 September 2016
United Kingdom

The European Medicines Agency has appealed against a court order preventing it from releasing documents relating to two marketed medicines, arguing that the disclosures are consistent with its policy on transparency.

Lundbeck fine upheld; company ponders appeal

Sunday 18 September 2016

In a decision on 8 September, the General Court of the European Union has upheld €150 million of fines imposed by the European Commission on H. Lundbeck A/S and four generic companies for what it says were infringements of competition law.

Merus beats Regeneron at law

Monday 10 August 2015

Merus BV of the Netherlands has secured another legal victory over Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc in a battle over intellectual property rights to transgenic mouse technology for the production of therapeutic antibodies.