Fast drugs, new drugs: new opportunities in the healthcare industry in Australia and China

Chinese and Australian businesses looking for overseas opportunities to expand in the healthcare industry should be aware of important regulatory changes that are taking place in both China and Australia. The healthcare industry in both Australia and China is undergoing significant growth that has been accompanied by rapid regulatory change. Both countries have invested significantly read more...
Subjects: Patents

Second throw of the dice unsuccessful: Full Federal Court confirms Hepatitis C drug patent is invalid

The recent decision of the Full Court in Idenix Pharmaceuticals v Gilead Sciences [2017] FCAFC 196 illustrates the power of the grounds of lack of utility and lack of sufficiency under section 40 of the Patents Act when challenging the validity of a patent. The decision concerned lack of utility and lack of sufficiency as those grounds read more...
Subjects: Patents

Stuck between some wine and a hard case – some lessons from the Barokes “wine in a can” saga

Every now and then a case cracks open a delicious mix of intellectual property and commercial problems. Recent litigation by Barokes over “wine in a can” is one such example. After centuries of drinking wine out of glass bottles (or ‘goon sacks’ [1]) two inventors took the plunge and developed revolutionary technology for “wine in a read more...
Subjects: Confidentiality | Patents

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Off to a running start? Federal Court of Australia permits generic manufacturer to make PBS application before patent expiry

Can a manufacturer apply for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) approval for a generic drug before the patent has expired? Justice Nicholas held in February in Apotex Pty Ltd v Warner-Lambert Company LLC (No 3) [2017] FCA 94 that the answer was “Yes”, and his Honour’s decision was recently affirmed by the Full Federal Court in read more...

Don’t you wanna dance with me? US Supreme Court to hear Amgen v Sandoz biosimilars case

The US Supreme Court has granted petitions for certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz confirming that the Court will examine the operation of the “patent dance” regime under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (“BPCIA”), as well as clarifying when notice of commercial marketing can be given. Biosimilar boffins and patent pedants will read more...
Subjects: Patents

Productivity Commission’s final report pulls no punches on patents

Yesterday the Productivity Commission published its final report on Australia’s IP system. Our high level summary of the Commission’s recommendations across all aspects of the IP system can be found here. The Commission sees the patent system as tipped in favour of patent owners and its recommendations are designed to restore balance. This post provides read more...
Subjects: Patents | Technology

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High Court States the Obvious: AstraZeneca AB v Apotex Pty Ltd Appeal Decided

by Kim O’Connell, Suzy Madar and James Ellsmore In a widely anticipated decision, the High Court has upheld a decision of the Full Federal Court that AstraZeneca’s patent relating to low dosages of rosuvastatin is invalid for want of inventive step. Rosuvastatin is used in the treatment of high cholesterol and is marketed by AstraZeneca read more...

Update: Otsuka Successful in Stay Application: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd v Generic Health Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 848

Further to our post of 7 July 2015, the proceedings brought by Otsuka and Bristol Myers Squibb (the “exclusive licensee” of Otsuka’s patents for aripiprazole) against Generic Health have taken another turn. Justice Nicholas delivered judgment on Friday 14 August in the interlocutory application sought by Otsuka and BMS. The orders and reasons were published read more...
Subjects: Patents

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Blindsided on prior use

A recent decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court reaffirms that not every prior use of an invention will be novelty defeating (see Damorgold Pty Ltd v JAI Products Pty Ltd [2015] FCAFC 31). Damorgold’s patent related to a spring assisted mechanism for controlling blinds. JAI briefly marketed (but did not sell) a RolaShades read more...
Subjects: Patents