Posted On: July 29, 2008

Third Circuit Chief Judge Designates E.D. Pa. Judges to Preside in Delaware

Yesterday, Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals designated several Pennsylvania district judges to preside over cases litigated in the District of Delaware. According to the Court's six standing orders, selected judges from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will immediately begin hearing newly filed District of Delaware cases.

The six judges are: Hon. Harvey Bartle III, Hon. Stewart Dalzell, Hon. Legrome D. Davis, Hon. J. Curtis Joyner, Hon. Robert F. Kelly, and Hon. Eduardo C. Robreno. The designation orders are available on the D. Del. website (navigate to "7/28/2008" link).

According to comments made by D. Del. Chief Judge Gregory M. Sleet at today's Federal Bar Association meeting, the visiting judges will hear every fourth civil case brought in this district.

Posted On: July 29, 2008

New District of Delaware Intellectual Property Filings

7/22: Cephalon, Inc. and CIMA Labs, Inc. v. Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Barr Laboratories, Inc. (patent infringement)
7/22: AstraZeneca LP, Aktiebolaget Draco, KBI-E Inc. and KBI Inc. v . Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (patent infringement)
7/24: Novartis Corporation and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation v. Teva Parenteral Medicines, Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. (patent infringement)
7/25: Brigham and Women's Hospital Inc., NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Amgen, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Barr Laboratories, Inc. (patent infringement)
7/25: National Semiconductor Corporation v. LSI Corporation and Agere Systems Inc. (patent infringement)
7/25: Endo Pharmaceuticals and Penwest Pharmaceuticals Co. v. Impax Laboratories, Inc. (patent infringement)

Posted On: July 21, 2008

District of Delaware and Federal Bar Association Annual Luncheon

On July 29th at 12:00 pm at the Du Barry room in the Hotel DuPont there will be a special presentation by Chief Judge Sleet of the “Annual Report of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware to the Federal Bar Association 2008”. The meeting will also include the FBA Annual Meeting and a discussion of amendments to the bylaws and election of new officers as well as the FBA Awards Presentation. The cost for this event will be $45. To register, please email or call Anita Garvey at Richards Layton & Finger at 651-7841 or Checks should be made payable to the Federal Bar Association.

For a copy of the flyer see here.

Posted On: July 18, 2008

Joseph J. Farnan: Untimely Terminal Disclaimer Still Admissible

We recently reported on an invalidity decision by District Judge Joseph J. Farnan Jr. that declined to give effect to a so-called terminal disclaimer. Earlier this week, the Court followed that post-trial opinion with a decision resolving the parties' evidentiary disputes. Among those disputes? The admissibility of the same disclaimer.

In its opinion, the Court noted that plaintiffs sought to introduce the disclaimer after the close of evidence. Although it acknowledged "concern" over the timeliness of the filing, the Court nonetheless allowed the document into evidence. As part of the patent-in-suit's prosecution history, the disclaimer became on filing an "admissible supplementation of an already identified trial exhibit."

As a result, the Court concluded, the "issue of timeliness is more appropriately addressed in the context of the disclaimer's effectiveness, rather than its admissibility."

Boehringer Ingelheim Int'l GMBH v. Barr Labs. Inc., C.A. No. 05-700-JJF (D. Del. July 15, 2008) (Farnan, J.).

Posted On: July 18, 2008

New District of Delaware Intellectual Property Filings

7/3: Grape Technology Group, Inc. and kgb USA, Inc. v. Jingle Networks, Inc. (patent infringement)
7/10: Cass and Crew Inc., LLC v. MGI Graphics, Inc. (patent infringement)
7/10: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, AstraZeneca UK Limited, IPR Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Shionogi Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA (patent infringement)
7/15: Channel Intelligence Inc. v. SBSH Mobile Software Ltd. and Uwyn Bvba/Spri (patent infringement)
7/15: Channel Intelligence Inc. v. Lemonade Inc., Scott Aikin, DeBrun Design Inc.,, LLC, MindValley LLC, My Life Registry LLC, On My List LLC, Remember the Milk Inc., Shimon Rura, Stylehive Inc., Sprout Commerce Inc., Chad Van Norman, WhiteStripe Inc., WishCentral Inc., Inc., Zlio Inc. and Zlio USA Inc. (patent infringement)

Posted On: July 18, 2008

Markman Decision from Judge Farnan

Judge Farnan recently construed the terms below for claims related to technology used to "optimize the rate at which data can be transmitted across communication channels." CIF Licensing, LLC v. Agere Systems, Inc., C.A. No. 07-170-JJF, Memo. Op. (D. Del. July 10, 2008):

-"line probing processor"
-"for selecting one of the plurality of frequency bands"
-"for selecting one of the plurality of bit rates"
-"constellation switching"
-"can be"
-"frame selector"
-"zero insertion unit"
-"signal constellation selector/mapper"
-"operably coupled"

Judge Farnan further found that the preambles of certain claims were limiting under the recent Federal Circuit decision Symantec Corp. v. Computer Assocs. Int'l Inc., 522 F.3d 1279 (Fed. Cir. 2008).

A copy of the opinion can be found here.

Posted On: July 8, 2008

Two Recent District of Delaware Jury Verdicts - Is Delaware a "Plaintiff-friendly" forum?

In the past month, two juries have come back from deliberations with verdicts in favor of the plaintiff patent-holder. On June 13, 2008, in the Elan Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Abraxis Bioscience Inc. case, the jury found that Abraxis's Abraxane breast cancer drug infringed two of Elan's patents and that these patents were valid and enforceable. The jury did not find willful infringement. Elan was awarded $55,230,000 in damages based on a 6% reasonable royalty rate for an approximately 3 1/2 year period.

See a copy of the verdict form here.

On July 1, 2008, in the Linear Technology Corporation v. Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. case, the jury again came back with a verdict for the plaintiff. In this case involving semiconductor technology, the jury found that the defendant infringed the plaintiff's patent and that the patent was valid. The parties had previously stipulated to nominal damages in the event that the jury found infringement.

See a copy of the verdict form here.

The question that arises is whether these verdicts are further examples that the District of Delaware is a "plaintiff/patent holder-friendly" forum or whether there is no clear trend in verdicts in this district. Keep watching for a future post analyzing the trend in jury verdicts in this district...

Posted On: July 3, 2008

Joseph J. Farnan: Terminal Disclaimer Cannot Stave Off Invalidity Finding

Last week's ANDA win by a generic-drug manufacturer in the District of Delaware is notable for many reasons, chief among them the Court's double patenting analysis. See IP Law360 (subscription). But Judge Farnan's opinion is also notable for its discussion of an obscure term-extension device, the Section 253 terminal disclaimer.

After recounting the underlying family of applications, and the concomitant risk of double patenting, the Court addressed -- and rejected -- the patentee's assertion that its partial disclaimer of the patent-in-suit's remaining term mooted an invalidity finding. By doing so, the Court highlighted the importance of timing when filing a terminal disclaimer.

The Court began by noting the "dual problem" in the litigation: that the disclaimer was filed near the conclusion of trial and after the expiration of the earlier patent. Looking to the limited Federal Circuit precedent, the Court concluded that a "terminal disclaimer may overcome a nonstatutory double patenting rejection only if the earlier patent has not yet expired."

Beyond the statutory arguments, the Court also expressed concern about the patentee's delay in seeking the disclaimer:

[E]xtensive delay in filing a document which may ultimately moot a double patenting issue can have harsh effects on the judicial system as a whole resulting in gamesmanship during trial, and/or a waste of the Court's and the parties' resources. (Op. at 22-23 n.8)

Having filed the disclaimer after the earlier patent's expiration, the Court concluded that the patentee could not invoke Section 253's safe harbor provisions in its efforts to escape a finding of invalidity.

Boehringer Ingelheim Int'l GMBH v. Barr Labs. Inc., C.A. No. 05-700-JJF (D. Del. June 26, 2008) (Farnan, J.).

Posted On: July 1, 2008

New District of Delaware Intellectual Property Filings

6/9: Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., TAP Pharmaceutical Products Inc. v. Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Barr Laboratories, Inc. (patent infringement)
6/9: Symbol Technologies Inc. v. Janam Technologies LLC (patent infringement)
6/9: StreamServe AB v. Exstream Software LLC and Hewlett-Packard Co. (patent infringement)
6/9: In re Alfuzosin Hydrochloride Patent Litigation (patent infringement)
6/9: Ethypharm S.A. v. Barr Laboratories Inc. and Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (patent infringement)
6/10: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. v. Petters Group Worldwide LLC, Polaroid Corporation and Westinghouse Digital Electronics LLC (patent infringement)
6/11: Sanofi-Aventis and Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC v. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries, Inc., Sun Pharma Advanced Research Co., Ltd. and Sun Pharma Global, Inc.
6/12: Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. and Chi Mei Optoelectronics USA Inc. v. LG Display Co., Ltd., LG Display America, Inc. (patenet infringement)
6/13: In re Rosuvastatin Calcium Patent Litigation (patent infringement)
6/20: St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants Inc. v. Fujifilm Holdings Corporation, Fujifilm Corporation, Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd., Fuji Photo Film USA, Inc., Fuji USA, Inc., et al. (patent infringement)
6/20: St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants Inc. v. Research in Motions, Ltd., Research in Motion Corp. and General Imaging Co. (patent infringement)
6/20: Dey LP and Dey Inc. v. Sepracor Inc. (patent infringement)
6/23: Sanofi-Aventis and Sanofi-Aventis US, LLC v. Apotex Corp. and Apotex Inc. (patent infringement)
6/24: Huntley LLC v. Monterey Mushrooms Inc. (patent infringement)
6/24: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, AstraZeneca UK Ltd., Shionogi Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha IPR Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc. and Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. Inc. (patent infringement)
6/25: Eli Lilly and Co. and the Trustees of Princeton University v. APP Pharmaceuticals LLC (patent infringement)
6/26: Wyeth v. Biovail Corp., Biovail Laboratories International SRL and Biovail Technologies Ltd. (patent infringement)