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Judge Andrews: Motion to Dismiss Counterclaims Denied and Motion for Judgment of Invalidity on the Pleadings Granted

Judge Richard Andrews recently issued an order granting judgment of invalidity as a matter of law in a District of Delaware ANDA case. See Shire LLC v. Teva Pharms. USA Inc., C.A. No. 10-329-RGA (D. Del. Jul. 23, 2012). Plaintiff Shire dedicated its patent to the public but left it listed in the Orange Book. Shire then moved to dismiss all counterclaims relating to that patent and Defendant Teva cross-moved for judgment on the pleadings that the patent was invalid. Judge Andrews found that the Court “retains jurisdiction over a patent dedicated to the public where, as here, it remains listed on the Orange Book and therefore has the potential to create a triggering event for the first-filer’s exclusivity.” Furthermore, judgment of invalidity was appropriate because “express dedication to the public comprises abandonment under 35 U.S.C. § 102(c).” Judge Andrews therefore granted judgment of invalidity on the pleadings and denied Shire’s motion to dismiss. Referring to the Federal Circuit’s decision in Teva Pharms. USA, Inc. v. Eisai Co., 620 F.3d 1341 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (discussed at Patently-O), Judge Andrews further found that the Court retained jurisdiction over the Defendants’ remaining claim for attorneys’ fees.


Shire LLC v. Teva Pharms. USA Inc., C.A. No. 10-329-RGA (D. Del. Jul. 23, 2012).

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