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Analyzing Biologics Under the Doctrine of Equivalents and Prosecution History Estoppel

In a recent decision, Ajinomoto v. ITC, the Federal Circuit addressed the issues of doctrine of equivalents and prosecution history estoppel as applied to patent claims reciting specific amino acid sequence of a biologic. On appeal, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision by the …›

MoFo Hosts “Israeli Innovation in Healthcare” Event in Palo Alto

Last week, Morrison & Foerster’s Israel practice hosted a program in our Palo Alto office titled, “Israeli Innovation in Healthcare,” in collaboration with the Israel Economic Mission to the West Coast. The program featured Professor Karen Avraham, Vice Dean of Tel Aviv University’s Faculty …›

China’s new administrative regulations on human genetic resources as applied to foreign persons

The Administrative Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Human Genetic Resources (the “Regulations”), promulgated by China’s State Council, went into effect on July 1, 2019, superseding prior regulations on China’s human genetic resources (“China HGR”), particularly the 1998 Interim Methods of Human …›

Confidentiality of Documents: Only if Related to Court Proceedings or Commercial Interests

In particular for commercial reasons, pharmaceutical companies have an interest in the confidentiality of documents submitted in connection with the marketing authorization for medicinal products vis-á-vis its competitors as well as vis-á-vis the public. The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) ruled in …›

Committed to Clarity: FDA’s Dedication to Transparency with the End of ASR

On June 21, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report titled “Statement on agency’s efforts to increase transparency in medical device reporting.”[1] This report describes updates to FDA’s Medical Device Reporting (MDR) Program, namely the conclusion of the Alternative Summary Reporting (ASR) …›