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2011-1217 Findings

2011-1217 Findings

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWAREBRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL : CIVIL ACTIONINC., et al. ::v. ::TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS USA, INC., :et al. : NO. 08-464MEMORANDUM, INCLUDINGFINDINGS OF FACTAND CONCLUSIONS OF LAWBartle, C.J. January 7, 2011Plaintiffs Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc. ("BWH"),NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("NPS"), and Amgen Inc. ("Amgen")(collectively "plaintiffs") filed suit against TevaPharmaceuticals USA, Inc. ("Teva USA"), Teva PharmaceuticalIndustries Ltd. ("Teva"), and Barr Laboratories, Inc. ("Barr")(collectively "defendants") for infringement of fourpharmaceutical patents.
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These patents, U.S. Patent Nos.6,011,068 (the "'068 patent"), 6,031,003 (the "'003 patent"),6,211,244 (the "'244 patent"), and 6,313,146 (the "'146 patent"),each state claims relating to the production and/or medicinal useof cinacalcet hydrochloride ("cinacalcet"), a compound Amgensells under the trade name Sensipar.  Pursuant to a stipulationby the parties, the court subsequently dismissed all claims andcounterclaims pertaining to the '146 patent.1.  On December 23, 2008, after the beginning of litigation, TevaUSA acquired Barr.  Barr is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of TevaUSA.
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Given the large number of patent claims potentiallyimplicated by the plaintiffs' complaint, the court ordered theplaintiffs to select representative claims for trial.  Plaintiffselected to proceed on claims 5 and 26 of the '244 patent; claims7, 32, 74, and 84 of the '068 patent; and claims 19, 45, 82, 89,115, and 145 of the '003 patent.  Prior to litigation, both TevaUSA and Barr filed Abbreviated New Drug Applications ("ANDAs")with the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") in which theysought permission to produce and sell a product containingcinacalcet.  Defendants thereafter stipulated that the cinacalcetproduct they contemplated selling, as set forth in their ANDAsfiled with the FDA, would infringe each of the representativeclaims.The gravamen of the action now revolves arounddefendants' assertion that the '068, '003, and '244 patents areinvalid.  They assert that the '068 and '003 patents are invaliddue to plaintiffs' inequitable conduct during prosecution of theapplications for those two patents before the U.S. Patent andTrademark Office ("PTO") and that both the '068 and '003 patentsimpermissibly double patent claims in the '244 patent.Defendants also maintain that the '244 patent isunenforceable because it was anticipated by U.S. Patent No.5,648,541 ("'541 patent")
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and because plaintiffs engaged in2.  At trial, defendants abandoned their contention that the '146patent anticipates the '244 patent.-2-
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inequitable conduct before the PTO during prosecution of theapplication for the '244 patent.Following a three-day bench trial, the court makes thefollowing findings of fact and conclusions of law.I.Cinacalcet, the active ingredient in Sensipar, mimicsthe effects of calcium ions in the human body.  Accordingly,cinacalcet belongs to a class of compounds known as"calcimimetics."  Cinacalcet "mimics" calcium ions in the sensethat it increases the parathyroid gland's sensitivity to suchions in the blood.
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In 2004, the FDA approved cinacalcet as amethod of treating patients with parathyroid carcinoma andsecondary hyperparathyroidism, conditions in which theparathyroid gland's response to calcium ions is diminished.Currently, there are no other calcimimetic compounds approved bythe FDA to treat these maladies.In 1993, plaintiff NPS began collaborating withplaintiff BWH on this calcimimetic research.  In 1996, NPSentered into an agreement with plaintiff Amgen to develop andmarket a calcimimetic pharmaceutical product from among the 500to 600 compounds NPS has created as part of its research.  Of thecompounds Amgen selected and tested, cinacalcet emerged as thecompound with the greatest pharmaceutical promise.The chemical structure of cinacalcet is as follows:3.  Other calcimimetic drugs actually "mimic" calcium ions.Cinacalcet does not.-3-
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