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When: Friday, January 19, 2018
8:30 - 10:00 AM
Where: Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds
530 Virginia Rd
Concord, Massachusetts  01742
United States
Contact: Scott Pierce

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 BPLA Case Law Committee Meeting

Friday, 1/19/2018
8:30am - 10:00am
Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds
530 Virginia Rd
Concord, MA 01742

Discussion leader: William Mansfield of Mansfield Law
Moderator: N. Scott Pierce, of Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds

On December 5, 2017, an oral hearing was conducted at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Momenta Pharmaceuticals v. Bristol-Myers Squibb addressing the standing required by a petitioner in order to appeal a Final Written Decision of an inter partes review by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to an Article III court.  This case is particularly significant because the facts suggest any activity by the petitioner that would likely be necessary to establish injury-in-fact might be contingent upon prior approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) of 2009. 

Issues that will be discussed at our meeting on January 19th, include: 

1.  The minimum threshold for Article III standing for a petitioner to appeal from the Board to the Federal Circuit; 

2.  Whether the BPCIA delimits injury-in-fact necessary to establish Article III standing; and  

3.  Whether a losing petitioner in an IPR is, or should be estopped from making the same (or the same available) arguments during infringement litigation if Article III standing to appeal the final Board decision to the Federal Circuit cannot be established. 

Materials to prepare for our discussion include the Appellee’s (Bristol-Myers’) Brief raising the Article III issue requesting dismissal of Momenta’s appeal, and Appellant’s (Momenta’s) Brief responding to Bristol-Myers’ Article III argument.  Hyperlinks to those briefs are listed below:

Appellee’s (Bristol-Myers’) Brief raising the Article III issue requesting dismissal of Momenta’s appeal

Appellant’s (Momenta’s) Brief responding to Bristol-Myers’ Article III argument


A hyperlink to the oral hearing is here:


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Committee Co Chairs

James Lampert, WilmerHale, Retired

Yvonne Lee, WilmerHale

N. Scott Pierce, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

Valarie Rosen, Cabot Corporation
David Thibodeau, VLP Law Group

Boston Patent Law Association
One Batterymarch Park, Suite 101
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617.507.5570

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