Life Sciences Perspectives

On May 17, 2024, an Appeals Review Panel (ARP) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) released its decision in Ex parte Chamberlain (referred to in Federal Circuit proceedings as In re Xencor; “Chamberlain”). The Chamberlain decision provides some clarity on the USPTO’s position on written description requirements for Jepson and means-plus-function claims in the life sciences

On May 6, 2024, following more than a decade of discourse with interested stakeholders on potential approaches to regulation of laboratory developed tests (LDTs), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its final rule setting forth its framework for oversight of LDTs. The final rule and accompanying policy to phase out the agency’s general

On April 29, 2024, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its final rule on Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs). This final ruling amends the FDA’s regulations to make explicit that in vitro diagnostic products (IVDs), including those manufactured by laboratories, are devices under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). Alongside the

In April 2023, we published an alert in relation to two European Commission legislative proposals: new Regulation 2023/0131 and new Directive 2023/0132, to replace the current EU regulatory framework for all medicines (including those for rare diseases and children). On April 10, 2024, the European Parliament adopted its position on the European Commission’s legislative

As the life sciences, medtech, and diagnostic industries continue to expand and grow increasingly complex, so does the legal, regulatory, and compliance landscape. To help companies and investors navigate the many evolving and emerging laws and regulations across pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, diagnostics, and laboratory testing, our Life Sciences Regulatory & Compliance team has provided

In response to Biden Administration goals regarding increasing pharmaceutical competition and lowering drug prices, the USPTO recently released training provided to the USPTO examining corps on utilizing publicly available FDA and NIH databases for prior art searches. The goal of the training is to ensure that all relevant prior art is considered by examiners when

In this webinar, Caroline Bullerjahn, Tucker DeVoe, and Justin Ward from Goodwin, and Frank Schneider from Cornerstone Research will discuss key updates and recent trends concerning securities class actions filed against publicly traded pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and healthcare product and services companies (collectively, “life sciences companies”), which continue to be a primary

On March 1, 2024, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”), Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), Executive Office of the President received the final version of FDA’s rule on regulation of laboratory developed tests (“LDTs”) for administrative review.  Having swiftly moved to OIRA review in under 5-months from the publication of the proposed