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As a life sciences company, your intellectual property is your most valuable asset—it’s what propels your growth, drives your success and sets you apart from competitors. But it may also be your most vulnerable asset.

How you commercialize your innovation and gain compliance is crucial for the success of your business. As competitors constantly work to capture your share of the market, it is imperative that your IP is protected to maximize its value.

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  • Novartis Vaccines, the pharmaceutical company’s division that provides more than 20 products to fight vaccine-preventable viral and bacterial disease, in obtaining summary judgment. We served as lead counsel for the case, which was an action under 28 USC 146 for district court review of an interference decision by the Board of Patent and Trademark Appeals. AlphaVax, Inc. v. Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc., Case No. 1-09-cv-11176 (District of Massachusetts).
  • Ambry Genetics in its successful defense against a 16-patent suit and a preliminary injunction, which led to the subsequent defeat of Myriad Genetics’ 15-year patent-protected monopoly on BRCA gene testing, a process that assesses a woman’s risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. University of Utah Research Foundation et al. v. Ambry Genetics Corporation, Case No. 2-13-cv-00640-RJS (District of Utah). Six of those patents to stop Ambry resulted in a Federal Circuit opinion, In Re Brca1- and Brca2-Based Hereditary Cancer Test Patent Litigation.
  • Seikagaku Corporation and Zimmer in securing a verdict of non-infringement on all asserted claims in a case filed by Genzyme Corporation. Genzyme filed a lawsuit against Seikagaku and Zimmer alleging that Seikagaku’s product, Gel-One®, distributed by Zimmer, infringed Genzyme’s patent related to the method of using a single injection of hyaluronic acid to treat osteoarthritis of the knee. Genzyme Corp. v. Seikagaku Corp., et al., Case No. 1-11-cv-10636-DPW (District of Massachusetts).

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