Braintree Labs Defeats Novel Labs In Ongoing Patent Infringement Case

Author:WilmerHale LLP

On June 2, 2015, WilmerHale obtained a significant victory for Braintree Laboratories, Inc. (Braintree) in a patent infringement matter at the US District Court for the District of New Jersey. Following a three-day bench trial in February 2015, US District Judge Peter G. Sheridan found that Braintree proved by a preponderance of the evidence that the proposed generic product of defendant Novel Laboratories, Inc. (Novel) would infringe the five asserted claims of Braintree's US Patent No. 6,946,149 (the '149 patent) if marketed and sold.

Braintree, a privately-owned pharmaceutical company, sued Novel for patent infringement in March 2011 after it received a Paragraph IV letter from Novel regarding Novel's Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) to the US Food and Drug Administration. Novel's ANDA sought approval to make and sell a generic version of Braintree's SUPREP Bowel Prep Kit product, a colonoscopy preparation product covered by the '149 patent, before the expiration of the '149 patent.

Following a six-day bench trial in February 2013, Judge Peter Sheridan found that Novel had not proven by clear and convincing evidence that the asserted claims of the '149 patent, are invalid for obviousness, anticipation or indefiniteness. The court had...

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