August 15, 2017
Following two-and-a-half years of litigation, a four-day bench trial, and extensive post-trial briefing, Judge Renée Marie Bumb of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey issued an 87-page opinion ruling that TWi Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its subsidiary infringed three patents owned by Haug Partners client Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. by seeking permission from FDA to market a generic version of Oxtellar XR® before the expiration of Supernus’s patents. As part of the ruling, Judge Bumb rejected all invalidity arguments advanced by TWi.
Oxtellar XR®-Supernus’s once-a-day antiepileptic drug used to treat partial seizures in adults and children-is one of two products marketed by Supernus, a Rockville, Maryland-based specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products for the treatment of central nervous system disorders. This is the second generic challenger to Supernus’s Oxtellar XR® franchise fended off by Haug Partners. In a February 2016 decision-affirmed by the Federal Circuit in December 2016-Judge Bumb found that Actavis and its subsidiaries infringed two of the same Supernus patents. We are particularly pleased that we could help Supernus protect this important franchise against a second round of generic infringement. This victory will enable Supernus to realize the full value of its Oxtellar XR® patents, which the FDA’s Orange Book lists as expiring on April 13, 2027.
The Court’s opinion is currently sealed but we will attach the public version once it is available.
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