Alan Hebert

Alan Hebert assists the firm in patent prosecution primarily in the areas of molecular and cellular biology, in vitro diagnostic medical devices, and genetics. He also has extensive knowledge in the areas of microscopy, antibody development technologies, microbiology, biochemistry, and mouse models of disease and drug treatments.

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A Double-Edged Sword: What the Immune System and Prior Art Have in Common

Posted by Alan Hebert on Feb 2, 2017

Alan Hebert

The immune system is said to be a double-edged sword: On one hand, it protects us from foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. On the other, it can recognize its host as the enemy, causing autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. A similar double-edged sword principle holds true for prior art references. In a recent decision in Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (IPR2015-01537), prior art cited by Momenta in a § 103 challenge to Bristol-Myers Squibb’s CTLA4Ig formulation patent turned out to be the very instrument that killed its case.

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Topics: BioPharma

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