On Friday, July 20, 2018, the Federal Circuit, in a precedential opinion, affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (“PTAB’s”) decision that tribal sovereign immunity does not apply in inter partes review (“IPR”) proceedings and that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO” or “the Office”) has the authority to decide the validity of

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“the PTAB”) ruled last Friday, February 23, 2018, that tribal sovereign immunity does not apply to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. The issue has been percolating for months. For more background on the issue, see these previous blog articles – Tribal Sovereign Immunity: The New Defense Against IPRs? and

Senior U.S. Circuit Judge William Bryson ruled on Monday that all the asserted claims in the six Restasis patents that Allergan PLC (“Allergan”) accused generic-drug manufacturers of infringing were invalid for obviousness.[i] Last month, Allergan transferred the patents for this dry eye drug to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (“Tribe”) in an endeavor to

Just recently, Allergan PLC (“Allergan”) announced that it had transferred the patents for its dry-eye drug Restasis to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe to take advantage of its sovereign immunity status and ward off challenges to the patents. Under the deal, the Tribe received an upfront payment of $13.75 million and will receive $15 million