G.D. Searle LLC v. Lupin Pharma., Inc., No. 14-1476 (Fed. Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
On the day the RE 048 patent issued, Pfizer filed suit against five generic drug manufacturers, alleging infringement. The district court granted the defendants summary judgment in part in part, finding that the RE 048 patent was not a valid reissue patent, because Pfizer’s asserted error of prosecuting a prior patent application as a continuation-in-part, rather than as a divisional, was not correctable by reissue under section 251. The court further found that the safe harbor provision of 35 U.S.C. 121 did not apply to the RE 048 patent, and that the relevant claims of the RE 048 patent were invalid for obviousness-type double patenting in light of an earlier patent. A final judgment of invalidity was entered against Pfizer. The Federal Circuit affirmed. The applications from which the two patents issued do not share “common lineage in the divisional chain,” they are not derived from the same restriction requirement. Restriction requirements (1994 and 1997) were not imposed on the same compound, composition, and method-of-use claims.