Term Act Seeks to Add New Bio/Pharma Litigation Hurdle

It was easy to miss last week’s introduction of a new patent reform bill on the House side entitled: “Terminating the Extension of Rights Misappropriated Act of 2019” with so much focus on the Senate’s patent subject matter eligibility hearings.  The “Term Act of 2019” is described as addressing “the rising cost of prescription drugs by significantly limiting the process known as “evergreening,” whereby pharmaceutical companies make minor changes to a drug and file for a new patent on those trivial changes in order to extend their exclusivity and maintain high prices.”

Under the heading “Prevention of Double Patenting” the bill seeks to add a special presumption for Orange Book patents directed to a same drug/biological product.
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