Describing Drugs: A Response to Professors Allison and Ouellette

Duke Law Journal Online, Vol. 65, pp. 127-147, 2016

21 Pages Posted: 17 May 2016

See all articles by Jacob S. Sherkow

Jacob S. Sherkow

New York Law School; Columbia University - Department of Health Policy and Management; Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law

Date Written: March 23, 2016

Abstract

Profs. Allison and Ouellette’s Article, How Courts Adjudicate Patent Definiteness and Disclosure, 65 Duke L.J. 609 (2015), on courts’ adjudication of certain patent disputes presents some surprising data: pharmaceutical patents litigated to judgment fare substantially worse on written-description analyses if they are not part of traditional pioneer-generic litigation. This Response engages in several hypotheses for this disparity and examines the cases that make up Allison and Ouellette’s dataset. An analysis of these cases finds that the disparity can be best explained by technological and judicial idiosyncrasies in each case, rather than larger differences among pharmaceutical patent cases. This finding contextualizes the power and limits of large-scale empirical patent scholarship, like Allison and Ouellette’s, and provides of model for how empirical and doctrinal patent scholarship can complement one another.

Keywords: patents, intellectual property, ip, PTO, drugs, pharmaceuticals, bioscience, biotechnology, law, Allison, Ouellette, written description, 112, empirical, doctrinal

JEL Classification: K00, K23, K41, O3, O34, D23, K11

Suggested Citation

Sherkow, Jacob S., Describing Drugs: A Response to Professors Allison and Ouellette (March 23, 2016). Duke Law Journal Online, Vol. 65, pp. 127-147, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2779965

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