RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., June 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Liquidia Technologies, Inc. (LQDA), a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel products utilizing its proprietary PRINT® technology, today announced that United Therapeutics Corporation (UTC) filed a patent infringement action under the Hatch-Waxman Act against the Company in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware asserting infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 9,604,901 (‘901) and 9,593,066 (‘066) relating to UTC’s Tyvaso, a nebulized treprostinil solution for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
This lawsuit is in response to the New Drug Application (NDA) the Company filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting approval to market LIQ861, a dry powder inhalation of treprostinil for the treatment of PAH. The LIQ861 NDA was filed under the 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway with Tyvaso® as the reference listed drug. Under the Hatch-Waxman Act, the FDA is automatically precluded from approving the LIQ861 NDA for up to 30 months or until resolution of the lawsuit, absent an earlier judgment unfavorable to UTC by the court.
Although the Company believes its LIQ861 dry powder inhaler (DPI) for the treatment of PAH is highly differentiated from Tyvaso®, since the Company is seeking approval of the LIQ861 NDA under the 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway, the LIQ861 NDA is subject to the provisions of the Hatch-Waxman Act.
“We believe these patents to be invalid and/or not infringed by the practice of LIQ861 and we will vigorously defend the suit and our freedom to pursue the commercialization of LIQ861,” stated Neal Fowler, Chief Executive Officer at Liquidia. “We are acutely aware of the need that exists among PAH patients to have access to treatments beyond those which are currently available and are dedicated to addressing that need in the most expedient way possible.”
The Company previously filed two petitions for inter partes review ("IPR") before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seeking a determination that all claims in the ‘066 and ‘901 patents are invalid. Both the ‘066 patent and the ‘901 patent are continuation patents of U.S. Patent No. 8,497,393 which was granted to UTC and subsequently invalidated by the USPTO in an IPR instituted in 2016 by SteadyMed Ltd.
A determination by the PTAB to institute the petitions is expected before the end of the third quarter of 2020, and a final written decision determining the validity of the challenged claims of the ‘066 and ‘901 patents, if the petitions are instituted by the PTAB, is expected within 12 months from institution. The Company believes it is positioned well for a favorable outcome in the IPR processes invalidating the ‘066 and ‘901 patents.
Liquidia is a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel products using its proprietary PRINT® technology to transform the lives of patients. PRINT is a particle engineering platform that enables precise production of uniform drug particles designed to improve the safety, efficacy and performance of a wide range of therapies. Currently, Liquidia is focused on the development of two product candidates for which it holds worldwide commercial rights: LIQ861 for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and LIQ865 for the treatment of local post-operative pain. Liquidia is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC. For more information, please visit www.liquidia.com.
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