- District Court ruling was favorable on ‘066 patent and unfavorable on ‘793 patent
- All patent claims asserted have been found to be either invalid or not infringed by District Court or U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)
- PTAB decision to invalidate all claims of ‘793 patent is not affected
- Ability to seek final FDA approval of YUTREPIA™ (treprostinil) inhalation powder is contingent on affirmation of the PTAB decision or reversal of District Court decision regarding the ‘793 patent
MORRISVILLE, N.C., Aug. 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Liquidia Corporation (NASDAQ: LQDA) announced today that a ruling was issued by Judge Andrews, who is presiding over the litigation filed by United Therapeutics Corporation (UTC) in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware under the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act (Hatch-Waxman Act) that alleges Liquidia infringes U.S. Patent No. 9,593,066 (‘066 Patent), U.S. Patent No. 10,716,793 (‘793 Patent) and U.S. Patent No. 9,604,901 (‘901 patent).
The company will host a conference call and webcast on Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The call can be accessed by dialing 1-800-715-9871 (domestic) or 1-646-307-1963 (international) and entering the conference code: 4265646. A webcast of the call will be available on Liquidia’s website at https://liquidia.com/index.php/investors/events-and-presentations.
Taking today’s ruling together with prior PTAB decisions, Liquidia has now demonstrated in at least one forum that all claims asserted against it are invalid or not infringed. Based on the arguments presented at trial, the Court ruled that 5 of 6 asserted claims of the '066 patent are invalid and that the only valid claim is not infringed by Liquidia. Judge Andrews also found Liquidia would induce infringement of the 5 asserted claims in the ‘793 patent. The Court’s decision does not affect the PTAB’s prior decision that all claims in the ‘793 patent are unpatentable. The ‘901 patent was not addressed in the ruling because UTC previously stipulated that Liquidia does not infringe any of the asserted claims based on the Court’s construction of certain terms in the patent.
Roger Jeffs, Chief Executive Officer of Liquidia, said: “We are pleased that all three patents asserted against us have been found to be either invalid or not infringed among the different legal proceedings. While we are disappointed with the Court’s decision on the ‘793 patent, we are optimistic that the PTAB’s favorable decision will be affirmed on appeal, thereby unlocking the path to potential approval of YUTREPIA by mid-2024, if not earlier. We will aggressively pursue the appeals process, including an appeal of Judge Andrews’ decision, in hope of bringing the final resolution sooner. While this is not the perfect outcome we had hoped for, it is incrementally positive as it does provide us with a definitive path to resolving the patent dispute and making YUTREPIA available as a treatment option for patients, which is our singular focus.”
UTC has stated in district court filings that it will appeal the PTAB’s decision regarding the ‘793 patent to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit if the PTAB denies UTC’s request for rehearing the IPR. Accordingly, Liquidia’s ability to seek final approval for YUTREPIA (treprostinil) inhalation powder will be contingent upon either the affirmation of the PTAB’s earlier decision in the inter partes review (IPR) regarding the ‘793 patent or the reversal of Judge Andrews’ decision regarding the ‘793 patent.
About YUTREPIA™ (treprostinil) inhalation powder
YUTREPIA is an investigational, inhaled dry powder formulation of treprostinil delivered through a proven, convenient, palm-sized device. On November 5, 2021, the FDA issued a tentative approval for YUTREPIA, which is indicated for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) to improve exercise ability in adult patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Functional Class II-III symptoms. YUTREPIA was designed using Liquidia’s PRINT® technology, which enables the development of drug particles that are precise and uniform in size, shape, and composition, and that are engineered for optimal deposition in the lung following oral inhalation. Liquidia has completed INSPIRE, or Investigation of the Safety and Pharmacology of Dry Powder Inhalation of Treprostinil, an open-label, multi-center phase 3 clinical study of YUTREPIA in patients diagnosed with PAH who are naïve to inhaled treprostinil or who are transitioning from Tyvaso® (nebulized treprostinil). YUTREPIA was previously referred to as LIQ861 in investigational studies.
Tyvaso® is a registered trademark of United Therapeutics Corporation.
About Liquidia Corporation
Liquidia Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of products in pulmonary hypertension and other applications of its PRINT® Technology. The company operates through its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Liquidia Technologies, Inc. and Liquidia PAH, LLC. Liquidia Technologies has developed YUTREPIA™ (treprostinil) inhalation powder for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Liquidia PAH provides the commercialization for pharmaceutical products to treat pulmonary disease, such as generic Treprostinil Injection. For more information, please visit www.liquidia.com.
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