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Dunlap Codding Director Jordan Sigale Quoted in Law360 re On-Sale Bar Threat to Pharma Patents

On May 4, 2016, Law360 published an article by Ryan Davis, “Fed. Circ. Could Ease On-Sale Bar Threat to Pharma Patents.”  The article noted that the Federal Circuit will hear arguments Thursday in a patent case regarding the blood-thinning drug Angiomax.  “The on-sale bar holds that an invention cannot be patented if it has been on sale for a year prior to the patent filing.  The court decided last year to reconsider when the bar applies after a panel used it to invalidate two of The Medicines Co.’s patents on Angiomax in a dispute with generics maker Hospira Inc.  The Medicines Co. did not sell Angiomax to the public before filing for a patent, but instead paid a supplier to make experimental batches while the drug was being developed.”

The article notes that Dunlap Codding Director Jordan Sigale opined that in recent years, companies  have become less integrated and more have begun outsourcing aspects of the production process to third parties.  This case will have widespread importance.  The panel’s holding that an outsourcing arrangement can render patents invalid under the on-sale bar, “makes it really super tough for companies that can’t make large quantities of things themselves, and there are a lot of companies like that….[if the ruling stands] it’s going to stunt the further  development of outsourcing culture….It bothers me because the whole idea of the on-sale bar as I understood it was that we don’t want companies to exploit their invention for a year of sales before they get a patent.  But that’s not what’s going on here….There’s a distinction in my mind between working with a third party to make sure the product meets FDA requirements and going out and selling to the public.”


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We like to say that the space is a “home for creatives and innovators, home builders and the homeless, celebrators and the celebrated” so people understand that we are inclusive and want everyone from throughout our community using our space.

Our goal is to celebrate the incredible diversity of creativity, innovation, and passion within Oklahoma City and to provide a venue—free of charge—to those groups and individuals working to bind us all together and make our home a cooler and better place. No strings attached—no extensive rules to follow. We simply ask that all of our neighbors be honored and that all viewpoints be respected. Our criteria for use is simple: If the event, group, or meeting is something which strengthens our community and brings us all together, the space is available for use.

The space has hosted everything from charitable fundraisers to an underground nightclub party to celebrate Canterbury Choral Society’s 45th anniversary season. We host dinners for the OKC homeless population most Monday evenings where upwards of 250 people are served—we provide the space and soft drinks and a local church provides the food. We’ve hosted university planning retreats and monthly local rock concerts.

Every Wednesday, we open up the courtyard for lunch, invite a local food truck to set up outside our gates, and welcome our downtown neighbors into the space for a bit of socialization.

Our never-ending soda fountain seems to be the biggest hit with some of our neighbors while others spend time playing pool or simply chatting about what is happening on the weekend.

For October we turn the space into a haunted house and invite the neighborhood children to come out and trick-or-treat.

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