The Regents of the University of Michigan and Repligen Corp. v. Bristol-Myers Squibb

The Regents of the University of Michigan and Repligen Corp. v. Bristol-Myers Squibb

Fed. Cir. (2004)

Federal Circuit Affirms Judgment on Behalf of Client Bristol-Myers Squibb Against University of Michigan & Repligen Corp.

On July 12, 2004, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the Michigan court’s final judgment that Bristol scientists alone were the true inventors of several Bristol biotechnology patents concerning therapeutic fusion proteins important in the regulation of the immune system. The trial judge ruled that the University and its licensee failed to meet their burden of proof for either sole or joint inventorship and rejected their allegations of notebook backdating and falsification of records by any Bristol scientist.

The lead attorneys for Bristol Myers-Squibb were Bob Baechtold, Scott Reed, and Tom O’Connell.