MORRISVILLE, N.C., Oct. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Liquidia Corporation (NASDAQ: LQDA) announced today that on October 26, 2022, the Precedential Opinion Panel (POP) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) denied a request by United Therapeutics (UTC) to review the decision by the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB), which found in July 2022 through inter partes review (IPR) that all claims in U.S. Patent No. 10,716,793 (‘793 Patent) are unpatentable over certain prior art cited by Liquidia.
The PTAB’s decision, which invalidated the ‘793 patent claims, was based on three specific pieces of prior art, one patent and two publications. The prior art status of the previously issued patent is not at issue. To establish the prior art status of the two publications, Liquidia presented evidence in the IPR that: (1) the publications were presented at major medical conferences, (2) the publications were publicly accessible at public libraries, and (3) the publications were referenced in other articles in large medical journals, which served as research aids. Any one of these three grounds, alone, could establish that the publications constitute prior art. Based on these arguments presented in the IPR, the PTAB determined that the publications did constitute prior art for purposes of the ‘793 Patent.
In UTC’s August request for a rehearing of the PTAB’s decision, and later request for POP review, UTC took issue with only the third of the three grounds supporting the two publications’ status as prior art. In issuing its rejection of the POP request, the POP noted that the PTAB is best suited to make the appropriate factual findings on the prior art status of the references because the record had been fully developed on these issues during the ‘793 IPR process. The PTAB has been directed to clarify the grounds upon which it based its finding that the publications constitute prior art. The PTAB’s review of UTC’s rehearing request remains ongoing.
Roger Jeffs, Chief Executive Officer of Liquidia, stated: “Yesterday’s decision clears the way for the PTAB to make a final decision with respect to UTC’s rehearing request. We believe that the requested clarification of the PTAB’s original decision will help to make the PTAB’s decision even stronger. We remain confident that the rehearing request will be denied and 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.”
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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