MorphoSys AG (FSE: MOR; Prime Standard Segment, MDAX & TecDAX; NASDAQ: MOR) announced on 1/26/19 that it was informed that in its lawsuit against Janssen Biotech and Genmab A/S, the United States (U.S.) District Court of Delaware, based on a hearing held November 27, 2018, has ruled in a Court Order on January 25, 2019, that the asserted claims of three MorphoSys patents with U.S. Patent Numbers 8,263,746; 9,200,061 and 9,758,590 are invalid. The Court thus granted a motion for Summary Judgement of invalidity filed by Janssen Biotech and Genmab, A/S against the three patents held by MorphoSys. As a result of this decision, the jury trial scheduled for February 2019 to consider defendants' alleged infringement and the validity of the MorphoSys patents will now not take place.
MorphoSys's management is disappointed with the decision and is considering all of its options. The company has the right to appeal this judgement to the Federal Circuit.
On April 4, 2016 MorphoSys had filed a lawsuit in the United States (U.S.) District Court of Delaware against Janssen Biotech, and Genmab, A/S for patent infringement of U.S. Patent Number 8,263,746. In 2017, a second and a third patent with US Patent Numbers 9,200,061 and 9,758,590 were added to the lawsuit. MorphoSys sought redress for infringement by Janssen's and Genmab's daratumumab, a CD38-directed monoclonal antibody for the treatment of multiple myeloma.
This court decision has no bearing upon the composition of matter patent protection for MorphoSys's own CD38 antibody MOR202 and thus MorphoSys's ability to develop MOR202 in various indications.