Federal Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Patent Challenges Filed by Drug Consumer
AIDS Healthcare Found., Inc. v. Gilead Scis., Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the dismissal of patent challenges filed by drug consumers. The Court noted that a declaratory action requires “a substantial controversy, between parties having adverse legal interests, of sufficient immediacy and reality to warrant the issuance of a declaratory judgment.” The Court also dismissed AHF’s argument that it is inducing infringement and dismissed AHF’s public policy arguments for invalidating invalid patents… A consumer’s interest in purchasing cheaper goods is insufficient to meet the adverse legal interest required for a declaratory action. And a consumer’s request that another party infringes a patent cannot, by itself, induce infringement. To induce infringement, there must be direct infringement by a third party.