United Therapeutics Corporation
UNITED THERAPEUTICS Corp (Form: 8-K, Received: 03/31/2017 13:40:09)

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 


 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15 (d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  March 31, 2017

 

United Therapeutics Corporation

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

Delaware

 

000-26301

 

52-1984749

(State or Other

 

(Commission

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Jurisdiction of

 

File Number)

 

Identification Number)

Incorporation)

 

 

 

 

 

1040 Spring Street

 

 

Silver Spring, MD

 

20910

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (301) 608-9292

 

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Item 7.01.  Regulation FD Disclosure.

 

On March 31, 2017, United Therapeutics Corporation issued the press release attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

 

The information contained in Item 7.01 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, and Exhibits 99.1 attached hereto, shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to liability under that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

 

Item 9.01. Exhibits

 

(d)  Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description of Exhibit

 

 

 

99.1

 

Press Release dated March 31, 2017

 

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SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

UNITED THERAPEUTICS CORPORATION

 

 

 

 

Dated: March 31, 2017

By:

/s/ Paul A. Mahon

 

Name:

Paul A. Mahon

 

Title:

General Counsel

 

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Exhibit 99.1

 

Contact: James Edgemond

Phone: (301) 608-9292

E-mail: jedgemond@unither.com

 

UNITED THERAPEUTICS ANNOUNCES DECISION FROM

PATENT TRIAL AND APPEAL BOARD AND ISSUANCE OF NEW PATENTS

 

Silver Spring, MD and Research Triangle Park, NC, March 31, 2017:  United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ: UTHR) today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark’s Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a Final Written Decision in connection with the inter partes review (IPR) of United Therapeutics’ U.S. Patent No. 8,497,393 (the ‘393 patent). The PTAB found that all claims of the ‘393 patent are not patentable. United Therapeutics is evaluating its options, including the possibility of immediately exercising its right of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit or first requesting a rehearing before the PTAB. The ‘393 patent remains valid and enforceable until appeals have been exhausted.

 

By way of background, the ‘393 patent claims, among other things, treprostinil produced using an improved method and is listed in FDA’s Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations publication, also known as the Orange Book, for Remodulin ®  (treprostinil) Injection, Tyvaso ®  (treprostinil) Inhalation Solution, and Orenitram ®  (treprostinil) Extended-Release Tablets. United Therapeutics is currently asserting the ‘393 patent (along with several other patents) against Watson Laboratories, Inc. and Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc. in connection with their efforts to obtain approval to market generic copies of Tyvaso and Orenitram, respectively. The Watson and Actavis cases are scheduled for trial in September 2017 and February 2018, respectively. SteadyMed, Ltd. initiated the IPR in October 2015, and has reported plans to file for FDA approval of its Trevyent ®  treprostinil product in the second quarter of 2017.

 

United Therapeutics intends to continue vigorously defending the ‘393 patent, but even if the ultimate result is unfavorable, United Therapeutics has other patents claiming subject matter similar to the ‘393 patent and with the same expiration date (December 2028). Specifically, in the last month, the USPTO awarded United Therapeutics two additional patents related to the ‘393 patent, U.S. Patent Nos. 9,593,066 and 9,604,901. United Therapeutics prosecuted the applications that resulted in these new patents in parallel with the ‘393 patent IPR and presented claims addressing the invalidity arguments raised by SteadyMed in the IPR and Watson and Actavis in the ongoing litigations. The USPTO allowed the new patent claims with full knowledge of the IPR, the invalidity arguments presented therein, and the invalidity arguments raised by Watson and Actavis in connection with the ‘393 patent. Thus, United Therapeutics anticipates that these new patents should be less susceptible to challenge than the ‘393 patent. United Therapeutics has listed both these new patents in the Orange Book for Remodulin, Tyvaso, and Orenitram.

 



 

About United Therapeutics

 

United Therapeutics Corporation is a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative products to address the unmet medical needs of patients with chronic and life-threatening conditions. [uthr-g]

 

Forward-looking Statements

 

Statements included in this press release that are not historical in nature are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding the possibility of United Therapeutics appealing the PTAB decision, United Therapeutics’ intent to continue vigorously defending the ‘393 patent, United Therapeutics’ belief that the two newly issued patents should be less susceptible to challenge than the ‘393 patent, and the impact of the two newly-issued patents on the timing of market entry for Trevyent. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, such as those described in our periodic and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, United Therapeutics’ plans and ability to defend its intellectual property against challenges from generic companies and from SteadyMed, and such forward-looking statements are qualified by the cautionary statements, cautionary language and risk factors set forth in our periodic reports and documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. We claim the protection of the safe harbor contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for forward-looking statements. We are providing this information as of March 31, 2017, and assume no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release whether as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.