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Michael Cottler is a senior associate in the firm's Litigation Department, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property, with a concentration on patent issues in the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He has represented pharmaceutical companies as outside counsel in complex commercial litigations relating to various types of chemical agents and pharmaceutical products across a spectrum of medical indications. He joined Goodwin Procter in 2006.

Mr. Cottler advises clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries on a number of intellectual property matters. His experience includes patent litigation, opinion work (invalidity, due diligence and clearance) and client counseling. Mr. Cottler has extensive experience handling all aspects of patent litigation, including overseeing fact and expert discovery, taking a senior role at trial, preparing pretrial motions and briefs, and arguing in Court relating to discovery disputes, claim construction, Daubert motions, and motions in limine. The following are some of Mr. Cottler’s representative client representations:

  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, et al. v. Roxane Laboratories, Inc., No. 1:14-cv-01508 (D. Del. 2014)

Mr. Cottler is a member of the team representing Roxane in an ongoing patent infringement litigation filed by Novartis under the Hatch-Waxman Act in response to Roxane’s filing of an abbreviated new drug application seeking approval to market a generic version of Novartis’s anti-cancer product, AFINITOR® (everolimus). 

  • Genzyme Corporation, et al. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., et al., No. 1:13-cv-01506 (D. Del. 2013)

Mr. Cottler is a member of the team representing Teva in an ongoing patent infringement litigation filed by Genzyme under the Hatch-Waxman Act in response to Teva’s filing of an abbreviated new drug application seeking approval to market a generic version of Genzyme’s stem cell mobilizing agent, MOZOBIL® (plerixafor).

  • Prometheus Laboratories Inc. v. Roxane Laboratories, Inc., et al., No. 2:11-cv-01241 (D.N.J. 2011)

Mr. Cottler is a member of the team representing Roxane and Cipla in a patent infringement litigation filed by Prometheus under the Hatch-Waxman Act in response to Roxane’s filing of an abbreviated new drug application seeking approval to market a generic version of Prometheus’s IBS treatment drug, LOTRONEX® (alosetron hydrochloride). After a bench trial, the District Court found Prometheus’s patent invalid.The case is currently on appeal.

  • Eli Lilly & Co. v. Teva Parenteral Medicines, Inc., et al., No. 10-cv-01376 (S.D. Ind. 2011)

Mr. Cottler is a member of the team representing Teva and Fresenius in a patent infringement litigation filed by Lilly under the Hatch-Waxman Act in response to Defendants’ respective filings of abbreviated new drug applications seeking approval to market generic versions of Lilly’s mesothelioma and non-small cell lung cancer treatment drug, Alimta® (pemerexed disodium).  Case is currently on remand in the District Court.

  • Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al. v. Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC, No. 13-cv-00139 (S.D. Cal. 2013)

Mr. Cottler was a member of the team representing Fresenius in a patent infringement litigation filed by Cadence under the Hatch-Waxman Act in response to Fresenius’s filing of a 505(b)(2) application seeking approval to market a generic version of Cadence’s  pain medication, OFIRMEV® (acetaminophen). Case settled favorably before trial.

  • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Amgen, Inc., No. 09-cv-5675 (E.D. Pa. 2009)

Mr. Cottler was a member of the team representing Teva  in a declaratory judgment action filed by Teva regarding its filgrastim (G-CSF) product. Case settled favorably before trial.

 While attending law school, Mr. Cottler was a senior editor of the Albany Law Review. Mr. Cottler was also a Sponsler Fellow, an Honors Teaching Fellowship program in which second-year students in the top 10 percent of their class are assigned to a section of first-semester Federal Civil Procedure as a teaching fellow.

Mr. Cottler is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association (Patents Committee, 2009-2012 (Secretary); 2014-present).