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How to Protect a Drug Patent? Give It to a Native American Tribe (nytimes.com)
5 points by SirLJ 71 days ago | hide | past | web | 3 comments | favorite




Dry eye is an interest of mine. I saw this in the news on Friday I think, and the resulting statements from Allergan and the Native American Tribe (Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe). It's really a brilliant move by their patent lawyer. Native American tribes have sovereign immunity to IP challenges. This helps extend the monopoly on a drug that makes up a very large part of Allergan's profit (besides Botox).


This is very creative! Though, the ownership of a patent shouldn't be a factor in deciding the validity.




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