4 Takeaways As AbbVie Crushes 'Patent Thicket' Litigation

By Jeff Overley (June 12, 2020, 9:46 PM EDT) -- AbbVie's rapid and resounding defeat of high-profile antitrust litigation targeting a "patent thicket" guarding Humira, the world's best-selling drug, will help Big Pharma plant dense new jungles of intellectual property to block biosimilar makers that are already struggling to penetrate the lucrative biologics sector.

AbbVie's injectable biologic Humira has generated enormous sales as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis and other conditions. (JB Reed/Bloomberg via Getty Images) The June 8 triumph by Illinois-based AbbVie Inc. ended a consolidated set of proposed class actions filed last year in Illinois federal court. At issue was AbbVie's enormous appetite for Humira patents and its alleged "pay-for-delay"...

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