Small Odds Humira Patents All Invalid 'Worries' 7th Circ

Law360 (February 25, 2021, 9:13 PM EST) -- Do Humira buyers need to prove every single patent in the "thicket" surrounding AbbVie's blockbuster immunosuppressant was invalid to show the drug giant is illegally shielding the biologic from competition? A Seventh Circuit judge seemed to think so Thursday on a divided panel weighing whether to revive the lawsuit.

Circuit Judge Frank H. Easterbrook hit the plaintiffs with their toughest questions during oral arguments, pressing Tom Sobol of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP to explain how they can accuse AbbVie of protecting the world's best-selling drug with a thicket containing many allegedly "overlapping and non-inventive" patents even though they were granted...

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