Generic Drug Patent Cases Fell By One-Third In 2016: Report

By Ryan Davis (April 27, 2017, 6:59 PM EDT) -- The number of patent suits over generic drugs filed in 2016 dropped by 32.5 percent over the previous year, according to a report released on Thursday by Lex Machina, a decline that an attorney says may be due to the rise of inter partes reviews and other factors.

The legal analytics firm's third annual report on litigation involving Abbreviated New Drug Applications under the Hatch-Waxman Act found that 316 ANDA suits were filed in 2016, down from 468 in 2015 and 433 in 2014.

Still, the number of suits filed last year was higher than the average of 269 ANDA cases...

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