All Work, No Pay: HHS Sues Gilead Over HIV-Prevention IP

Law360 (November 6, 2019, 11:16 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services accused Gilead Sciences Inc. on Wednesday of infringing four agency patents covering the use of HIV treatment medication to prevent infection, escalating a fight that has been brewing for months.

HHS said it has repeatedly tried to license its patents for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, but that Gilead has rebuked those attempts. The agency faults Gilead for making billions off its sales of the PrEP medications Truvada and Descovy, based on innovations funded by taxpayers. 

"HHS recognizes Gilead's role in selling Truvada and Descovy to patients for prevention of HIV. Communities have put these...

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