Drug Patents Safer with Tribes than Offshore

Allergan’s Restasis eye drop patent has been sold to a Native American tribe. Generic drug makers therefore cannot challenge Allergan, because the patent now belongs to an entity that is very difficult to sue – Tribes are sovereign and US law doesn’t apply. Allergan will now be leasing the rights from the Tribe and paying handsome royalties. Almost like moving the rights offshore, but easier…


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