News from China about hep C drug patent

China has just rejected one of Gilead’s patents for Sovaldi.  Patient advocacy groups had challenged the patent, saying it wasn’t inventive enough. Tahir Amin, intellectual property director for one of the groups, said this could begin a shift toward lower-priced, generic hep C drugs in China and other countries.

The patent is also being challenged in in Ukraine, Russia, Argentina and Brazil.

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