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House judiciary subcommittee holds hearing on sovereign immunity

Four IP and law experts testified to a House judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday concerning the use of sovereign immunity to shield patents from inter partes review (IPR). The hearing was prompted by the actions of Allergan plc (NYSE:AGN), which in September transferred six patents covering the dry eye drug Restasis cyclosporine to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. The tribe in turn filed a motion requesting that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) dismiss petitions from three generic drug companies that are trying to use IPRs to invalidate the patents

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