Asia Spotlight: Gilead Won’t Give Up Easily On Viread Patent Battle In China
China’s State Intellectual Property Office announced the invalidation of a patent for Viread, which is manufactured by Gilead and distributed by GSK in China. However, Gilead still holds several patents to protect the drug in China.
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