AbbVie’s Battle Over Alvotech’s Biosimilar Humira Moves To New Ground With ITC Investigation
International Trade Commission launches investigation of adalimumab manufacturing processes in response to AbbVie complaint of misappropriation of trade secrets. District court dismissed trade secret suit on grounds it lacked jurisdiction. Trial in infringement suit is set for August.
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