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What are the lessons from Boehringer’s settlement with AbbVie over its Humira biosimilar?

And just like that, it’s over.  Boehringer Ingelheim has thrown in the towel in its patent fight with AbbVie over Boehringer’s proposed biosimliar for Humira®.  Boehringer was a lone hold-out among a long line of proposed biosimilars for AbbVie’s blockbuster.  Boehringer’s distinction was that it had raised a unique defense, namely, arguing that AbbVie had built an unfair “patent thicket” around Humira® that was unenforceable.  We previously blogged about Boehringer’s “unclean hands” defense here and here and here.  Now that Boehringer has settled, what are the larger lessons for future biosimilar patent fights?

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AbbVie still can’t escape Boehringer’s claim that its Humira patent-thicket was wrongful.

The Court in AbbVie’s patent fight over Humira with Boehringer Ingelheim said that it “seems clear enough” that AbbVie had a patenting program designed to mitigate biosimilar entry for Humira®.  Though AbbVie clearly danced around ways to avoid producing much of its behind-the-scenes strategizing for building a patent estate sizeable enough to practically coerce settlements, the Court has ordered AbbVie to pull up its skirt.

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Is Boehringer Ingelheim planning to launch its Humira biosimilar at-risk?

Boehringer Ingelheim has been one of the lone holdouts in AbbVie’s ($ABBV) campaign to delay biosimilar competition against Humira® until 2023.  To date, AbbVie has settled with almost all proposed biosimilars for entry dates in 2023.  Is Boehringer going to launch at-risk?

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