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Old 09-13-2017, 04:27 AM   #1
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The drugmaker Allergan announced Friday that it had transferred its patents on a best-selling eye drug to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in upstate New York an unusual gambit to protect the drug from a patent dispute.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/h...ent-tribe.html

Heard this on the radio this morning, had to look into it.

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The tribe has many unmet needs...We want to be self-reliant.
I'm sure a lot of heads will explode on this one. On one hand, Native American have been marginalized for centuries and need to be provided with some sustenance. On the other, evil pharmaco.

This is a novel approach, if not - I think - exactly falling in with the philosophy of being self reliant.

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I'm sure a lot of heads will explode on this one.
I don't know whether this will make sense to most drug companies with most of their drugs.

In the Restasis case, Allergan is faced with a failure in a federal court that would be followed by multiple cases in multiple courts as a result.

They're trying to stop what comes next, knowing that they stand a good chance of losing the federal case.

Because the patent transfer happened after the federal case was started, Allergan knows that Mohawk sovereign immunity will not protect them from the case going on right now.

They're just minimizing their potentially huge losses.

If they really want to throw people for a loop, they will transfer patents to Canadian tribes, which are much more sovereign than US tribes.
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Yeah, they're looking at spending nearly 14 million a year to the tribe for keeping the patent.

I do not know how patent law works between us and Canada, but from a purely uninformed opinion, I imagine they will make a lot more money from US sales than Canadian, and was a big factor.

Not to be too cynical, but if this goes through, we're going to see a lot of Native American tribe patent holders.

And I'm sure there has to be some strong legaleze to assure the tribe doesn't jack up prices for their "protection racket".

This is just... Wow.
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I do not know how patent law works between us and Canada, but from a purely uninformed opinion, I imagine they will make a lot more money from US sales than Canadian, and was a big factor.
I was mostly joking about how Canadian tribes turn into independent countries with direct access to Rideau Hall every time there's trouble with the federal government.
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Yeah, they're looking at spending nearly 14 million a year to the tribe for keeping the patent.
Hopefully this will go better for them than most of the promises made to them by rich white folks
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They get weed, casinos, and drugs now?
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I was mostly joking about how Canadian tribes turn into independent countries with direct access to Rideau Hall every time there's trouble with the federal government.
You're jokes are too smart for us, GK - you're just playing yourself.

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Hopefully this will go better for them than most of the promises made to them by rich white folks
I guess it can be a bonus - SJWs may switch to supporting big pharma - HOW COULD YOU DENY MONEY TO THE NATIVE AMERICANS?!?!
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I guess it can be a bonus - SJWs may switch to supporting big pharma - HOW COULD YOU DENY MONEY TO THE NATIVE AMERICANS?!?!
I realized a long time ago that Big Business can be a friend to the Left as well, particularly considering what we are up against now.
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I realized a long time ago that Big Business can be a friend to the Left as well, particularly considering what we are up against now.
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I wasn't even talking about Russia...but have you considered how stupid you're going to look in a year or so?
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I wasn't even talking about Russia...but have you considered how stupid you're going to look in a year or so?
For the 1000th time, I BELIEVE THERE WAS COLLUSION.

I was just poking fun of your default "Russia did it" for everything.

You seem more upset than usual today.

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I realized a long time ago that Big Business can be a friend to the Left as well, particularly considering what we are up against now.
Kind of like when conservatives get involved in government but yet try to reduce government.
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