Uncle Sam Shouldn't Steal Gilead's Remdesivir Patent
December 2, 2020
By Adam Mossoff
Over 30 state attorneys general recently sent a letter to federal health officials urging them to confiscate Gilead Sciences' patent on remdesivir, one of the only drugs approved for use on patients suffering severe symptoms caused by COVID-19.
These politicians allege that since Uncle Sam helped pay for some of remdesivir's clinical trials, the federal government can use its "march-in" power in a 1980 law to appropriate Gilead's patent and license it to generic manufacturers to lower the price and increase availability of the drug.
Unfortunately, the state AGs don't unders...