although I generally AGREE with you... the legal system has been proven to be more about financial backing and might, rather than the discovery of the truth, or what is right.
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How long do these suits take to resolve if they do not settle, anyone know min max time if Gilead delays Merck uses it's resources to expedite? Anyone have an idea based on other suits?
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Merck didn't buy Idenix for the pipeline. By the time it may produce a product Gilead has at least four years of marketing experience in HCV. The enormous sales that Gilead is racking up are an attractive target for a legal challenge. By Merck's reckoning combining the patent challenges of Merck and Idenix may make it easier to get Gilead to consider a settlement. Only problem is, Gilead won't even think about settling. Company has a culture of infallibility and invincibility. They did their DD when they bought Pharmasset and concluded that everything was golden. They will circle the wagons and it'll take Merck years to see if their attack has any chance of success. They like their chances with Idenix on board. High paid lawyers are the engine of big pharma these days while much lower paid scientists have been let go by the thousands during the last 15 years. What a shame.