Pfiz­er or­dered to dis­close FBI com­mu­ni­ca­tions in trade se­crets case

A fed­er­al judge has or­dered Pfiz­er to hand over its com­mu­ni­ca­tions with the FBI in a trade se­crets case it brought against the founders of Re­gor Ther­a­peu­tics last year.

Pfiz­er filed suit last Feb­ru­ary against two for­mer em­ploy­ees, Xi­ayang Qiu and Min Zhong, who quit their Big Phar­ma jobs in 2018 to launch the Eli Lil­ly-part­nered start­up Re­gor. About five months af­ter leav­ing Pfiz­er, Qiu and Zhong ap­plied for patents on a set of com­pounds that plain­tiffs al­lege “ap­pear strik­ing­ly sim­i­lar to . . . com­pounds that Pfiz­er had de­vel­oped,” ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

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