Author Archive: Roy Zwahlen

Roy Zwahlen

Roy is Associate Counsel at BIO and the main contributor for Patently Biotech. He is a lawyer by training, with a background in international and national politics. He grew up in the developing world and believes that innovation can and does solve many of the world’s problems. Because of this, his work focuses on creating a worldwide policy environment that fosters innovation in the biotechnology sector to prevent and cure diseases such as HIV, to increase crop yields to feed more people, and to decrease the harmful effects of industry on the environment. Roy spends his free time keeping up with his three kids, a wife that knows everything (no joke), and serving in his church and broader community. Learn more about Roy from his Linkedin Profile.

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Corporate-Sponsored University Research Valuable for Further Innovation

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New research published in Nature, Technology Transfer: Industry-funded academic inventions boost innovation, provides data undermining “assumptions that corporate-funded academic research is less accessible and useful to others.” After reviewing empirical evidence covering 20 years of inventions in the University of California system the authors find that: “Corporate-sponsored research is surprisingly valuable for further innovation. Data collected over 20 years at nine campuses and three national laboratories administered by the University of California show that corporate-sponsored Read More >

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Special 301: BIO Highlights Challenges in India

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BIO recently testified before the U.S. government on the intellectual property challenges our members face in various markets around the world. Among other matters, BIO recommended that the U.S. government designate India as a Priority Foreign Country, a designation that would lead to the consideration of trade sanctions for treaty violations. Specifically, BIO testified: “In the healthcare space, only a few dozen innovative and patent protected medicines are on the market in India. Yet, in Read More >

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TPP and IP: The Economic Benefits of a Pacific Trade Agreement

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Ndp Analytics recently published a study on the economic benefits of intellectual property rights (IP) in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. They find that 2/3’s of the “economic benefits for the U.S. economy and the 11 partner countries would come from IP-intensive manufacturing industries.” They conclude that “the stronger the protection of IP rights under the TPP, the greater the value of trade leading to greater economic growth, additional jobs created, higher incomes, and development across countries.” Here Read More >

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Patently Biotech’s Top Articles of 2013

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Intellectual property featured prominently in 2013’s public discourse. Gene patents, patent trolls, India’s anti-patent actions, and other developments around the world captured headlines. Here are Patently Biotech’s top blog posts written in 2013 by number of views. 1.   Myriad Supreme Court Decision: BIO’s Statement 2.  Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished 3.  What a Patent is Not 4.  Gene Patents, Angelina Jolie, and Reality 5.  What OxyContin Tells Us About Read More >

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TRIPs Has Delivered: Patent Agreement Increases Drug Development

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The TRIPs (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property) Agreement, effective in 1996, has resulted in multiple benefits for public health. The last blog post reviewed Progressive Economy’s finding of TRIPS at 20. One additional benefit not mentioned in the article is the explosion of molecules in clinical development. The World Intellectual Property Indicators – 2012 Edition reveals an overall growth in patent applications around the world. The report finds that patent applications “worldwide doubled from Read More >

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