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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The U.S. Government’s Position in ACLU v. Myriad Genetics

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Hans Sauer, BIO’s Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property, comments on  the Department of Justice’s brief and oral argument in the Myriad “gene patent” case.  Read his guest collumn on IPWatchdog. I have often wondered why the DOJ showed up out of nowhere two years ago, and started pressing legal theories that are contrary to decades of U.S. government policy and established patent law, and that would potentially invalidate thousands of patents to DNA molecules, enzymes, Read More >

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Patent Evergreening in India: Response from the Other Side

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Thank you Adriana for commenting on my article Patent “Ever-Greening”: Novartis Confronts Patent Myth in India.  Before I respond, here is your full comment: Adriana says: While patients in India may still be able to access a generic form of off-patent imatinib mesylate (Glivec) if Novartis wins their legal challenge (because this “original form” was never patented in India due to India’s patent law not allowing product patents on medicines prior to 2005), a legal Read More >

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Seed Patents: How Innovation May Get Lost in the Grain Elevator

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The Bowman v. Monsanto case currently on petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court highlights some unique aspects about protecting agricultural biotechnology innovation. On April 2, the Supreme Court invited the Solicitor General to file a brief to explain the views of the United States on the Federal Circuit’s refusal to find patent exhaustion and whether an exception to that doctrine should be created for self-replicating technologies. Before making recommendations about patent Read More >

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Gene Patent Discussion Should Include Industrial, Environmental, & Ag Biotech

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Twenty-three industrial and agricultural biotech companies, ranging from development-stage businesses to all of the largest players in the field, sent a letter to the Solicitor General expressing concern over the pending appeal in the Myriad “gene patents” case.  The companies wrote the letter to correct the myopic view that this case is only about human genetic diagnostics. The case could potentially adversely impact agricultural and industrial biotechnology, whose activities are far removed from the clinical Read More >

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2012 BIO International Convention: Academic and Tech Transfer Community

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Universities have historically been on the front lines of translating innovative research into novel medicines and technologies useful to patients.  With that in mind, the 2012 BIO International Convention will look to highlight the role of academia in the advancement of the biotechnology field through the BIO Academic Park and the Translational Research Forum. Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), this year’s global event for biotechnology will take place June 18-21, 2012 at the Read More >

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