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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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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Mayo v. Prometheus: Thought Leaders Express Concern and Evaluate the Impact

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The Mayo v. Prometheus event hosted at George Washington School of Law with the Biotechnology Industry Organization created an opportunity for a panel of thought leaders to distill meaning from the case, the impact on personalized medicine, and possible solutions to the Court created problem.* Is the decision a game-changer? Judge Paul R. Michel, former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handling patent cases, concluded that the Mayo v. Prometheus Read More >

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Patent-Eligible Subject Matter after Mayo v. Prometheus: Exploring the Path Forward

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Patent-Eligible Subject Matter after Mayo v. Prometheus: Exploring the Path Forward is a public round-table event hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the George Washington University Law School. Guest speakers at the round-table will discuss implementation of the Prometheus decision in patent prosecution practice, in examination guidance in the United States Patent Office, and in patent litigation.  Speakers will also discuss the implications of the decision on personalized medicine and possible ways forward.  Speakers include: The Hon. Paul Read More >

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