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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India Compulsory License: A Times of India Article Says It’s Not Helping the Poor

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India recently issued a compulsory license on Bayer’s liver and kidney cancer drug (Sorafenib) with the stated goal of providing access to India’s poor. However, the Times of India recently ran the article Cheap generics drugs no panacea for India’s poorest, quickly dispelling this myth: “The compulsory license system might not really work because poor people cannot even afford the discounted price,” said G. Balachandhran, former head of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), India’s drug Read More >

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Patent “Ever-Greening”: Novartis Confronts Patent Myth in India

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India’s ‘increased efficacy’ patentability requirement for medicines prevents an improved form of a known drug from receiving a patent unless the new form is significantly more effective than the previously-known form. This provision aims to accomplish one task: stop patent “ever-greening.”  This issue has risen to prominence lately as the New York Times reports on the Novartis suit challenging patent ever-greening requirements in India’s Supreme Court. So what is patent ever-greening?  Opponents claim that corporations Read More >

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BIO IP Counsels Conference Agenda Topics

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Join us in Austin for BIO’s Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Conference on April 16-18.  Agenda topics are below. The Decline of Process Patents: This session will examine the enforceability of process claims and how it has led to the recent controversy around divided infringement. Unlike claims to machines, manufactures, and compositions, process claims can be divided up by different actors, or by jurisdiction, and conceivably even by time.  Right now the focus is on different Read More >

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PTO Genetic Testing Study: What’s Patents Got to Do with It

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The USPTO held a hearing on February 16 to collect testimony from interested parties to discuss factors affecting the availability of confirmatory, or second opinion, genetic testing.  However, the hearing quickly devolved into testimonies addressing so called ‘gene patents’ and genetic testing more broadly. Dr. Hans Sauer testified on behalf of BIO and first raised the question whether there is in fact patient demand for an ‘independent second opinion genetic test.’  While doctors would likely Read More >

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Biotech IP Challenges Around the World: BIO’s Special 301 Submission

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BIO recently submitted its Special 301 Submission highlighting intellectual property (IP) challenges around the world.  In particular, BIO informed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) of the persistent problems biotech companies face with issues including counterfeiting, large backlogs and patent office inefficiency, differing judicial standards for enforcement, compulsory licensing, inadequate data protection, lack of patentability of biotech inventions, overbearing genetic resources access and benefit regimes, technology transfer issues and a great need for international harmonization Read More >

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