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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What OxyContin Tells Us About the Value of “Evergreening” and Patents

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A few weeks ago, the  FDA announced that they would not allow generic versions of older versions of OxyContin. The original formulation of OxyContin goes off patent today. The original formulation did not have “tamper-resistant qualities” that prevent people from “crushing, breaking, and dissolution using a variety of tools and solvents.”  The article reports that the decision will keep Teva Pharmaceuticals and Impax Laboratories from making the older version which the FDA has determined is too dangerous Read More >

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BIO Members Receive Patents for Humanity Award

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office announced the winners of the Patents for Humanity awards. “The Patents for Humanity is a competition recognizing patent owners and licensees who address global challenges in health and standards of living.” The USPTO website provides this background on the BIO member winners: “Gilead Sciences “Of the 35 million people worldwide suffering from HIV, 95% live in developing countries. Gilead produces antiretroviral therapies for the treatment of HIV. They Read More >

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Patent and Tech Transfer Sessions at 2013 BIO International Convention

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Patent and Technology Transfer sessions feature prominently at the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago from April 22-25, 2013. Topics cover developing patent and tech transfer issues in the U.S. and internationally. Many of the sessions provide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) credits. The Biotech Patenting and Technology Transfer Track sessions are below: Behind the Tech Transfer Headlines: What are You Missing? Headline-making news reports of multiyear, multimillion dollar strategic Read More >

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Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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The Supreme Court handed Kirtsaeng a victory last week finding his importation and resale of copyrighted books exhausted the copyright under the First Sale Doctrine. In a vain attempt at corporate responsibility, the publishers in this case created two versions of textbooks; a no-frills “Asia edition” to sell at affordable prices to students in less affluent places like Thailand, and a higher quality more expensive version to relatively more affluent students in places like the Read More >

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BIO IPCC Conference Launches Next Week

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BIO’s IPCC Spring Conference is in San Diego next week, March 25-27.  Find this year’s line-up below and follow me on twitter at @rzwahlen for live tweeting of the panels. Pre-Conference Workshop: Effecting and Managing Change   Sponsored by: Foley & Lardner LLP The panel will discuss lobbying and public messaging about IP. This workshop will provide an overview and illustrative anecdotes on how to lobby Congress and the administration on certain issues. and how to Read More >

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