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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Brazil Patent Policy: At a Crossroads

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The Government of Brazil approaches the patent policy crossroads with two ministries wanting to move in opposite directions.  In the last few months, both the Brazilian Patent Office (INPI) and the Brazilian Regulatory Authority (ANVISA) issued proposed rules concerning patents and are sifting through public comments to determine how they will deal with biotech patents. A quirk in Brazilian law requires that the health regulatory authority (ANVISA) must provide “prior consent” on the grant of a pharmaceutical patent.  Traditionally, Read More >

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BIO IP Counsels Committee Conference: Spring 2013 Line-Up

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San Diego, California is the next site for the BIO IP Counsels Committee Conference.  On March 25, 2013, biotech IP counsel will gather for an event dedicated to providing in-house IP counsel opportunities to learn cutting edge issues, network with their peers, and to enjoy another great location.  Here is the session line-up and confirmed speakers with more speaker confirmations to come.  Visit BIO’s IP Counsels Committee Conference page to register and learn more. Pre-Conference Read More >

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Patently Biotech’s Top 5 Articles of 2012

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2012 has been an eventful year for biotech IP issues.  Below are the top 5 articles and from Patently Biotech in 2012.  Click on the links to read the full articles. 1.  The Real Reason Why Salk Refused to Patent the Polio Vaccine A guest writer in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal repeated the oft quoted Jonas Salk statement about his Polio vaccine: “There is no patent.  Could you patent the sun?”  Many use this statement Read More >

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Whole Genome Sequencing and Myriad Supreme Court Case: Nothing to See Here

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Bio IT World just published an article stating that the Myriad Supreme Court case will have little to no effect on whole genome sequencing. “As WGS involves determining the sequence of an individual’s entire genome, there is concern in many quarters that WGS could violate essentially every patent covering an isolated human DNA sequence—of which there are thousands. Indeed, this concern has been raised by scholars, policy analysts and lawyers, including before the Federal Circuit Read More >

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Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources: India Misses the Mark

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India recently asked the global community for comments on its “Draft Guidelines for Processing of Patent Applications Relating to Traditional Knowledge and Biological Material.”  BIO was very active in their support of the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity and “believes that a practical and workable Access and Benefit Sharing regime will benefit both the owner and the user of genetic resources and help countries to utilize their resources to develop their economies.”  BIO Read More >

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