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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AMP v. Myriad: BIO Statement on Federal Circuit (Re)Decision

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BIO released the following statement on the Federal Circuit’s decision in the AMP v. Myriad case on remand from the Supreme Court to reconsider in light of Mayo v. Prometheus. “Today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirms long-standing law under which valuable DNA preparations, bacterial enzymes, plant-derived antibiotics and other industrially and medically useful substances can be considered for patenting. Such patents have long provided critical incentives for expensive Read More >

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Technology Transfer Impact? Senator Bayh Informs on IPWatchdog

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IPWatchdog published an article by former Senator Birch Bayh highlighting a BIO commissioned study showing the economic impact of technology transfer on the U.S. economy.  “A new study shows that this spinning of straw into gold is precisely what our academic research organizations have been quietly doing year after year.  The just released report “The Economic Contribution of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the United States: 1996-2010” provides a much needed dose of good economic news when Read More >

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USPTO Blogpost Brings Mayo Down to Earth

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office Director David Kappos posted a blogpost called “Some Thoughts on Patentability” which discusses a recent Federal Circuit decision in CLS Bank International v. Alice Corporation and the lessons we should learn from the Federal Circuit.  “Based on my experience, I appreciate the wisdom of the court’s discussion relating to resolving disputed claims by focusing initially on patentability requirements of § 102, 103, and 112, rather than § 101. Read More >

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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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