New Blogger

Patently BIOtech

Patently Biotech has a new writer.  My name is Roy Zwahlen and I am the new Intellectual Property manager at BIO.  I am an attorney and political science undergraduate and fascinated with intellectual property policy.  I am excited about this opportunity to enter the IP blogosphere.

My hope is to provide information about BIO’s IP activities including conferences and amicus briefs.  I also hope to reintroduce our IP staff and spotlight our BIO company members.  Finally, I plan on featuring guest writers from around the Biotech industry on IP issues. 

I am heading to Boston for BIO’s Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Fall Conference and Committee Meeting from Monday October 18th to Wednesday the 20th.  I plan on posting summaries of our panel discussions on the following topics:

  • Evolving patent-eligibility standards for genes, biomarkers, diagnostics, and cell-based therapies;
  • Valuation of IP when selling, licensing, or acquiring biotech patent rights;
  • Present and impending changes to the way you practice before the PTO;
  • How to defend your patent in an inter partes reexam;
  • Whether inequitable conduct reform is close or elusive;
  • Inducement, divided infringement, “abstract idea” exceptions, and other things that go “bump” in the dark if you own Biotech method patents;
  • Tales from the edge and beyond: accounts of biotech investment in emerging market countries.  

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