Eduardo E. Rivera CintrónNovember 11, 2011 Reflection on seminar/discussion on Roberto ZayasDr. Roberto Zayas was our guest for our last seminar this semester. He shared atopic with us that are not mentioned a lot in the science field like the patents. Thetitle of Dr. Zayas seminar was: “It’s lack of innovation, stupid”. Dr. Roberto Zayasafter completing his PhD in Neuroscience decided to achieve a Law degree; which Ifound very interesting the combination of PhD degree with a Law degree.In the seminar, Dr. Zayas mainly talked about the concept of a patent. A patent isgranted to a person, who invents something new and unique. It gives exclusively theright for a period of 20 years in exchange public disclosure of the invention whenthe period expires. Currently in the United States the grant of patents is increasinglike never before especially in the area of computer software.In our discussing in class he abounded more in the topic of the patents relating itwith the science. One of the cases he mentioned and shared was the case of howinvestigators wanted to patent human genes and how the court upholds thatdecision.So far, patents are good for science and also for the economy. The economyincreases through the investor that gives certain amount of money to obtain thelicense of the patents. On the other hand, it also has his implication in terms of“everything has a limit”. Patents are good but not in a way that the people want to
use it in modification of human genes or in a way that if you take my DNA you applyfor a patent.As an overall point of view I extremely loved the seminar and discussion becausethe topic was completely different. I considered that the interesting part of theseminar was how the science is also related to the law in terms of patents. IndirectlyDr. Zayas can inspire anyone because he was able to obtain a Law degree aftercompleting a PhD. Dr. Zayas showed us as students that there is a great potential inthe field of Science and opportunities to expand and combine our careers asprofessional people. Everything can be obtained if the person pursues, puts effort,comprise itself, and determines the importance of their career.