BIOL 3095 November 3, 2011. Seminar Reflection #4. “It’s the lack of innovation, stupid: Intellectual property .” By: Angélica M. González Sánchez Student number: 804-11-3354 On the seminar given by Dr. Roberto Zayas, he presented the topic of intellectualproperty. Dr. Zayas defined us all about intellectual property, which is the field of laws thatprotects ideas. This field includes trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents, on whichRoberto focused his discussion. A patent is the right to keep others from the usage andmanufacturing of an invention with the condition of revealing all about the product. Our speakeralso described the process and the requirements of patenting. Furthermore, he ended updiscussing about patentable subject matter and how it relates to Science. As we know, Sciencecommits most of its efforts on reaching new discoveries to keep up promoting advancement.New findings are meant to be applied to fields of our lives, so that they can be useful. For this,they have to pass through patenting. Controversy starts on deciding which scientific innovationsshould be patentable and which shouldn’t. Since most of the actual discoveries on Science implyliving organisms, this dilemma has a lot to do with ethics and perceptions about life. In conclusion, through this seminar I got to learn that patenting has great implications inScience. Some say that it prevents people alien to the discovery from taking advantage of it, onwhich case it promotes innovation and rewards inventors. Others say that it slows the process ofdiscovery and disrupts scientific unity. In my opinion, patenting is useful to avoid fraud, but itsdimensions should be a little more flexible to really induce novelty. For all of what I learned andits usefulness on my formation as a scientist, I consider this seminar to be very productive andinteresting.