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Intellectual Property Relevance to Students and Researchers

The talk is about the issues regarding intellectual property rights. The first issue tackled was that of the war between Apple and Samsung. Apple reportedly sued Samsung because the android phones and tablet products of Samsung infringed Apples intellectual property (patents, trademarks, user interface and style). Samsung in turn sued Apple for infringement of patents regarding mobile communication technology. The concept of intellectual property is applied to Recombinant DNA cloning and fiber optics. The processes like making molecular chimeras and producing proteins from recombinant prokaryote DNA are protected by intellectual property rights. Intellectual property rights only apply for a certain number of years. It could also be considered as a negative right as to the possible effects of withholding others from using your work such as in the case of the formulation of medicine. Problems would arise if there is only one supplier for a medicine and the company cant support the number of demands. There are different types of intellectual property: patent, trademarks and utility models. Copyrights are used in books, software and others for economic purposes. Intellectual property rights prevent other people from reproducing the work of a person without consent from the original creator. The Technology Transfer Act of 2009 states that its aim is to promote and facilitate the transfer, dissemination, and effective use, management, and commercialization of intellectual property, technology and knowledge resulting from R&D funded by the government for the benefit of national economy and taxpayers. To protect intellectual property rights, some actions are being made. For theses, dissertations and scholarly articles, they are available for viewing only; some have a nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement. There is also that issue of as to who owns what a person creates.