Edinburgh/Intellectual Property Talk

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Intellectual Property Talk

Date:5th July 2007
Venue:Edinburgh Training and Conference Centre


This was a presentation given by members of the team to the Edinburgh Linux Users Group with the aim of raising awareness of Synthetic Biology in the local technology community.

The talk consisted of 2 sections; the first was a general introduction to Synthetic Biology, what it is and what it can do. The second half of the talk discussed Intellectual Property law and how this might apply in synthetic biology.


Topics that were be covered during the included:

  • What is Synthetic Biology?
  • What can be achieved with Synthetic Biology?
  • Why it is interesting to engineers
  • How Synthetic Biology currently deals with Intellectual Property
  • Explore what legal tools could be used when dealing with Intellectual Property

Presentation Slides

Presentation slides can be found here:

Open Office: odp

EdLUG Announcement


The next EdLUG meeting is on Thur 5th July at 7:30pm sharp at Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, sponsored by Valley Technology Ltd

Alistair Marshall will be presenting his talk:

"Synthetic Biology"

Alistair says:

Whilst this may not initially sound like this has much to do with Linux
and open source code, there are many similarities.
Genetic engineering is now at the stage where we can manipulate
individual bits of DNA, so instead of programming with 1&0s we are
programming with 'base pairs' or A, C, G and Ts. The possibilities of
this are seemingly unlimited. imagine planting a seed and coming back a
year later to see your dream house made out of a tree with excellent
insulation, heating and utilities already in place or making a bacteria
that will sit on your skin and produce sun screen when impacted with UV
This emerging science has is in a unique position of learning from the
computer open source revolution. The ability to program individual bits
of DNA is only a few years old and so new standards have to be made and
refined, new 'devices' are being produced and published in a public
registry. This licensing decisions being made now and in the next few
years will have major effects on the science in future.
I am an engineering student at the university and am taking part in the
IGem (International Genetically Engineered Machines) competition over
the summer.
Alistair Marshall



Special thanks to Alastair Broom of Valley Tech Ltd for arranging this,

As usual some of us will meet at the Auld Hoose for food first. If you do go there please leave in time to reach the venue.


Afterwards we'll repair to Mai Thai bar/restaurant. Special thanks to Joe Barnett for arranging this.


-- Yours Faye