In July 2010 I had the chance to participate in the IPBio symposium, Intellectual Property and the Biosciences, and the IPBio summer school held the next day. Over the course of the two days I had a great time. On one hand, the international symposium was led remarkably well by Mr Berris Charnley (University of Leeds) and Professor Gregory Radick (University of Leeds). Berris and Greg managed to organise an international event with the participation of some of the most important scholars, from both the EU and the US, currently working on issues around intellectual property rights and biotechnology. The symposium papers were very interesting especially as a wide range of subjects were analysed. Topics included stem cells, synthetic biology, plant variety protection and trademarks, to name just a few.