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Jessica Chesher

Managing Editor

Innovation eReview

August 2005 Edition

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Editor's Welcome

August 2005

Well, the dog days of summer have come and gone (though one never knows with the beautiful, hot summer we’ve had in the great state of New York), and now we’re heavily into the “back to school” and “back to reality” mode.  Of course, summer always goes by at warp speed, doesn’t it?  Before you plunge headlong into fall, we hope you had a chance to read that book, stroll along that beach or browse that museum until your hearts content.  We’re betting there is a new picture of your family members or friends, replete with summertime fun grins and giggles, serving as your screen saver or that you’re sporting a new t-shirt or hat from a vacation.  And hopefully you’ve been sampling many varieties of the local produce that are now burgeoning from the ground.  We’ve had a chance to do just about all of the above, and, frankly, we’re feeling a little melancholy, baby.  The demise of summer, the shortening days, the specter of the back-to-school frenzy contributes to that change of season malaise.  So, go ahead, feel melancholy over the passing of long, sunny days and soft summer nights.  It’s normal, it passes, and maybe feeling melancholy is just the mind’s way of helping us to remember those hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer.

Well, now that we’ve talked through those summertime blues (no, we didn’t start this article trying to see how many song lyrics we could insert into one article, it’s just turning out that way), we’re on to our newsletter, chock full of our regular dose of news and views.

The biggest news this month comes not in the form of a link to an article about a scientific discovery, but about our very own STLC at the Syracuse University College of Law.  First and foremost, this month we are welcoming two new staff members; Marian Berda and Jeong Oh.  

Marian is our Technology Manager, and started on August 15, 2005. She came to our little corner of the world after four years with the Syracuse University College of Law Information Technology Department.  In addition to being our resident technical resource, Marian will be procuring gadgets and gizmos for us to beta test and will write a newsletter column titled “Tech Talk”.  Her column will cover the gamut from reviewing new technologies for work and home, to educating and informing all of you on technological developments in the world.  Read on for the debut column from Marian and learn more about “smart home” technology.  You can contact Marian at 315.443.8943 or mrberda@law.syr.edu.

Jeong started with the STLC on August 29, 2005 and, unbelievably, he has written an article for this edition.  (Quick studies, these new folks, some of us around here had better watch out.)  Jeong has a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School and an Master’s of Business Administration from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, and he is a Patent Attorney as well.  He will be the Associate Director of the STLC and will serve as a resource to our clients on all matters of intellectual property and technology transfer.  You can contact Jeong at 315.443.8933.  However, he’s so new he doesn’t yet have an email address.  If you just have to contact him, write to any of us and we’ll be happy to pass the email on to Jeong.  Look for Jeong’s official points of contact in the September issue of the Innovation e-Review.

Finally, we wanted to pass on to you some very exciting info about our upcoming conference.  In partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, we are presenting “The Business Side of Patents” in New York City on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2005.  The conference will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue and will feature so many exciting things that we have devoted an entire article to it, so read on for the whole scoop.

We hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter, have fun with the back to school shuffle, and we will be in touch.  

Liz Lonergan


Feature Article

This month brings you a feature article not on an intellectual property innovation per se, but on three intellectual property and technology related conferences and events that are being held in our home state over the next two months.  These are events in which NYSTAR and the STLC have a hand, and, since we’re not above blowing our own horn (when appropriate of course), we thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to give you the scoop on these happenings. 

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Tech Talk

by Marian Berda

Welcome to the premier Tech Talk column!  This section of Innovation e-Review is dedicated to blending new and existing information on technology that may influence your lifestyle at home, or at your business.  As technology has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, our plan is to offer you an array of interesting topics that may range from new tech gadgets for today’s student, to the changing landscape of wireless technology.  We welcome your suggestions, comments and/or ideas for topics as our Tech Talk feature evolves over the coming months.

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Don't Know Much About....

The Kauffman Foundation

We admit it, we’re totally biased and prejudiced about the Kauffman Foundation; we like their ideals, goals and how they operate.  They are committed to entrepreneurship and innovation, and have some of the most sensible rules and procedures surrounding the submission of grant requests that we’ve ever read (readers who have ever submitted a grant proposals will understand).  In other words, they walk the talk and they are very well respected in their home base, Kansas City, MO and throughout the country.  In case you’ve never heard of the Kauffman Foundation, here’s a little history and background.  We know you’ll be impressed. 

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We've got business news, we've got IP news, we've got human interest news.  Starting next month we're putting our resident Patent Attorney, Jeong Oh, on the news beat, so look for more news, commentary and links to actual cases!  Any suggestions or ideas are welcome and appreciated.

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Business Development Spotlight

by Jeong Oh

New York State Passes New Legislation-
Qualified Emerging Technology Company Facilities, Operations and Training Tax Credit 
Section 210(12-G) of the Tax Law, the “Qualified Emerging Technology Company Facilities, Operations and Training Tax Credit” (ETC credit) was established to assist the growth and development of technology-oriented businesses, particularly small technology companies.  The ETC credits have been issued by New York State to offset state tax liabilities for emerging technology companies in the early stage of development including property used for research and development, expenses related to research and development, and training expenditures.  The ETC credit is a key component of the economic stimulus package passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Pataki to assist New York’s home-grown technology businesses to grow and produce jobs and other economic benefits.

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HR Article

So, let’s see, where were we?  Oh, yes, we had just begun marketing the job, and the resumes are pouring in, what to do, what to do?  Fear not, business leaders, for, as usual, we have some highly opinionated suggestions on what to do with those resumes.  

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