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Jessica Chesher

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Innovation eReview

March 2008 Edition

In This Issue:

Welcome Message

by Theodore M. Hagelin

Welcome back to the New York State Science & Technology Law Center (“NYS STLC”) at Syracuse University College of Law.  Last July, Syracuse University College of Law was re-designated as the NYS STLC for another three-year term.  We are extremely pleased and proud to have received this honor.  With the re-designation, however, have come changes and new challenges. The challenges have resulted largely from staff turnover.  Liz Lonergan has accepted a new position as the Associate Director of the Syracuse University (“S.U.”) Office of Sponsored Accounting, and Jeong Oh has accepted a new position as Associate Director of the S.U. Office of Technology Transfer and Industrial Relations.  We wish them both continued success in their new positions.

While it is always difficult to lose experienced staff, we have been very fortunate in recruiting two excellent people to serve as the new Associate Directors of the NYS STLC—Molly Zimmermann and Hubert Yang.  Molly received her undergraduate degree from St. Bonaventure University and her law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.  Hubert received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.  You will hear directly from Molly and Hubert in future newsletters.

We have also made major changes in the design and content of the NYS STLC newsletter.  The new newsletter, which we will continue to call the Innovation e-Review, has been streamlined and will contain feature articles, intellectual property news, industry news, special reports on New York State technology companies and research discoveries, as well as information on federal and state funding opportunities. 

The website has also been reorganized, and new content has been added to make it more user-friendly and useful.  The new website has information about the NYS STLC and our past and upcoming Lab-to-Market Series conferences.  It also contains extensive links to law and business resources as well as research links.  The law resources links include a law library that contains information and model forms pertinent to technology commercialization and intellectual property.  The business resources links include information on tax and accounting, sales and marketing, business plans, starting a business, choosing a business form, New York State business associations and centers, New York State business incubators, and New York State intellectual property law firms.  The research links include resources that focus on technology commercialization and intellectual property in the areas of education, government, law, and science and technology.  Finally, the NYS STLC website serves as the portal to Innovation e-Review newsletters and provides information on the faculty, staff, and students (our hallmark resource) who work with the NYS STLC.

We hope very much that you will find our new newsletter and website informative and interesting, and we would greatly appreciate your feedback.  Please send your comments, questions, or suggestions to nysstlc@law.syr.edu.  Thank you.


Ted Hagelin

New York State Science & Technology Law Center
at Syracuse University College of Law

Feature Article: Pencils, White-Out, and Loose Leaf Paper: Student Researchers’ Need for Basic Intellectual Property Instruction

by Blaine Bettinger

Unlike almost all other countries, the United States is a first-to-invent country — the right to a patent does not necessarily belong to the first person to file an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”).  More....


Intellectual Property News: The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia Enjoins the USPTO-Proposed New Rules

by Drew Berweger

The new rules proposed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), which were to go into effect on November 1, 2007, have temporarily been put on hold by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia because of a challenge filed by Glaxo Smith Kline (“GSK”).  More....


Intellectual Property News: China: A Quick Overview of an Emerging Patent System

by Drew Berweger

Similar to the United States, China has 3 types of patents - invention, utility, and design.  More....


Intellectual Property News: Venue: Where Will All the Patent Infringement Suits Go?

by Drew Berweger

The proposed Patent Reform Act may have a major impact on where future patent infringement suits are filed.  More....


Industry News: Microsoft Offers to Buy Yahoo

by Mark Williams

In early February, the software giant Microsoft offered $44.6 billion to acquire Internet search provider Yahoo.  More....


Industry News: Bailing Out Bear Stearns

by Mark Williams

The credit markets have been at the forefront of the news during the first quarter of 2008, and the proposed acquisition of Bear Stearns by J.P. Morgan Chase (“J.P. Morgan”) has garnered much of the attention.  More....


Grants and Funding Opportunities

by Tyler Salvesen