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Jessica Chesher

Managing Editor

Innovation eReview

January 2009 Edition

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Welcome Message

Welcome to the January 2009 edition of the Innovation e-Review newsletter.

This edition’s feature article, by David B. Woycechowsky, Senior Counsel at Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, explains the benefits of performing your own online patent searches and offers several ways to search more efficiently.

Furthermore, this edition highlights Katalytic Inc., a company  that develops software enterprise applications to improve patient care.  At the emergency department of United Health Services in Johnson City, NY, they are currently running a pilot program with the aim of ultimately alleviating the effects of emergency department overcrowding on both patients and providers. 

Also worth noting, on January 28, the New Technology Law Center (SUNTEC) at Syracuse University College of Law will launch three new Technology Commercialization Clinics (TCCs) across the state.  The development of the new TCCs is the direct result of two $125,000 grants obtained by Assemblyman William Magnarelli.  The TCCs function to help transform new research, inventions and innovations into viable commercial entities.  The new clinics are located at Stony Brook, RIT, and Niagara University.

The network of New York TTCs is modeled on the existing SU College of Law Technology Commercialization Research Center (TCRC), which was established by Professor Ted Hagelin more than 20 years ago.  The TCRC was the first program in the country specifically designed to train law and other graduate-level students in the field of technology commercialization.

As always, we welcome your thoughts and comments. Please feel free to contact us at nysstlc@law.syr.edu. Thank you.


Feature Article: Be Your Own Patent Searcher

by David Woycechowsky

Reprinted with permission from Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC 

For about ten years now, patent databases have been gradually moving online. This exciting development, however, has often led to frustration because, although patent text was usually easy to obtain, the task of finding patent drawings remained difficult and/or expensive (alternaTIFF anyone?). Until about 2001, only issued U.S. patents were available online, which limited the would-be online searcher to the cutting-edge technology of three years ago. The good news, however, is that now, in 2008, we are practically at the point where amateurs can search U.S. patents and applications easily and for free. All you really need is time.  More...


Intellectual Property News: US Chamber of Commerce Suggests Reforms for the USPTO

by Melissa Dobson and Erin Lawless

In late December, 2008, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center ("GIPC") outlined its recommendations for the Obama administration. Overall, the recommendations call for an increase in IP enforcement. More specifically, the Chamber has suggested that the administration renegotiate the current fee schedule, facilitate ongoing training and retention of quality examiners, and transition the USPTO from a government agency to a government corporation.  More...

Intellectual Property News: Rocket Docket Shows Signs of Turning Plaintiff Hot Spot Cold

by Erin Lawless

On December 29, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a writ of mandamus that will help defendants escape the Eastern District of Texas. This district has become known as “the rocket docket” due to its speedy handling of patent infringement suits and its penchant for siding with plaintiffs in patent litigation. It is also notorious for its reluctance to allow changes of venue. The transformation of this district into a patent litigation hot spot has been attributed largely to the influence of Judge John Ward; however, after Judge Ward kept a products liability case from transferring in late December, the Federal Circuit ruled that he had “clearly abused” his discretion.  More...


Intellectual Property News: IP Law Seems Recession-Proof

by Melissa Dobson

Despite the economic downturn of 2008, the field of Intellectual Property (IP) remains strong. Though it is costly to obtain patents and trademarks, and further to protect them against alleged infringers, all companies are seeking to protect their assets – especially their IP assets.  More...


Company Spotlight: Katalytic Inc.

by Melissa Dobson

At the emergency department of United Health Services in Johnson City, NY, Katalytic is running a pilot program with the aim of ultimately alleviating the effects of emergency department overcrowding on both patients and providers. Katalytik Inc. is a privately-held corporation that develops software enterprise applications targeted to improve patient care.  More...


Industry News: Update On The Dreier Scandal

by Erin Lawless

After its founder was jailed and accused of cheating hedge funds out of more than $100 million, the law firm Dreier LLP has filed for bankruptcy protection. Purportedly, the Manhattan law firm has assets in the $100 million to $500 million range and debt in the range of $50 million. Bankruptcy was filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of New York. Dreier LLP is represented by Stephen Shimshak of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.  More...


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