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Jessica Chesher

Managing Editor

Innovation eReview

November 2009 Edition

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Welcome Message

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

This past month, our conference on the current status of Information Technology in New York State met with great success, and videos will soon be available in our ‘Past Events’ section.

This month’s feature, “Efficiently Developing and Managing Patent Portfolios”, by Michael S. Kramer, patent lawyer with Foley & Gardner LLP, offers practical advice for all types of companies, whether startup or long-established. The process that he describes uses quantifiable metrics and objective analytics to efficiently focus an organization’s resources on the vital aspects of developing and managing a winning portfolio.

The November issue also highlights Meetup, a NY-based startup that has become the world’s largest network of local groups. Founded  on the belief that people can change their personal world (and the world at large) by organizing themselves into groups, Meetup empowers people to get together with others in their area who share their personal interests.

And finally, this issue spotlights the research of the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM), an R&D center dedicated to research on large-area flexible electronics. By acquiring prototype tools and establishing processes capable of producing low-volume test bed products, the CAMM aims to demonstrate the feasibility of roll-to-roll (R2R) flexible electronics manufacturing. The Center specializes in small-scale systems design, process development, prototyping, and manufacturing for academia and the microelectronics industry.

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

Feature Article: Effectively Developing & Managing Patent Portfolios

by Michael S. Kramer

Reproduced with permission from BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, 78 PTCJ 445 (Aug. 7, 2009). Copyright 2009 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <http://www.bna.com>

Despite challenging economic conditions, it is still essential that established and nascent businesses continue to develop and appropriately manage their intellectual property portfolios. Pursuing protection for innovation and even maintaining existing rights might be considered a discretionary expense in the current economic climate. However, disregard of an organization’s patent portfolio now has the potential to generate significant lasting effects that may undermine fiscal success under positive economic conditions. Engaging in strategic shaping of an organization’s patent portfolio during the present downturn is important to achieving long term success in protecting innovation and avoiding patent portfolio holes that could leave a business vulnerable to market competitors down the road. Yet, like most business decisions today, the development and maintenance of a patent portfolio deserves heightened scrutiny to ensure that the greatest potential benefit is achieved consistent with limited or reduced organization resources. More...

Intellectual Property News: New Patent Search Methods Emerge

by Erin Lawless

A few new methods for patent searching have been made available by recognizable brand names such as Boliven, Google, and Lexis. All three methods of patent searching can be useful to a patent searcher, but the correct fit depends on your budget for searching and your comfort with the various databases. The more a searcher practices using these tools, the better he or she will become at finding patents of interest; but the following is a comparison of their various capabilities and features. More...

Intellectual Property News: Native Americans Tackle NFL Redskins Logo

by John Amandolare

On September 14, 2009, Native American groups collectively filed a writ of certiorari petition asking the Supreme Court to review the 2nd Circuit’s recent decision to protect the NFL’s Redskins trademark. The group alleges that the defense of laches (which, to date, has protected the Redskin logo and team name) does not apply to trademark claims under the Lanham Act, which is a federal statute that lays out the guidelines for when a trademark may be refused. More...

Company Spotlight: Meetup

by Eric Berlin

Meetup is on a mission to help the world’s people self-organize into local groups with others who share the same interests. With more than 6 million people signed up, it is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. In the words of Co-founder and CEO Scott Heiferman, “Meetup is all about local groups, and meeting face-to-face is a big part of what makes a local group special. I guess you can say we give groups the power to use the Internet to get off the Internet.” More...

Industry News: Agreement Sought at Bangkok Climate Change Talks

by Amy Kim

In hopes of coming to an agreement over global climate issues, the fourth round of negotiations by the United Nations took place in Bangkok from September 28 to October 9. The negotiations attempted to create a clearer framework leading up to the final Climate Change Conference to be held in Copenhagen in December. More...

Industry News: Rising Tariff on Chinese Tires Underscores IP Concerns

by John Amandolare

On September 11th, President Obama signed into effect a controversial 35% tariff increase on auto and light truck tires imported from China. The decision came after calls for help from industry unions, including United Steelworkers, who had grown frustrated by the increasing gains in the market share held by Chinese imports into the United States. This comes as a marked shift from the policies of the Bush administration, which refused to impose tougher tariffs despite four requests made during his presidency by the International Trade Commission. More...

Research Spotlight: Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing

by Eric Berlin

The Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) at Binghamton University (BU) is an R&D center dedicated to research on large-area flexible electronics, one of three nationally sponsored efforts in this area, and the only one devoted to exploiting large-area flexible electronics.  The CAMM was established in 2005, when the FlexTech Alliance (then, the US Display Consortium) selected BU to spearhead development of next-generation roll-to-roll (R2R) electronics manufacturing capabilities. Until now, most advanced electronics components have been produced on silicon or quartz wafers, or on plates of specialized glass in a ‘batch’ process that has been the backbone of the integrated circuit and flat panel display industries; however, the R2R process now allows components to be produced more efficiently, at higher yields and at a lower costs. More...

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