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Innovation eReview

January 2010 Edition


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Welcome to the January 2010 edition of the Innovation e-Review newsletter.

This month’s features article, “Stem Cell Law, Regulation and Intellectual Property: A Fundamental Pillar of Success”, by Samuel S. Woodley Ph.D., Esq. and S. Peter Ludwig, Esq., principals of Darby & Darby P.C., explores the complexities involved in seeking patents for stem cell discoveries in light of KSR and Bilski.

The January edition also highlights ChubbyBrain, a NY-based information services firm focused on profiling the entrepreneurial economy. They capture and structure useful information to meet the needs of investors, entrepreneurs, corporations, service providers and governments.

In addition, this month’s Research Spotlight describes the work of C Speed, an engineering design services firm offering product development services to large and small companies worldwide. C Speed collaborates with clients’ in-house teams to provide high-quality industrial design, mechanical design and contract manufacturing services to swiftly bring products into optimal form.

In recent news, Governor Paterson appointed SUNY at Stony Brook to lead the New York Energy Policy Institute, a consortium that will coordinate the work of New York’s leading energy research centers and experts; also, he announced a plan to create an “innovation ecosystem” to strengthen and diversify the state’s economy by encouraging collaboration among universities, industry, venture investors and government. The plan is based on the final report of the Task Force on Diversifying the New York State Economy through Industry-Higher Education Partnerships. And in a noteworthy article, Eliot Spitzer calls our attention to some relevant data that is often overlooked during discussions on how to reverse the downward trend in the economy.

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

Feature Article: Stem Cell Law, Regulation and Intellectual Property: A Fundamental Pillar of Success

by Samuel S. Woodley, Ph.D., Esq. and S. Peter Ludwig, Esq.

Reprinted with permission of Darby & Darby P.C.
Originally published in 2009 World Stem Cell Report

Stem cell research has the potential to transform healthcare and offer revolutionary new treatments for a variety of disorders. Hoping to recover their investment through acquisition of intellectual property rights to their discoveries, biotechnology companies and research centers are putting significant resources into stem cell research. As with any new revolutionary technology, fundamental patenting issues can take on increased importance. Moreover, controversies that surround stem cell research, especially embryonic stem cells, can also come into play when patenting discoveries. More...
 
 

Intellectual Property News: First IP Enforcement Coordinator Nominated and Confirmed

by Erin Lawless

Victoria A. Espinel was nominated by the Senate Judiciary Committee (November 19) and confirmed by the Senate (December 3) as the nation’s first intellectual property enforcement coordinator. This position, commonly referred to as the ‘IP Czar’, was created under the umbrella of the Prioritizing Resources and Organizations for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 (PRO-IP Act), which former President George W. Bush signed into law in October 2008 despite concerns from his own administration. More...
 
 

Intellectual Property News: Tafas Won, Says U.S. Court of Appeals

by Erin Lawless

On November 13, the Tafas case came to an end (again) with an order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in favor of Tafas and against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). The original case, Tafas v. Dudas, involved the PTO’s attempt to limit the number of continuation applications and the number of claims that can be filed per patent. In April 2008, the District Court granted the plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment, finding that the PTO’s new rules were an improper extension of the authority granted to the PTO by statute. More...
 
 

Company Spotlight: ChubbyBrain

by John Amandolare

ChubbyBrain is the first offering of CB Information Services (CBIS), an information services firm focused on profiling the entrepreneurial economy. They capture and structure information about high-growth private companies, venture capital firms, private equity firms, angel investors, incubators and universities. ChubbyBrain’s goal is to utilize that information to develop offerings that meet the needs of investors, entrepreneurs, corporations, service providers and governments. More...
 
 

Industry News: Green Technology Cuts Ahead at the USPTO

by Amy Kim

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”) announced on December 7 its plan to accelerate the patent application review process for green technology. This Green Technology Pilot Program was introduced with the goal of expediting the development and deployment of green technology into U.S. markets. Under the PTO’s standards, green technology includes applications related to environmental quality, energy conservation, development of renewable energy resources and reduction of greenhouse gas emission. More...
 
 

Industry News: USPTO Sizes Up Global Work Sharing

by Amy Kim

Discussions pertaining to the advantages and disadvantages of the USPTO’s Patent Prosecution Highway (“PPH”) agreements took place in a roundtable meeting on November 19, 2009. Participants included members of various IP industries, law firms and associations. As the world’s markets merge, patent applicants often decide to pursue patent protection in those countries where their intellectual property will be manufactured, used or sold. Whether patent applications are filed directly in each country of interest or under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the end result is that substantially identical patent applications with essentially the same claim and scope are pending simultaneously in multiple countries. More...
 
 

Research Spotlight: C Speed

by Eric Berlin

Offering product development services to large and small companies worldwide, C Speed is a one-stop shop for complete, turnkey product development. With core strengths in system architecture, electronics (analog and digital) and software engineering, C Speed collaborates with clients’ in-house teams to provide the high-quality industrial design, mechanical design and contract manufacturing services needed to swiftly bring products into optimal form. More...
 
 

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