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Jessica Chesher

Managing Editor

Innovation eReview

September 2013 Edition

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Welcome to the September issue of the Innovation e-Review.

This month the New York State Attorney General's office has worked to halt the practice of fake online reviews. 19 companies accused of manipulating online reviews on sites like Google+ and Yelp have been ordered to pay fines between $2,500 and $100,000. The FDA issued rules governing which types of medical apps will require government oversight.

In Center news, research associates at the Technology Commercialization Research Center, a part of the New York State Science and Technology Law Center, have begun work on research projects for Three Pound Health and Leonardi Manufacturing.  Special project consultants are working with Excell Partners, Inc. in Rochester.   Information about criteria for working with the Center have been posted on the website.  Any questions or comments, feel free to contact nysstlc@law.syr.edu.

Small Business Innovation Research Program

The Innovation e-Review intereviewed Marcene Sonneborn, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Specialist for the Central New York Technology Development Organization (TDO). Sonneborn has worked with companies interested in SBIR funding for over 20 years. According to her there are three things businesses should know about the SBIR program:

1. The program funds businesses to conduct truly innovative pre-feasibility R&D that the company would like to take from research into commercial development. It provides an opportunity to obtain a grant or contract (depending on the agency) for up to $150,000 for six months of a feasibility study, referred to as a Phase I. If the feasibility is proven, the company may be able to apply for up to $1 million for a two-year Phase II. After this, the company is expected to commercialize the technology or the development.

2. These funds are awarded as a grant or contract. This is not a loan, so there is no repayment. This also is not an equity investment so the company does not have to give up ownership. This is the best value that there is in government funding. The government's objective is to start successful companies that create jobs and wealthy business owners that enable the U.S. to remain technologically competitive.

3. The company does not need to have a patent to apply for an SBIR, but is expected to protect the company's intellectual property that is developed through this program so that it can be commercialized.

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State Action on Patent Trolls

Patent troll is a term that has become familiar in recent years. The term refers to patent assertion entities (PAEs) or non-practicing entities (NPEs), companies that buy and assert patents through litigation or requests for licensing fees but do not develop or transfer them. Although the majority of patent litigation news about trolls centers around large companies and corporations, small companies are not immune and the effects can be devastating.

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eDiscover Talk in Honor and Memory of Professor Ted Hagelin

Machine Learning for Electronic Discovery in Legal Cases
Talk by David D Lewis, Ph.D.
3pm Friday, October 25th, 2013
Grant Auditorium, Syracuse University College of Law, White Hall, Syracuse, NY

The Syracuse University College of Law and the School of Information Studies (iSchool) are cosponsoring a talk on e-discovery, Friday, October 25th. The event has been organized in honor and memory of Professor Ted Hagelin, an expert in technology innovation law and former director of the New York State Science and Technology Law Center.

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New York State Events

Manufacturing Conference 2013: Resurgence of Manufacturing in New York State
October 4th, 2013
Two sites: Newburgh, NY for Hudson Valley and Utica, NY for Mohawk Valley

October 7th and 8th, 2013
Rochester, NY

Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit
October 11th, 2013
New York City, NY

2013 Electronics Packaging Symposium
October 16th and 17th, 2013
Binghamton, NY

Long Island Solutions Forum
October 17th, 2013
Bethpage, NY

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Technology Commercialization Research Center Begins Vetting for Research Projects

October marks the time the Technology Commercialization Research Center (TCRC) at Syracuse University College of Law begins the process of choosing research projects for the Spring Semester. The research projects provide free research about the commercialization prospects of a new technology to New York State startups, university spin offs, companies and individual inventors. Second and third-year law students work in teams to research the commercialization issues relevant to the technology.  The teams are supervised by faculty experienced in the technology commercialization field.

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