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Jessica Chesher

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Feature Article

This month brings you a feature article not on an intellectual property innovation per se, but on three intellectual property and technology related conferences and events that are being held in our home state over the next two months.  These are events in which NYSTAR and the STLC have a hand, and, since we’re not above blowing our own horn (when appropriate of course), we thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to give you the scoop on these happenings. 
Amazingly, two of these events will be held on the same day, Thursday, September 22, 2005.  We’re working on that “two places at once” technology (when we perfect it we’ll share it with all of you first, honest), because both events are informative and timely, and, well, because we really want to be at both of them.  

Working alphabetically, the first event is the Emerging Technology Alliance (ETA), a collaboration between Central New York NYSTAR funded organizations with the mission of education and outreach to the business community to assist in technology transfer and business development.  The conference is titled “Technology & Innovation: Transforming Upstate” and will offer presentations by four New York Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs) highlighting future trends in four areas of technology, including specific examples of those technologies.  The presenters include the Binghamton University Integrated Electronics Engineering Center, Cornell University Center for Life Science Enterprise, Cornell University Center for Materials Research and the Syracuse University CASE Center.  The keynote speech is by Robert J. Danio, the new President and CEO of WCNY (Syracuse based public television station) and the president of his own technology company, Progressive Software Solutions.  

Technology & Innovation: Transforming Upstate is pleased to have Marilyn Higgins, Vice President, Economic Development, Niagara Mohawk (a National Grid Company) serve as our moderator for the day.  As an added bonus, a reported from the German edition of the Wall Street Journal is doing a story featuring Marilyn, and they will accompany her to the event and cover it as part of their story. WCNY will be taping the presentations, audience reactions and the question and answer session, and the show will air on WCNY later in the fall (we’ll keep you posted on details).  So, if you would like to learn more about emerging technologies that are succeeding in Upstate NY, come on down and join us in Cortland on September 22, 2005.  The event will be held at the Cortland Holiday Inn and the cost is only $10.  Your sawbuck gets you the presentations, the keynote speech, continental breakfast, lunch, the possibility of being on TV and the possibility of being mentioned in an international newspaper.  Talk about a bargain! For more information, call 607.756.5005 or log on to http://www.ny-eta.com/event.htm.  Hope to see you there. 

September 22nd also has the distinction of being the date for the Upstate New York Venture Capital Network (UNYTECH) conference in Buffalo.  The UNYTECH conference will feature business plan presentations by university-based companies that are seeking capital and highlights emerging university research.  UNYTECH is a collaborative effort of leading research institutions in Upstate New York (Alfred University, Binghamton University, Cornell University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, State University of New York, University at Albany, University at Buffalo, and University of Rochester), regional economic development agencies and venture capital firms with the common goal of bringing jobs and the resulting economic development to the Upstate New York region.  

How’s this for an impressive statistic; the eleven participating universities together have research and development expenditures over $1 billion. Research carried out within these universities translates into commercially viable products and services, jobs and sustained economic viability for the place we call home.  UNYTECH wants to be the driving force and create an atmosphere of collaboration and partnership to put together deals that benefit industry, universities and the overall economy of Upstate New York.  They are committed to branding the Upstate New York region as innovative, entrepreneurial, high-tech and research intensive, and as a place where universities are a driving force in the tech-led economy.  They also strive to foster interaction among scientists, technology transfer offices, economic development agencies, and the business community across the region and help us all to capitalize on the renewed emphasis on technology commercialization and entrepreneurship throughout the region.  

If you’re interested in UNYTECH’s goals, you can learn more about their organization at their Web site, or, if we’ve done a good enough sell job, you can just head over to the Web site and register for the UNYTECH event on line, by visiting them at http://www.unytech.org/

We have one more conference to preview for you, but this one isn’t on September 22nd, in fact, it’s not even in September.  Together with our partner, the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, the STLC will present the second conference in our “Lab to Market” series of conferences on Thursday and Friday, October 27th and 28th, 2005 in New York City.   "The Business Side of Patents" will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City (365 5th Avenue to be exact).  We're (almost) immodestly delighted to announce that the keynote address will be by Lesa Mitchell, Vice President for Advancing Innovation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  Ms. Mitchell is a well-known speaker on the topics of innovation and entrepreneurship and we could not be more pleased to have a speaker from such a well-respected organization as the Kaufmann Foundation.  If you’re not familiar with the Kauffman Foundation, read on.  We have an article on the history and goals of this notable organization in this issue. 
We're in the process of selecting another group of dynamic speakers and panelists from academia, industry and the law to lead the sessions.  

Additionally, as we go to press, we have just confirmed that Lita Nelson, Director of Technology Transfer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and David Kettner, Associate General Counsel, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.  If you joined us in Buffalo in May, you know that this will be a quality program designed to further your professional knowledge and development.   If you weren't able to join us in Buffalo, come and see for yourself what a great program we have in store for you.

So, don't you hesitate, save the date, or, better yet, log on to http://labtomarket.syr.edu and register right now!  We're looking forward to having you join us in Manhattan this October (a truly glorious time to be in the city) to explore 
"The Business Side of Patents." 

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