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Innovation e-Review

The Innovation Review is the New York State Science & Technology Law Center's monthly newsletter, bringing information on a variety of economic, business, and technology related legal news as well as highlighting and profiling resources and events across the state.

IP/Regulatory Law Watch


Mylan’s EpiPen Threatened Patent Law

When news broke recently that pharmaceutical company, Mylan, had raised the price of its life saving allergy treatment, the EpiPen, over 500% since 2007, consumers and politicians focused on yet another example of problems in America's drug pricing The widespread outrage surrounding this issue has led to a public discussion about and exploration of the life sciences commercialization issues.


Technology’s Growing Relationship with Copyright

There have been continually broad guidelines when it comes to online copyright. This is due in part to the history of copyright, which has always been “designed to encourage human creativity for human audiences.” However, the growing technological landscape includes continuously improving algorithms. This has led to less clearly defined copyright infringement in regard to computers and robots. Copyright law's place in relation to technology is explored further in this article.


USPTO’s Missing Parts Pilot Program to Expire

The Missing Parts Pilot Program which provides inventors a 12-month extension for the provisional application period, is set to expire in December. Currently, the USPTO requests public feedback in order to gauge whether or not the program has been effective in the six years since it was created. The program has offered inventors additional time to judge the effectiveness of their product, and to pay the fees that are required for marketplace immersion. The deadline to submit comments is November 7. For additional information about the commentary process, read the USPTO notice.


Around New York State


Rochester Pre-Seed Workshop Scheduled for October 28

A Pre-Seed Workshop is scheduled for Rochester with the kick-off event on Thursday, October 27th, and Workshops on Friday, October 28th and November 4th. The deadline to apply to have a technology evaluated by the Workshops is October 14th. The Pre-Seed Workshop consists of two full days of workshop sessions that are designed to quickly assess new technologies, identify market opportunities, and develop a commercialization strategy. Participants include researchers, inventors, or entrepreneurs with an idea they would like to form a business around, and volunteers with experience in law, business management, product development, and other technology commercialization areas. Teams form around each “Idea Champion” as they work through the Pre-Seed Workshop material to solidify a business idea and evaluate its potential. Over 100 new companies have participated in the workshops around the state and have secured over $50 million in the past five years. To learn more, visit the Pre-Seed Workshop website.



NEXUS-NY, a clean energy seed accelerator, will be hosting their annual Demo Day on October 5th from 5pm to 9pm at the Rochester Public Market. At this event, clean energy startups from New York research universities will have the chance to showcase their innovative technology, their research, and any other relevant information about their mission. To read a comprehensive list of participants, visit the NEXUS-NY website.

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NEXT 2016 Conference

On October 11, NEXT, a technology, manufacturing and innovation conference, will be held at the Marriott in downtown Syracuse, formerly known as the Hotel Syracuse. This conference provides fast-track companies a chance to meet and learn from top-notch business leaders and industry experts. The full-day symposium will be led by world-class keynotes Brian Solis and Soraya Darabi. There will also be various workshops in three different tracks, Big Data 101, Bringing New Technologies to Market, and Digital Media: The Past, Present, and Future in CNY, throughout the day. For more information on the day’s events or to register to attend, visit the NEXT website.



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IPWatchdog.com Editor and Founder to Present Webcast on Patent Practitioner Ethics

Gene Quinn, patent attorney and editor and founder of IPWatchdog.com, will present a webinar called “Ethics for the Patent Practitioner” on Thursday, September 29th from 1pm to 2:15pm EST. Quinn will be speaking about the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct applicable to patent attorneys and patent agents, guidelines that were amended as of 2013. Additionally, he will discuss and review the OED disciplinary process, the definition of practitioner misconduct, mitigating circumstances that frequently get applied and cases from federal courts and disciplinary proceedings from the OED to see what ethical problems fellow practitioners have had over the last several years. To register for this webcast, visit our website.


Client Spotlight

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Traverse Biosciences Awarded STTR Funding

Traverse Biosciences is an early-stage biotechnology company that is commercializing a specific molecule to create new drugs for the treatment of inflammatory disease and related conditions in both humans and animals. On August 17, the company announced that it had received a $1.3M Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award in partnership with the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University. STTR, or Small Business Technology Transfer, is a program that seeks to support small business and nonprofit research institutions in garnering valuable research opportunities and technological innovation. The $1.3M award will allow researchers to evaluate the pre-clinical safety and effectiveness of the company’s lead drug candidate, TRB-N0224, for the treatment of periodontal disease in humans and companion animals alike.

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