Innovation Review

Monthly information on a variety of economic, business, and technology related legal news as well as highlights and profiles of resources and events across New York state.


IP/Regulatory Law Watch


IBM Tops Patent Charts (Again) with 9,100 US Patents in 2018

For the 26th year in a row, IBM is the top US patent holder. The company was granted 9,100 patents in 2018, representing 6.4% of total US patents granted to domestic companies. The patents received relate to trending technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, blockchain and security. Although the number of IBM patents soared, the overall number of USPTO issued patents declined 3.5% from 2017. To learn more about IBM’s patents and 2018 patent trends, click here.


USPTO Releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan to Optimize Timeliness and Quality

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The plan aligns with the Department of Commerce’s objective to strengthen intellectual property, and focuses on optimizing the quality and timeliness of patents issues and trademarks registered. Additionally, the plan aims to strengthen leadership domestically and globally to improve IP policy and enforcement worldwide. To learn more about the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, click here.

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Thomas Krause Appointed Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Solicitor

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has appointed Thomas W. Krause as its latest Deputy General Counsel for IP Law and Solicitor. In his role, he will represent the USPTO in courts and advise on issues and policies related to IP. Krause served as the Deputy Solicitor of the USPTO for 5 years, and has worked in the Solicitor’s Office since 2002. Prior to his work with the USPTO, Krause practiced as a patent litigator and prosecutor. Additionally, Krause teaches IP courses at Georgetown University Law Center. To learn more about Krause and his new role, click here.


Around New York State

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Department of Energy’s Phase 0 SBIR/STTR Assistance Program Open For Application

The Department of Energy (DOE) is currently accepting first-time applicants for its Phase 0 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) assistance program. The program, which is administered by Dawnbreaker, allows companies to work one-on-one with business coaches to prepare SBIR/STTR proposals. The goal of the program is to increase the amount of high-quality proposals submitted to the DOE from SBIR/STTR applicants. To learn more about the Phase 0 SBIR/STTR program, click here. To apply, click here.


Medical Device Innovation Challenge Accepting Applications

The 2019 Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC) at CNY Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC) is now accepting applications through May 31, 2019. Funded by NYS Empire State Development, the competition provides research and development opportunities to its chosen participants. These include 6-months of free workspace at CNYBAC; access to SUNY Upstate Medical University research and clinical experts; and resource assistance and networking opportunities through the Syracuse Innovation Connectors ecosystem, among a variety of other benefits. To learn more about the Medical Device Innovation Challenge and apply, click here.


Around New York State: Spotlight On Albany


This month the Innovation Review explores the Capital Region, which touts research and development facilities and a highly educated workforce. Students in the area have a variety of education opportunities, as the region houses 21 higher education institutes. SUNY Polytechnic Institute boasts cutting-edge research at its Center for Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology, while Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute features the Centers for Advanced Technology in Future Energy Systems and in Automation Technologies and Systems. The area is also home to a variety of cutting-edge companies and consortiums, including the headquarters for General Electric Global Research, AMRI and AngioDynamics. Below is a summary of some of the region’s top centers and programs.


SUNY Polytechnic Institute Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology

The Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology (CENN) is a fully-integrated technology deployment, product prototyping, manufacturing support and workforce training resource. Housed at SUNY Poly CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex, CENN aims to covert long-term prospective innovations into real revenue-generating business opportunities that are technically aggressive and economically competitive. CENN utilizes real-time educational programs to train scientists, engineers and technicians and offers integrated research and development facilities. To learn more about SUNY Polytechnic Institute CENN, click here.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Future Energy Systems

The Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is a New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT). Created in 2004, CFES supports the development of future energy systems through research, industry collaboration and education. The center also provides industry connections and aims to spark economic development in the state of New York. To learn more about RPI CFES, click here.

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Center of Excellence in Atmospheric and Environmental Prediction and Innovation at the University of Albany

The Center of Excellence in Atmospheric and Environmental Prediction and Innovation at the University at Albany was founded in 2016 and develops business solutions based on weather and climate research. The Center hosts 120 expert researchers and utilizes advance weather technologies for its projects. Additionally, the Center offers funding for projects. Since 2016, the Center has generated over $1.4 million in revenue. To learn more about the Center and its work, click here.


Center for Economic Growth

The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) is a professional economic and business development center. CEG helps business with an interest in growing or relocating to the Capital Region. Its services include relocation and expansion consulting, entrepreneurship and workforce training, talent sourcing and business growth opportunities. To learn more about CEG, click here.




Revisiting Nanobiotechnology at Cornell: Themes and Opportunities

January 25 – G10 Biotech Building, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

On Friday, January 25, the Institute of Biotechnology and the Cornell Nanoscale Facility will host a nanobiotechnology workshop. The workshop will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and include keynote presentations from industry experts, lightning talks highlighting nanobiotechnology projects and a networking reception. The event aims to explore nano and biotechnology, highlight projects in the areas and spark collaboration and innovation. To learn more about the workshop and register, click here.


Build4Scale Workshop

January 29 – Revolution Hall, Troy, NY

On Tuesday, January 29, FuzeHub will host its annual Build4Scale workshop. The event, which will run from 8:15 am to 4:00 pm, will feature several keynote presentations from experts in science, technology, manufacturing and research. Additionally, the event will feature workshops and networking opportunities. To learn more about the Build4Scale Workshop and register, click here.


Biotech I-Corps Short Course

March 15-29, 2019 – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Cornell University will host the Biotech I-Corps Short Course from Friday, March 15 to Friday, March 29. The free course will feature entrepreneurship training for researchers and scientists and provide coaching from industry experts. To learn more about the I-Corps Short Course, click here. To apply, click here.

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CFES Technology Conference

On April 10, 2019, the RPI Center for Future Energy System (CFES) will host its annual technology conference. The event, which will run all day, features three parallel tracks: advanced energy material technologies; solar and wind devices; and integration of distributed and offshore energy resources. To learn more about the CFES Technology Conference, click here.


Li-Ion Cells Manufacturing Seminar

June 20-21, 2019 – RIT Battery Prototyping Center, Rochester, NY

The RIT Battery Prototyping Center and Shmuel De-Leon Energy will host an educational battery seminar on June 20-21, 2019. The event will feature scientific lectures on battery materials and technology, and hands-on training in manufacturing technology. Academic and industry experts will be present at the seminar and participate in the practical training. To learn more about the Li-Ion Cells Manufacturing Seminar, click here.




Global NY

Is your NYS business thinking about exporting? If you’re already sending some of what you make overseas, would you like to expand that part of your operation? Many small-to-medium companies want to reach global markets, but they need to manage their risks. As the result of the National Export Initiative (NEXT) and Global NY initiative, the federal and state governments are willing to share this risk with you. Global NY can connect your company to the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program. The STEP Program is offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) through Empire State Development (ESD). To learn more about STEP and how it can help your business, click here. NYS STLC has also compiled an Export Control Guidebook to assist individuals considering the export of their technology.

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