NYS Science & Technology Law Center

MAY 2021

Innovation Review

The Innovation Review is the New York State Science & Technology Law Center’s monthly newsletter. It brings information on legal, business, and technology related news, resources, and events across New York State.


News From The Center


Ask the Expert Monthly Series

Do you have questions about intellectual property protection, regulatory compliance, or how to obtain market research? The ESD / NYSTAR sponsored Innovation Law Center’s expert team is hosting monthly Zoom sessions to discuss these and other issues relating to successful technology commercialization. They will be held on the second Thursday of each month. The next session is June 10th at noon. Submit your question in advance to csignor@syr.edu, or join the discussion through our Ask the Expert webpage to hear the discussion or ask directly. To read more about the series, click here.


Student Profile on Nikkia Knudsen

This month we spoke to recent law graduate, Nikkia Knudsen. Knudsen talks about specific experiences working with the Innovation Law Center over the last three years, her upcoming job, and advice she has for those considering incorporating the Innovation Law Center into their law school curriculum. To read more, visit here.


IP/Regulatory Law Watch

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Who Does An Employee’s Work Belong To – Employee or Employer?

The Supreme Court heard Minerva Surgical Inc. v. Hologic Inc. on April 21. The Court will consider how to balance the rights of a company and inventors moving to different employers with regard to questioning the validity of patents. The Federal Circuit held that an inventor who assigned a patent cannot later contest the patent’s validity. To read more about this case, visit here.


USPTO Seeking Nominations for National Medal of Technology Innovation

The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently announced that they are seeking nominations for the 2021 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal can be awarded to individuals, teams made up of up to four individuals, or companies including divisions of companies. Nominations are open by submitting an online form and letters of support, by July 30, 2021. To learn more, visit here.


Around New York State


CenterState Announces Businesses of The Year Winners

CenterState CEO President Robert Simpson recently recognized the outstanding achievements of regional businesses and organization in five different categories. Among the winners were Quadrant Biosciences, Inc., ComSource, Inc., Central New York Community Foundation, Thompson & Johnson Equipment, Co., and Dreissing Company. To read more about the winners, visit here.


Funding and Incubation Opportunities


FuzeHub / Manufacturing Reimagined Grants

FuzeHub is offering grants of up to $10,000 each to support projects in which a New York State manufacturer participates in one of FuzeHub’s “Manufacturing Reimagined” workshops[CRS1]  or webinars and receives technical assistance from a NYSTAR Innovation Asset. Assets are the 70+ university-based or not-for-profit centers supported by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR). They provide a broad range of capabilities and expertise in manufacturing competitiveness and emerging technologies. A list of potential partners is available by working with FuzeHub staff to help manufacturers identify the best-fit resource for their specific needs.

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New York Forward Loan Fund

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. NYFLF is providing working capital loans so that small businesses, and nonprofits have access to credit as they reopen. To learn more about the funding,
click here or visit here. To fill out a pre-application and match with a participating lender, click here



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Empire State Development Built By Women Program Series

On May 18 at noon, the Empire State Development Built By Women program virtual event is hosting their second in a series of conversations between women founders and funders. The series aims to amplify women’s voices, explore the current challenges that women founders face, and addresses diversity as a key to startup growth. To register, visit here


MedTech 2021 Spring Events

MedTech Association’s Spring ’21 lineup will bring you up to speed on the important trends in bio/med and connect you with the innovators, companies, and organizations who are making the future happen. In addition to hearing from the industry’s leading voices, the programs are designed to introduce participants to potential partners and facilitate collaboration and business development. To learn more and register, click here.


Save The Date: NYS Innovation Summit

Save the date for the upcoming New York State Innovation Summit on November 8 – 9, 2021. The event, which is hosted by FuzeHub and part of the NYSTAR annual meeting, is aimed at New York State startups, developers, manufacturers and businesses looking to showcase and discover new and emerging technologies that support innovation and drive business growth. The Summit will celebrate the state’s leadership in technology-fronted economic growth and feature expert speakers in biotechnology, energy information, artificial intelligence and many other industries. Registration for the event will begin in spring 2021. To learn more about the New York State Innovation Summit, click here.


MedTech Connect Events

Visit the MedTech Events page here to learn about upcoming networking opportunities and events for New York’s bio/med and life science industries.

FuzeHub Events

Visit the FuzeHub Events page here to learn about upcoming New York manufacturing industry networking opportunities and events. 

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Upstate Venture Connect Events

Visit the Upstate Venture Connect calendar here to learn about upcoming Upstate New York networking and entrepreneurial events. 

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