NYS Science & Technology Center


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, or sorting out 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 February  11th 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.

Alumni Profile on Annie Millar

Innovation Law Center alumni go on to great things in the technology innovation world. Alumni profiles provide insight into the accomplished students working on Innovation Law Center research projects.  This month, we profile Annie Millar of SRC Inc., formerly Syracuse Research Corporation. Work at a high tech company is an example of the type of non-traditional career paths many of Innovation Law students take. To read more, click here.


IP/Regulatory Law Watch

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Implications of Van Buren v. United States and the Reach of CFAA

The Supreme Court recently heard arguments surrounding the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The implications that may follow from the decision in Van Buren v. United States are considered by the Innovation Law Center. To read, click here.


Departing USPTO Director Outlines Accomplishments

Former USPTO director Andrei Iancu, outlined the accomplishments of the office over the past four years in the most recent Directors Blog.  His farewell letter can be read here. To read more about his tenure and speculation about the USPTO under the Biden administration, check out Intellectual Asset Management here and here


USPTO Report Examines the Impact of Chinese Government Subsidies and Other Non-Market Factors on the Recent Rise in Patent and Trademark Filings in China

The USPTO recently published a report that discusses the high rate of Chinese patent and trademark filings and suggests that the high rate may be influenced by government subsidies and other non-market factors. The report discusses the impacts of an increase in patent and trademark filings, one of which is the undermining of domestic and foreign registries. To read the report, click here.

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Recent IP Bills Passed By Congress

Before the new Congress convened, the 116th Congress passed legislation affecting trademark, copyright and patent law. The laws include:

H.R.7259 – Patents for Humanity Program Improvement Act. The bill permits authorizes the holder of an acceleration certificate awarded under the Patents for Humanity program to transfer the certificate to another party. 

H.R.748 — CARES Act Sec. 12004 permits the USPTO to toll, waive, adjust, or modify certain timing deadlines during a specified emergency period due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

H.R.1503 – Orange Book Transparency Act of 2020. The Orange Book is a list of drugs and pharmaceuticals that the FDA has determined are safe and effective. The legislation requires brand pharmaceutical companies to submit more information about their products. The legislation is seen as a benefit to generic manufacturers.

H.R.133 —Consolidated Appropriations Act included the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020. The CASE Act implements a streamlined adjudication process in the Copyright Office for matters of copyright infringement that do not exceed $30,000. 

Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 has created new grounds to cancel unused trademarks by creating two new ex parte post-registration proceedings. There is now an expungement or removal process and a reexamination process. 


Around New York State

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New York City Plans to Invest $38 Million in 4 New Biotech Centers

New York plans to invest $38 million in biotech centers at four institutions around New York City, as part of the LifeSci NYC initiative. The facilities are going to be at Columbia University, Montefiore-Einstein, the New York Stem Cell Foundation, and Rockefeller University. To view a more detailed plan for each institution, visit here.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Most Recent Steps in NYS Clean Energy Infrastructure

Start-Ups In The News

Vermeer: Vermeer Receives Two Small Business Innovation Research Phase II Awards from US Air Force

Organic Robotics Corporation (ORC): ORC Has Been Announced as a Finalist for the 1st And Future Competition Hosted by the NFL


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.


2021 CNYBAC Medical Device Innovation Challenge

CNYBAC will select up to 5 MDIC US-based teams who receive intensive mentorship by quality, regulatory, CEO and other experts throughout the 6-month program. Teams may elect to participate virtually or receive free work space on-site within the CNYBAC Creation Garage with access to our Stratasys F170 3D Printer and shared equipment. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2020. For more information, click here. To apply, click here. 

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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.




CNY Biotech Accelerator and Upstate Medical University

On February 4, at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST, you can tune into the free virtual program Transforming Flexible Wearable Medical Devices — The Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM). The presentation will use examples from current projects to highlight the capabilities, partnerships and services that can be provided to startup companies. To register, visit here.


CNYBAC Medical Innovation Challenge Event

On February 10, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST, you can hear about upcoming biotechnology innovation from Assistance in Motion, Advanced Fetal Monitoring, BioFlow, Icarus Biomedical, Vita Innovations, Souvik Paul of CathBuddy, and the Innovation Law Center, a startup commercialization research resource. To learn more, visit here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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 New York manufacturing industry networking opportunities and events. 

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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