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

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News From The Center

The Innovation Law Center faculty and students are hard at work researching the IP, market and regulations on a number of new technologies. This is the third group of researchers to work remotely due to COVID-19, but it is not slowing them down! This summer, the ILC had six student researchers from the Syracuse University College of Law and the Whitman School of Management working on prior art, market and regulatory research for 28 new technologies.  Technologies include software applications, data protection, medical devices, materials. and much more. Clients came to the ILC from all over NYS including from incubators, investors, and accelerators such as Launch NY and the Medical Device Innovation Challenge at the Central New York Biotech Accelerator. Research was completed for start-ups and established companies, and university technologies including from Cornell UniversitySyracuse University, Ithaca College, and Binghamton University. Research is funded in a variety of ways, including from a grant from NYSTAR.
Need research for a new technology? Contact the Innovation Law Center team to see what can be done.


IP/Regulatory Law Watch


USPTO Releases Information On Protecting COVID-19-Related Software Innovations

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, under which the USPTO will advance certain patent applications related to COVID-19 “out of turn,” resulting in prioritized examination for qualifying applications. To qualify for prioritized examination under COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, applicants must ensure that they meeting the criteria laid out within the article. To learn more about this program, click here.


WHO Embraces Plan For COVID-19 Intellectual Property Pool

The World Health Organization (WHO) is embracing a recently announced proposal to create a voluntary pool to collect patent rights, regulatory test data and other information  for developing COVID-19 drugs, vaccines and diagnostics. The proposal was raised several weeks ago by Costa Rican officials amidst concern that some COVID-19 medical products may not be accessible for poorer populations. The goal of the proposal is to establish a pathway that will attract many governments and industries, universities and non-profit organizations to make various advances and innovations available  around the world. To learn more about the proposal, click here.

FAA Selects New York UAS Test Site to Participate in Next Phase of Drone Integration Program

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced two new participants for phase two of the unmanned aircraft traffic management pilot program (UPP) – The New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY and Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership in Blacksburg, VA. The entering of this phase will showcase capabilities and services that support high-density unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drone operations, including remote identification services and public safety operations. The data that will be collected from UPP Phase 2 tests will help inform a cross-agency unmanned traffic management (UTM) system implementation plan. To learn more on the UPP Phase 2 developments, click here.


Around New York State

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Geopipe Named Genius NY 1M Winner

The Genius NY Pitch finals took place virtually on September 17th. The fourth cohort of new companies commercializing drone applications are: BotsandUs, robot applications in retail spaces, DroneSeed, providing faster, safer reforestation, EGET Liber, utilizing drones to remove toxic algae bloom, Geopipe creating a virtual twin of real world spaces, and SkyyNetwork, from Australia, providing drone highway control utilizing blockchain. All companies, who have a presence is NYS, receive $500K, the one billon dollar award went to Geopipe. 

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Governor Cuomo Announces Investments to Expand Telepractice Addiction Services Across New York State

Governor Cuomo recently announced the award of funding for the purchase and installation of equipment to enhance tele-practice addiction services statewide. This initiative is funded through the federal State Opioid Response Grant and administered by Office of Addiction Services and Supports. The expansion of tele-practice services will provide a safe way to expand care to many New Yorkers. To learn more about the funding awarded to all 33 providers in all Regional Economic Development Zones across New York State, click here.


New York State Tech Company Receives $1.5M Phase-II SBIR Award From The Department of Energy

The United States Department of Energy has awarded a Phase-II Small Business Innovation Research grant to Qunnect, Inc., a deep tech company from Stony Brook, New York. The company, who aims to globalize quantum communications, operates in collaboration with the Brookhaven National Laboratory and ESnet and is a client of the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program at Stony Brook University. Qunnect is developing a device suite to enable ultra-secure, long-distance quantum communications. The grant will enable the company to develop features to integrate and use these devices on standard telecom fiber bed infrastructure. To learn more about Qunnect and its grant, click here.


Funding and Incubation Opportunities


Student Inventors Invited to Apply for the Lemelson-MIT Prize

University student innovators are invited to compete in the upcoming 2021 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize with an application deadline of September 25, 2020. The competition is open to students at any U.S. college or university who have tested prototypes of technology-based inventions in healthcare, food/water and agriculture, transportation and mobility, and consumer devices and products. In each of the four categories, the winning undergraduate teams are awarded $10,000 and graduate student winners are awarded $15,000. To learn more about the 2021 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize and apply, click here.


StartFast Investments

StartFast is a unique, value-add pre-seed venture firm, StartFast seeks applications from early-stage, high-growth tech startups in a variety of industries. Chosen applicants will receive $50,000 in initial investment, followed by a potential $50-$750k in follow-on funding. By working with StartFast, startups can expect to find their product-market fit, gain early market traction, develop a scalable business model and raise larger rounds of funding. To learn more about StartFast, click here. To apply for investments, click here.




Save The Date: NYSTAR Innovation Asset Showcase

Save the date for the upcoming NYSTAR Innovation Asset Showcase scheduled for September 29-30, 2020. These panel discussions, each focused on a different industry cluster, present many of these innovation assets and the businesses they are collaborating with. Geared to start-ups, technology developers, and established manufacturers, the virtual event will provide information about  leveraging the capabilities and expertise supported by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR). To learn more about the event and registration, 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 NYSTAR, 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.

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Save The Date: Upstate Unleashed Conference

Save the date for the upcoming Upstate Unleashed Conference on November 12, 2020. The conference will feature 1:1 video calls with UNLEASED 2020 speakers and influencers, a FREE copy of Brad Feld’s new book, The Startup Community Way, and discussions about jobs and other opportunities posted in virtual booths. To learn more about UNLEASHED 2020, click here.


Regional Opportunities: CNYBAC Concept to Commercialization Fall Series Starts September 9

This fall, the CNYBAC is hosting a Concept to Commercialization Virtual Series. The sessions will include discussions of regulatory, commercialization and ecosystem resources helpful for biotech-related product development and launch to market. Visit here to see all the CNYBAC events with complete descriptions. To register for any/all of the free sessions of the Concept to Commercialization Virtual Series, 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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