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Jessica Chesher

Managing Editor

Innovation eReview

March 2014 Edition

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Spring’s optimism is a fitting time to consider New York State’s investment in technology commercialization. As discussed in Facts and Figures on New York State's Innovation Growth, the numbers reveal that measurable progress is being made toward growing New York’s innovative ecosystem. Technology development events reveal a burgeoning emphasis on the importance of networks to support technology commercialization.  This issue looks at two New York State resources that can provide support to entrepreneurs; NEXUS for clean energy and PP2. These and the technology commercialization clinic network mean wherever the technology comes from in the State, it can access resources to help it develop.  Good News for tech commercialization in New York State.

New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

by Alejandro Navas

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is a research and technology transfer center funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It promotes cost-effective methods to conserve energy, reduce waste and improve performance. NYSP2I is comprised of a partnership between Rochester Institute of Technology (where its headquarters are located), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, University of Buffalo and the ten New York State Regional Technology Development Centers (RTDCs).

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by Kayla Grogan

Are you located in New York State? Interested in the field of clean energy? You can commercialize your own technology and Nexus-NY can help you!

Nexus-NY or the New Energy Xcelerator in Upstate New York is a five-year program sponsored by NYSERDA with a $6 million dollar grant. The program’s goal is to accelerate the commercialization of clean energy technologies throughout New York State. The program is administered by High Tech Rochester and helps entrepreneurs in the field of clean energy by contributing funding, providing an immersive learning program, and connecting technology teams with experienced mentors and investors.

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Penn State Office of Technology Management Will Auction Intellectual Property Licenses

by Erin Phillips

Pennsylvania State University announced that it will host what it believes to be the country’s first online auction of intellectual property licenses by a university. So far, only engineering patents will be available for auction. Future auctions will be held for biotechnology patents, chemistry patents, material patents, information technology (IT) patents, and molecular biology patents. Bidding opens on the general engineering patents on March 31st and continues until April 11th. Licenses are valued between $5,000 and $50,000. Bidding is done by creating an account on http://patents.psu.edu. An account can also be created to receive notifications when new patents become available.

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Experimental Use Exception to Patent Infringement

by Erin Phillips

Anyone who uses a patented invention without authorization is liable for patent infringement under patent statute 35 U.S.C. § 271(a).  There is a longstanding common-law exception to this provision. The experimental use exception allows for de minimis use of a patented invention when the purpose is experimental. However, within the last twenty years, the Federal Circuit has addressed numerous experimental use issues and its decisions have made the common-law experimental use exception inoperable in most practical situations.

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Facts and Figures on New York State's Innovation Growth

by Jessica Chesher

The Innovation Review has reported on numerous economic development resources and programs in New York State. It can be difficult to gauge how much impact these investments have had in New York's innovation economy. Anecdotally, the New York State Science and Technology Law Center has seen a rise in projects both requested and undertaken. While correlation does not necessarily imply causation, data from the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI), a national nonprofit organization that seeks to lead, support and strengthen efforts to improve state and regional economies through science, technology and innovation, has shown a marked growth in New York State in the areas of venture capital and intellectual property.

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