Prior Events

NYS STLC Spring 2013 Conference
Sponsored in part by the New York Academy of Sciences
Building Human Capital to Drive New York’s Innovation Economy

On April 15th, the New York State Science and Technology Law Center and the New York Academy of Sciences sponsored a conference in New York City to bring together leaders from academia and industry to discuss best practices for preparing NY’s students for important roles in the state’s innovation economy. Audio and photographs from the conference will be posted soon.

NYS STLC Fall 2011 Webcast Series: Negotiation Ethics: Guidance for the Intellectual Property Practitioner

Syracuse University Professor of Law Lisa A. Dolak, on negotiation ethics in the context of Intellectual Property practice via webcast on October 19th 2011 at 12:00 PM. Negotiation practitioners can test their knowledge of ethics rules in a variety of practice situations. Professor Dolak will review key authorities relevant to negotiation ethics, discuss issues that surface in the context of hypothetical practice situations, and address contested aspects and implications of the professional conduct rules relating to representing clients in negotiations. Video


On June 18th, at the Welch Allyn Lodge, the NYS STLC hosted a conference to review the major findings of the Task Force Report. Attendees gathered to hear about current efforts to implement these recommendations and alternative ways in which universities, industry, venture investors, business service providers and the State can collaborate in building an innovation ecosystem in New York.

Daniel Doktori, Executive Director of the Task Force and NYS Director of Higher Education, began by providing an overview of the Report’s recommendations and emphasizing the enormity of our innovation assets. Although New York has not attracted the venture capital that one might expect based on its research spending, the good news, Mr. Doktori said, is that “it’s a lot more about sweat equity than about dollar investments.” In this sense, he stressed the importance of collaboration between universities and companies; and instead of involving the industry after the research is done, Daniel raised the option of flipping the model and including industry earlier in the process. And since geography poses a significant challenge, he also emphasized the importance of networking.

Edward Reinfurt, Executive Director of NYSTAR and Member of the Task Force, explained where the state is and what universities should be doing. Speaking of the Innovation Ecosystem, he said, “It’s not going to be government that brings it about, it’ll be business and university leaders that drive it.” In regard to the issue of how best to contribute to the growth of the economy, he emphasized the importance of tapping the creativity of the youth. Among other factors, Mr. Reinfurt said we must identify our strategic clusters, assess our performance, and establish healthy partnerships between universities and companies. He concluded, “We’ve shown that we can do it. What we need is a little encouragement, a little coordination, and a lot of effort.”

William Destler, President of RIT, spoke on partnership models and called for new relations to be built between business and academia due to the abundance of untapped talent in academia. Global competition has caused R&D to suffer in upstate NY, Dr. Destler said, and higher-education and laboratory assets can be better utilized. Another problem keeping technology from the market, he said, is that “universities demand so much that many collaborative efforts are terminated before they begin.” Yet another obstacle stems from the difference between the timescales in academia and industry. To remedy these problems, he suggested that universities establish close ties with the corporate sector and use win-win template agreements to avoid the IP fights that commonly derail such efforts. Furthermore, a one-year timescale for research would encourage companies to engage in R&D and simultaneously identify future employees.

Robert Palazzo, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, called attention to the “looming gap between our economy’s need for STEM professionals and our success in producing them,” and described ways of enthusing students and faculty about entrepreneurship. He underscored the “need to create more partnership,” calling for “cross-disciplinary, multi-sector support of every step along the road.” Pointing to two urgent national challenges – healthcare and energy & environmental sustainability – he reminded the audience that NYS is highly competitive in both. To speed the path from discovery to commercialization and development, he recommended interdisciplinary platforms for the collision of ideas and emphasized the importance of infusing entrepreneurship across the curriculum, while raising awareness among students and faculty through competitions.

Julie Shimer, President and CEO of Welch Allyn and Member of the Task Force, spoke on the industry’s response. She began with a brief summary of Welch Allyn’s history and business plan, describing their focus on frontline care and ease of use for office-based physicians and hospitals. She also discussed Blue Highway, a wholly owned subsidiary that Welch Allyn leverages to manage their university relationships. By sharing details about some of their inventions, she demonstrated how a simple innovation can be very disruptive. “Sometimes innovation isn’t about technology,” she said “but about sociology.” Among her suggestions, she recommended that New York create a website like that which Oregon has to expose the industrial sector to university IP.

Theresa Mazullo, CEO of the seed fund Excell Partners, gave a rundown of what the venture community is doing to help the economy. Currently, she said, the upstate IE is running on fumes, and she explained that while 72% of venture capital stays in California, only 9% stays in New York. Furthermore, although NYC is enjoying a healthy amount of seed funding, the upstate corridor is not. She commended the government for playing the roles of convenor and catalyst but reminded the audience that it takes more than that to keep the Innovation Ecosystem alive. She commended RIT for breaking the mold of university licensing, and mentioned the database Upstate Venture Connect as another valuable asset that connects VC and talent.

An open discussion wrapped up the day with ideas about how to bring people together despite the geographic sprawl. Ultimately, participants headed back out into the bright day with a renewed focus and determination to apply these insights. As Daniel Dokorti said, “NY has incredible diversity and assets” and we can achieve the goal of bringing them together “if we expand our communities and act as ambassadors for our ideas.”

This Conference is the first statewide meeting to consider the Task Force Report, which many believe is the most thoughtful and comprehensive report yet prepared on the nexus between research, innovation and economic growth in New York. The goals of the conference are threefold: first, to review the Task Force Report’s major findings; second, to consider current and future efforts to implement the Task Force Report’s recommendations; and third, to explore alternative ways in which universities, industry, venture investors, business service providers and the State can collaborate in building an innovation ecosystem in New York. 

Conference Speakers and Videos:
Welcome and Introduction
Ted Hagelin,Crandall Melvin Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law, and Director of the New York State Science & Technology Law Center and the Technology Commercialization Law Clinic Network
video 1

Review of Task Force Report:
Daniel Doktori, Excutive Director, Task Force; New York State Director of Higher Eductaion.
video 1

New York State in the Innovation Ecosystem:
Edward Reinfurt, Member, Task Force; Executive Director of NYSTAR.
video 1

Sponsored Research in the Innovation Ecosystem:
William Destler, President, Rochester Institute of Technology.
video 2

University Entrepreneurship in the Innovation Ecosystem:
Robert Palazzo, Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
video 2

Industry in the Innovation Ecosystem:
Julie Shimer, Member, Task Force; President & CEO, Welch Allyn, Inc.
video 3

Venture Investors in the Innovation Ecosystem:
Theresa Mazzullo, CEO, Excell Partners.
video 3



NYS STLC Spring 2010 Webcast Series:

Recent Legislation Related to NYS High-Tech
Economic Development Efforts
Jeong Han Oh, Director, Syracuse University Office of Technology Transfer; Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University College of Law
power point, video

SBIR & STTR Funding Issues and Case Studies
Marcie Sonneborn, SBIR & Business Development Specialist, CNYTDO; Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University ; Visiting Lecturer, Cornell University
power point, video

Recommendations of the Task Force on Diversifying the NYS Economy through Industry-Higher Education Partnerships
Ted Hagelin,Crandall Melvin Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law, and Director of the New York State Science & Technology Law Center and the Technology Commercialization Law Clinic Network and Richard Newman Adjunct Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, Former Vice President, Advanced Technology, Welch Allyn, Inc. video

Social Media: Implications for Intellectual Property Law
Blaine Bettinger, Esq.,  Bond, Schoeneck & King
powerpoint, video   (2 CLE Credits Available through the Onondaga County Bar Association - separate registration and fee required through OCBA)

Starting a new business: What form should it take?
James L. Sonneborn Esq., Member of Green and Seifter , PLLC 
powerpoint, video  _______________________________________________________________________________

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Information Industry Conference

Entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, information managers and university technology transfer officers gathered for a day long exploration of the Information Industry today. Panel discussions included:
• Launching Information Technology Startups: What are the challenges and opportunities?
• Financing Information Technology Startups: Where does the money come from?
• Future Directions in the Information Industry: What are the information needs of tomorrow?
• Research in Information Sciences: What is in the information research pipeline?

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The (Non)Economic Production of Social Production
Clay Shirkey, Professor, NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Welcome and Introduction:
Ted Hagelin, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law; Director, NYS Science & Technology Law Center, Syracuse University College of Law


Launching IT Startups
Lee McKnight, Founder, CTO, Board of Directors, Wireless Grids Corp.
Sam Lessin, CEO,
Financing IT Startup
Owen Davis, Managing Director, NYC Seed
Marcene Sonneborn, Pres., Innovation Management Consulting; SBIR Specialist.
Jim Kollegger, Chairman, CEO, Genesys Partners.
Industry IT Needs of Tomorrow
Daniel Schutzer, President, Financial Services Technology Consortium.
Steven Neiman, Executive Director, VP, High Performance Computing, JPMorgan Chase.
Current State of IT/R&D and Conference Close
Daniel Shutzer, President, Financial Services Technology Consortium.
Vincent Tomaselli, Deputy Director, Columbia Center for Advanced Information Management.

Webcasts 2009

New Developments in Patent Law 
George McGuire, Member and Chairman, Intellectual Property Group, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Video, Powerpoint                                                  
Managing R & D Projects 
Richard Newman, Adjunct Professor of Law, Syracuse University; Visiting Lecturer, Cornell University; Retired VP for Research, Welch Allyn
Video, Powerpoint                                                
Establishing First to Invent & Electronic Lab Note books
Video, Powerpoint       

Standford v. Roche
Presented by The firm Hoffman Warnick LLC.

Attorneys Carl Ruoff and David Rook will speak about the September 30,2009 decision by the Federal Circuit in Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, et. Al v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. et al. The Court found that Stanford does not have rights to the patents that arose from its inventors' endeavors. The holdings in this decision have important implications for the university environment, both the institution and the faculty/researcher inventors.
Video, powerpoint



  Commercializing University Inventions: Case Studies, Skaneateles, New York, November 2008 

The Conference focused on the challenge of transforming university inventions into commercially viable products. The Conference highlighted successful early-stage, New York companies, and how they manage the multiple technical, market, financial, and legal challenges inherent in bringing science to market. The early-stage CEOs and companies profiled were: Allen Barnett, CEO, Kinex Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Patrick Govang, President, e2e Materials, LLC; John Hart, President, Lumetrics, Inc.; Richard Richmond, CEO, SiMPore Inc. and Brad Treat, CEO, Mezmeriz, Inc. The CEOs described commercialization challenges their companies have faced and how they have addressed the challenges including the role of university technology transfer managers, research scientists and engineers, marketing and sales personnel, financial advisors and investors, and intellectual property and transactional lawyers. The keynote address was given by Professor Duncan Moore, Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship at the University of Rochester and a renowned authority on the commercialization of new technologies.

Videos of the presentation may be viewed here.




University / Industry Sponsored Research - Opportunities and Obstacles (Documents)
Skaneateles, New York

June 2006
The conference focussed on the growing tension in the university/industry sponsored research relationship.  Corporations are investing less in university sponsored research, choosing instead to perform research in-house or to sponsor research at foreign universitis, often in China or India.
The conference considered in detail, the problems in the university-industry sponsored research relations from academic and corporate perspectives.  In the first session, Jeong Han Oh, associate director of the New York State Science and Technology Law Center presented background statistical information on research and development in the United States.  Also, Rich Newman, adjunct professor in the NYS-STLC and Vice President for Advanced Solutions at Welch Allyn, presented the results of two research projects undertaken by the NYS-STLC on university/industry sponsored research.  In the second session, Mark Crowell from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill considered the academic perspective on industry sponsored research.  The keynote address was given by Carl Schramm, President of the Ewing Marian Kauffman Foundation.

Business Side of Patents (Documents)
October 2005
New York City, New York

  • Lita Nelsen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Jennifer Helen Hartt (University of Pennsylvania)
  • David M. Kether (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
  • Jane Muir (University of Florida)   

Building Sound Patent Practices (Documents)
May 2005
Buffalo, New York

  • Robert P. Simpson (Simpson & Simpson, PLLC)
  • George R. McGuire (Bond, Schoenect & King, PLC)
  • Katherine J. Strandburg (DePaul University College of Law)
  • Ranjana Kadle (Hodgson Russ LLP)


 Skaneateles, New York


 Skaneateles, New York