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VOL. 2, NO. 3, NOVEMBER 2013 |
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USPTO Office Hours at Columbia Tech Ventures


Dear Colleagues,

For our researchers trying to move promising early-stage technology out of the research lab and onto the market, patents are often an important tool. While clearly not the only success factor, strong intellectual property protection allows emerging companies to maintain their competitive advantage, justify significant R&D expenditures, and enhance their investable assets. This is why we at CTV file nearly 300 new patent applications every year on behalf of Columbia’s researchers, and maintain over 1000 patents available for licensing to power the businesses of tomorrow.

However, the patent landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years with the America Invents Act, and more changes are likely ahead. Accordingly, we are proud to launch USPTO Office Hours @ Columbia, featuring Dr. Mindy Bickel, the USPTO’s Innovation and Outreach Coordinator. A 20-year veteran of the USPTO (and a Columbia alum, PhD in Chemistry, GSAS ’88), Mindy will be available for 20-minute private and free sessions once a month at CTV’s offices, in order to help guide Columbia inventors and entrepreneurs. Click here to learn more and to reserve a time slot.

If you’d like a refresher on patents, Columbia’s Chief Patent Counsel Jeff Sears will be offering his Patents 101 lecture at the Columbia Medical Center Campus on November 7. I also have the privilege of speaking on two relevant panel discussions this month, which may be of interest. The first, hosted by Pace and the MIT Enterprise Forum on November 7, is “Entrepreneurship NYC : The role of universities in the NYC ecosystem”. The second, hosted by Google and the USPTO on November 12 is "Patent Basics for Start-Ups". All events are free and open to the public with advanced registration. We hope to see you at one of these upcoming events.

Best wishes,

Orin Herskowitz
Executive Director, CTV
VP for Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

NYC Emerging Technologies Summit

NOVEMBER 6 | 1:00-6:00PM | MSKCC
A joint initiative of 11 NYC-based universities and medical institutions, 20 presenters from all of the universities have 5 minutes each to present commercially ready bioscience technologies to an audience of more than 350 private and industry investors.
Patents 101

NOVEMBER 7 | 5:00-6:00PM | CUMC
As part of the Columbia Technology Ventures Educational Event Series, Dr. Jeff Sears, Columbia's Chief Patent Counsel, will be addressing CUMC innovators and other members of the Columbia community.
Entrepreneurship NYC: The Role of Universities in the NYC Ecosystem

NOVEMBER 7 | 5:30-8:30PM | 1 Pace Plaza, NY, NY
This panel event, featuring CTV's Executive Director Orin Herskowitz, will explore the role of universities in the success of New York's 'New Economy'.
The Future of Technology Policy with Craig Mundie

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8 | 11:00AM-12:30PM | Morningside
Please join SIPA and Engineering for a special fireside chat with a global expert on technology strategy and regulation.
The Life Sciences Startup: Historical Perspective and the Challenging Business of Innovation

NOVEMBER 12 | 12:30-2:00PM | Morningside Campus
Laurence Blumberg, MD will explore the process, challenges and the path to value creation in the life sciences sector.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship @ Columbia

Innovation and Entrepreneurship @ Columbia is a cross-University program that nurtures and leverages ideas and technologies within Columbia University that have the potential to generate returns in the form of new products or services, processes, licensing revenues, and strategic alliances.
Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership - Call for Pre-Proposals

The Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership is now accepting Pre-Proposals for its 2013-2014 application cycle. Selected teams will receive funding, advice, and guidance to help advance their nascent ideas from conception to proof-of-concept.
1st Pitch Life Science: "Eavesdropping on investors' closed door discussions" Meeting Announcement

DECEMBER 4 | 5:30-8:30PM | 1375 Broadway, NY, NY
1st Pitch Life Science is organized to encourage and educate aspiring life science entrepreneurs the opportunity to practice their pitch and to receive constructive criticism from experienced and knowledgeable professionals
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