New York State Science and Law Technology Center at the Blackstone LaunchPad


New York State Science & Technology Law Center (NYS STLC), and a team of Syracuse University law students, will lend their technical expertise to SU innovators working to commercialize their ideas at virtual “Launch Hours’ twice a month on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library.  Appointments are important to facilitate scheduling, which will be conducted by video conferencing in the “Bird Nest” in the LaunchPad.

Dates are: 2/14, 2/28, 3/28, 4/11 and 4/25

The office hours are an opportunity to explore how to protect your idea or creative work through a patent, trademark or copyright – a step that is important in seeking funding and other partnerships.  NYS STLC program staff and students will discuss patent search strategies and assist with conducting a patent search.  From market landscapes to intellectual property protection, to licensing options and potential funding sources, NYS STLC has helped scores of companies and institutions make their technology vision become a commercial reality. The NYS STLC does not file for or prosecute patents.  The program does not provide legal advice or opinions and does not otherwise compete with IP law firms.

Zimmermann’s experience includes serving as an Associate Counsel to the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, handling academic, research, employment, medical staff and risk management issues.   Prior to that she provided counsel to the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and the New York City Department of Mental Health.  She has been NYS STLC’s Associate Director since January 2008.

The NYS STLC is part of the Syracuse University Innovation Law Center, which grew out of the former SU  Technology Commercialization Law Program, the first in the nation to combine scholarly legal analysis and a guided, hands-on law curriculum with the active development of new technologies, intellectual property (IP), and start-up companies. Under the leadership of Syracuse University College of Law professors Jack Rudnick and Shubha Ghosh, the program continued to pioneer the teaching and practice of innovation and the law, boasting hundreds of successful alumni, dozens of early stage companies assisted, a widening network of partners and collaborators, and a growing body of scholarship.

The experiential work of The Innovation Law Center captures the essence of what the Center does—nurturing innovation through legal assistance—and it also represents the spectrum of sub-disciplines and services that Rudnick’s team addresses.  The Innovation Law Center oversees the NYS STLC, a NYSTAR center, and offers students the opportunity to assist with emerging technologies via a course called the Innovation Law Practicum.

Professor Ghosh now  leads a new institute for the College: the Syracuse Intellectual Property Law Institute (SIPLI). Founded on Ghosh’s pre-eminent scholarship in the field, SIPLI pursues interdisciplinary research in the areas of IP, technology transfer, licensing, patents and trademarks, business regulation, and antitrust law, and it will publish and present in leading academic and practitioner forums. Most importantly, SIPLI applies this scholarship to new academic opportunities for College of Law students.

Ghosh is also the faculty lead for the College’s Curricular Program in IP and Technology Commercialization, and students will continue to hone their skills in the Intellectual Property Law Association and the Syracuse Journal of Science and Technology Law. Reflecting their shared interests and approaches, the Innovation Law Center and SIPLI will work closely together, coordinating the College’s directed technology law curriculum and sharing resources and deliverables.

To schedule an appointment with the NYS SLTC team, e-mail, or come to the drop in office hours at the LaunchPad.  Some appointments may be via Skype or video conferencing.