GI TechBite | Volume 1 | Issue 2 | November 9, 2015
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William Wolf,
Regan Johnson,

Director of Operations
Tracy Checksfield,

Operations Coordinator
Jennifer Sumner,

PR & Marketing Manager
John Nolander,

Subject Matter Expert
Helen Rico,

STEM Coordinator
James Cusack,

Principal Engineer
Fred Moulton,

Principal Engineer
Dan Fayette,

Principal Engineer
Greg Iannello,

Senior Project Coordinator

Gerard Capraro, Chair,
Capraro Technologies, Inc.
Patricia Baskinger,

AX Enterprize LLC
John Bay,

Cyber Research Institute
Shiu-Kai Chin,

Syracuse University
Steven DiMeo, Treasurer

Mohawk Valley EDGE
John Graniero,

William Gray, Vice Chair,

John Marsh,

SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Raymond Philo,

Utica College

What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual Property

Intellectual, or intangible, assets include any products of the human intellect—such as inventions, discoveries, technologies, creations, developments, or other forms of expressing an idea—whether or not the subject matter is protectable under the laws governing the different forms of intellectual property. Intellectual property is that subset of intellectual assets that can be legally protected, and includes patents, plant variety protection certificates, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. Just as our legal system provides rights and protection for owners of real property such as real estate, it also provides rights and protection to owners of intellectual property (intangible property). The intangible right to intellectual property can be bought, sold, leased, rented, or otherwise transferred between parties. The transfer of intellectual property rights can affect the marketability of a product, as well as the selection of a producer or manufacturer of a product; therefore, the right to intellectual property often involves considerable discussion among the parties in a technology transfer endeavor.

Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards

Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards

On October 9, 2015, supporters of Upstate New York’s venture ecosystem came together at the elegant Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY for the first annual Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards! Upstate Venture Connect and Upstate Venture Association of NY hosted this premiere event to recognize and celebrate entrepreneurial leaders who are shaping a new economy for our region. Serial entrepreneur Jeff Hoffman was the keynote for the luncheon.

Over a hundred nominations were submitted. Finalists in each category were announced at the Awards Luncheon. Martin Babinec, UVC Founder and Chairman, remarked “Going back just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable to gather such a large and diverse group of leaders from around the entire region to come together and celebrate achievement of those making significant contributions towards creating new companies and jobs in the Upstate startup economy. This is a testament to progress in our harnessing top talent who want to participate in new economy opportunities right here in the Upstate region.”

The 2015 winners:
Community Catalyst Award : 
Campus Connector Award: 
JOHN LIDDY – Syracuse, NY
Magical Mentor Award: 
Ecosystem Champion Award: 
Deal of the Year Award: 

Griffiss Institute would like to congratulate all the deserving winners and nominees!

GI News

AFRL/RI and Griffiss Institute Receive Recognition at FLC Northeast Regional Awards

FLC Officials, Valerie Larkin and Gaetan Mangano, present Griffiss Institute Principal Engineer James Cusack with the FLC Industry / Non-Federal Government  / University Award for Griffiss Institute.
FLC Officials, Valerie Larkin and Gaetan Mangano, present Griffiss Institute Principal Engineer, James Cusack, with the Award for Griffiss Institute.

Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) and Griffiss Institute (GI) were recently honored during the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for Technology Transfer’s Northeast Regional Meeting at Brookhaven National Laboratory, in Upton, New York, this past September. 

FLC Regional Industry / Non-Federal Government / University AwardARFL/RI was bestowed with two awards; the FLC Regional Coordinator’s Excellence Award went to Frank Hoke, Chief of the Office of Research and Technology Applications, and the FLC Excellence in Technology Transfer Award went to Ralph Kohler and team members; David Canestrare, Daniel Carpenter, Sam Davis, Dr. Mark Linderman, Michael Mayhew, Richard Newkirk, and Joshua Sterling for their work on the Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK). 

Griffiss Institute was presented with the FLC Industry/Non-Federal Government/University Award for the effectiveness of their comprehensive technology transfer program and impact on economic development. 
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GI to Partner with Brockett Creative for Google Webinar 

Google Partners Connect Event

Griffiss Institute will partner with Brockett Creative Group, a Google Partner agency in New Hartford, NY, to present Google Partners Connect: Home Services, on Thursday, November 19, 2015, from 2:30 – 4:30 pm, at Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome, NY.

This Google Partner’s Connect live webinar is a great tool for small-to-medium sized business owners, and marketing managers in the Mohawk Valley area.

This presentation will cover two very useful topics; “The Importance of Shifting to Digital,” which will help to diversify traditional marketing budgets to include more profitable digital channels, followed by “Consumer Search Trends in the Home Service Space,” which will be geared toward businesses that provide any kind of home service. [keep reading] 

GI National Cyber Security Awareness Month Champion

National Cyber Security Awareness Month Champion

Griffiss Institute proudly became a Champion of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), this past October. The GI joined a growing global effort among colleges and universities, businesses, government agencies, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote online safety awareness.

Celebrated every October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure everyone has the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online. As an official Champion, Griffiss Institute recognizes its commitment to cyber security and online safety. [keep reading]
Innovation Discovery Event at Griffiss Institute

Innovation Discovery Event

On September 23, 2015, Griffiss Institute hosted an Innovation Discovery Event at their facility, in Rome, New York, supporting the AFRL/RI's Technology Transfer mission. This all day event consisted of three 90-minute sessions in which an AFRL/RI scientist/engineer gave a presentation on the technologies that they are developing for military use, to a panel of seven individuals with strong technical or business backgrounds. After the presentations, the panel brainstormed individually, then collectively, on the technologies looking for opportunities for commercialization, and explored the feasibility of developing patent applications for the novel Intellectual Properties (IP) contained within the technology presentation, and subsequent licensing of the IP to the private industry. 

This was Griffiss Institute’s third such event, and potential patents have come from each. These events provide extensive insight into the state-of-the-art technology solutions being developed at AFRL/RI.

The objective of the Innovation Discovery Event is to identify technologies being developed at AFRL/RI that are potentially patentable and commercially viable; to increase understanding of the commercialization opportunities that can result from technology transfer of those technologies; to increase awareness within AFRL/RI of the value of Intellectual Property protection; and to document the undisclosed inventions occurring at AFRL/RI. Transferring ideas to the civilian sector helps to strengthen the nation’s economy.

The Innovation Discovery Event serves as the first step in the process of taking innovative ideas, getting them patented, and licensing them to industry for commercialization opportunities.

Commercialization Academy's Demo Day Sees Local Startups Win Big; Awards $50,000

Demo Day
L-R: Alex Hudak, Synerji; Mat DePasquale & Brian Barris, SkyTubeLive; Stacey Smith, Lilo; TK Kuegler, Wasabi Ventures; Steve Messa & Joel Robinson, VidFall; and Joseph McCoy, Critical Signal Receivers.

Griffiss Institute, along with Wasabi Ventures, hosted five local startups that had completed the 2015 Commercialization Academy, as they pitched an audience of 100+ at Demo Day, in the beginning of October 2015.

$50,000 was up for grabs as teams took the stage for four minutes each, to pitch audience members and a panel of judges, that their startup company and AFRL technology-based products and services, were most deserving of the money.

The five startup teams who took the stage on Monday evening were; Synerji, Lilo, SkyTubeLive, VidFall and Critical Signal Receivers.

Online shopping service VidFall walked away with the judges’ vote and $25,000, while Lilo, a hydration production company, won the audience vote and $25,000.

VidFall co-founder Joel Robinson said, "We are so proud of the hard work that we've done, and that it's being recognized by people who really believe in the product that we've built, the growth and the traction that we've seen, and that they believe that we're going to bring new jobs to New York."  [keep reading]
Commercialization Academy Graduates Now Hiring
Job Board

Job Board
After a successful first year, the graduate startups from the 2015 Commercialization Academy have begun to hire in the Mohawk Valley ecosystem. The Griffiss Institute, in collaboration with Wasabi Ventures, has responded to this growth by creating a Commercialization Academy Job Board to display current openings at each new startup coming out of the Academy. The job board can be found at and, and currently has four job postings listed. Wasabi Ventures General Partner, TK Kuegler, is a big advocate of the job board stating, “The Mohawk Valley area has the fuel (talent) to grow this ecosystem, and I see the job board as the engine that will propel the Upstate New York area forward in the coming years.”

Online shopping service VidFall is among the new startups hiring, as they look to recruit the next wave of great talent from the area. Winners of the $25,000 judges’ vote on Demo Day,
VidFall is looking to quickly apply those funds to build out their startup team, and looking for multiple positions to support their rapid growth.  

“The real measure of success, with The Commercialization Academy, is the creation of jobs here in the Upstate New York ecosystem,” says William Wolf, Director at Griffiss Institute, “and this Commercialization Academy Job Board is a realization of that accomplishment.”
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