Friday, June 29, 2012

Intellectual Property Law Bulletin

The Venture Capitalist Said "Protectable IP"
By Michael A Mann

He wanted protectable  intellectual property.  The venture capitalist didn't say protected  IP or protective IP, just protectable IP.  Was that sarcasm or was he distinguishing among types of intellectual property?:  protectable versus unprotectable.   “Unprotectable” sounds like the title of a movie starring Charles Bronson. 
Maybe he was suggesting that he wanted patentable inventions so he could apply for exclusive rights from a government, rather than, say, know-how.  There are no “know-how patents” (although governments do grant rights for some types of know-how, such as non-exclusive licenses for the practice of law or for cutting hair). 
Still, I stumbled over “protectable” not only with intellectual property but with any property including tangible personal property and real estate.  When I go to a clothing store, I don’t ask to buy a protectable tie (but my clothier will gladly spray my ties with SCOTCHGARD brand grease and oil repellant).  When I bought a house, I didn’t think to ask for a protectable one.  I did require one with clear title but not protection against eminent domain, foreclosure or a tornado.
Furthermore, my home security service will not protect my home, it will only tell me that my house has been broken into or is on fire.  It won’t stop the burglars or render my house fire-proof.  My security service will not even tell the burglars through an intercom to “please leave the premises now!” or “please sit on the front porch quietly until the police arrive!”...
Read the full article at Nexsen Pruet. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Meet Our Newest Executive Committee Member Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti

A Video Podcast with Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti, University of South Carolina, VP Research

Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti, VP of Research at the University of South Carolina, has set an ambitious goal of increasing the level of research at the university from $225M to over $300M a year. What economic impact would achieving this goal have on the local economy? What strategies do you put in place to attract more research dollars?

Friday, June 22, 2012

From Mathematics to Materials to Fuel Cells

From Mathematics to Materials to Fuel Cells
By Steven Powell, Science and Technologies Correspondent, University of South Carolina

                             Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider receives award from University first lady Patricia Moore-Pastides. 

Ken Reifsnider's bachelor's degree in mathematics has helped drive the course of a professional career that began with a doctorate from Johns Hopkins in metallurgy and solid mechanics.

"For some years, I was heavier into the mechanical side of things," he said. "One reason is that I was looking for mathematical rigor, and to be completely frank, for thirty years after I graduated there wasn't a great deal of it in the materials community. It was all about what kind of magic dust you could find this week, and what it could do."

With the development of better analytical methods, Reifsnider broadened his research beyond mechanics by preparing fuel cells for NASA in 1989. In 2008 he came to USC to create the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell program.

In just those four-and-a-half years, he's brought in more than $25 million in outside funding as a principal or co-principal investigator. Publishing more than 25 research articles in the same period helped garner the 2012 Russell Research Award in Science, Mathematics and Engineering.

Established by Judge Donald S. Russell in 1957 to recognize faculty for outstanding research and scholarship, the Russell Research Award was given annually to one scholar from 1957 to 1965, and to two scholars since 1966 (one for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering, and one for Humanities and Social Sciences). Reifsnider received a $3,000 prize and was recognized at a ceremony in the Hollings library on April 25.

But a mathematics background notwithstanding, it's not just about the numbers for him. "I like very much to build things, and I care very much about young faculty members," Reifsnider said.

"The opportunity I was given was probably unique in the United States. I find it remarkable that the university is still maintaining an initiative that involves adding faculty members, building buildings, and creating new research groups across the university."

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Telemedicine and Strokes: Saving South Carolinians Through Innovation in Technology Featuring Dr. Souvik Sen

Science Cafe celebrates Stroke Awareness Month with neurologist, SmartState Endowed Chair, and head of the Palmetto Health's Stroke Center as he shares his work with telestroke emergency services.
Telemedicine and Strokes:Saving South Carolinians Through Innovation in Technology
Featuring Dr. Souvik Sen

Tuesday, June 12 - 6:00-7:30 pm
Capital City Club, 1201 Main St.
Registration, Directions, and Parking available at  

Join us as we celebrate National Stroke Awareness Month. We're bringing you Dr. Souvik Sen from Palmetto Health Richland and South Carolina CoEE Endowed Chairin Stroke Neurology at the University of South Carolina. Sen will share his work on telestroke, an innovative method of connecting doctors to stroke victims in rural or isolated communities, preventing tens of hundreds of deaths. 
Advanced registration is strongly encouraged for this month's topic in order to start earning points towards our new loyalty program which will be unveiled in the fall. 

What is a stroke? How can we protect ourselves?

Astroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is characterized by rapid loss of brain functions due to a disturbance of blood supply to the brain.  This can be caused by lack of blood flow or the leakage of blood within the brain.

As a result, the affected area of the brain cannot function which may cause the inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, the inability to understand or formulate speech, or an inability to see from one side of the visual field. Strokes are a medical emergency that can cause permanent neurological damage, complications, and even death.

Strokes are the leading cause of adult disability in the United States and Europe and the second leading cause of death world wide. However, there is a silver lining. Up to eighty percent of all strokes can be prevented.

Dr. Sen and his staff at Palmetto Health are utilizing cutting-edge technology to reduce fatalities, particularly to those in isolated regions.

Who is Dr. Sen? 
Dr. Souvik Sen is an internationally renowned neurologist, the head of Palmetto Health's Stroke Center, and the chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Sen joined the Palmetto Health team to help develop a stroke center to serve the Midlands of South Carolina, where there was previously a significant gap in stroke care. He is currently working with the Center of Economic Excellence in Stroke through South Carolina's SmartState program as an endowed chair to set up a clinical and research team to provide advanced stroke care for the people of the Midlands. He is working to establish a certified stroke center in the region which will include national and international research.

Come learn what the intersection of technology and medicine has to offer...

Tuesday, June 12 600-7:30pm
Capital City Club, 1201 Main St.
Registration, Directions, and Parking available at

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

May 2012 - EngenuitySC Goes Global

EngenuitySC Goes Global with Fuel Cell Collaborative heading to Toronto, the Cola Metropolitan Airport leading international freight, and Palmetto-Richland Hospital savings lives with its unique stroke care methods.
May 2012 - EngenuitySC Goes Global
This month, EngenuitySC takes a look at Columbia's stories with global impact on the world at large, including Intellectial property, international cargo at our metropolitan airport, and Columbia's fuel cell economy on the international stage. Like what you hear or think we're missing something? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!
Moore School and College of Engineering Take on Corporate IP 
The Darla Moore School of Business and the College of Engineering and Computing have joined forces with the National IP Taskforce to host an international executive briefing on the Effects of IP on Corporate Performance.  Featured speakers include Bill Coughlin, President of Ford Global Technologies, and Steve Landefeld, Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.  Speakers will discuss strategies corporate management can use to protect intangible assets and dramatically increase financial returns and overall sustained, defensible value of an enterprise.
Effects of IP on Corporate Performance
June 14-15, 2012
Wild Dunes
Isle Of Palms, Charleson

The Fuel Cell Collaborative Challenges Global Fuel Cell Industry

The USC-City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative travels to Toronto June 3-7 for the 19th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, one of the largest global conferences for hydrogen and fuel cell professionals visiting North America. The Collaborative will kick-off the latest installment of its signature competition, the Fuel Cell Challenge, a competition design to partner the University of South Carolina's innovation with the growing hydrogen and fuel cell economy. If you're attending the conference, join the Collaborative as we launch the Challenge Tuesday, June 5th at the 10am Networking Break. Details and news to come Tuesday, June 5th.

WHEC 2012
June 3-7, 2012
Sheraton, Downtown Toronto
Booth #512
Fuel Cell Challenge Launch - Tuesday, May 5 - 10am

Knowledge Economy Events

Business at SunriseMay 24 7:30-9:00am, Pure Power Technologies
The SC-Israeli Experience: How the Midlands Can Benefit:June 7, 12pm-2pm, Columbia Marriott Hotel
2012 Enterprise Computing Community Conference: June 11-12, IT-oLogy
Science Cafe: June 12 6:00-7:30pm, Capital City Club
Tech Ater Five #122June 13 5:30-7:30pm, Carolina Ale House
Girls in Science Day: June 14 12:00-4:00pm, South Carolina State Museum
SC Google Technology Users GroupJune 19 6:00pm, IT-oLogy

3rd Annual Nuclear Power Upgrade Conference

Nuclear Energy Insider hosts the 3rd Annual Nuclear Power Uprate Conference June 20-21 at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park, NC. EngenuitySC and NuHub subscribers can Registerusing the codeNUHUB300 to save $300 off registration. Space and discounts are limited for one of the world's leading conference series. 
Cargo Business Taking Off at Region's Airports

The air cargo business appears to be on the upswing as most major airports across the Southeast report increases in the amount of freight handled for March and the first quarter.
Cargo traffic often offers a fairly accurate measure of how the economy is doing, said Dan Mann, executive director of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina.

“Cargo is usually a leading indicator,” Mann said. “I think, regionally, cargo is doing very, very well.”

All but one of the region’s major airports surveyed for this report posted increases in freight traffic for the first three months of 2012.

Read the full story

SBA Honors Columbia Firm for Innovation

Columbia-based Sensor Electronic Technology, or SETi, has been cited by the U.S. Small Business Administration for its role in research and development for the federal government, driving innovation and creating new jobs.

The company received the Tibbetts Award Tuesday for participating in the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research program during a White House ceremony.

“Creating an economy built to last requires redoubling our commitment to supporting innovative entrepreneurs like those we honor with Tibbetts Awards,” said Karen Mills, SBA administrator.

SETi, which launched as a startup in 2002, is a leading maker of ultraviolet light emitting diodes.

Read the full story at   
Save the Date

Next Science Cafe Columbia
June 12, 2012
Capital City Club 

A representative fromPalmetto Health will join us to speak at the next     about strokes as Americans close out National Stroke Awarness Month (May).  This is a Cafe that you wont want to miss! Register online before the event to qualify for our loyalty rewards program! We'll be unveiling details on the program this fall, but you can start earning credit today.

Science Cafe Columbia is South Carolina's onlyofficially registered gathering. We encourage all in the community, particularly the curious and the entrepreneurially-driven, to join us each month as we unveil the latest innovation form deep within the labs at the University of South Carolina.
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Ignite 2011 Contest Winner is On a Mission to Reinvent Community Exercise

The winner of Ignite 2011's Ideas Contest, Jim Stritzinger recently launched his company EnduringFX.  They are  embarking on a mission to completely reinvent the experience of community exercise. With 42% of the US population projected to be obese by 2030, it’s unlikely that we’re going to be able to successfully fight diabetes in the Emergency Room. There’s no way to halt the ramp-up in diabetes without targeting obesity – a primary driver to theincrease of type 2 diabetes. And by far, the coolest, most convenient, most under-utilized, and least expensive place for a community to exercise is in an outdoor public park!
Wait until you visit one of our EnduringFX parks—you can assess weather conditions, see if your friends are there, and check in with your smart phone. As you push a stroller or walk past the mile markers, a digital sign will tell you how far you’ve gone and how fast you’re moving. When you set a new personal record, Microsoft Kinect for Windows will take your picture at the finish line video wall, for display on a downtown digital billboard in your city (with your permission, of course)....
Continue Reading at the Innovation Challenge Blog.  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

TedXColumbiaSC is Looking for Speakers That Are Changing the Midlands and the World

The team behind TEDxColumbiaSC, an independently organized event licensed by TED, has released event videos for 2012 and is now accepting speaker nominations for TEDxColumbiaSC 2013. 
Application deadline is July 6, 2012 at 5pm. 
TEDx speakers are changing the way we see ourselves, our community, and our world.  Their works ranges from the field, to the classroom, to the lab, to the stage and studio.  They are creators, problem-solvers, researchers, and challengers of the status-quo.  They will change the world, and the TEDx community will take the trip with them, beginning with a 17-minute talk that will inform and inspire the audience at TEDxColumbiaSC 2013.


To nominate yourself, or someone else to be a speaker at TEDxColumbiaSC 2013, visit

Some rules to keep in mind when nominating speakers:
·         Speakers are chosen by a selection committee after nominations and interviews
·         Speakers must be from the Midlands region
·         You only need to nominate a speaker once
·         You may nominate yourself, or someone else
·         Nominations must be submitted at
TEDxColumbiaSC held its successful inaugural event on January 16, 2012 for over 400 audience members, nine speakers and eight performers whose videos can be seen for free at

About TEDxColumbiaSC
In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxColumbiaSC, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxColumbiaSC, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Edinburgh, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.