New Ventures and New Perspectives at New Energy New York

I will be speaking at the Seventh Annual New Energy Symposium next week in New York City.

Hosted by New Energy New York, the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE), and CNSE’s clean energy incubator, iCLEAN, the symposium will be held at the New York Academy of Sciences at 7 World Trade Center on July 18-19, 2012.

The first day of the symposium will feature an Investment Pitch Competition in which 15 emerging clean tech startups will present to a panel of VCs, angels, other clean tech investors.  Keynote speakers and moderated panels that day will discuss issues relating to clean tech startup financing.

On the second day, the Heslin Rothenberg law firm is sponsoring a morning program on green IP legal issues and commercialization strategies.

Michael Hervey, COO of the Long Island Power Authority, will give the keynote address.  Then Heslin Rothenberg Partner Victor Cardona will present a solar technology analysis based on data from the venerable Clean Energy Patent Growth Index.

Along with Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and Nicholas Mesiti, a Partner at Heslin Rothenberg, I will be on a panel entitled “Strategies for Cleantech Companies Under the New America Invents Act.”

Ms. Gongola will discuss key changes to the patent law implemented by the America Invents Act (AIA), and Mr. Mesiti will focus on the patent litigation provisions of the AIA.

I will present on strategies for expediting green patent applications in the USPTO now that the Green Technology Pilot Program is closed, including ideas on how to leverage existing green fast track programs abroad and the Patent Prosecution Highway, as well as current USPTO initiatives and AIA prioritized examination.

A second panel, entitled “Importance of IP & Strategies for Commercialization,” includes Stephen Filler, Director of Corporate Development for Prism Solar Technologies; James Groelinger, Executive Director of the Clean Energy Alliance; Pradeep Haldar, Vice President for Clean Energy Programs at CNSE; and George Powch, CEO of Versatilis.

You can find more information about the conference and its participants here and registration info here.  The early bird registration deadline is July 16th.

Hope to see you there!

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Eric Lane

Eric Lane, the founder and principal of Green Patent Law, is an intellectual property lawyer and registered U.S. patent attorney in New York and is a member of the bar in New York and California. Eric has more than two decades of experience working with wind, solar PV, CSP, biofuels, and geothermal, energy storage technologies, carbon capture and sequestration, medical devices, data communications, mechanical, chemical, internet and software.