By: Jeff Rothenberg

Despite the severe economic downturn of the last two years, our clients continue to discover, create and innovate. In 2010, we filed more than 430 new U.S. patent applications on behalf of our university and corporate clients.

Universities are playing an increasingly important role in fostering regional economic development. Companies that continually “reinvent” themselves and their technology and products will drive the economic recovery and lead their industries.

As intellectual property counsel, we have the good fortune to work with pioneers in science, technology and the creative arts. We wish all of you a stimulating and prosperous 2011.

I am also pleased to share news from our firm, including that Susan E. Farley has been appointed Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association Design Rights Committee. The IPO Committee Leadership Meeting this year will take place on March 22, 2011 in Washington, D.C. David Miranda has been re-elected as Secretary of New York State Bar Association and selected to serve on the Executive Committee and as Counsel to the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Brian Reese has been selected as the winner of the Article One Partners (AOP) International Essay Contest. His essay “Why Does Patent Quality Matter?” will be published in the forthcoming inaugural issue of the Patent Quality Connection newsletter. Congratulations are also in order for HRFM attorney Erica Hines who co-organized the annual NYS Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Section holiday party, which raised a large donation of toys for Toys-for-Tots.

Our attorneys and patent professionals will be featured at a number of programs in the coming weeks and months. Phil Hansen was the presenter on February 17th at the ENYIPLA meeting in North Plains, NY. Jeff Rothenberg will speak on “Clean Energy Patents and Innovation” at a Renewable Energy International Conference in Eilat, Israel on February 24th. Victor Cardona will give a presentation on Clean Energy Patent Trends at the Photovoltaics World Conference in Tampa Florida in March 2011.

Also in March, David Miranda is the conference coordinator for a New York State Bar Association CLE program on Intellectual Property. As part of the program, David will be speaking on Copyright Litigation and Annette Kahler on Trademark Registration Practice.

Blanche Schiller will be presenting on March 26, 2011 for the 2011 Society of Women Engineers Region F Conference on the topic of “Protecting Works Through Intellectual Property.” On April 4, 2011, Annette Kahler will be presenting on Software Licensing in Rochester, New York for a CLE program jointly sponsored by the Monroe County Bar Association and the Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association.

A full list of firm announcements, including upcoming and recent presentations, is included in our winter newsletter on page 6. We hope to see you at an upcoming program.