Innovation through Law: Importance of Early Stage Research

Presentation by the New York State Science & Technology Law Center located at the Innovation Law Center, Syracuse University College of Law

Recorded on February 13, 2023

The Innovation Law Center (ILC) provides legal research, education, and information useful to assessing the commercialization prospects for new technology. The research is also useful when bringing new technologies from an early stage to investment ready. When it comes to commercializing new technology, knowing what you don’t know is half the battle. The ILC provides entrepreneurs and companies research important to identifying potential challenges and devise effective strategies to successfully bring that technology to market. Research includes prior art searches, market and competitor analysis, and regulatory landscapes. The ILC has helped hundreds of companies and institutions make their technology vision become a commercial reality.

If you are a company or institution focused on bringing new technology to market, the ILC is available to assist and guide you. Established in 1990, the ILC’s technology commercialization academic and applied learning programs were the first of their kind to examine the legal principles necessary to usher science and technology innovation from its earliest stages to successful commercialization.

Learn more about the importance of early-stage research in the development of intellectual property and new technologies, as well as the IP, markets and regulatory assistance available from the Innovation Law Center to support companies in the EPIC Buildings regional cluster.

Learn about resources are available for your company through the EPIC Buildings Program.


Eric A. Schiff, Professor, Physics, Syracuse University


Brian Gerling, J.D., Executive Director, Innovation Law Center, Syracuse University

Dominick Danna, B.A. Chemistry, B.S.E., Engineer-In-Residence, Innovation Law Center, Market Expert, NYS Science & Technology Law Center, Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University College of Law

David Eilers, M.B.A., Market Expert, Innovation Law Center, Adjunct Professor, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University College of Law

NYSTAR, the New York Science, Technology, and Innovation division of Empire State Development is the primary funding source for the NYS Science and Technology Law Center at the ILC. New York State offers resources designed to enable new and existing businesses to become more competitive through the use of innovative technologies. Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) programs and centers emphasize the importance of working with industry as a way to leverage New York State’s technology strengths to produce new products and promote economic development.