Archive for November 2013

Welcome Moondog Labs to the Rochester Optics Community!

November 27, 2013

Founded by Scott Cahall (Moondog Optics) and Julie Gerstenberger.

Anamorphic lenses for phones.  Cool concept!

http://www.moondoglabs.com/blog/welcome-to-moondog-labs.html

Fluxdata Reaches For The Stars

November 26, 2013

Began at RIT’s Venture Creations and currently moving from Henrietta to Downtown Rochester.

Congratulations, Buffalo, On Your New Photonics Clean Energy Wins!

November 21, 2013

cuomo“Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca and Binghamton get to share the old car”

Hey, that’s not my analogy, it’s Governor Cuomo’s.  In announcing the investments in Buffalo this morning, Governor Cuomo said that the state investing $1B in Buffalo was like having five children, and on Christmas morning, handing a set of keys to one of them and saying, “Here are the keys to your new car!”  The other four children get to share the old car.

Two big photonics plays in one big announcement.  I wonder if anyone in Albany realizes that these are photonics companies?

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/buffalo/high-tech-hub-for-buffalo-includes-state-funding-15-billion-from-2-firms-20131121

Kalayeros likened the announcement to the Buffalo Bills winning the Superbowl.
http://www.buffalonews.com/business/kaloyeros-like-the-bills-winning-the-superbowl-20131121

The real star of the show was the leadership example set by Larkin Development Group Managing Partner and regional economic development council co-chair, Howard Zemsky, whose disarming presentation and introduction to the governor were relaxed, intelligent and highly targeted.  Zemsky’s leadership on the Buffalo Council ought to he the envy of every region in the state.

Two Rochester OLED Technology Firms Making Headway

November 19, 2013

OLEDWorks LLC in Rochester was awarded $491,000 and R-Display & Lighting LLC in Webster was awarded $100,000 for energy efficiency initiatives, officials announced Tuesday.

The funding is part of $4.8 million awarded statewide through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Advanced Buildings Program, which will provide $25 million over three years.

http://www.rbj.net/article.asp?aID=202684

Important Changes in U.S. Patent Laws May Affect Your I.P.

November 4, 2013

Neal Slifkin, leader of the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Harris Beach and a director on the RRPC Board, will be hosting dinner and drinks at Harris Beach on Thursday, November 21, 2013 for RRPC members.

Reception and sign in 5:15PM – 6:00PM.  Dinner and presentation 6:00PM – 6:30PM. The reception continues 6:30PM – 7:30PM. Neal will be presenting on important changes in the U.S. patent laws.

The America Invents Act has made significant changes to the U.S. patent laws.  The new law eliminated the first-to- invent system and replaced it with a first-to-file system.   The law also significantly changed the  “one year grace period” formerly available to inventors.  Neal will discuss these and other changes in a review of the new law, and of course answer any questions.

RSVP to Tom Battley.  Space is limited so don’t delay!
Harris Beach has hosted previous events, and they have been fun and informative. Hope to see you there!

HarrisBeach

The Past, Present and Future of Freeform Optics

November 4, 2013

jrA Free Webinar offered by Photonics Spectra Magazine

Jannick P. Rolland
The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester

The emerging, transformative area of freeform optics could allow for a wider range of lens and mirror shapes than strictly spherical, and for more targeted applications. Although the production of freeform surfaces became possible just a few years ago, freeform optical surfaces are emerging as a path to truly three-dimensional optical designs. A broad range of applications for freeform optics has been identified, including mobile displays, LED lighting, remote sensing devices and astronomical instrumentation. In this one-hour webinar, Professor Rolland will provide a short historical context to this emergence and discuss the challenges as well as the rapidly emerging knowledge that spans from the mathematics of freeform surfaces to the implementation of freeform optical systems.

Wednesday, November 13, 1:00PM

Register for this free webinar