No. 119: Cold Spring patent fight, Ruchi goes Glam and the dawn of the smart nightstand

It’s Monday again: A great start to the week everybody and welcome new readers, including Molly, Roxanne, Kathy, Art, Lee and Carolyn.

It’s April 11. The Apple-1 computer was released on this date in 1976, with production funded from the sale of Jobs’ VW bus ($1,500) and Wozniak’s HP-65 calculator ($500).

Interestingly, a vintage HP-65 still pulls $495 on eBay.

Mark Teixeira is 36 today. He’s batting .278.

Sorry, mate: A Patent Office board has rejected challenges to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory patents on short hairpin RNA, brought by an Australian biotech. The technology, pioneered by CSHL’s Greg Hannon and being licensed by lab spinoff Hairpin Technologies, racked up more than $1 million+ in fees in its first 12 months.

Fresh wings: Steven Patrikis, inventor, NYIT student and one of our 2015 Innovator of the Year winners, is heading a young entrepreneurs circle for the Long Island Angel Network. Reach him via tetramorphengineering@gmail.comor at 631-259-1823.

Canon-ized: Canon USA execs Joe Adachi and Seymour Liebman have been promoted inside the Canon Inc. mothership. Adachi is now Executive Vice President and Liebman is Senior Managing Executive Officer. No change to local titles, where Adachi is Chairman and CEO and Liebman EVP and General Counsel. (Got it?)

More buzz: Stony Brook senior Ruchi Shah has been named one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 college women of the year. We profiled her next-gen mosquito repellent – developed in her family’s Ronkonkoma garage – back in November. Glamour’s dead-tree edition is out tomorrow.

Top clicks from last week’s newsletters: Brimes Energy’s power-generating wave machine update; Famularo named CEO of ERwin; NYPSC delays vote on Cablevision sale; and LI’s $330M innovation budget.

Twelve: Percentage of readers who clicked the Drones with Chainsaws link.

ICYMI: SBU joined the National Academy of Inventors and deservedly put 30 faculty members into its new Hall of Fame, including recent Innovate profile Clint Rubin.

Empire pass: The SBA is pushing its $2.5 billion small business research and tech transfer programs via a roadshow coming to a city near you. If you live in New York, that city would be … Boston.

We’re torn: The Associated Press announced it will no longer capitalize Internet in its latest style guide, due out next month. The World Wide Web – the content available on the network of computers we call the Internet – will remain a proper noun and keep the caps.

Calendar: Walk of Heroes, honoring baseball’s 37 Hall of Famers who laid down their gloves to pick up arms in World War II, April 13 kickoff dinner, Rear Admiral Thomas J. Kearney speaks, 6 to 9 p.m., Cradle of Aviation, $75, please register.

Also: Other stuff we’re thinking about going to.

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It took flight: The National Archives has finally tracked down Patent No.821,393, missing for 36 years. It’s been in a cave in Missouri. Issued to brothers from Ohio named Orville and Wilbur.

Pitch advice: Josh Hannah of Matrix Partners recommends putting the team slide at the top of the deck in any presentation to investors. “We bet on people first,” he says.

Not really related: Yale’s endowment made 93 percent per year on startup investments over the past two decades, including a $2.7 million LinkedIn investment that paid back $84.4 million.

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Nautical robotical: The Navy christened its first unmanned submarine searcher, the Sea Hunter, which is capable of self-directed missions of as long as three months.

Speaking of drones at sea: SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 supply rocket on an autonomous drone ship called Of Course I Still Love You.

Other launches: WeWork unveiled WeLive; Etsy added a build-your-own-shop website tool called Pattern; Tesla’s Model 3 EV attracted 325,000+ reservations, suggesting $14 billion in eventual sales.

Like Fitbit with tines: Spün, a calorie-counting utensil, has raised $80,000 of its $150,000 goal on Kickstarter.

Our fave: The smart nightstand.

Finally: George Mason U renamed the Antonin Scalia School of Law after realizing the acronym didn’t do the former SCOTUS justice justice.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.