GLC Entrepreneurial White Paper Series

As part of the Government Law Center's Economic Development Initiative to provide entrepreneurial support to startup companies in New York, Albany Law School will be researching and writing a series of white papers designed to educate and assist early-stage companies in their business growth. The papers will explain New York law and business policy in New York, as well as flesh out opportunities available for startup companies. 

If you have suggestions about topics you'd like to see in the GLC Entrepreneurial White Papers Series, please email us.

Available White Papers:

John Forbush, Siting Backyard Wind Power Facilities Under the Zoning Laws of New York State (2011)

Charles Gottlieb & Emily Ekland, Siting Solar Panel Under NY Zoning Laws (2012)

Nadia I. Arginteanu, You've Come Up with an Idea - Now What? (2012)

Jenna Dana, Intellectual Property Rights After Federal Funding (2012)

Di Smith, Basic Business Forms (2012)

Kristen K. Boyert, Unearthing the EB-5 Visa to Grow New York's Economy (2012)

Megan Sherman, Tips for Building a Successful Management Team (2013)

Devlyn Tedesco, An Overview of the ​Venture Capital Process for Entrepreneurs (2013)

Amanda Smith, International Patent Filings: An Overview (2014)

Edward J. Ohanian, ​Restricted Stock and the Section 83(b) Election (2015)​

For additional information on renewable and clean energy laws in New York, a database of New York state municipal green building, alternative energy and energy efficiency laws has been complied and is available on the Columbia Law School's Center for Climate Change Law website.


For a helpful resource regarding intellectual property research visit the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office “Peer to Patent” program. This program aims to streamline the patent application process by creating a public forum that allows the people to supply the Patent and Trademark Office with research assistance regarding previously patented material. The Peer to Patent website may be helpful by providing startup companies with information about pending patents that may or may not affect their own inventions.