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MBBP’s Daniele Ouellette Levy to Host Office Hours at TechSandBox 09/17/2014 08/26/2014

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Corporate Attorney Daniele Ouellette LevyOn September 17, MBBP Attorney Daniele Ouellette Levy will host Office Hours at TechSandBox on Stock and Corporate Structure. Office Hours provides access to experts in topics such as intellectual property, business formation, benefits, taxes, marketing, sales, funding, IT and technology commercialization. Daniele will be available for one-on-one, 45 minute sessions from 9:00AM- 3:00PM. This event will be offered probono for TechSandBox members and to non-members as space allows.

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Ten Crucial Questions to Answer Before Contacting a Patent Attorney 08/25/2014

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Managing Partner and Patent Attorney Lisa TreannieDon’t be fooled by the ads you see promoting the quick filing of a pat­ent application. MBBP’s Lisa Warren gives some insight on why it is important to communicate with a patent attorney when filing a patent application. By considering your invention and preparing the right questions before contacting an attorney, you’ll be sure to save valuable time and money. Are you fully prepared to file for your patent?

To read the full article

For more information on this topic, please contact Lisa Warren.

MBBP Client Acquired by Blackboard 08/19/2014

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cardsmithMBBP client CardSmith, the industry’s leading cloud provider of campus card solutions and turn-key card program management services, has been acquired by Blackboard, the world’s leading education technology company. Blackboard offers campus card services and integrated campus commerce and security solutions to hundreds of institutions. CardSmith joins Blackboard’s growing set of student identification services and will broaden the credentialing deployment options the company offers to schools and institutions.

MBBP Attorneys Chip Wry, Joe Martinez and Jonathan Calla were the attorneys on this deal.

For the full press release, please visit Blackboard’s website

MBBP Attorney Helps Fight Cancer: PMC 2014 08/19/2014

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This year, MBBP Partner Mike Cavaretta completed his tenth Pan Mass Challenge.  The PMC is a two-day 194-mile bike ride across Massachusetts from Sturbridge to Provincetown to raise money for The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

“Why do I do it? Some people might say it’s because I’m crazy. Others might say it’s for the free beer (Harpoon!). And still others might say it’s for the challenge and the camaraderie. They’d all be right. But the main reason I do it is to help wipe out cancer”

The Pan Mass Challenge has raised more money for charity than any other event in the country. Their goal this year is to raise $40 million dollars by October 2014, 100% of which will go to Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. To donate on Mike’s (or other riders’) behalf please visit the PMC website.

Congrats, Mike! Well done!

David Fazzolare Quoted in FDA Week Biosimilar Article 08/12/2014

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Patent Attorney David FazzolareOn August 8th InsiderHealthPolicy.com’s FDA Week, an exclusive weekly report on Food and Drug Administration Policy, regulation and enforcement, published an article titledBiosimilar ‘Patent Dance,’ Litigation Could Coincide With Possible Approval. The article discusses the FDA’s recent acceptance of the first biosimilar application from Sandoz for a biosimilar filgrastim, a version of Amgen’s Neupogen. This acceptance of Sandoz’s application has also set off a series of deadlines outlined in statute that will determine which patents the two companies will litigate. MBBP Patent Attorney David Fazzolare was quoted in the article discussing the patent exchange process including several other deadlines before possibly resulting in litigation. David stated:

The earliest that I see anything publicly happening, absent any press releases from Sandoz and Amgen, is March of next year.

The same two companies are currently engaged in litigation over patents related to a different product, Enbrel, which is currently on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and oral arguments are slated for Sept. 10.

For more information on this topic, please contact David Fazzolare.

Mary Beth Kerrigan to Panel Seminar on Women Business Leaders 06/12/2014

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Corporate Attorney Mary Beth KerriganThe Business Coalition (TBC) and the Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture are uniting to host a panel discussion entitled “Shattering the Bamboo Ceiling” on June 12th. MBBP Corporate Attorney Mary Beth Kerrigan will sit as one of five panelists, all Boston-area women of distinction, who will discuss their personal journeys of where they are today in their work life. The event will be simulcast to students located at Showa Tokyo on Friday morning as well.

To learn more about the event, please visit The Business Coalition.

 

MBBP Opens Law Office in Salt Lake City 06/02/2014

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We are pleased to announce that we have opened a Utah office to serve the fast-growing market in private equity and emerging growth companies in and around Salt Lake City, Utah, and the broader Mountain West region. According to Managing Partner Lisa Warren Treannie, Utah’s “increasing demand for lawyers who represent high tech, medical device, and life sciences companies and the investors who invest in these companies,” as “a perfect fit” for MBBP.

The Salt Lake City office is led by partners Jeffrey P. Steele and James J. Kelly. Steele focuses on emerging growth companies in a variety of industries including life sciences and medical devices and represents a range of clients in angel and venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and business partnering transactions. Kelly represents private investment fund managers in all aspects of their businesses, including fund formation and compliance, operational and regulatory matters. For more information see our official press release and view the announcement video below.

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Mary Beth Kerrigan to Speak on How to Raise Money from Family and Friends 05/30/2014

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Corporate Attorney Mary Beth KerriganThe Enterprise Center at Salem State University is hosting an event titled “Raising Money from Friends and Family – How to Do it Right” on Friday, June 6th. MBBP Corporate Attorney Mary Beth Kerrigan is one of three speakers at the event who will provide an interesting discussion on early sources of funding, from both traditional and non-traditional sources, how to do it right, and the crucial pitfalls to avoid.

To learn more or to register for the event, please visit the Enterprise Center.

Do you have questions regarding seed funding? Feel free to contact Mary Beth.

Jon Gworek Leads Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee at ABA Business Law Spring Meeting 05/30/2014

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Corporate Attorney Jonathan GworekLast month the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association met at the recent Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. As chair of the PEVC committee, MBBP Partner Jon Gworek was involved in the planning of several committee meetings and CLE’s. The PEVC committee’s main CLE event was called “Exiting the Venture Backed Company: Jurisprudence and Practice”, in which the panelists took an in-depth look at the Trados case. Panelists included James Honaker of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, Daphne Chang of Google Ventures and Rachel Proffitt of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati with moderator Eric Klinger-Wilensky of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell.

To learn more on the topic, please contact Jon Gworek.

Shannon Zollo to Moderate Panel at TiECON East 05/28/2014

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Corporate Attorney Shannon ZolloTiECON East, the largest startup conference on the East Coast, is being held at the Cambridge Marriott on May 29th-30th. Entrepreneurs from technology, life sciences, education and cleantech industries attend the two-day conference to learn about the latest trends in innovation, get advice from experienced entrepreneurs, and network to find their next big opportunity. On Friday, May 30th MBBP Attorney Shannon Zollo will be moderating a panel titled “M&A or IPO, That’s the Question” in which distinguished experts will help answer questions such as:

  • How early is too early to start thinking about the Exit?
  • What are the important factors to consider for an exit event, whether IPO or M&A?
  • What steps do you need to take today to ensure the best return for yourself and your investors?
  • Does the type of investor you seek matter?

To learn more about the panel, visit TiECON East.

For more information on the specifics regarding M&A transaction or IPOs please feel free to contact  Shannon Zollo.

MBBP Attorneys Help Demystify LLCs in MCLE Program 04/29/2014

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Tax and Business Attorney Diana EspañolaOn May 5th, MBBP Attorneys Diana Española and Chip Wry will sit as faculty for an MCLE In-House ProgramLLCs Demystified“. The program will focus on the fundamentals of LLCs, highlighting business and tax issues frequently presented by such entities. Diana and Chip will help to debate the pros and cons of LLCs and corporations, discuss basic tax and business issues presented by LLCs, identify specific advantages and disadvantages of LLCs, report on common Corporate and Tax Attorney Charles Wry, Jr. mistakes and traps for the unwary in forming and advising LLCs, and provide practical drafting tips.

The MCLE will create an audio CD of the program and will also be rebroadcasting it as a webcast on May 12th.

For more information on LLC formations, operations and exits, please contact Diana Española or Chip Wry.

Radio Entrepreneurs Interviews Shannon Zollo 04/28/2014

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The Radio Entrepreneurs, a show that provides advice, information and connections for entrepreneurs, service providers and established companies, recently interviewed MBBP Corporate Attorney Shannon Zollo. Shannon was invited to discuss the Exit Planning Exchange (XPX) Boston, a community of trusted advisors to privately-held businesses and their owners who are focused on a successful path to the exit, and its annual Summit on May 2nd. The 2014 XPX Summit‘s theme is on growth and liquidity and helping business owners achieve both. To listen to the full discussion, please click the following link: Radio Entrepreneurs Interviews MBBP Attorney Shannon Zollo

Feel free to contact Shannon with any questions on exit planning or XPX.

Visit XPX Summit 2014 for more information or to register for the event.

Tax Considerations in Choosing the Form of Business Entity 04/11/2014

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Corporate and Tax Attorney Charles Wry, Jr. By: Chip Wry

Founders of a new business typically realize early on that they need to conduct the business through a legal entity to limit their personal liabilities for the debts and obligations the business generates. Often, the three entity types from which the founders must choose are the “C” corporation, the “S” corporation and the limited liability company (or “LLC”). While all three entity types insulate the founders from personal liability, the differences among the three types for tax purposes are substantial. A C corporation, on the one hand, reports and pays tax on its income separately from its owners. The income or loss of an S corporation or LLC, on the other hand, generally is reported by the owners on their personal returns. The choice, therefore, is often tax-driven and requires an analysis of how the founders expect to grow and profit from the business.

View the full article to learn more.

Daniele Ouellette Levy to Hold Office Hours at Techsandbox 04/08/2014

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Corporate Attorney Daniele Ouellette LevyOn Monday, May 19th MBBP Attorney Daniele Ouellette Levy will be holding office hours at MBBP client TechSandBox, an innovation center and accelerator. The event will be offered probono for TechSandBox members and to non-members as space allows. Daniele will help registrants understand the various options when incorporating LLC, C, S and stock options/ownership set up. 

Visit TechSandBox to sign up!

Lisa Treannie and MBBP Featured in Boston Business Journal 04/07/2014

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Managing Partner and Patent Attorney Lisa TreannieOn Friday, April 4 the Boston Business Journal (BBJ) published an article on MBBP Patent Attorney Lisa Treannie and her recent transition to the position of managing partner. The article discusses Morse Barnes-Brown and Pendleton’s new leadership team, including new Executive Director David Ludwick, as well as Lisa’s plans for the future of the firm.

Read the full article here.

Employment Law Clip: Employee Terminations Under the MA Wage Payment Law 03/17/2014

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Employers, there are some important aspects of the Massachusetts Wage Payment Law that you may not be aware of when firing or laying off an employee or employees. MBBP Attorney Christopher Perry explains what you need to know below:

Please feel free to contact any member of our Employment Law Group with any questions on Massachusetts wage payment laws.

Diana Española to Speak at Leadership and Management Seminar 03/13/2014

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Tax and Business Attorney Diana EspañolaOn March 22, MBBP Tax Attorney Diana Española will be speaking at a Leadership and Management Seminar presented by the Consulate General of the Philippines for the Heads of Filipino-American Community Associations. The event is taking place at the Harvard Student Organization Center at Hilles in Cambridge, MA and is aimed at providing the heads of community organizations with fresh perspectives on leading and managing an organization, and engaging the emerging generation of Filipino-Americans.  Diana will be speaking on managing legal matters in organizations.

Please feel free to contact Diana with any questions.

Howard Zaharoff Judges BU’s 2014 New Venture Competition Semi-Finals 03/06/2014

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IP and Technology Licensing Attorney Howard ZaharoffOn February 28 MBBP IP and Licensing Attorney Howard Zaharoff helped judge the semi-finals of BU’s 2014 New Venture Competition. The contest is sponsored by Boston University’s Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC) and is open to current and past BU students, both graduates and undergrads. Interested students and alumni participated in a fall or spring “Pitch and Pizza Competition.” The winning Pitchers went on to the second round, February’s semi-finals, which named six finalists.

These finalists will pitch their business to a panel of experts, including angel investors, and will be eligible for awards that include MBBP’s People’s Choice Award. The finals will be held on Tuesday, April 15th.

To learn more about the New Venture Competition, please visit BU’s Entrepreneurship Programs.

Howard Zaharoff Interviewed for HoGo Blog Piece 03/04/2014

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IP and Technology Licensing Attorney Howard ZaharoffOn March 4 MBBP IP Technology and Licensing Attorney Howard Zaharoff was featured in a blog post by HoGo, a DRM (digital rights management) platform that lets users copy-protect, distribute and manage PDF files. The blog post titled “Ten Questions with… Howard Zaharoff (Part One)” shares his legal perspective on copyrights and copy protection with readers of HoGo Blog Confidential.

Visit HoGo to see the first half of Howard’s interview.

Please feel free to contact Howard with any of your own questions on IP and Copyright law.

Jonathan Gworek Panels ABA Event on Great Hill Equity Partners Case 03/03/2014

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Corporate Attorney Jonathan GworekOn January 27th, MBBP Corporate Partner and Chair of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee of the American Bar Association, Jonathan Gworek, moderated a webinar on the implications of the recent Great Hill Equity Partners case. In this case the Delaware Court of Chancery held that under Section 259 of the DGCL, all privileges—including the attorney-client privilege—pass from the acquired corporation to the surviving corporation in a merger.

In October, Jon moderated a similar webinar on the recent In re Trados Inc. Shareholder Litigation opinion, in which the Delaware Court of Chancery found that a sale of the venture backed company was entirely fair notwithstanding the fact that the common stockholders received none of the merger consideration.

Materials from both panel discussions can be found here.

Please feel free to contact Jonathan Gworek with any questions on these topics.

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