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MBBP Event: Unfair Competition and False Advertising 07/30/2014

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Intellectual Property Attorney Sheri MasonOn August 12th MBBP is hosting a seminar on Unfair Competition/False Advertising: How the Supreme Court’s recent decisions impact false advertising claims against competitors. The Supreme Court recently issued two decisions, Lexmark International, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc. and POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co., which impact rights a party may have against competitors for false advertising claims under the Lanham Act. This seminar, presented by MBBP Trademark Attorney Sheri Mason, will discuss unfair competition and false advertising under the Lanham Act, the Lexmark International, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc.and POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co. decisions, and how these decisions may affect your rights against third parties.

To learn more or to register, please visit our events page.

For more information on false advertising, please feel free to contact Sheri directly.

Upcoming Seminars in Waltham & Cambridge! 07/16/2014

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The end of Summer and beginning of Fall are the perfect time to get back into the swing of things! Join us for timely, informative seminars on False Advertising, Sweepstakes & Contests, and Employment Law. Get the details below.

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8/12/14 – Unfair Competition / False Advertising: How the Supreme Court’s recent decisions impact false advertising claims against competitors. (Waltham, MA) – In this seminar, we will discuss unfair competition and false advertising under the Lanham Act, the Lexmark International, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc.and POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co. decisions, and how these decisions may affect your rights against third parties. Complimentary seminar!

9/18/14 – Playing a Game of ChanceUnderstanding the Differences Between Sweepstakes, Contests and Illegal Lotteries. (Cambridge, MA) – Sweepstakes and contests are a great way to promote your business. However, there is a fine line between conducting legal sweepstakes or contests and conducting an illegal lottery. In this seminar, we will discuss what constitutes an illegal lottery, ways to structure contests / sweepstakes to comply with federal & state laws, state registration requirements and penalties for conducting an illegal lottery. Complimentary seminar!

10/17/14 – The Morse CourseEmployment Law Compliance & Risk Prevention for Managers, Supervisors and HR Professionals. (Waltham, MA) – Learn practical information and valuable strategies for avoiding the many traps that lead to expensive and time-consuming HR problems and employment litigation. Group discount available!

Have a different topic in mind? Check our Events Page for additional seminars or email us.

Mark Tarallo Presents CLE Program On The Basics of a Stock Purchase Agreement & Customary Related Documents 07/09/2014

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On July 9th, MBBP Corporate Attorney Mark Tarallo served as a speaker for a myLawCLE program where attendees learned the basics of a stock purchase agreements and customary related documents. The class included sample forms and a discussion of the provisions typically contained in such agreements. The key topics discussed include:

  • Different forms of acquisition transactions
  • Structuring acquisition transactions
  • Investor Attraction & Securities Law/Blue Sky Laws
  • Key provisions
  • Recent trends in M&A documentation
  • Recent cases and rulings impacting transactions
  • Ethical issues

A self-study video will be available 7 business days after the live event. To learn more about the course, please visit myLawCLE.

BRInvenTeam Brews up an Eco-Friendly Invention for EurekaFest 06/25/2014

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By: Tracey Brenner

Lemelson-MIT hosted its eighth-annual EurekaFest June 20-21st, a celebration designed to empower the next generation of inventors by inspiring youth, honoring role models, and encouraging creativity and problem solving. Each EurekaFest Team, comprising high school students, educators and mentors, received up to $10,000 from the Lemelson-MIT Program to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing.

Sixteen Teams, parsed into groups of four, presented their “pitch” to peers, teachers, and media in classrooms across the Stata Center at MIT the morning of June 20th. The young students, the most senior of which are now rising college freshmen, each handled themselves with youthful poise, enthusiasm, and eloquence.  Teams actively displayed a product prototype during the presentation. Prototypes included, from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington D.C., a safety device that attaches to a door to prevent it from opening in an emergency situation; from Elkin’s High School  in Missouri Texas, an automated disinfectant system for high-end 3D movie glasses; and from the School of Dreams Academy in Los Lunas, New Mexico, a system for detecting and alerting parked police officers of impending physical dangers.

In addition to displaying prototypes, Teams also described the need based/market-driven iterative ideation and development process in which they engaged, and touched on some of the ways they executed key to-market strategies. For example, students described building a well-balanced founding team, raising supplemental funds, securing support from the community/stakeholders, and, in some cases, conducting patentability studies and pursuing intellectual property protection. Students also answered a plethora of eager questions from and offered tips and advice to their peers.

This Lemelson-MIT Program is an example of collaborative cross-disciplinary STEM education reaching to its highest heights. May it incite and inspire educator and entrepreneur alike.

MBBP client Bridgewater-Raynham Regional Highschool’s InvenTeam was one of the 16 high schools nationwide to be selected for a $9,200 grant out of 250 applicants. Through this grant, the BR team has invented a device that separates and stores the materials of single-serve coffee pods allowing proper recycling and composting.

Congratulations Bridgewater Raynham InvenTeam!

Visit Bridgewater-Raynham’s site to make a donation or to learn more about their invention.

 

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 Co-Hosts ‘Best Practices for Powerful Relationships between Innovative Small Companies & Successful Large Companies’ 06/03/2014

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Tax Attorney Robert M FinkelMBBP’s Robert Finkel is pleased to co-host the Boston IE (Innovation and Enterprise) Club’s panel session, ‘Best Practices for Powerful Relationships Between Innovative Small Companies and Successful Large Companies’ on Monday, June 9th at the Venture Café at CIC. Registration is complimentary, please RSVP here.

The event will begin at 6:30pm with networking over refreshments followed by the panel session as well as an introduction to the recently-formed Boston IE Club, its plans and future programs – both domestic and international – based on its successful predecessors the Paris IE Club and the IE Clubs of Montreal and Tel-Aviv.

Other co-hosts include Alexander Bok, Maurice Khawam and David Ayache. Questions about the Boston IE Club and the Panel can be directed to Alexander Bok.

 

 

 

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.

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.

Howard Zaharoff to Moderate Panel on Effective Partnerships & Conflict Avoidance in Life Sciences 05/16/2014

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IP and Technology Licensing Attorney Howard ZaharoffTechSandBox, a Metrowest innovation center sponsored by MBBP, is hosting an upcoming program for its Life Sciences SIG titled “Effective Partnerships & Conflict Avoidance in Life Sciences“. MBBP IP and Licensing Attorney Howard Zaharoff will serve as moderator of the seminar which will discuss the importance of understanding what tools are available to life sciences companies that help manage conflict and disputes before they derail important relationships. The event takes place at TechSandBox’s space in Hopkinton, MA on Monday, May 19th.

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

iZotope Winner of SBANE’s 2014 New England Innovation Awards 05/08/2014

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iZotope, Inc.MBBP client iZotope, Inc. has been selected as a winner of  the 2014 New England Innovation Awards, an annual award program put on by the Smaller Business Association of New England’s (SBANE) that recognizes companies that are potential game changers in their specific markets. iZotope is an audio technology company that develops professional audio software for audio recording, mixing, broadcast, sound design, and mastering.

Congratulations iZotope and thank you for allowing MBBP to be a part of your success!

To learn more about the New England Innovation Awards, please visit SBANE.

iZotope with the MBBP Team

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.

Risk Containment Strategies for Start-Ups 04/29/2014

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The road to success for startup companies is rife with potential risks, including contractual liability to customers, strategic partners, and end users; violation of laws; infringement of intellectual property and other proprietary rights; and product liability. On Thursday, May 22nd, learn from a panel of professionals and entrepreneurs how to identify these risks and strategies for containing them at a free event hosted by MBBP and Telamon.

Join us for a lively discussion and then network over a beer at the Venture Cafe.

Visit the event page to learn more or to register.

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!

iZotope Named One of SBANE’s 2014 New England Innovation Award Finalists 04/03/2014

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iZotope, Inc.The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) recently announced the finalists of its 2014 New England Innovation Awards, an annual award program that recognizes those companies that are potential game changers in their specific markets. Among the finalists is MBBP client iZotope, Inc., an audio technology company developing professional audio software for audio recording, mixing, broadcast, sound design, and mastering. On April 10th at the Henderson House in Weston, the finalists will have one last chance to present to the judging team before the winner(s) are announced at the 2014 New England Innovation Awards Gala Presentation and Dinner on May 7th.

Congratulations iZotope!

To learn more about the New England Innovation Awards, please visit SBANE.

MBBP to Sponsor Exit Planning Exchange Summit 2014 04/02/2014

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Exit Planning Exchange 2014 SummitOn Friday, May 2 MBBP will sponsor the Exit Planning Exchange (XPX) 2014 Summit held in The Conference Center at Bentley University. The summit will focus on the topic “Growth: The Best Road to Value and Liquidity” and provide opportunities for attendees to learn from many subject matter experts on growth opportunities, building value and using innovation, delve into a business case study with their peers, and connect with old and new colleagues.

To learn more or to register for this event, please visit XPX.

MBBP Attorneys to Present at swissnex Boston Seminar 03/20/2014

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swissnex BostonOn Wednesday, March 19th MBBP Attorneys Scott Bleier, Stan Chalvire, Grant Godfrey, Maura Malone and Sheri Mason were invited to speak to Executive MBA students from Bern, Switzerland at swissnex Boston, the consulate of Switzerland. The presentation covered the legal perspectives on starting a business in the U.S., including the areas of corporate, trademark, patent, employment and immigration law.

For more information, please visit swissnex Boston.

MBBP to Host WBA’s Business of Law 03/14/2014

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Women's Bar AssociationOn Wednesday, March 19 the Women’s Bar Association’s Middlesex County Committee is presenting an event titled “The Business of Law” at MBBP’s office in Waltham. The event will provide attendees with the nuts & bolts and best practices of law firm management for the solo or small firm. An expert panel will cover a range of topics including:

  • General law firm management tips and best practices
  • Marketing strategies, options, and business generation tips for a range of practice areas
  • Billing, bookkeeping, & other practice management technology options
  • Time management tips
  • Client funds (IOLTA) management requirements
  • Staffing and temporary/contract arrangements

The event will run from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a light dinner served.

To learn more or to find out how you can register, please visit the WBA.

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.

Joe Martinez to Speak At Equity Crowdfunding Symposium 02/24/2014

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Corporate Attorney Joseph MartinezOn Thursday, April 24, MBBP Corporate Attorney Joseph Martinez will sit as a panelist for Quincy College Symposium on Equity Crowdfunding. With the passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012, the world of Equity Crowdfunding promises to stir the pot for investors and entrepreneurs alike. Joe will help lead a discussion that focuses on new and traditional sources of business capital including equity crowdfunding, bank loans, government loans, vendors and more.

For more details or to register visit the event page.

Please feel free to contact Joe with any questions on raising capital.

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