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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?

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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!

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.


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.

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.


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.

MBBP Launches M&A and VC Blogs 04/01/2014

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MBBP recently launched two new blogs:

M&A Today

This blog is a service of MBBPs Mergers and Acquisitions practice and focuses on current issues and events that are of interest to business founders and investors looking to acquire or exit a business. Our attorneys have extensive experience in complex M&A transactions, including private equity deals, representing both publicly traded and privately held buyers and sellers. Click here to follow our blog.

VCs and Startups

The start-up ecosystem can be complicated and difficult to navigate. Through this blog, we aspire to educate entrepreneurs, start-up companies and investors about a wide spectrum of issues related to a company’s lifecycle, including incorporation, seed financings, venture capital and liquidity transactions. We also hope to keep our readers up to date with changes in the law and make them aware of best practices for managing issues that start-ups face on a daily basis. Click here to follow our blog.

Wage & Hour Tip: Are Your Commissioned Sales Employees Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime? 04/01/2014

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Many employers use commission payments to increase the productivity of their sales force. Commissioned sales people can earn significant compensation. But, are commissioned sales people also entitled to minimum wage and overtime?  Please see our full Wage & Hour Tip of the Month to learn more.

Please feel free to contact MBBP’s Employment Law Group with any questions.

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.

Intellectual Property Today Names MBBP a 2013 Top US Patent Firm 03/18/2014

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In the March 2014 issue of Intellectual Property Today, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton was named to the list of 2013 Top Patent Firms in the United States. The list is composed of law firms and individual representatives, ranked according to the number of utility patents issued in 2013 where the firm is listed as the legal representative on the issued patent. The number of patents issued in 2013 for which MBBP was identified as the representative law firm increased by 47.4%, ranking MBBP 20th out of 286  in growth, relative to 2012, and landing MBBP at #253 in absolute numbers.

MBBP has had a strong focus on building its patent practice over the last few years and is pleased to have earned placement on this list. Keep an eye out for MBBP’s continued growth in the patent arena.

For the full list, please click here.

Visit our website for more information on our patent practice!

MBBP Volunteers with Building Impact 03/03/2014

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MBBP Building Impact EventOn Monday, February 3rd,  MBBP partnered with Building Impact  on an in-office event creating handmade envelopes for use and re-sale by Waltham-based charity More Than Words. More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.

MBBP looks forward to working with Building Impact and other nonprofits on more volunteer programs in the future!

Building Impact is a non-profit focusing on providing individuals and companies with the knowledge and opportunity to volunteer, donate, and connect in the buildings where they work or live. To learn more or to participate in your own event, please visit their website.

MBBP Makes the Boston Business Journal’s List of Largest Law Firms in Massachusetts 02/21/2014

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Boston Business Journal Book of ListsIn January, the Boston Business Journal published its annual Book of Lists for 2013. Morse, Barnes-Brown and Pendleton is pleased to announce it has landed at number 47 on the BBJ’s list of The Largest Law Firms in Massachusetts.  MBBP opened its doors in 1993 with only two attorneys and has since grown to 64 employees including 39 attorneys.

For more information on the firm or to learn how we can help you with your legal needs, please visit our website.

The full list of the Largest Law Firms in Massachusetts is available to subscribers via the Boston Business Journal’s digital edition here.

Scott Bleier Named Senior Attorney 01/10/2014

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Corporate Attorney Scott BleierMBBP is pleased to announce that Corporate Attorney Scott Bleier has been elevated to Senior Attorney.

Scott concentrates his practice in the areas of general corporate and securities law with a special emphasis on private securities offerings, venture capital transactions, private equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as general corporate representation of emerging growth companies.

Congratulations Scott!

MBBP Welcomes Attorney Hillary Peterson 12/10/2013

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Corporate Attorney Hillary PetersonMBBP is pleased to announce that Attorney Hillary Peterson has joined the firm as an associate. Hillary concentrates her practice in the area of general corporate and securities law. She represents clients in a wide range of corporate matters including venture capital and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Hillary also advises public and private clients in connection with corporate governance and securities matters.

Prior to joining Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, Hillary was an associate in the Business Department at Foley Hoag LLP. Hillary is a graduate of Bowdoin College and earned her law degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School.

Please feel free to contact Hillary directly.

Stanley Chalvire and Thomas Dunn Named Co-Chairs of MBBP Life Sciences Task Force 10/03/2013

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On September 19th, MBBP announced that Intellectual Property Attorneys Stan Chalvire and Tom Dunn will be assuming the role of co-chairs of MBBP’s Life Sciences Task Force Committee, effective immediately. Stan and Tom had this to say of their appointment:

We would like to thank the former Chair of the MBBP’s Life Sciences Task Force, Lisa Treannie, Esq., for all of her valuable guidance, leadership and contributions to the Life Sciences Task Force over the past four years. We look forward to picking up where Lisa left off by helping to further deepen MBBP’s role as trusted counselors and strategic advisors to companies in the life sciences industry.

Congratulations Tom and Stan!

Immigration Alert: The Effect of The Government Shutdown on Immigration Matters 10/01/2013

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On October 1, 2013 MBBP published a new Immigration Alert: The Effect of The Government Shutdown on Immigration Matters. As a result of Congress being unable to agree to fund the government, it has been “shutdown” until the funding has been secured. This will have a major effect on government services that are not fee-based. For those services, all non-essential employees must stay home. The only exception where non-essential employees can work is to protect life or property. Essential employees will continue to work. Fee-based government services will be mostly unaffected. We strongly encourage any HR or hiring officials to read this in its entirety to ensure that they understand what compliance obligations will continue, and what will be suspended. The major government agencies that will be affected are:

For a summary of these effects, please see our full Immigration Alert. Feel free to contact any member of our Immigration Law Group with any questions.

MBBP Welcomes Attorney James Kelly 09/25/2013

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Corporate Attorney James KellyMBBP is pleased to announce that Attorney James J. Kelly has joined the firm as a member. Jim is a business lawyer with a practice focused on representing alternative investment managers and investors. With experience in innovative investment products, Jim represents a range of investment management firms in all aspects of their businesses, including structuring, organizing and offering onshore and offshore investment funds and other investment vehicles and separate accounts, advising on myriad compliance, operational and regulatory matters, and effecting investment transactions.

He advises investment managers with respect to the formation and operation of sponsor and management entities and arrangements among firm principals. Jim also represents institutional and high-net-worth investors with respect to alternative investment fund and separate account investments.

Prior to joining Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, Jim was a partner in the hedge funds and private investment funds practices at Goodwin Procter LLP; before that he was an associate in the business practice group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP. Jim is a graduate of the University of Alberta and earned his law degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

For more information, feel free to contact James Kelly.

Jonathan Gworek Takes on National Leadership Role as Chair of ABA Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee 09/23/2013

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Corporate Attorney Jonathan GworekAt the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco last month, Jonathan D. Gworek of Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC, was named chair of the Business Law Section’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Committee. As a recognized leader in the private equity and venture capital field, Jon brings to this new role over 20 years of experience representing emerging companies and venture capital investors.

Jon will help shape the strategic agenda for this committee, which has an international membership base of over 2,000, and will oversee the activities of its various subcommittees. He’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with other Business Law Section committees and chair persons as they pursue common objectives. Jon had this to say of the position:

The ABA is the premiere association of lawyers in the United States and has significant reach and resources. The content and support the PEVC Committee provides to its members is unparalleled. I am very excited to have the opportunity to help guide the PEVC Committee forward.

Visit MBBP’s News to read the full press release.

Congratulations Jon!

MBBP Immigration Event: I am a Foreign National in the U.S. and I Want to Start a Company 09/12/2013

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On Thursday, October 24th MBBP is hosting a brown bag lunch event titled “I am a Foreign National in the U.S. and I Want to Start a Company” at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Cambridge, MA. Foreign Nationals who are already in the U.S. and want to start a company have special considerations relating to their U.S. visa status. This brown-bag event will discuss the considerations foreign entrepreneurs should take into account if they don’t yet want to (or cannot yet) be sponsored for employment with the new company, and what they should consider if they do. We will review some of the current nonimmigrant and immigrant visa options available to foreign entrepreneurs who are already in the United States, and will provide critical information for foreign students in F-1 status. The discussion will be interactive with time for questions and answers.

This event is complimentary, but space is limited. Register today!

Please visit our event page for more details and to register.

MBBP Celebrates 20th Anniversary 06/14/2013

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Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, P.C. City Point BuildingIn June of 1993, two experienced and entrepreneurial lawyers, Richard S. “Chip” Morse and Peter N. Barnes-Brown, opened the doors of their new corporate law firm, gambling as they did so that their innovative approach to the practice of law would provide the foundation for a successful and long-lived venture.  Joined by Lea B. Pendleton in January of 1994, and soon after by Jeffrey P. Somers and Charles A. “Chip” Wry, the Firm of Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC (MBBP) quickly began to generate real “buzz” in the legal community. This was a Firm doing things a different way; there were no secretaries, the lawyers created their own work product, entered their own time, and relied on the latest technology to streamline their processes and make their efforts more efficient – a radical approach at the time.

From its outset, MBBP has been committed to its clients, addressing each client’s specific challenges and delivering effective results tailored to each client’s needs. Its veteran partners, all of whom previously practiced at major Boston firms, are recognized experts, many of whom write, teach and lecture in their areas of practice. While sustaining a natural growth over its twenty-year history, MBBP continues to concentrate exclusively on the core legal services businesses need to succeed. The Firm’s experience and expertise earned a coveted invitation to Law Exchange International, a membership which enhances the capacity to serve its clients in the global arena.

MBBP has also always been committed to its employees, ever-striving to engender a sense of teamwork and encouraging all who work there to feel invested in the Firm.  MBBP remains one of the very few businesses to provide 100% coverage of employee health plans, which it has done since the beginning. Perhaps most tellingly, in the worst days of the Great Recession, when the tower firms were laying off hundreds of staff and young associates in order to preserve partner profits, at Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton the partners took a pay cut, and placed everyone else on wage freeze, putting themselves and their profits on the line to take care of their people, and did not let a single employee go.

This June, we proudly salute the Firm’s 20th anniversary. We share this time of celebration with our clients, friends and employees, all so necessary to our past achievements and to all our future endeavors.


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