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Copyright Alert: New Copyright Office Electronic System to Register Designated Agents Under the DMCA 12/02/2016

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Effective December 1, 2016, the US Copyright Office rolled out a new electronic system for the online registration of designated agents under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). Consequently, all online service providers who want the benefit of the safe harbor against copyright infringement claims are required to register under the new electronic system or, if they’re already registered under the old paper system, to submit fresh designations under the electronic system by December 31, 2017. Thus, agents who previously filed hardcopies of their DMCA agent designations must now do so again online, within the next 13 months, in order to keep the benefits of the safe harbor.ip-news-jpeg-m0118331xb1386

To learn more about the DMCA and necessary compliance, read the full alert.

MBBP’s Client Abpro Collaborating with MedImmune on Medical Advancement 12/01/2016

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MBBP’s client Abpro, a pioneer in the field of industrial biochemistry, has recently entered into a Collaboration Agreement with MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. The collaboration will advance the development of a preclinical, novel bispecific antibody targeting angiopoietin-2 and vascular endothelial growth factor (Ang2-VEGF). Abpro will contribute its strong scientific, technical and clinical expertise to this partnership, along with its core technology platform, DiversImmuneTM, which will be utilized to further develop the bispecific antibody. Ian Chan, CEO and co-founder of Abpro, has expressed the Company’s enthusiasm towards collaborating with MedImmune, as the two businesses work together to advance these innovative therapeutics into the clinic.

For more information, read the full article.

MBBP and Attorneys Earn “Best Law Firms” and “Best Lawyers” Rankings 11/30/2016

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Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton PC is pleased to announce it has received national and regional rankings in the U.S. News & World Report / Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” listing for 2017. To be eligible, firms must have attorneys who are listed in the current edition of the Best Lawyers in America.

MBBP has received national rankings in three practice areas — Tax Law (Tier 2), Tax Litigation (Tier 2), and Venture Capital Law (Tier 3) — and Boston metropolitan rankings in three areas — Tax Law (Tier 1), Tax Litigation (Tier 1) and Venture Capital Law (Tier 3).

Additionally, venture capital attorney John Hession was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® in Venture Capital Law, for its 2017 edition, and tax attorney Robert Finkel was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Tax Law and Tax Litigation and Controversy for the 2017 edition.M0846558JMH Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846571xB1386)

MBBP is proud of our impressive Tax and Corporate departments and of the Firm’s recognition.

Employment Law Alert: Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks New Overtime Rule From Taking Effect On December 1 11/23/2016

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ELA Alert Banner Logo (M0053443xB1386)MBBP’s Employment Law Group just released an Employment Law Alert regarding a preliminary order by a federal judge in Texas that temporarily blocks the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing changes to the salary basis for white collar overtime exemptions.

 

 

Learn more on our Employment Law Blog.

MBBP Client Harvard Making Breakthroughs in Blood Stem Cell Research 11/21/2016

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Harvard University has recently completed a license agreement with Magenta Therapeutics, a newly launched start-up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in order to continue research and development related to new approaches to blood stem cell transplantation. The deal will help transform this science from that of a “last resort” into safer, more effective therapy for patients who suffer from blood diseases, cancers, and immune disorders. The license agreement has given Magenta the opportunity to utilize a platform of technologies developed at Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and Boston Children’s Hospital.

This revolutioHarvard Universitynary technology has been most recently advanced in the laboratory of David Scadden, the Gerald and Darlene Jordan Professor of Medicine and professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard, and director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at MGH. Scadden’s lab has made advances in how donor cells are selected, harvested, and prepared for transplant, improving projected outcomes for patients. For more information, read the Harvard Gazette and Boston Business Journal articles.

 

Client Paragonix Technologies Enters Into Distribution Agreement with Pacific West Medical Sales for Paragonix SherpaPak™ Transport Systems 11/17/2016

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MBBP client, Paragonix Technologies Inc. recently entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Pacific West Medical Sales to market Paragonix Technologies’ SherpaPakTM Cardiac and Kidney Transport Systems. The SherpaPakTM Cardiac and Kidney Transport Systems are innovative medical devices that are indicated for the static hypothermic preservation of donor hearts and kidneys during transportation and eventual transplantation into a recipient.

Pacific West Medical Sales is a medical equipment sales company that provides services for hospitals, doctors’ offices, and long-term care facilities, and provides supplies for emergency medical services and home medical needs. Paragonix Technologies, is a privately held medical device company founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Braintree, Massachusetts. For more information, read the full press release.

 

NYSE’s Corporate Board Member Online Magazine Brings in MBBP’s Carl Barnes for Insights on D&O Liability 11/17/2016

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CFB Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846497xB1386)NYSE‘s publication, Corporate Board Member, has recently published an article, “Sidestepping D&O Liability”. This piece brings to light the year 2015 as a record-breaking one for securities litigation against directors and officers, and how this trend is continuing into 2016. The level of whistleblower activity has significantly increased, as exemplified by the astonishing 119 filings of new federal class-action securities cases, and complementing this increase is the substantial decrease in the settlement sizes of these suits.

MBBP’s Carl Barnes, who specializes in director and officer liability, was asked to discuss precautions and to offer his counsel on this subject. Throughout the article, Carl is often cited offering advice on the various types of director liability and the methods in which to avoid litigation. Carl explains that directors are under fierce scrutiny in order to ascertain whether or not they have satisfied their duty of care, as this is the item that drives litigation. In order to minimize, or even avoid, liability altogether, Carl advises that directors be “actively involved, ask questions, and demand answers.” In a post-Enron world, directors need to be vigilant in order to avoid being liable, and the counsel that Carl offers may help directors and officers dismiss litigation quickly and perhaps even avoid it entirely. For more information, check out the full article.

MBBP’s Client Continuum Adding Innovative Solutions To Policy Matters To Its Company Profile 11/16/2016

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Continuum, a client of MBBP, has primarily focused on the design of innovative products since the company’s founding in 1983. However, the organization is now delving into policy matters within the public sector, including public school education and public service employment. Continuum has come forth with a “radical new vision” for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the municipal planning and development agency for Boston public services. The company is offering fresh ideas in order to develop solutions to long-standing problems such as those within the Boston Public School districts, where the firm is working to “rethink the educational experience” in a project called High School Redesign.continuum-logo-m0371417xb1386

In addition to this educational reformation, Continuum has been shadowing public service workers and commuters, and asking a plethora of questions in order to improve public transportation. The firm has begun building and testing prototypes of devices that will prove integral in Continuum’s goal of improving the lives of the people of Boston.

Continuum is a global innovation design company whose purpose centers around people, as it strives to improve lives through its innovations and to focus on its clients’ bottom-lines. Read the full article for more information.

 

MBBP’s Shannon Zollo Quoted in Reuters Article Regarding Loan Volume Boost and Election Outcome 11/10/2016

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Reuters quoted MBBP’s Shannon Zollo in an article regarding the financial industry’s propensity for a Hillary Clinton presidency. Zollo expressed that the “devil you know” is the more predictable, and therefore safer, outcome because in an election as turbulent and polarizing as this one, the impact could eventually destabilize potential future deals. Before the election, various companies were receiving acquisition loans as they were expecting the market to be stable with a Clinton victory. M0846567

Shannon is a corporate partner whose practice specializes in private equity, venture capital, M&A transactions, and corporate governance. For more information, please contact Shannon Zollo.

MBBP Client PMS Bites’ CEO Tania Green Recognized as Female Entrepreneur All Businesses Can Learn From 11/08/2016

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Tania Green of firm client PMS Bites is recognized in the Living Business section of Colonial Life as 1 of 18 Bostonian female entrepreneurs from whom all businesses can learn.  The takeaway from Green’s mention is that any problem an individual may have, other individuals are also having, and therefore a solution would be useful to a wide audience. Green had a successful Kickstarter campaign for PMS Bites and was also featured on the hit show “Shark Tank”.logo

PMS Bites are edible chocolate snacks that are gluten free and vegan, and have all natural ingredients targeted toward combating female PMS symptoms.

Congratulations to Tania and PMS Bites!

Privacy & Data Security Video: Privacy & Data Security Issues for Service Recipients and Service Providers 11/01/2016

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In our eighth and final Privacy & Data Security video clip, MBBP attorney Faith Kasparian discusses how companies sharing information with third-party service providers can create liabilities, both because many data breaches arise from third-party access, and because companies fail to oversee these third parties as required by law.  Faith will guide you through a few key points relevant to both service recipients and service providers.

Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and to check out our Privacy & Data Security playlist for related videos.

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MBBP Clients Red Crow and MiRTLE Medical Featured in Forbes Article Regarding New Equity Crowdfunding Platform 10/31/2016

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MBBP clients Red Crow and MiRTLE Medical are featured in a Forbes article regarding Red Crow’s new equity crowdfunding portal that will be launching in November.  The crowdfunding platform will feature “exclusive and professionally-vetted investment opportunities” for accredited and non-accredited investors.

MiRTLE Medical will have one of the first featured investment opportunities. MiRTLE’s product is a custom designed diagnostic-grade 12-lead electrocardiogram for use during MRI.  MBBP is assisting MiRTLE Medical with its involvement in the crowdfunding platform.

To learn more, read the full Forbes article.

Privacy & Data Security Video: Understanding the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) 10/24/2016

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In our seventh Privacy & Data Security video clip, MBBP attorney Faith Kasparian discusses key points concerning the scope of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and why it is critical that businesses comply with the act.

Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and to check out our Privacy & Data Security playlist for related videos.

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Privacy & Data Security Video: Data Breach Response Requirements 10/17/2016

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In our sixth Privacy & Data Security video clip, MBBP attorney Sandy Kahn discusses the steps the law requires you to take if your company experiences a data breach.

Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and to check out our Privacy & Data Security playlist for related videos.

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Privacy & Data Security Video: Privacy and Data Security in the Cloud 10/11/2016

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In our fifth Privacy & Data Security video clip, MBBP attorney Howard Zaharoff identifies the legal and practical measures that both cloud providers and cloud customers should take, including the critical terms each should require in their contracts.

Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and to check out our Privacy & Data Security playlist for related videos.

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Employment Law Alert: Are You Ready to Reclassify? New Overtime Regulations Go Into Effect on December 1, 2016 10/05/2016

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MBBP’s Employment Law Group just released an Employment Law Alert regarding the new overtime regulations that will take effect on December 1, 2016.  Any employees who earn less than $47,476 annually will be entitled to overtime and must be treated as non-exempt, as per the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule. ELA Alert Banner Logo (M0053443xB1386)Don’t wait any longer to address this critical change in the law.

Learn more on our Employment Law Blog.

Privacy & Data Security Video: The Importance of Developing an Accurate Privacy Policy 10/04/2016

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In our fourth Privacy & Data Security video clip, MBBP attorney Faith Kasparian discusses how having an inaccurate privacy policy may expose your business to liability for unfair and deceptive trade practices.

Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and to check out our Privacy & Data Security playlist for related videos.

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Firm Client MassDiGI Receives Federal Grant From U.S. Department of Commerce’s EDA 09/30/2016

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MBBP client the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (“MassDiGI”) at Becker College received a five-year grant in the amount of $583,000 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  massdigi-logo-massdigixb1386The grant will support MassDiGI’s promotion of entrepreneurship, economic development, and academic cooperation across the state’s video and digital games ecosystem.

MassDiGI was established in 2011 and is based at Becker College.  Congratulations to our client on this impressive contribution.

MBBP Client HappyGiant Receives High Praise for New Video Game, Including from Rolling Stone 09/29/2016

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Firm client HappyGiant, LLC is garnering a lot of attention for its new augmented reality and virtual reality game, HoloGrid: Monster Battles, including in an article in Rolling Stone.  For the new game, Michael Levine, president of HappyGiant, teamed up with Phil Tippett, who has designed countless movie monsters, including the ones featured in the famous 3-D chess scenes featured in the Star Wars franchise.

The virtual reality and augmented reality features of HoloGrid: Monster Battles create the effect of real life monster game pieces.  Levine and Tippett leveraged a successful Kickstarter campaign this year in order to create the game, described by VentureBeat as a “tactical-battle collectible card game”.  Tippett created the monster characters while HappyGiant focused on the creation of the Tactical Battle CCG augmented reality game.  The combination of the two designs resulted in a hybrid board/digital gaming experience.

MBBP is thrilled to have HappyGiant as a client and is excited to continue to work with them on their future endeavors.

You can find out more about HoloGrid: Monster Battles and HappyGiant in the following articles:

Rolling Stone
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UploadVR, Inc.

MBBP Client Koya Leadership Partners’ Founder & CEO Awarded 2016 Boston Brava Award 09/29/2016

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Firm client Katie Bouton of Koya Leadership Partners received the 2016 Boston Brava Award from SmartCEO.  The Boston Brava Award recognizes high-impact female business leaders who are CEOs, Executive Directors of Nonprofits, or C-suite executives.  An independent committee of local business leaders chooses the winner of the Brava Award.  Winners are chosen for their commitment to giving back to their communities, and for their company’s growth, mentoring, and community impact.

Koya Leadership Partners was founded on the belief that “the right person in the right place can change the world”.  The company conducts executive searches and provides human capital consulting and career coaching services.

Congratulations to Katie and Koya Leadership Partners!

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