USPTO Extends Some Patent and Trademark Deadlines

By: William R. Schmidt On March 31, 2020, the USPTO announced extensions to the time allowed to file certain patent- and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees. In brief, some deadlines due between 3/27/20 and 4/30/20 (inclusive) are extendable for 30 days upon submission of a request and appropriate statement attributing the delay …

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Zoom Confusion: The Case for Trademarks

By: Stacey C. Friends The recent news about Zoom and the stock market is a perfect example of why trademarks are important, and also why trademark law does not allow similar marks for similar goods or services. Two companies with the same name - Zoom - both offer technology goods or services. Zoom Video Communications is the …

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COVID-19 Alert: A Plain Language Guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act

By: Joe Hunt, Amanda Thibodeau, and Matthew Mitchell President Trump signed the CARES Act into law on March 27, 2020. With an estimated price tag in excess of $2 trillion, the CARES Act is intended to provide businesses and industries with a broad lending program designed to sustain working capital needs, provide immediate cash relief …

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The Virtual Board Meeting in the New COVID-19 World Order

By: John Hession The advent and acceleration of the coronavirus has wrought seismic changes in our world order. Live meetings of ten or more folks locked in a conference room are being discouraged by health care organizations. Business organizations have suspended usual operations and employees are encouraged to work remotely. Industry conferences or smaller events …

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UPDATED Client Alert: Recommended Employer Response to the Coronavirus

Read our most recent COVID-19 updates and recommendations on our Employment Law Blog. 3/11/20 - An update based on the Massachusetts State of Emergency can be found here. 3/6/20 - The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and its effects on business markets, travel, and public health, are dominating the news cycle. As this public health emergency …

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Employment Law Alert: Congress Adopts Emergency Paid Family Medical Leave and Sick Time Standards; Client Alert: State and Federal COVID-19 Small Business Loan Programs

Morse Attorneys Matthew Mitchell, Joe Hunt, and Amanda Thibodeau shared two important updates regarding new laws that apply to private-sector employers and employees affected by Coronavirus, as well as the launch of new programs to assist small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak. The first update discusses how President Trump signed into law the Families First …

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Client Alert – State and Federal COVID-19 Small Business Loan Programs

By: Joe Hunt and Amanda Thibodeau With COVID-19 causing disruption to businesses large and small, on both the federal and state levels existing programs and new programs are being launched to assist small businesses in these difficult times.  We outline the current status of these programs below. Federal – Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Economic Injury …

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Force Majeure in Light of the Coronavirus Outbreak

By: Michael Cavaretta On January 30, 2020 the World Health Organization declared that the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak constituted a public health emergency of international concern. Infectious disease experts and public officials are urging several practical measures, such as hand washing, “social distancing” and self-quarantining when showing symptoms, to prevent a potentially catastrophic spike in …

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U.S. Court of Appeals affirms jury verdict and judgment in favor of ITyX Solutions

On February 27, 2020, Morse litigator Scott Magee won an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on behalf of client ITyX Solutions AG. The Court of Appeals affirmed a jury verdict and $9.2 million judgment in favor of ITyX in a 28-page opinion. ITyX Solutions created and sells intelligent document recognition software. …

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Top 7 Tips for Handling Internal Investigations

By: Scott R. Magee All types of businesses occasionally run into situations where they need to undertake an internal investigation. Sometimes the need for an investigation is prompted by an inquiry from a governmental agency such as the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or a state attorney general’s office. Sometimes the internal …

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