Patents and Pumpkins: Hidden Soft Spots Can Ruin Them Both

    Imagine: you arrive at the pumpkin patch and see the perfectly shaped, perfectly orange pumpkin for which you’ve been searching. Envisioning the amazing jack-o-lantern you’ll create from this perfection, you snatch it from among the vines – only to find the bottom soft and mushy from mildew! There may not be many ways …

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Stan Chalvire Participating in IP Licensing Workshop at Suffolk University Law School

Suffolk University Law School will hold an Intellectual Property Licensing Workshop, where attendees will acquire proven skills to maximize the value of the licenses they negotiate. Intellectual property attorney Stan Chalvire, who has extensive experience in the licensing of IP, will serve as one of the faculty members for the workshop. Participants will negotiate a …

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Attorneys Earn IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional Credentials

   Jamie Dalton and Ryan Perry have earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). The CIPP is the global standard in privacy certification. Developed and launched by the IAPP with leading subject matter experts, the CIPP is the world’s first broad-based global privacy and data protection credentialing program. The …

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Jon Gworek and Dave Czarnecki Participating on ABA Business Law Section Panel about Venture Capital and LLCs

   Corporate attorneys Jon Gworek and Dave Czarnecki will serve as moderator and panelist, respectively, for the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting CLE panel Should Venture Capital Take Another Look at The Use of Alternative Entities? Historically, the vast majority of investments made by VC firms have been made in corporations, not LLCs. A number of …

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As the Trade Show Season Ramps Up, Don’t Forget to Harvest Your Patentable Inventions Before Heading to the Show

On July 27, 2018, in GoPro, Inc. v. Contour IP Holding, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that a sales catalog distributed at a dealer trade show not open to the general public was publicly accessible and therefore qualified as a prior art printed publication under 35 U.S.C. Section 102(b) (2018 WL 3596007 …

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The New Mass Noncompetition Legislation: Old Wine in New Bottles? An Employer’s Perspective

By: John Hession Our Republican governor, Charlie Baker, recently signed into law a boon and a blessing for the average hourly worker, the minimum wage Walmart employee, or the lower level service industry employee. But for venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, senior executives and key employees, nothing much may have changed in the landscape of …

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Improved Forecast for IP Harvest: Gathering Seeds from USPTO Memo on Vanda

    Following the Federal Circuit’s decision in Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. West-Ward Pharmaceuticals, 887 F.3d 1117 (Fed. Cir. 2018), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a memo to the patent examination corps clarifying the patent eligibility of certain method of treatment claims. In particular, the USPTO’s guidance clarifies that method of treatment claims which …

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Howard Zaharoff Unveils the Key to Successful Writing Collaborations in Writer’s Digest 

In his new article for Writer's Digest, Howard Zaharoff discusses why a contract is crucial to successful collaborative writing, from an equal co-authorship to a ghostwritten autobiography. He notes that a good contract is clear about who has what roles, how rights and burdens are shared, and how to unwind the project if things implode. For details …

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The Top Five Considerations for Startups

Starting a new business can be both exciting and challenging. Protecting your business from day one can set you up for success and help you avoid costly litigation down the road. To help set you on the path to success, corporate attorney Liz Bitar covers the Top Five Considerations for Startups, including choice of entity, …

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Joe Hunt Joins Boston University School of Law Adjunct Faculty

MBBP corporate and tax attorney Joe Hunt has joined the adjunct faculty at Boston University School of Law as a Lecturer in the Graduate Tax Program. He will be teaching Life Cycle of a Business Venture during the Spring 2019 semester. The course is designed to provide students with a foundation to examine and compare …

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