Tax Issues for Startups

In his article, Tax Issues for Startups, tax attorney Chip Wry summarizes some of the more significant federal income tax issues that founders may encounter in forming their companies, hiring and compensating employees and other service providers, and raising capital. Chip discusses tax on earnings, investor sensitivities, equity awards, financing terms, and other issues. Read the full …

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Verdeva Signs Deal with E-ZPass to Test Automatic Payments

MBBP client Verdeva, Inc. has partnered with E-ZPass to test automatic payments with E-ZPass toll transponders in a new service called PayByCar. The service will allow E-ZPass users to pay for goods and services at participating businesses with a separate payment account linked to their transponder. Verdeva's deal with E-ZPass is for a one-year pilot …

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Joe Hunt Speaking at BU School of Law Tax Reform Roundtable

Tax attorney Joe Hunt will participate on a panel about tax reform at Boston University School of Law on Friday, February 16. The "Tax Reform Roundtable - Corporations" is being hosted by the Graduate Tax Program and is designed to address the effects of tax reform in different areas. This panel will focus on the …

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The Olympics Are Coming, the Olympics Are Coming – But Don’t Tell Your Customers!

By: Howard Zaharoff Yes, the Winter Games start this week. But before you decide to use this exciting event to promote your products or services or to communicate with customers, be aware that commercial use of Olympic indicia without the consent of the United States Olympic Committee (“USOC”) can get you sued. The U.S. Code …

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2017 Intellectual Property Year in Review

2017 marked another active year for intellectual property law. Patent law took center stage at the Supreme Court, wherein established precedent on infringement suit jurisdiction and laches were overturned. As we move into another year that is sure to be full of cases that reshape the IP landscape, intellectual property attorney Bill Schmidt looks back …

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Scott Bleier Joins Faculty at Boston University School of Law

MBBP corporate attorney Scott Bleier has joined the faculty at Boston University School of Law as an adjunct professor. He will be teaching Venture Capital Financing during the spring semester. The course will be designed to provide students with an understanding of the business, economic, psychological and legal issues that confront lawyers and their venture …

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Does Anyone Own the Trademark “SUPER BOWL”?

It should come as no surprise that SUPER BOWL is a federally registered trademark and that the owner is mostly the NFL (and various affiliates). But you probably did not know that there are 8 live registrations, covering such diverse goods as football helmets, cell phone covers, mouse pads, DVDs, jewelry, watches, bumper stickers, stuffed animals, balloons and …

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Virtual, Inc. Combines with DMG and PCS, Inc. to Form New Firm

MBBP client Virtual, Inc. has joined Drohan Management Group (DMG) and Professional Credential Services (PCS, Inc.) as operating subsidiaries of Acuity Management Group, LLC. The three companies will now jointly provide professional services to technology and standards-setting organizations, business and trade associations, scientific professional societies, state governments, and professional licensing associations. MBBP represented Virtual, Inc. in …

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Top 13 Tips in Responding to a Complaint

As with subpoenas, being served with a summons and complaint can induce panic in many people. Don’t panic, but do call your attorney right away. Your attorney will help you prepare your response to the complaint that protects your rights, puts forward your defenses, and asserts any claims that you might have against the plaintiff. In …

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Mary Beth Kerrigan will be a Panelist at “Trends in the Funding Environment in New England” Event

On February 7th, corporate attorney Mary Beth Kerrigan will serve as a panelist for the panel "Trends in the Funding Environment in New England." The event will be hosted by The Startup Coalition and will be held at WeWork South Station from 6-8pm. The panel will cover how the funding environment has changed for startups …

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