Life Sciences Vector Newsletter, Spring 2018

extOur Life Sciences team has published the Spring 2018 edition of its Vector newsletter. Below you will find brief descriptions of the news and articles included in the publication. Read the full newsletter for more information.

JOSEPH HUNT AND DANIEL BLANCHARD JOIN FIRM IN TAX AND CORPORATE PRACTICE GROUPS

A member of the Firm’s Corporate and Tax Practice Groups, Joe advises emerging and middle-market companies spanning a variety of different industries at all stages of development. Dan’s corporate practice is focused on guiding his clients through corporate governance, employment matters, strategic commercial transactions, equity and debt fundraising activities, and mergers and acquisitions. Read more about Joe and Dan.

RESOLUTION REBOOT: IMPROVE YOUR IP POSITION IN AN HOUR

With the first quarter of the year in the rear view mirror, has the momentum of all those New Year’s resolutions passed you by? As spring shows its face, now is the time for a resolution reboot to improve your IP position with these actionable suggestions, found on page 1.

FINDING SAFE HARBOR: PROTECTIONS FROM INFRINGEMENT FOR USING PATENTED INVENTIONS DURING THE REGULATORY APPROVAL PROCESS

Development and testing of new therapeutics can be a costly and difficult undertaking; obtaining FDA approval alone can easily cost millions of dollars. In some instances, obtaining regulatory approval can require use of patented inventions, a serious roadblock if a license cannot be obtained. However, in the context of the regulatory approval process, patented inventions can be used in certain circumstances without a license and without being considered an act of infringement. Learn more about Safe Harbor.

CHANGES TO MASSACHUSETTS EQUAL PAY LAW COMING IN JULY 2018

In an effort to remedy perceived pay inequities based on gender, the Massachusetts legislature recently passed An Act to Establish Pay Equity, which amended the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (“MEPA”). MEPA prohibits gender discrimination in the payment of “wages.” The changes to MEPA will take effect on July 1, 2018. Continue reading about the changes and what your company needs to do to be prepared.

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: TECHNOLOGY FOR THE GREATER GOOD FROM THE ADDITIVE ADVANTAGE

Wish there were an easier way to take your daily medication, without the fear of confusing doses, or even swallowing a pill? Want to feel safer, knowing on sight whether food and other consumables have been contaminated or tampered with? Fortunately, MBBP client The Additive Advantage has leveraged its innovative technology to find the solutions to these problems and many more. Learn more about The Additive Advantage.

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