Amanda Schreyer Speaking on IP Protection and Limitations for Fictional Characters Webinar

Amanda Schreyer will be a speaker on the Strafford webinar IP Protection and Limitations for Fictional Characters: Trademark, Copyright and Contract Rights on April 17. The webinar will provide guidance with respect to the legal protections available for fictional characters, including strategies for using copyright, trademark rights and contract provisions to build equity in fictional characters. …

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Payroll Software and Services Company MPAY Acquires BenePAY and IDM Solutions

Firm client MPAY, Inc. has acquired Michigan-based payroll company, BenePAY, a leader in payroll, tax and HR services, to accelerate MPAY's national payroll and human resource services expansion strategy through its Payentry brand. MPAY has also acquired California-based payroll and insurance company, IDM Solutions, further expanding its reach and giving MPAY its first West Coast …

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Amanda Schreyer Named Co-Chair of Women’s Bar Association Communications Committee

Amanda Schreyer has been named co-chair of the Communications Committee for the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts. The WBA Communications Committee promotes the organization's public presence through media outreach, press releases and articles, member communications, planning programs around media issues, and more. The Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts is where women lawyers come together to build important …

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Matt Mitchell and Amanda Thibodeau Join MBBP’s Employment Practice

MBBP is pleased to welcome Matthew L. Mitchell and Amanda E. Thibodeau to the Firm. Matt joins the Firm's Employment Law Group as a Member, and Amanda joins as an Associate. As Chair of the Firm’s Employment Law Group, Matt is experienced in the broad range of complex laws that affect the relationships between employers and employees, including wage and hour, …

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Mike Jabbawy Speaking at Boston Bar Association Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference

At the Boston Bar Association Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference, corporate partner Mike Jabbawy will serve as a panelist for the topic "What's New in Early Stage Financing?" The panel will discuss the continued prevalence of the use of SAFE form agreements in lieu of convertible notes, VC incubator models, crowd funding, and more. …

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Liz Bitar Speaking at Worcester State University Criminal Justice Event

Corporate attorney Liz Bitar will take part in an alumni panel at the Criminal Justice Alumni Connections event presented by the Worcester State University Alumni Association and the Criminal Justice Department. Liz will share about her journey from WSU to becoming an attorney, and answer any questions that attendees may have. The event will take place …

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Jon Gworek Moderating Panel at ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting 2019

Jon Gworek will be moderating a panel on corporate venture capital (CVC) at the ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Vancouver later this week. Whereas a traditional venture capital firm is investing purely to maximize ROI, CVC investors may also invest for strategic reasons. This gives rise to the potential for conflicts of interest …

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Scott Bleier on ABA Panel Discussing Recent Judicial Developments Relating to Private Equity and Venture Capital

At the March 2019 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Vancouver, the Private Equity and Venture Capital Jurisprudence Subcommittee will feature presentations from a panel on recent judicial developments relating to private equity and venture capital. The panel will include corporate partner Scott Bleier, Lisa Hedrick of Hirschler, and Meghan Adams of Morris James. More information …

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Trademarks – Use Them (Properly) or Lose Them

To acquire and maintain trademark rights, it comes down to use of the mark. If the mark is no longer used, no longer used in association with all of the goods/services identified in registration for the mark, or if the mark is used incorrectly, rights in the mark will be lost. Therefore, it is crucial …

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Supreme Court Rules Works Must Be Registered Before Copyright Owners May Sue

On March 4, 2019, the Supreme Court unanimously held in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, et al., that the statute requiring copyright owners to register their works before suing means that no suit for infringement can be brought until the Copyright Office officially approves the copyright claimant’s application for registration (or officially …

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