MassChallenge Awards cleancult with $50,000 Gold Prize

On October 17th, MassChallenge held an award ceremony to announce the winners of the $1 million in cash prizes as part of its 2018 Boston Startup Competition and Accelerator. Awards were handed out to 15 of the Accelerators highest-impact finalists from the original 128 startups admitted into the program. MBBP client cleancult was named a $50K Gold Winner for …

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Electric Car Charging Company, SparkCharge, Wins $1 Million Grand Prize at Startup Competition

MBBP client SparkCharge won a $1 million grand prize at this year's 43North startup competition in Buffalo, NY. SparkCharge developed portable charging solutions for electric vehicles, ending range anxiety for electric car owners. This year's 43North competition had 485 applicants, with 10 startups ultimately pitching at the finals. With the earnings, it plans to hire more …

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Heuresis Selected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Provide Handheld X-Ray Imagers

MBBP client Heuresis Corporation has been awarded a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to provide handheld reflective x-ray imagers, with a value of up to $28.8 million. The HBI-120 x-ray imagers enable law enforcement and security professionals to perform narcotics interdiction and threat detection missions better, …

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Design Mentor, Inc. Awarded Grant at Children’s National Pediatric Device Symposium

At the Children's National 6th Annual Pediatric Device Symposium, MBBP client Design Mentor, Inc. was awarded a $25,000 grant for presenting its innovative medical device, VentriFlo, that addresses significant unmet needs in pediatric healthcare at the "Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!" competition. VentriFlo is an extracorporeal blood pump for short-term cardiopulmonary support of …

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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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Sully’s Brand Teams Up with Target to Design Boston T-Shirts

Peabody-based apparel company and MBBP client Sully's Brand is teaming up with Target to design Boston-themed t-shirts. After Target previously had to pull Boston t-shirts from stores due to errors, Chris Wrenn, the founder of Sully's Brand, reached out to Target and suggested it use a local designer to assist with the Boston shirts. Target agreed …

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ProdPerfect Accepted into Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator Program in NYC

MBBP client ProdPerfect was accepted into the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA), located in New York City. The ERA provides accepted companies with a four month intensive program that helps early-stage companies rapidly progress into viable and venture-scalable businesses. It is New York City's largest accelerator program and has a mentor network of 400+ expert investors, technologists, …

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Jon Gworek Moderating ABA Panel on Fiduciary Duties & the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in LLC’s

Corporate partner Jon Gworek will moderate the ABA Business Law Section's webinar Fiduciary Duties and the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in LLC's on Friday, May 18 at 12pm. The webinar will feature panelists Brad Davey and David DiDonato of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, and will cover the Miller v. HCP case, …

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Life Sciences Vector Newsletter, Spring 2018

Our 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, …

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