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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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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License Practitioners Beware the Macom Imbroglio!

By: John Hession Business and legal professionals beware of your Field of Use restrictions. Practitioners involved in constructing and drafting license agreements should pay particular attention to a U.S. Court of Appeals case decided in the Central District of California, Macom Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc. v. Infineon Technologies AG (January 29, 2018).  In the Macom …

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Howard Zaharoff, Mike Cavaretta and Amanda Schreyer to Participate in MCLE 21st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference 2018

     At the MCLE's 21st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference 2018, three of our attorneys will participate in the session "Trends and developments IP counsel, business lawyers and litigators must know," which will be held on Thursday, June 14 at the MCLE Conference Center in Boston. Howard Zaharoff is Co-Chair, and Mike Cavaretta and Amanda …

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Joe Hunt Speaking on Tax Panel about Choice of Business Entity

Tax attorney Joe Hunt will speak at the 7th Annual Tax Update held by M. Robinson & Company, Tax Law Specialists, on June 13 at Bentley University. The presentation will cover Qualified Business Income Tax Deduction, Foreign-Derived Intangible Deduction, Global Intangible Low Taxed Income Deduction, Wire Transfer Audits, and the IRS crackdown on cryptocurrency. Specifically, …

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Event Recap: Corporate Venture Capital

By: John Hession Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) in the technology sector has experienced some seismic shifts in perspective over the last decade. This perspective was offered by panelists Frank Andrasco, Director at next47, Adam Jackson, Venture Investor, Bose Ventures, and Charles Svirk, Senior Associate at MassMutual Ventures, who presented at a panel seminar hosted by …

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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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Shannon Zollo Will Discuss M&A Deal Trends at 2018 New England Business Summit

Corporate attorney Shannon Zollo will speak at the 2018 New England Business Summit, being held on May 16 at the Boston Marriott Newton. The Summit will offer business owners valuable economic information to help them formulate a business development plan for the upcoming year. Shannon will discuss relevant deal trends and typical structures within the …

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