How to Prepare for Counterfeiters, Whether You Sell on Amazon.com or Not

By: Sean D. Detweiler When it comes to online marketplaces, there are numerous traps for the unwary, whether you are a startup or a multi-million dollar company. The “Better Business Bureau (BBB) has received thousands of complaints from people who have shopped for goods online and received counterfeit products instead of what they thought they ordered… …

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Michael Cavaretta Gives Guest Lecture to Intro to Entrepreneurship Class at Worcester State University

On October 30th Corporate Attorney Michael Cavaretta of Morse gave a guest lecture to the Intro to Entrepreneurship class at Worcester State University on intellectual property and contract issues for startups. The class is geared toward entrepreneurs who are developing their own businesses, and is in line with Worcester State and its director of Entrepreneurship, …

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The Trademark Company, LegalZoom & Other Online Services

By: Sean D. Detweiler Consumers continue to become increasingly more comfortable conducting business transactions of all types online, including filing trademark and patent applications, without the help of an attorney. At Morse, this has resulted in an increase of clients looking for help on a pending trademark or patent application previously initiated using an online …

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Stacey Friends Interviewed by Radio Entrepreneurs

The Radio Entrepreneurs, a show that provides advice, information and connections for entrepreneurs, service providers and established companies, interviewed Morse trademark partner Stacey Friends. Stacey discusses trademark clearance, registration, and enforcement for large and small companies, as well as the recent USPTO rule change regarding specimens of use, based on the sudden influx of trademark applications from China. …

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Jill Edgar Joins Morse as Patent Agent

Morse is pleased to welcome Jill O. Edgar as a Patent Agent. Jill works with life science entities to assist with all aspects of their patent procurement, including prosecution of U.S. and foreign patents and rendering patentability and validity opinions. Jill is a Registered U.S. Patent Agent and has a broad range of interests within …

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John Hession Speaking on CFIUS and Cross-Border Biotech Transactions

At the April 9th MassBio event Cross-Border Biotech Transactions: CFIUS and Other Risks, corporate partner John Hession will speak on the risks that early-stage biotech companies face when pursuing strategic alliances with foreign partners or investors. The discussion will center around the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' (CFIUS) expansion of its regulation …

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Register today: Show Me the Money: Bio Bucks, Royalties and Other Payment Structures in Strategic Alliances 

  The MBBP Life Sciences group will host the panel event Show Me the Money: Bio Bucks, Royalties and Other Payment Structures in Strategic Alliances on Wednesday, April 3 in our Waltham office. Topics will include upfront license fees, technology access payments, milestone triggers, commercial due diligence fees, clinical trial milestones, royalty rates, and more. …

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MassBio Forum: Doing Business in China, Trade Friction or Pharma Fusion?

By: John Hession This week I attended a MassBio Forum Panel on Doing Business With China: Changing Regulatory Reforms and BD Opportunities in China. The panel members were Kate Haviland, Chief Business Officer at Blueprint Bio; Wei Zhao, Vice President at VP 6 Dimensions (Wuxi Ventures); and Kenneth Zhou, Partner at WilmerHale. The moderator was Ryan Roller, …

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Recent Growth in the Boston Area Life Sciences Ecosystem

The life sciences ecosystem in Boston is flourishing at a prolific pace. Boston is the mecca of strong universities coupled with some of the top teaching hospitals in the country, producing imaginative, intelligent individuals with science and medical backgrounds. These researchers and entrepreneurs are driven to launch the latest groundbreaking ideas and devices to fight …

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TTAB Rules Multicolored Trademarks on Product Packaging Are Never Inherently Distinctive

As we enter into fall, the leaves on the trees will soon be multicolored. They are sure to be inherently distinctive, with each tree being a unique creation. But as patent and trademark attorney Sean Detweiler explains in his new article Multicolored Leaves More Inherently Distinctive than Multicolored Trademarks, multicolored trademarks do not get the …

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