Patents and Pumpkins: Hidden Soft Spots Can Ruin Them Both

    Imagine: you arrive at the pumpkin patch and see the perfectly shaped, perfectly orange pumpkin for which you’ve been searching. Envisioning the amazing jack-o-lantern you’ll create from this perfection, you snatch it from among the vines – only to find the bottom soft and mushy from mildew! There may not be many ways …

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Stan Chalvire Participating in IP Licensing Workshop at Suffolk University Law School

Suffolk University Law School will hold an Intellectual Property Licensing Workshop, where attendees will acquire proven skills to maximize the value of the licenses they negotiate. Intellectual property attorney Stan Chalvire, who has extensive experience in the licensing of IP, will serve as one of the faculty members for the workshop. Participants will negotiate a …

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Attorneys Earn IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional Credentials

   Jamie Dalton and Ryan Perry have earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). The CIPP is the global standard in privacy certification. Developed and launched by the IAPP with leading subject matter experts, the CIPP is the world’s first broad-based global privacy and data protection credentialing program. The …

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As the Trade Show Season Ramps Up, Don’t Forget to Harvest Your Patentable Inventions Before Heading to the Show

On July 27, 2018, in GoPro, Inc. v. Contour IP Holding, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that a sales catalog distributed at a dealer trade show not open to the general public was publicly accessible and therefore qualified as a prior art printed publication under 35 U.S.C. Section 102(b) (2018 WL 3596007 …

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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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Howard Zaharoff Unveils the Key to Successful Writing Collaborations in Writer’s Digest 

In his new article for Writer's Digest, Howard Zaharoff discusses why a contract is crucial to successful collaborative writing, from an equal co-authorship to a ghostwritten autobiography. He notes that a good contract is clear about who has what roles, how rights and burdens are shared, and how to unwind the project if things implode. For details …

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The Top Five Considerations for Startups

Starting a new business can be both exciting and challenging. Protecting your business from day one can set you up for success and help you avoid costly litigation down the road. To help set you on the path to success, corporate attorney Liz Bitar covers the Top Five Considerations for Startups, including choice of entity, …

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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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The Process of GDPR Compliance: MAP DATA, DOORS O(PEN)

The new European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on Friday, May 25, 2018, but many companies are still hard at work becoming compliant with this broad and stringent regulatory scheme governing privacy and data security. This new law reaches companies located in the United States who process any information (personal data) of …

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Jeffry Severson and Elizabeth Bitar Join MBBP as Associates

MBBP welcomed two new associates to its intellectual property and corporate practices, Jeffry C. Severson and Elizabeth A. Bitar. Jeff's intellectual property practice will focus on protecting his clients' inventions and growing their intellectual property portfolios. Prior to joining the Firm, Jeff worked as an operations research patent examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. As a corporate …

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