NLRB Says It’s Unlawful for Employers to Prohibit Defamatory or Inappropriate Comments by Employees

On March 18th, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released some valuable guidance on language employers should and should not consider including in their employee handbooks. Given the broad reach of the recent handbook rulings, and the many policies to which these decisions may apply, all employers should review their handbooks and relevant policies for compliance with …

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MBBP Client OtoSense Earns Top Award at GSMA Global Mobile Awards

MBBP client OtoSense, a Cambridge-based start-up, has recently been recognized for its sound recognition technology. The company has developed an app that enables hearing impaired end users to select various traditional sounds such as bells, alarms, timers, etc. that occur within an everyday environment and then identify such sounds as they occur and alert the end user via non-acoustic means …

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United States Completes Hague Agreement Deposit For Industrial Designs  

By: Stan Chalvire  Currently, design patent applicants that wish to pursue international protection for their industrial designs must file a design patent application in each country, and such applications must generally be filed within six months of the date of the earliest filed design patent application.  That is about to change with the United States …

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An Overview of Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans

By: Joe Marrow Officers, directors and other insiders (“Company Insiders”) of publicly-traded companies use Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans (a “10b5-1 Plan”) to buy and sell company stock at predetermined times so that such trading activity may occur regardless of whether the Company Insider is privy to material nonpublic information at the time of the trade.  …

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Upcoming Boston IE Club Panel at Venture Cafe

On Wednesday March 11, 2015, Innovation & Enterprise Business Club (The IE Club) will host an event entitled "Successful Partnerships Between Large And Small Companies Building Great Success With... Very Different Teams Working Together: How To Make It Work". The panel will feature several CEOs of small companies sharing their views of company best practices, as well as practices to avoid (internet/enablers/innovative …

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Insights on Corporate Venture Capital

Last week, MBBP's Scott Bleier attended a panel discussion hosted by the Johnson & Johnson Boston Innovation Center, which featured three corporate venture capitalists from Sanofi-Genzyme Bioventures, Boehringer Ingelheim Venture USA Inc. and Johnson & Johnson Development Corp.  In a very informative and candid discussion, the panelists shared the investment philosophies behind their companies’ CVC …

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Forging Successful Strategic Alliances for Life Sciences Companies

When entering into an exclusive licensing arrangement, the odds of success are against most companies. Typically within the first twelve months of an arrangement, 2/3 of all alliances crumble.  If these ventures are so prone to failure, what preventative measures can a company employ to ensure success? To learn how to achieve success when entering an alliance, read …

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MBBP Client Demiurge Studios Acquired by SEGA Networks

MBBP Client Demiurge Studios, an independent game developer out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been acquired by SEGA Networks, a multinational video game developer, publisher, and hardware development company. Founded in 2002, Demiurge Studios made the transition into mobile gaming in 2008 and found success with Marvel® Puzzle Quest™, a top 100 grossing app on the App Store and top …

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Insider Trading Prosecutions Going Forward: The Fallout from Newman

By: Mark Tarallo  In its recent decision in United States vs. Newman, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals imposed a significant burden on prosecutors bringing insider trading cases.  The Court articulated that in an insider trading case, the prosecution must prove that: the corporate insider was entrusted with a fiduciary duty the corporate insider breached …

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MBBP Client Forge Worldwide Wins “Sweet” Partnership with Friendly’s

MBBP would like to congratulate client Forge Worldwide, a Boston-based advertising agency, for winning a partnership with Friendly's Ice Cream.  Forge Worldwide will now oversee all television, radio, print and out-of-home advertising for Friendly's as well as provide support to the Friendly’s team as it focuses on its re-brand and resurgence in core markets. Some other clients Forge Worldwide works with include …

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