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Q3 Venture Capital Data Published – Get it here! 12/31/2015

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MBBP’s Q4 VC Spotlight Newsletter is fresh off the press. This quarter we provide an analysis of data for 23 companies that closed their first institutional round of financing in the third quarter of 2015.

Here’s one of several charts available in our publication. Visit our VCs and Startups blog to learn more.

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Further data analysis, as well as featured articles, can be found in this quarter’s VC Spotlight Newsletter.

M&A Video Clip – Non-Competes & Non-Solicits: Common Issues in M&A Transactions 12/02/2015

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In the tenth video of MBBP’s M&A Clip Series, M&A attorney Shannon Zollo explains the importance of non-competition and non-solicitation covenants when buying a business.

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MBBP’s Life Sciences Vector, Fall 2015 11/30/2015

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extU.S. INTRODUCTION TO THE HAGUE SYSTEM

For many years, non-U.S. parties have taken advantage of the Hague System to register their design patents, an important part of strengthening and differentiating your product and brand. On May 13, 2015, the Hague Agreement Implementation of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLT) went into effect in the U.S. As a result, the U.S. became a member of the Hague System, an international system of registration for design patents (also referred to as “industrial designs” internationally). Now, U.S. applicants wishing to register a design patent in the U.S. and abroad may submit a single application and pay a single fee to register such design patent in all or some of the 63 other Contracting Parties that participate in the Hague Agreement.

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4,500 COMPANIES REELING AS EU’S HIGHEST COURT INVALIDATES SAFE HARBOR

On October 6, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued a binding judgment invalidating the European Commission Decision (Commission Decision 2000/520, the “Safe Harbor Decision”) that authorized the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor arrangement. For the past fifteen years, this arrangement has been relied upon by many businesses to transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States in compliance with the EU Data Protection Directive (Commission Decision 95/46, the “Directive”). As a result of the CJEU’s judgment, self-certification under the Safe Harbor framework is no longer sufficient to comply with the Directive.

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CONTROLLING THE DEBATE: ANTICIPATORY SELF-DILIGENCE IN BIOTECH BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

By: Jonathan P. Gertler, Back Bay Life Science Advisors

Business development is the lifeblood of the biotech industry. This article focuses on internal decision making regarding portfolio prioritization, and external anticipatory diligence to maintain optimal control over negotiation dynamics (i.e. “controlling the debate”).

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MBBP ADDS TWO ASSOCIATES

Registered Patent Attorney Erin E. Bryan handles a broad range of intellectual property issues in a number of technical areas. She currently works with a variety of clients, including universities, research organizations and start-ups in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology areas. She is also proficient in patent prosecution and provides assistance with various phases of IP litigation and counseling.

Corporate Attorney Erik S. Thompson provides services to a range of clients, including emerging businesses and private investment funds, and advises them on mergers and acquisitions, issuances of ISOs and equity options, and regulatory compliance. He also serves as outside counsel to numerous companies, attending Board meetings and advising them on corporate actions.

MBBP ATTORNEYS PRESENT “CONSTRUCTING A SOLID PROVISIONAL PATENT”

In October, Registered Patent Attorneys Sean D. Detweiler and Dr. Stanley F. Chalvire spoke at a program hosted by TechSandBox for its Life Sciences SIG. Joining Sean and Stan were two Life Science CEOs. The panel provided attendees with guidance on how to do a provisional patent, on your own, or on a low budget.

RECENT FINANCINGS IN HEALTHCARE / LIFE SCIENCES

  • NED Biosystems closed a $1.5 million Series B Preferred financing with First Round Capital and angel investors. NED Biosystems provides a adjunct therapy of natural supplements designed to enhance chemotherapy with less toxic side effects.
  • Criscot Inc. closed an $800,000 extension of its Series A-2 Preferred Stock financing. Criscot provides a novel, proprietary applicator for delivery of drug compounds, resulting in more exact dosage without toxicity effects.
  • First Light Biosciences Inc. closed a $3.0 million Series B Preferred Stock financing. First Light Biosciences provides a patented instrument for early and swift detection of pathogens during the hospital admissions process, reducing the risk of hospital-acquired infections.

SELVITA ESTABLISHES FIRST U.S. OPERATIONS  IN GREATER BOSTON AREA

MBBP client, Selvita, recently announced an expansion into the Boston-area biotechnology and pharmaceutical market, as they open a fully-owned US subsidiary, Selvita Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Selvita is a leading global drug discovery company and the largest drug discovery company in Central and Eastern Europe. The new office, located at 485 Massachusetts Ave., will focus largely on expanding the company’s existing clients for its drug discovery services, as well as exploring and developing partnering opportunities.

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HENKE-SASS, WOLF A SO-CALLED “HIDDEN CHAMPION”

Every day, people all over the world use products and solutions produced by Henke-Sass, Wolf – often without even realizing it, as most of our products have the brand and label of our customers and not ours. As a medium-sized international company, and a technological leader in the medical endoscopy sector, we are sometimes considered a “hidden champion” – but certainly not “hidden” from our longstanding business partners and loyal customers.

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Love Your Lawyer on National Love Your Lawyer Day! 11/06/2015

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image001On October 22, the American Bar Association adopted a resolution recognizing the first Friday of November as “National Love Your Lawyer Day,” “a day for the public to celebrate lawyers and express their gratitude to them for their affirmative contributions to the public good and the administration of justice.”

Don’t forget to Love Your Lawyer today! Read the resolution here.

Upcoming MBBP M&A Series Event: Selling the Family Business 11/02/2015

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The 3rd and final event in MBBP’s 2015 M&A Series will focus on selling the family business.  In addition to the usual transactional concerns including taxes and liability limitation, a sale of the family business often brings a host of issues such as family relations, loss of employment and other aspects that tend to be more “personal” than in other transactions.

On Friday, November 20th, join MBBP and a panel of experienced transactional professionals for a lively, interactive discussion on the unique issues that come up in the sale of the family business and how best to deal with them.

Attendance is free, but seating is limited. To register today, click here.

MBBP Welcomes Four Associates 10/26/2015

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MBBP is pleased to announce that Jamie N. DaltonMatthew R. LoeckerErin E. Bryan, and Erik S. Thompson, have joined the firm as associates.

M0846544Jamie is a member of our burgeoning litigation department, representing clients in all aspects of litigation, from the investigation of disputes through discovery, trial and appeal. She has significant experience in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution avenues such as mediation. A graduate of Harvard College (A.B.) and of Northeastern University School of Law (J.D.), Jamie interned during law school with Judge Patty Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

MattM0846580 brings to our corporate practice his considerable experience representing a wide range of emerging and middle market companies in all stages of the business life cycle, and has a particular expertise in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and venture financing. He has counseled some of the country’s leading corporations and private equity firms on complex domestic and cross-border leveraged buyouts and corporate restructuring. Matt is a graduate of Hamline University (B.A.) and Cornell Law School (J.D.).

A Registered Patent Attorney, Erin handles a broad range of intellectual property issues in a number of technical areas. She works with a variety of clients, including universities, research organizations and start-ups in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology areas. She is also proficient in patent prosecution and provides assistance with various phases of IP litigation and counseling. Erin is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (B.S., M.S.) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D.).

Erik provides services to a range of clients, including emerging businesses and private investment funds, and advises them on mergers and acquisitions, issuances of ISOs and equity options, and regulatory compliance. He also serves as outside counsel to numerous companies, attending Board meetings and advising them on corporate actions. A “Double Eagle” (Boston College, B.A.; Boston College Law School, J.D.), Erik served as the Executive Comment Editor of B.C.’s Journal of Law and Social Justice.

We invite you to contact JamieMattErin and Erik directly.

MBBP Upcoming Exclusive Event – The JOBS Act: What You and Your Company Need to Know 10/15/2015

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morseThe Jumpstart our Business Startups Act, commonly referred to as the “JOBS Act,” was signed into law in 2012 as a way to incentivize funding of United States emerging growth companies by easing various securities regulations.

Please join MBBP and Marcum on Thursday, November 12, for a discussion on the new MarcumLogorules and the impact this law has had on the equity crowdfunding and startup community since its inception, and how this may affect you and your company. CPE credits will be offered. 

We hope you can join us for this exciting event. Attendance is free, but seating is limited. To register today, click here.

MBBP to Sponsor Upcoming 2015 MITEF Cambridge Beantown Throwdown 09/28/2015

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MITEF-Full-Color-e1438717228333MBBP is proud to sponsor Beantown Throwdown, taking place at District Hall on Friday, October 9th. Organized by the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) of Cambridge, the Beantown Throwdown will feature teams representing Babson College, Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, UMass Lowell and Wentworth Institute of Technology, with each pitching their startups to the audience. Winning teams will receive a range of prizes to help launch and build their companies!

Find out what all the excitement is about, learn more and register for Beantown Throwdown here.

MBBP’s Joe Martinez Elected to MITEF Board 06/25/2015

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Corporate Attorney Joseph MartinezMBBP Corporate attorney Joe Martinez has been elected to the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Board of Directors. Joe takes over a seat formerly held by MBBP’s Jon Gworek, a longtime participant in MITEF.

The mission of the MIT Enterprise Forum is to inform, connect, and coach technology entrepreneurs—enabling them to rapidly transform ideas into world-changing companies, which makes it a natural fit with MBBP and our attorneys. While certainly not restricting our client base to start-ups and tech companies, we have always had a particular understanding of the needs common to them. As such, MBBP has been an active member and sponsor of MITEF since our earliest days.

MBBP is proud to continue a longstanding relationship with the Forum and congratulates Joe on his new role.

Upcoming Event at CIC – Cross-Atlantic Collaborations: Strategies and Tactics 05/19/2015

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Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)On Friday, June 5th MBBP will host an event at the Cambridge Innovation Center entitled “Cross-Atlantic Collaborations: Strategies and Tactics”. The panelists will discuss the creation and structuring of international licensing and collaboration deals in Europe, avoiding the tax traps and structuring pitfalls. This program is designed for smaller biotech and other emerging companies exploring the fertile frontiers of collaborations Across the Pond.

Moderated by:
Peter Barnes-Brown, Partner, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC


Panelists:
Aidan ByrneChartered Tax Adviser, Partner, Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon
Andreas McConnellPartner, PhilipLee
John Hession, Partner, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC

 

This event is complimentary, but space is limited. Register today!
Please visit our event page for more details and to register.

MBBP to Sponsor Upcoming TiE Startup Con 04/28/2015

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2015-04-23_9-30-48MBBP is proud to sponsor TiE Startup Con, taking place at the Cambridge Marriott on Friday, May 1st. The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) is a non-profit, global community supporting entrepreneurs all over the world by offering education, mentorship, networking, and funding opportunities. TiE’s upcoming conference seeks to help early-stage entrepreneurs along their journey to launch and build their own companies. It will provide several companies with the opportunity to negotiate with some of Boston’s top angel investors for access to valuable capital. With upwards of 600 annual attendees, the conference boasts three tracks focusing on the “Entrepreneur’s Journey”, “Tales from the Start-up Trenches”, along with traditional insight into “What’s Hot in Tech and Pharma in 2015″.

Find out what all the excitement is about, learn more and register for TiE Startup Con!

Team Wine or Team Tequila? Upcoming TUGG 9th Annual Tech Charity Wine and Tequila Party 04/13/2015

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2015-04-13_8-13-29On Thursday, April 16th, MBBP will be sponsoring the TUGG 9th Annual Wine and Tequila Party. Join 1,500+ of Boston tech’s entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and philanthropists as we raise $400K+ to support six local nonprofits, while enjoying top-shelf wine and tequila. The non profits at this year’s party will consist of three returning favorites from the TUGG portfolio, and three new and promising ones. Meet and mingle with representatives from these nonprofits and hear their stories during the event. Then cast your votes for your favorite returning and your favorite new nonprofit. The winning non profit will be awarded up to $50,000. 

 

Don’s miss out! Learn more and register for the TUGG 9th Annual Wine and Tequila Party.

MBBP Attorney to Present Upcoming myLawCLE Program 04/09/2015

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Corporate Attorney Mark TaralloOn Monday, April 13th, MBBP Attorney Mark Tarallo will be presenting myLawCLE’s “Basic LLCs 101”. The goal of the program is to provide course participants with a basic understanding of limited liability companies.

The course will discuss a wide range of information regarding limited liabilities companies, including:

  • What is an LLC?
  • Comparison of LLCs with other entities-Liability, Taxes, and Other Issues
  • Formation of the LLC
  • When to Use and Avoid the LLC
  • Drafting the Operating Agreement-Key Provisions
  • Ethical Issues in Representing the LLC

Any questions regarding this topic, please feel free to contact Attorney Mark Tarallo directly.

To register for this event, please see the myLawCLE events page.

MBBP Managing Partner Lisa Warren Panelist at MassBio Annual Meeting 03/20/2015

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M0164549On Thursday, March 26th MBBP Managing Partner Lisa Warren will sit as part of a panel at The MassBio Annual Meeting.  The discussion will be on the topic of Externalizing Pharma R&D.

The MassBio Annual Meeting is a two day event that focuses on the most timely and critical challenges facing the Massachusetts biotechnology industry. As MassBio’s largest event, drawing close to 400 industry leaders, the meeting program is compiled by a Steering Committee and includes keynote presentations, plenary discussions, two panel tracks (Better Business and Trends in Science), and extensive networking opportunities.

For more information contact MassBio.

MBBP Climbs 3 Spots on BBJ List of Largest Law Firms 03/12/2015

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2015-03-09_12-59-02Every year, the Boston Business Journal releases the Book of Lists which contains lists of top companies on a variety of different industries such as accounting firms, mutual funds and family owned businesses. In February, the Boston Business Journal published the most recent edition, and MBBP is pleased to be ranked #48 on the list of The Largest Law Firms in Massachusetts.

For more information on the firm or to learn how we can help you with your legal needs, please visit our website.

The full list of The Largest Law Firms in Massachusetts is available to subscribers via the Boston Business Journal’s digital edition here.

MBBP Welcomes New Member John Hession 02/24/2015

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hessionMBBP is pleased to announce that veteran venture capital, technology, and life sciences attorney John Hession has joined the firm as a Member. John represents emerging-growth companies in the medical device, life sciences, software and digital media fields, as well as angels and venture capital funds in the investment process in these areas. His practice includes both start-up and later-stage company work; equity-based compensation strategies; public offerings, representing either underwriters or companies; mergers and acquisitions, representing either buyers or sellers; corporate partnering, joint ventures and other strategic alliances involving technology transfers; license and distribution arrangements for medical devices and biotechnology, software and hardware companies; and venture capital or angel financings of technology companies.

Prior to joining MBBP, John was Of Counsel in the Venture Financings and Emerging Companies practice groups and a member of the Cooley, LLP Business department. He started his legal career at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP, where he practiced for more than twenty years as one of Testa’s lead attorneys, representing venture-backed technology companies in all stages of financings.

 

The full press release is available here.  Please feel free to contact John Hession directly.

 

MBBP Ranked “Best Law Firm” in Boston by U.S. News and Best Lawyers 02/24/2015

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BLF-Metro-Tier-1-2014-Tax-LawBLF-Metro-Tier-1-2014-Litigation-TaxU.S. News and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, have joined to rank more than 12,000 firms in 120 practice areas in 174 metropolitan areas and 8 states. Morse Barnes-Brown & Pendleton P.C. has received a Tier 1 ranking of Boston’s “Best Law Firm” 2015 in two practice areas: Tax Law and Litigation-Tax. The U.S.News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on an evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

MBBP is proud of our impressive tax department. Please feel free to contact the members of our team with any tax-related questions.

 

MBBP’s Carl Barnes on Panel for Boston University Law School Symposium: The Legal Challenges of Funding Startups 02/17/2015

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Corporate Attorney Carl BarnesCarl Barnes will be a panelist at a symposium presented by the Boston University School of Law Review of Banking and Financial Law on Friday, February 27, 2015. The symposium will bring together legal scholars and practicing lawyers to discuss key financial issues that startup companies face, including crowdfunding, startup financing, and the tension between state and federal law.

For any questions regarding venture capital and start-up financing, please contact Carl Barnes.

Upcoming MBBP Event: Series A Venture Capital Financing: A Review of 2014 and What to Expect in 2015 02/12/2015

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Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)On Thursday, March 5th MBBP will host a VC event at the Cambridge Innovation Center discussing the various factors that need to be taken into consideration when pricing a venture capital transaction. We have gathered a panel of seasoned VCs that will discuss these factors and will share invaluable insight to entrepreneurs preparing for a fundraising.

Moderated by:
Scott Bleier, Senior Attorney, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC


Panelists:
Luke Burns, Partner, Ascent Venture Partners
Rob Go, Cofounder, NextView Ventures
Paul Flanagan, Managing Director, Sigma Prime Ventures

This event is complimentary, but space is limited. Register today!
Please visit our event page for more details and to register.

MBBP Welcomes Attorneys Brian Assessor and Callie Pioli 01/21/2015

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Brian J Assessor Web Hi Res Crop (M0716134)MBBP is pleased to announce that Callie Pioli and Brian Assessor have joined the firm as associates.

Brian is a Registered Patent Attorney, specializing in patent prosecution, patent searching, and related counseling. His practice focuses on counseling clients in developing and implementing strategies to protect their intellectual property, particularly in the areas relating to computer and electrical engineering. Prior to joining MBBP, Brian practiced patent law as an associate with a patent boutique firm specializing in patent prosecution. He primarily worked closely with clients with respect to the preparation and prosecution of utility patents.

Callie L Pioli Web Hi Res Crop (M0702163)Callie concentrates her practice in the area of intellectual property. Her focus is primarily on trademark law, including the selection, screening, prosecution, maintenance, and enforcement of trademarks both domestically and internationally. Callie’s interest in intellectual property began in 2011 when she worked as a Trademark Administrative Assistant at Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton. Prior to rejoining MBBP, she was a Law Clerk at Keegan & Werlin LLP, where she worked on a variety of corporate, transactional and nonprofit business matters.

Please feel free to contact Brian and Callie directly.

 

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