Surviving as a Tenant In the Age of Coronavirus: A Checklist

With many struggling under a commercial lease as a result of the operational impediments or revenue freefall caused by the Coronavirus, numerous tenants have inquired how to revoke, amend or negotiate relief under their current leases. Every lease, every tenant’s needs, and every landlord’s ability and willingness to accommodate is different, but there may be …

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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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Explaining Profits Interests and Their Tax Consequences

By: Joseph E. Hunt Equity incentives are an important form of compensation in many types of businesses and are especially important at the start-up phase when only limited funds may be available to pay cash compensation. Entrepreneurs familiar with the corporate form of business likely have received equity incentives themselves, possibly in the form of …

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MBBP’s Life Sciences Vector Newsletter, Spring 2017

Our Life Sciences team has published the Spring 2017 edition of its newsletter, Vector. Below you will find brief descriptions of the news and articles included in the publication. Read the full newsletter for more information. DAVID CZARNECKI AND STANLEY CHALVIRE ELEVATED WITHIN THE FIRM We are pleased to announce that David Czarnecki and Stanley Chalvire …

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Good News for Patent Holders

By: Lisa Warren In what has been a seemingly rare occurrence in recent months, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently issued a pro-patentee decision in Immersion Corporation v. HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc., holding that a continuing application filed on the same day as the parent application issues as a …

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MBBP’s Life Sciences Vector, Summer 2016

2016 LIFE SCIENCES PANEL SERIES At the second of our Life Sciences panel Series: “Laying the Foundation for Growth: Entity & Equity”, experts discussed whether a corporation or a limited liability company is the “Right Stuff ” for building an emerging company, and how to structure and optimize the equity compensation of the team. MBBP’s John Hession moderated the panel, which included Marc Cote of …

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Ad Network to pay $950,000 in civil penalties for alleged privacy misrepresentations and alleged COPPA violations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced a settlement with InMobi, a Singapore-based mobile advertising network.  The FTC alleged that InMobi engaged in deceptive trade practices in violation of Section 5(a) of the FTC Act by misrepresenting its practices regarding online consumer tracking and collection of information from children.  The FTC also alleged that InMobi …

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With Seagate Overturned, More Careful Analysis of Competitor Patents May Be A Good Idea

By: Sean D. Detweiler The U.S. Supreme Court has just issued a decision in two unrelated cases[1] that overturns the 2007 Federal Circuit ruling[2], known as “Seagate”. The Supreme Court considers Seagate to be “unduly rigid” and overly limiting as to the potential for enhanced damages in patent infringement cases. Since 2007, under the now-overturned-Seagate-analysis, a patent infringer could more easily …

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June ELA Published: “Magic” Numbers

MBBP's Employment Law Group just released its June Employment Law Advisor. It is crucial for businesses to be aware of the ever-increasing array of laws that govern the workplace in order to maintain legal compliance and avoid legal exposure. For growing businesses, it is specifically important to understand how the number of employees dictates when the state and …

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The Contours of Copyright #3: Too Short for Copyright?

It is axiomatic that copyrights do not protect words or short phrases. But how short is too short for copyright? 10 words? 5 words? 3 words? Consider Henny Youngman’s classic 4-word joke, “Take my wife … please.” Is that a copyrightable jocular expression, or an uncopyrightable short phrase (or, for you copyright pros, a merged …

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