Trademarks – Use Them (Properly) or Lose Them

To acquire and maintain trademark rights, it comes down to use of the mark. If the mark is no longer used, no longer used in association with all of the goods/services identified in registration for the mark, or if the mark is used incorrectly, rights in the mark will be lost. Therefore, it is crucial …

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Supreme Court Rules Works Must Be Registered Before Copyright Owners May Sue

On March 4, 2019, the Supreme Court unanimously held in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, et al., that the statute requiring copyright owners to register their works before suing means that no suit for infringement can be brought until the Copyright Office officially approves the copyright claimant’s application for registration (or officially …

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Liz Bitar Speaking on Worcester State Alumni Panel

Liz Bitar will join fellow Worcester State alumni on a panel at the March 25 Celebration of Scholarship & Creativity Scholars' Reception. The panel will discuss career advice, the WSU experience, and general advice to help current students prepare for their lives and careers post-graduation. The panel is a pre-event for the Annual Celebration of Scholarship & …

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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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Stan Chalvire Comments on Long-Standing Trademark Question Before the Supreme Court in Mass Lawyers Weekly Article

In the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article Long-standing trademark question before Supreme Court, intellectual property attorney Stan Chalvire commented on the issue of what becomes of a licensee’s right to use a trademark when the licensor rejects the license as part of the bankruptcy process. The International Trademark Association refers to the issue as "the most significant …

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Amanda Schreyer Speaking at Influencer/ Creative Entrepreneur Conference Alt Oasis

Media and intellectual property attorney Amanda Schreyer will be speaking at the Alt Oasis Conference being held March 24-29 in Palm Springs. Alt Oasis is a week-long conference for social media influencers and entrepreneurs in creative fields. Amanda will be speaking on legal matters for creative entrepreneurs including negotiating with brands, FTC endorsement disclosure guidelines, …

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Scott Bleier and VC Financing Subcommittee Hosting Panel at ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting 2019

At the March 2019 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Vancouver, co-chairs of the Venture Capital Financing Subcommittee, Scott Bleier of MBBP and Joshua Geffon of Stradling, will host a panel discussion on recent developments impacting incubators and accelerators. The panel will include Kyle Lavender of LaBarge Weinstein, Judy Mahan of Cal Poly SLO Incubator, Tim Poydenis of …

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MBBP Represents Hyperplane Venture Capital in Connection with Investment in Cambridge-Based Startup Modulate

Cambridge-based startup Modulate raised a $2 million seed financing round co-led by 2Enable Partners and MBBP client Hyperplane Venture Capital. Modulate produces voice features for digital characters in video games and online experiences and gives users the freedom to sound however they want. A MBBP team led by Mike Jabbawy represented Hyperplane Venture Capital in …

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Federal Registration of Trademarks to Protect Intellectual Property

Unlike with patents, there are common law legal protections with trademarks whether or not a mark is registered with the Trademark Office. In the United States, common law trademark rights automatically take effect upon actual use of the trademark in association with particular goods or services in commerce. As such, the question often arises, “why …

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