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“Practicing TM, Copyright, IP & Related Areas of Law”: Amanda Schreyer Speaking at BPLA Event 09/18/2017

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AES Headshot Photo 2017 (M1117143xB1386)Intellectual property attorney Amanda Schreyer will speak at the Boston Patent Law Association’s “Making Connections in Boston’s IP Community” event on October 18. Amanda will speak on the panel “Practicing TM, Copyright, IP & Related Areas of Law,” which will discuss pathways to practices as an IP lawyer in various settings. The panel discussion will be of particular interest to law students, recent law school graduates, STEM students, and others interested in intellectual property law careers.

The panel will be held from 5:00-6:30pm at District Hall in Boston’s Innovation District. View the event page for more information and to register.

Josh Watson Moderating Private Equity and VC Funds Program at ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting 09/14/2017

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JHW Headshot Photo 2016 (M0990045xB1386)At this year’s ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, private funds attorney Josh Watson will serve as the program chair and moderator for the program “End of Life Issues for Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds.” The program will be presented by the Private Equity and Venture Capital committee and will cover issues faced by private funds as they approach the end of their life spans. Topics include term extensions, secondary sales, restructurings, and conflicts of interest.

The program will be held this Friday, September 15 at 8am. For more information, view the meeting guide.

Skelmet Creates Custom-Built Sport Sunglasses Using 3-D Technology 09/14/2017

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MBBP client Skelmet’s Falcon 1 sport sunglasses are custom-built to perfectly fit your face and are ideal for athletes. They are created using 3-D scanning and printing technology and Skelmet’s design algorithm. The order process for the glasses includes a 3-D scan of the face, which is then entered into Skelmet’s A.I. Fit design system, after which the glasses are 3-D printed.

Skelmet’s cofounder Rain Wang, a former triathlete, created the company from her growing frustration of the fit of mass-produced sports products. Skelmet mass customizes all of its products so that consumers can find their individual fit.

To learn more about Skelmet’s Falcon 1 sunglasses, read the full article in the Boston Globe.

Amanda Schreyer Speaking at the Boston Bar Association on IP Protection of Fictional Characters 09/12/2017

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AES Headshot Photo 2017 (M1117143xB1386)At the Boston Bar Association on September 29, intellectual property attorney Amanda Schreyer will present on “Intellectual Property Protection and Exploitation of Fictional Characters.” The presentation will outline the most important cases addressing the protection of fictional characters using copyright, trademark, and publicity law. Additionally, it will cover the legal principles that are permitting non-character owners to use the characters in new ways.

The presentation will take place at the Boston Bar Association from 12-1pm on September 29th. Register today to reserve your place.

Mike Cavaretta Moderating Startup Coalition Panel on Avoiding Legal Snafus 09/12/2017

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Michael J Cavaretta (MJC)Corporate attorney Mike Cavaretta will moderate the Startup Coalition panel “An Ounce of Prevention: How Startups Can Avoid Legal Snafus.” The panel of startup and legal veterans will discuss on which legal precautions startups should focus their limited resources in order to reduce the likelihood of long term consequences on their business.

The panel will take place on September 20th at WeWork. View the event page for more information and registration details.

Carl Barnes Comments on Earnout Disputes in Startup Acquisitions in Wall Street Journal 09/05/2017

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CFB Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846497xB1386)The Wall Street Journal article “Rise of ‘Earnouts’ Muddies M&A Waters” discusses the increasing landscape of earnout agreements in startup acquisitions. As the article states, earnout agreements are often used in order to settle differences over a company’s valuation, but are frequently leading to disputes over milestone payments. MBBP corporate partner Carl Barnes remarks that:

Concern about the potential for earnout disputes is leading startups to take proactive measures, such as creating escrow accounts to fund legal battles. Typically, funds for the escrow come off the top of the cash paid up front. If the funds are never used, they are disbursed to shareholders.”

Additional measures involve how the earnout agreements are initially structured and negotiated within the deal. For more information, read the full article.

TechCrunch Names Escher Reality One of of Top 7 Startups at Y Combinator S’17 Demo Day 08/29/2017

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TechCrunch named MBBP client Escher Reality one of the top seven startups from the Y Combinator Summer 2017 Demo Day part 1. Y Combinator’s Demo Day is an opportunity for the companies that participated in its intensive pitch preparation program to present their company to investors.

Escher Reality is an augmented reality data platform that collects AR mapping data from camera phone videos and allows other developers to build on the augmented reality experience. TechCrunch picked them as one of their top seven startups because:

AR is becoming the next big trend in consumer software. But the physical world is vast, and both developers and platforms will need assistance getting mapping data for everywhere.”

Congratulations to Escher Reality on this recognition. More information can be found on TechCrunch.

MBBP’s Life Sciences Vector Newsletter, Summer 2017 08/24/2017

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extOur Life Sciences team has published the Summer 2017 edition of its Vector newsletter. Below you will find brief descriptions of the news and articles included in the publication. Read the full newsletter for more information.

CORPORATE PARTNER MIKE JABBAWY PARTICIPATING ON SHOOBX STARTUP PANEL

On September 26, corporate partner Mike Jabbawy will take part in the panel “How to Start a Startup.” The panel is part of Shoobx’s Startup Series, which features real life stories from startup founders, investors, and community members. More information and how to register for the event can be found on page 1.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ATTORNEY AMANDA SCHREYER JOINS MBBP AS COUNSEL

Intellectual Property attorney Amanda Schreyer joined the firm as Counsel. Amanda focuses her practice on licensing and strategic alliances; trademarks and copyrights; and privacy and data security. Read more about Amanda’s practice.

MORE MONEY FOR LIFE SCIENCES?

A new legislative proposal to provide a five-year, $500 million life sciences initiative was recently announced by Governor Charlie Baker. This initiative would extend the current 10-year, $1 billion initiative that is set to expire at the end of the next fiscal year and would continue to be managed by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. More information about the proposal can be found on page 1.

SANDOZ INC. v. AMGEN INC.: SUPREME COURT CLARIFIES BPCIA PROVISIONS

On June 12, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued its first ruling on two key provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) concerning the resolution of patent infringement suits in connection with the submission to the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) of applications to commercialize biosimilars in the United States. Read more about the case implications.

LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORP. v. PROMEGA CORP.

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., a case focused on interpreting the patent infringement statute which creates liability for exporting a component of a patented invention. Read the full article for more information.

TC HEARTLAND LCC v. KRAFT FOODS GROUP BRANDS LLC

In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, the Supreme Court unanimously held that 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) is the exclusive provision controlling venue in patent cases, and that under this provision a corporation “resides” only in the state of incorporation. Continue reading for more information about the case.

THE MINUTIAE OF CORPORATE MINUTES?

Young entrepreneurs and corporate associates of emerging companies frequently ask: “How detailed should Board of Directors meetings’ minutes be?” The short answer is: Do not delve into minutiae, other than precision for approval of equity issuances, option grants and material contracts. More guidance on corporate minutes can be found starting on page 4.

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: CRISTCOT LLC

Cristcot LLC is a global life sciences company focused on the development and commercialization of unique drug delivery systems, combination products, and specialty drug formulations that improve the quality of patient care. Read the full spotlight on page 6.

More Money for Life Sciences? 08/24/2017

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By: Erin Bryan

EEB Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846503xB1386)A new legislative proposal to provide a five-year, $500 million life sciences initiative was recently announced by Governor Charlie Baker. This initiative would extend the current 10-year, $1 billion initiative that is set to expire at the end of the next fiscal year and would continue to be managed by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The proposal includes $295 million in capital authorization and up to $150 million in job-creating tax incentives.

The focus of the new initiative will be on job training and career development, with strategic priorities being to strengthen the state’s skilled workforce pipeline, expand opportunities for companies to access both private and public investment resources, develop new scientific innovations that deliver better outcome, affordable therapies to patients, and continue to lead the convergence revolution in digital health, biopharma, medical devices and engineering.[1]

The announcement of the legislative proposal at the 2017 BIO International Convention in San Diego was well received by those in the industry, with many expressing their excitement and support for the continued investment in the Massachusetts life sciences sector. Nonetheless, this will bear continued watching, particularly in view of the significant budget gap facing the Commonwealth.

For more information, please contact Erin Bryan.

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  1. Press Release: “Baker-Polito Administration Proposes Life Sciences Initiative,” June 19, 2017. http://www.mass.gov/governor/press-office/press-releases/fy2017/administration-proposes-life-sciences-initiative.html

MBBP Welcomes Intellectual Property Attorney Amanda Schreyer as Counsel 08/23/2017

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AES Headshot Photo 2017 (M1117143xB1386)We are pleased to announce the addition of Intellectual Property Counsel Amanda Schreyer.

Amanda will continue to concentrate her practice on privacy and data security, licensing and strategic alliances, trademark, and transactional matters. Schreyer’s clients include video game and software developers, digital influencers, media publishers, influencer marketing agencies and other intellectual property holders.

Amanda regularly advises clients on such matters as sweepstakes and contest rules and regulations, native advertising and sponsored content, and FTC endorsement and disclosure requirements. She has substantial experience negotiating film, television, and book deals, and is very knowledgeable about talent collective bargaining agreements. Amanda prosecutes trademarks at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and also advises creative entrepreneurs in connection with a variety of transactional matters.

We invite you to contact Amanda directly.

Inc. Magazine Includes Dane Street on List of Fastest Growing Private Companies for 5th Consecutive Year 08/22/2017

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Dane Street Client Logo (M0739750xB1386)For the fifth consecutive year, MBBP client Dane Street has been included on Inc. Magazine’s exclusive List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. Inc. Magazine lists Dane Street’s 3-year growth as 141%. Dane Street provides Independent Medical Examination and Peer Review services to the auto, disability, group health, pharmacy, and workers’ compensation industries.

Congratulations to our client on this well-deserved recognition.

Lisa Warren Examines the Value of In-Person Interviews for Expediting Patent Allowance in Mass. Lawyers Weekly Article 08/15/2017

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LMW Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846622xB1386)In her Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article “Expediting Patent Allowance with In-Person Interviews,” patent attorney Lisa Warren explains why it may be beneficial to take advantage of in-person interviews with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in order to expedite the allowance of a patent. Although options such as telephone or video conference interviews may be available and more convenient, Lisa notes:

sometimes there is simply no substitute for direct interpersonal interaction with an examiner to build rapport and improve the mutual understanding of the issues.”

Additionally, Lisa addresses relevant considerations when deciding if in-person interviews are preferable during the patent application process, as well as requirements for the interview itself. These and other insights from Lisa can be found in the full article.

Lisa McKerracher of BioAxone BioSciences Joins Advisory Panel for Christopher Reeve Foundation 08/10/2017

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Lisa McKerracher, CEO of MBBP client BioAxone BioSciences, has accepted the role of Consortium Advisory Panelist for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Dr. McKerracher will “direct the foundation’s focus toward the identification, development, and translation of potential Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) therapies into the clinic.”

BioAxone BioSciences is a clinical-state biopharmaceutical company developing regenerative therapeutic drugs based on a deep understanding of axon regeneration and neuronal signaling pathways. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to advancing quality of life and discovering cures for spinal cord injury.

More information can be found in the full release.

David Sabatini To Be Awarded 2017 Dickson Prize in Medicine 08/10/2017

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whitehead-institute-client-logo-sm-m0055040xb1386Biologist David Sabatini of MBBP client Whitehead Institute will receive the University of Pittsburgh’s 2017 Dickson Prize in Medicine. The Dickson Prize in Medicine is awarded annually to a leading American investigator who is engaged in innovative, paradigm-shifting biomedical research.

Sabatini discovered mTOR, a key cellular regulatory metabolic pathway. In addition to being a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, he teaches biology at MIT and is a senior associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University. He is also a member of the MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

The award will be presented to Sabatini in October at the University of Pittsburgh’s Science 2017 event. More information can be found on the University’s Dickson Prize in Medicine page.

Bach Pharma’s GVT Drug Reverses Brain Dysfunction, Report Shows 08/09/2017

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Firm client Bach Pharma’s GVT drug successfully reverses brain dysfunction and therefore may be an effective treatment for victims of Gulf War Illness (GWI), according to a Department of Defense report on the results of a multi-year pre-clinical study conducted by Ashok K. Shetty, PhD, Associate Director and Professor at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the College of Medicine at Texas A&M University System. GWI is prevalent among servicemen and women from the Gulf War and can cause memory impairment, depression, and anxiety. The study was conducted under a grant from the DoD.

GVT has proven both neuro-protective and neuro-generative and could potentially act as a therapeutic treatment for chemical poisoning associated disorders. The fact that GVT regenerates stem cells and neurons was an unexpected finding of this study. Based on these results, Dr. Shetty has established a collaboration with Dena Davidson, PhD, deputy director of research at the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans to pursue clinical trials in GWI patients.

Congratulations to our client, Bach Pharma, on this extraordinary achievement. Read the full press release for more information.

Mike Jabbawy Participating on Shoobx Startup Panel 08/08/2017

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MRJ Headshot Photo 2017 (M1047116xB1386)On September 26, corporate partner Mike Jabbawy will take part in the panel “How to Start a Startup”. The panel is part of Shoobx’s Startup Series, which features real life stories from startup founders, investors, and community members. Items of discussion will include choosing a form of entity for a business, choosing co-founders, and how to find assistance to get your business off the ground.

For more information, including registration details, visit our VCs and Startups blog.

NIH/SBIR Grant Awarded to Firm Client BioAxone BioSciences for BA-1049 Inhibitor Research 08/03/2017

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke have awarded firm client BioAxone BioSciences, Inc. with a $1.5 million grant. The grant is for continued research for BioAxone’s Rho Kinase 2 (ROCK2) inhibitor, BA-1049, a transformative drug to treat cerebral cavernous malformation, a serious genetic disease.

BioAxone is a clinical-state biopharmaceutical company developing regenerative therapeutic drugs based on a deep understanding of axon regeneration and neuronal signaling pathways.

Congratulations to our client on receiving the grant and on their revolutionary drug research. For more information, read the full release.

Scott Connolly Comments on the Importance of Properly Classifying Workers in Accounting Today 08/03/2017

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M0846523In Accounting Today’s article “Properly Classifying Workers Remains a Major Problem“, employment attorney Scott Connolly comments on how worker misclassification is a prevalent issues for both the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing officials. Companies that misclassify employees as independent contractors avoid paying numerous payments under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which can lead to trouble with the IRS or with the misclassified employee.

For more information, visit our Massachusetts Employment Law Blog.

Firm Clients Sheprd and iZotope Are Finalists in MassTLC Leadership Awards 07/27/2017

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Firm clients Sheprd and iZotope are among the 2017 MassTLC Technology Leadership Awards finalists. The awards, presented by the Mass Technology Leadership Council, are comprised of individual and company categories, including CEO of the Year, Emerging Executive of the Year, Emerging Company of the Year, Cutting Edge Technology of the Year, and Technology for a Better Tomorrow, among others.

Sheprd and iZotope are both finalists in the Innovative Tech of the Year: Consumer category. The winners will be announced at the MassTLC Leadership Awards Gala on September 14th.

Congratulations and good luck to our clients, Sheprd and iZotope.

Scott Bleier Moderating ABA Venture Capital Webinar This Thursday 07/24/2017

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M0846500This Thursday, July 27th, beginning at 1pm EST, corporate attorney Scott Bleier will moderate the ABA Business Law Section webinar “Roadmap of a Venture Capital Deal“. The panel will cover various topics of the lifecycle of a venture capital financing transaction.

Visit our VCs and Startups blog for more information about the webinar and details on how to register.

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