MBBP Attorney to Host Office Hours at TechSandBox on October 20, 2015

On Tuesday, October 20th MBBP Attorney Howard Zharoff will host Office Hours at TechSandBox, providing legal guidance on topics that include licensing, partnering, and copyright, as well as on general business matters. These pro bono sessions give you access to experts in topics such as intellectual property, business formation, benefits, taxes, marketing, sales funding, IT and …

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Infringement v. Homage: Pharrell Williams, et al. v. Bridgeport Music Inc., et. al.

By: Callie L. Pioli The music industry did not get far into 2015 before delivering a blockbuster copyright case. Pharrell Williams’ and Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit Blurred Lines was in fact only 50% their hit, according to a jury verdict in mid-March that found in favor of Marvin Gaye’s children.  As co-owners of his original …

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Howard Zaharoff to Chair MCLE Program on “Distributing and Licensing Software and Other Technologies”

On Wednesday, May 9th, MCLE New England is hosting a program on "Distributing & Licensing Software & Other Technologies." The program will be chaired by MBBP IP and Licensing Attorney Howard Zaharoff and include five panelists who will provide attendees with important tips and useful forms for getting their technology deals done. The program will cover …

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MBBP Attorneys to Speak at 14th Annual NE IP Law Conference 2011

On June 16th, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) is hosting the 14th Annual New England Intellectual Property Law Conference 2011, where attendees can get up-to-speed on trends and new developments that business lawyers and litigators need to know in the ever-changing field of intellectual property law. MBBP IP Licensing and Trademark Attorneys Howard Zaharoff and Faith Kasparian will be …

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Basic Considerations for Determining Whether to Rely on Patents or Trade Secrets to Protect Your Intellectual Property

By Stanley Chalvire Patents and trade secrets both protect valuable information and technology, though each has distinct advantages and disadvantages. A patent grants the owner the right to exclude others from practicing the claimed invention for a limited time (in the U.S., 20 years from filing), in exchange for teaching the public how to make …

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Who Can Publish Your Author’s Book? A Lesson in Licensing Law

By Howard Zaharoff Can a publisher assign publishing rights in a book to another publisher if the publishing contract is silent? A well-drafted publishing agreement will indicate whether the rights or obligations of the parties may be transferred to a third party. On the publisher’s side, this means the contract should contain a clear statement …

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Get An Agent Magazine Features Howard Zaharoff Article, “Before You Sign With an Agent”

Writer's Digest Guides has recently released its newest guide, Get An Agent, which covers such topics as the basics of publishing, how to submit your work and how to attract an agent. The 2010 Get An Agent includes an article written by MBBP Attorney Howard Zaharoff titled "Before You Sign With an Agent...". The article advises writers on "how to negotiate terms …

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Cincom Systems v. Novelis Corp: What happens to a license in a statutory merger?

By: Howard Zaharoff Most contracts are assignable, unless they say otherwise. But intellectual property licenses – including software licenses – are an exception: not assignable unless they say otherwise. This doesn’t mean every change of control is a problem; but Cincom Systems v. Novelis Corp. (6th Cir. 2009) reminds us that a statutory merger that …

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