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Dr. Kaushik Chowdhury Named as a Recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers 01/31/2017

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Michael J Cavaretta (MJC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC congratulates Dr. Kaushik Chowdhury, Director of Northeastern University’s Next Generation Networks and Systems (GENESYS) Lab, on recently being named as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) – the highest honor given by the US government to science and engineering professionals.

This summer, MBBP Partner Mike Cavaretta served as Business Mentor to Dr. Chowdhury’s team as part of the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program, which offers select participants from US academic laboratories the opportunity to participate in a special, accelerated version of Stanford University’s Lean LaunchPad course. As part of this intensive program, Mike worked closely with Dr. Chowdhury and his I-Corps™ team to help move ground-breaking Radio Frequency (RF) Energy Harvesting technology developed at Dr. Chowdhury’s GENESYS Lab out of the lab and into the market.

Congratulations to Dr. Chowdhury!

New Federal Law Protects Trade Secrets But Also Requires Changes to Employee and Contractor Agreements 05/05/2016

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By: Sandra E. Kahn

It is expected that President Obama will soon sign into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which creates a new federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft.  While claims for trade secret theft may still be brought under the various state laws which protect intellectual property, this new law will provide uniform protection on the federal level.

The DTSA defines trade secrets consistently with the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA), and applies broadly to any trade secrets “related to a product or service used in or intended for use in, interstate or foreign commerce.”  Along with the ability to bring a lawsuit to fight trade secret theft and pursue equitable remedies and the award of damages for the misappropriation of a trade secret, the DTSA also includes a provision for expedited relief on an ex parte basis to prevent the dissemination of misappropriated trade secrets, which may be obtained under “extraordinary circumstances.”

The DTSA also provides protection for whistleblowers, granting immunity to  parties who, under certain circumstances, disclose a trade secret to the government or an attorney to report wrongdoing, or as part of an anti-retaliation lawsuit.  Of particular interest to our clients is the requirement that employers must now provide a notice of this immunity protection in any contract or agreement with an employee (or an independent contractor or consultant) that governs the use of a trade secret or other confidential information.    If this notice is not included in all contracts which are signed or revised after the effective date of the act, the employer will not be able to recover exemplary damages and attorneys’ fees under the DTSA (although the employer may still pursue any available damages under other causes of action).  Employers are advised to consult with their counsel to revise all agreements with employees and contractors in order not to run afoul of this requirement.

The DTSA, by itself, may not be used to prevent a departed employee from entering into a new employment relationship with a competitor, and provides that any conditions placed on such employment must be based on “evidence of threatened misappropriation and not merely on the information the person knows,” in effect rejecting the doctrine of inevitable disclosure.

Whitehead Institute Professor Wins National Medal of Science 10/12/2011

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On September 27th, MBBP client Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research announced that President Obama has named  Rudolf Jaenisch, M.D. a recipient of the National Medal of Science. Dr. Jaenisch, a founding member of the Whitehead Institute, was awarded the nation’s highest scientific honor for “improving our understanding of epigenetic regulation of gene expression: the biological mechanisms that affect how genetic information is variably expressed. His work has led to major advances in our understanding of mammalian cloning and embryonic stem cells.”

Congratulations Dr. Jaenisch!

This is the second year in a row that President Obama has awarded the National Medal of Science to a member of the Whitehead Institute.

To learn more about Dr. Jaenisch’s work, please read the full press release here.

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