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MBBP’s Howard Zaharoff Will Be a Panelist in Boston Bar’s 17th Annual Intellectual Property Year in Review 12/19/2016

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MBBP’s Howard Zaharoff will be a panelist at this year’s Boston Bar Association Intellectual Property Year in Review, one of Boston’s premier annual IP events. Howard will be discussing some of the most important copyright developments of the HGZ Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846618xB1386)past year, with his co-presenter, Attorney Lucy Lovrien.

This annual panel has been organized for intellectual property specialists to discuss the latest developments with practitioners in the field. Howard and his fellow panelists will discuss patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets, and the event will close with a networking opportunity for all attendees.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, January 26th, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf. See the event details for more information.

Howard Zaharoff and Erin Bryan Speaking at 2016 Intellectual Property Law Conference 05/19/2016

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EEB Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846503xB1386)IP and Technology Licensing Attorney Howard ZaharoffIntellectual Property Law 2016: The 19th Annual New England Conference will take place on June 23rd at the MCLE Conference Center in Boston, MA. This conference will focus on new developments, trends, and industry-specific guidance that IP, business, and litigation counsel must know. MBBP attorneys Howard Zaharoff and Erin Bryan are both on the Faculty, with Howard also serving as a Co-chair. Erin will be presenting at the conference on the topic of IP issues in 3D printing and bioprinting.

The conference will also be available by both live and recorded webcast.

Trademark Owners Must Act Now to Block .xxx Domain Names 10/13/2011

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By: Greg Krakau

A new generic top-level domain (“gTLD”) designed for use by adult businesses will go live in December of 2011. The new gTLD will be .xxx, and trademark owners who operate in other industries should act soon if they wish to block adult businesses from using their marks in .xxx domain names.

Click here to read the full article.

The ABCs for Life Sciences Entrepreneurs: From Start-Up to Exit 12/21/2010

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Thinking about starting or joining a life sciences company, now or in the future? If so, please join Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton for a series of engaging and interactive discussions on the basic topics with which entrepreneurs in the life sciences today must be familiar. There will be four sessions, each covering a different topic:

All sessions will be held at our Waltham office from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Though inter-related, each session stands alone, so feel free to attend some or all of the sessions according to your interest. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

For more information and to register, please contact Jaclyn Jefgood or 781-622-5930. Please provide the date(s) of the sessions you would like to attend.

Generic Terms Are Not – and Can Never Be – Trademarks 03/31/2010

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IP and Technology Licensing Attorney Howard ZaharoffBy: Howard Zaharoff

Suppose you (or your client) is in the cupcake business and decides to purchase and brand the domain name “cupcakes.com.” Can this be done?

I don’t mean, could you buy the URL? (The answer is “no”: it’s apparently owned by NA Media and used as a portal for dessert, food, baking and related sites.) My question is: could you or your client claim “cupcakes.com” as a service mark and thereby prevent others from using anything confusingly similar in connection with their own cupcake businesses?

In short, if you use a word or phrase generically in identifiers for your products or services, not only can’t you claim that word itself as a proprietary brand name, but you do no better by adding an indistinct suffix like dot-com. So for anyone hoping to appropriate a generic term as its trademark or service mark by adding dot-com (or other relatively indistinct supplementary words), it’s back to the drawing board to find a mark distinctive enough to identify a viable business.

To learn more, please see the full article.

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