transactions

  • Fletcher Granite Company, LLC
  • Chapter 11 liquidation of largest U.S. supplier of granite curb
  • The Hoffman Companies
  • Financing and purchase of 60 Temple Place, Boston, MA
  • RoadOne IntermodaLogistics
  • Acquisition of the logistics operations of RoadLink USA, Inc. and certain affiliates

Intellectual Property & Technology

Overview

Intellectual property and technology form the core of many of our clients’ businesses.

Our attorneys draw upon diverse backgrounds and disciplines to assist clients with all aspects of the protection, ownership, transfer and use of intellectual property and technology.  The firm acts as counsel to universities and a wide variety of technology companies as well as more traditional companies such as publishers, manufacturers, advertising agencies and retailers who face intellectual property and technology law issues as part of their business activities.

Our attorneys frequently speak and publish articles in this field and are active in groups such as the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Boston Patent Law Association, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, MIT Enterprise Forum, North Shore Technology Council, Society of Women Engineers, and the Intellectual Property Section of the Boston Bar Association.

Our expertise includes:
Intellectual Property

  • Patent prosecution – U.S. and foreign 
  • Patent, copyright and trademark licensing
  • Trademark selection, registration and maintenance
  • Trade secret protection
  • Copyright registration and protection
  • Due diligence in mergers, acquisitions and financings
  • Related litigation and client counseling

Technology and Internet Law

  • Software licensing
  • Telecommunications and application management
  • IT consulting
  • Technology development
  • Web hosting and development
  • Privacy and terms of service
  • Non-disclosure and employee agreements

Representative matters

  • Defense of national retailer in patent infringement litigation.
  • A software company licensing its revenue enhancement software to government entities.
  • Internet cybersquatting, trademark and copyright policing for corporate clients.
  • A large manufacturing company negotiating information technology, telecommunications and software licensing agreements.
  • A start-up company distributing Web based learning courses through retailers.
  • A global food processor licensing a well-known brand name.
  • A medical diagnostics company licensing a large family of patents.
  • An antibody company launching a patent portfolio while avoiding other companies’ patents.
  • A university replacing an expiring revenue-generating patent portfolio with a follow-on patent family.
  • Developing a patent portfolio for a start-up high-tech garment company to license to major retail brands.
  • A government contractor developing a patent portfolio based on research funded with SBIR grants.
     

Our clients include:
Software
Hardware
Internet
Advertising
Retail and distribution
Brand names
Publishing
Product development
Consulting
Universities
Medical devices
Medical diagnostics
Defense
Manufacturing
Food technology
Biotechnology
Advanced materials

Related Services Areas

Professionals

Alan Chow

Associate617.973.6152 fax 617.722.4999achow@pbl.com

Brian Gaudet

Partner617.973.6161 fax 617.722.4922 bgaudet@pbl.com

Dustin Hecker

Partner617.973.6131 fax 617.722.4927dhecker@pbl.com

Beverly Hjorth

Of Counsel617.973.6282 fax 617.307.7742 bhjorth@pbl.com

Lin Hymel

Partner617.973.6281 fax 617.307.7743 lhymel@pbl.com

Sanjeev Mahanta

Associate617.973.6219 fax 617.722.4998smahanta@pbl.com

Gary Smith

Partner617.973.6277 fax 617.367.2315gsmith@pbl.com

Publications

How to Secure Intellectual Property from Loss or Compromise

Digital Guardian, Gary Smith, January 10, 2017

Big Battles in IP - Where is Congress?

Intellectual Property Magazine, Lin Hymel, September 27, 2016

What Are The Pros and Cons of Recycling Trademarks?

Intellectual Property Magazine, Gary Smith, May 3, 2016

Removal Untimely In Patent Case

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Gary Smith, November 5, 2015

Divided Infringement In The Limelight

Intellectual Property Magazine, Beverly Hjorth, October 1, 2015

Why ADR Can Help Address the Rising Tide of Copyright Litigation

JAMS Dispute Resolution Alert, Gary Smith, January 15, 2014

Cases Promise Clarity on Takedown Notices

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Gary Smith, September 12, 2013

Kayak.com IPO Takes Off

NECN, July 20, 2012

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