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Barbic Brings Biophysical Chemistry, IPR Background From WilmerHale; Shatan Will Handle Brand Protection, Transactions, Domain Name MattersTwo intellectual property partners with extensive experience at large national firms have joined McCarter & English, bolstering the firm’s already nationally recognized IP practice. Dr. Andrej Barbic, co-chair of the Boston Patent Law Association’s Contested Matters Committee, joined McCarter’s Boston office. Barbic will defend and challenge patents in post-grant proceedings and assist biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other life sciences clients in securing and defending their intellectual property. He joins the firm after a decade at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, now known as WilmerHale. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry, with a sub-specialty in biophysical chemistry, and a strong background in biochemistry and molecular biology. Beyond defending and challenging patents, Dr. Barbic will assist clients in building robust patent portfolios and in other activities related to protecting and capitalizing on their intellectual property. Gregory S. Shatan joined McCarter’s New York office, where he will focus on intellectual property and technology transactions, Internet and domain name matters, trademark protection and enforcement, and web accessibility under the ADA. His transactional practice centers on acquisitions and licenses of IP rights and assets, on outsourcing and development transactions, and also on the technology and IP layers of mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and financings. Shatan is president of the Intellectual Property Constituency of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the not-for-profit charged with preserving the operational stability of the Internet. He has been a partner at Reed Smith and Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Somewhat far afield from traditional IP practice, but in a burgeoning area of the law in which he has developed significant experience, Shatan helps business clients avoid disputes arising from website accessibility issues. In this incipient area of the law, he is concentrating on guiding companies on how to comply with the ADA but says risk management will give way to defending claims in the next few years. “It’s a win for the firm and, more important, a win for our clients when two attorneys like Andrej and Greg join us,” said Michael P. Kelly, chairman of McCarter & English. “Our IP practice already is very successful and nationally renowned, and with their addition, we are now that much stronger. Andrej and Greg are both A-plus lawyers and A-plus people.” Stephen M. Vajtay, Jr., the firm’s managing partner, said the firm is continually on the lookout for practitioners of the quality of Barbic and Shatan. “Intellectual property has been, and continues to be, a growth area for our firm, in terms of numbers of lawyers, revenue and recognition,” Vajtay said. “Any firm would benefit from the addition of Andrej and Greg, and we look forward to a long, productive relationship with them.”
Global market volatility, geopolitical uncertainty and an overall deal-making slump all contributed to a downturn in private equity fundraising for the first quarter of 2016, but experts say that law firms can help their PE clients weather the storm by advising they stay true to their fundraising strategies while using downtime to focus on other aspects of the business. But the confluence of factors that disrupt the flow of fundraising can seem especially daunting at any given time, according to Howard Berkower, a partner with McCarter & English LLP's corporate practice, and taking on challenges is part of doing business. The first step to overcoming the plethora of problems plaguing the fundraising market is recognizing that there will always be factors in play that appear to stack the deck against firms. Berkower added that downtime can be spent putting together a list of potential connections that could be beneficial for a client, or looking into recapitalizations of portfolio companies.
McCarter & English LLP has hired two new intellectual property partners, one who formerly worked at WilmerHale and another who is president of the IP constituency of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. McCarter said in a statement on Monday that it has bolstered its IP practice with Andrej Barbic, an ex-WilmerHale patent attorney who concentrates on life sciences, and Gregory S. Shatan, an Internet domain name and trademark attorney who has a leadership role at ICANN. Barbic will help McCarter defend and challenge patents in post-grant proceedings and aid biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other life sciences clients in securing and defending their IP, the statement said.
Information Technology Leader Doubles Office Space to Support Growth BOSTON—April 25, 2016—Coretelligent, the IT support and private cloud service provider of choice for small and midsized businesses, today announced the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Westwood, Mass. The move to 34 Southwest Park more than doubles Coretelligent’s square footage and adds amenities to support continued growth and innovation. Coretelligent, which was previously headquartered in Needham, Mass., will celebrate its move with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 17 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Ruberto, Israel & Weiner is pleased to announce that JOHN F. COHAN has joined the firm as a Shareholder in the Corporate & Business, Technology, and Emerging Companies groups. John Cohan focuses his practice on venture capital financings, private placements of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, bank financings, intellectual property licensing, renewable energy, software licensing and technology law.
We are pleased to announce that Patrick Quinlan has joined the firm as an associate. He is experienced in all areas of intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent and trademark prosecution and litigation. His patent work is focused in the areas of computer, medical, and mechanical technologies. In addition to his client work, Patrick is a former board member and activities chair for the Boston Patent Law Association. Prior to practicing law, Patrick was a software engineer for the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He was responsible for designing custom software applications that were used by the U.S. Department of Defense and NATO allies.
AAFCPAs is excited to announce that Charlie Webb, CPA has been appointed and agrees to serve on the Board of Directors for the Habitat for Humanity-Metro West / Greater Worcester (HFH MWGW). Charlie will donate his time, talent and expertise to better the strategic goals of the organization, and to help foster affordable housing opportunities for low-income families. He will provide strategic direction and advice on financial aspects of new and existing programs and fundraising initiatives to help steer the organization towards a sustainable future. “I am inspired by the mission and impact of HFH MWGW, and by the level of community involvement and support garnered for each project,” said Webb. “It is my honor to contribute my expertise and energy towards the effort to provide ‘a hand up, not a hand out’ to local, hardworking families.”
AAFCPAs Wealth Management, an affiliate company of AAFCPAs, is pleased to announce the addition of Carmen Grinkis, PhD, CLTC, CFP as a Wealth Advisor and Director of Wealth Management. With over 25 years of diverse experience, Carmen is a seasoned professional providing comprehensive financial planning solutions for individuals, families, business owners, nonprofits & foundations. She is a licensed investment adviser, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and holds a Certification in Long-Term Care (CLTC). In addition, Carmen has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and fifteen years’ experience as a practicing psychologist. This perspective will benefit our clients because so much of financial planning is life planning. Click here to read Carmen Grinkis' full profile.>>
For Immediate Release: The DAVIS Companies, a quality-driven staffing organization, has announced that Hilary Gardner will step into the role of Human Resources Manager. Gardner is a 10-year veteran at the firm, and has over 15 years of experience in Staffing. She has held several roles since starting as a Recruiter in 2006…(Please click here to read more)