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Massachusetts Governor Vetoes Proposed Anti-Patent Troll Legislation

Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker vetoed proposed legislation intended to combat assertions of patent infringement made in bad faith against state businesses and residents.  The proposal was included as part of a $1.15b economic development bill (S.2625), portions of which Baker signed into law on August 10.  According to, Baker explained in a letter to … Continue Reading

New Local Patent Rules May Speed Up Patent Litigation In Massachusetts

Massachusetts is home to one of America’s chief innovation hubs. Yet, historically, the District of Massachusetts has seen relatively few patent cases when compared to other high-tech venues around the country. While there are several reasons that may explain this dearth of patent cases, factors many have pointed to include that a large number of … Continue Reading

BPLA Panel with Judge Young on Reverse Payments after Actavis

On October 26, the Boston Patent Law Association will host a panel featuring Judge William Young to discuss the legal landscape following the Supreme Court’s  2014 opinion in Actavis v. FTC. In that case, the Supreme Court held that large and unexplained payments in the settlement of Hatch-Waxman patent lawsuits may raise antitrust issues. The BPLA panel is … Continue Reading

Life Sciences at the PTAB

Later this month, the Boston Bar Association and the Boston Patent Law Association will jointly host a panel discussion on the recent rise of life science litigation at the U.S. Patent Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). The panel, to be moderated by Proskauer’s Andrej Barbic, promises to, “explore the rise in life science litigation at the PTAB in … Continue Reading

2017 Innovation All Stars Gala this Thursday

Some of Boston’s brightest technology and innovation leaders will be honored on Thursday, January 12, at the 2017 Innovation All-Stars Gala hosted by the Boston Business Journal. Among this year’s honorees are Ken Schwaber of and Joe Caruso of Bantam Group, both of whom will be receiving the Innovation All-Stars Lifetime Achievement Award.… Continue Reading

AIPF 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston

The Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF) is hosting its 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston. AIPF is an international association of independent specialty law firms that specialize in patent, trademark, and copyright law. This year’s meeting is titled “The Challenge of Change – IP Firms in the 21st Century,” and will bring together lawyers and … Continue Reading

IP Roundtable With Chief Judge Saris

The Boston Bar Association and the Boston Patent Law Association will be hosting Chief Judge Saris of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts at their upcoming IP Roundtable event. The event is scheduled for May 4, 2016, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and is expected to include discussions on the current trends and issues concerning intellectual … Continue Reading

The Honorable Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to Become Senior Judge

Judge Douglas P. Woodlock of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts has advised President Obama that he will become a Senior Judge on June 1, 2015.  A graduate of Yale University (B.A., 1969) and the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1975), Judge Woodlock was appointed to the bench by President Ronald Reagan … Continue Reading

Innovation Festival Planned for Boston in October 2015

It is being touted as Boston’s version of Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW).  MIT, Harvard, the Boston Globe, and Massachusetts General Hospital last week announced that they are collaborating to launch an innovation festival, scheduled for October 3-10, 2015, in Boston.  The festival has been named HUBweek, and is described on its website as, “a week long … Continue Reading

TTAB and PTAB to hold hearings in Boston on October 3, 2014

The United States Patent & Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) and Patent Trial & Appeal Board (“PTAB”) will conduct hearings on the campus of Northeastern University School of Law on Friday, October 3, 2014.  The TTAB panel (Chief Judge Gerard. F. Rogers, Judge Linda A. Kuczma, and Judge Susan J. Hightower) will … Continue Reading

Patent Office Chief of Staff in Boston to Present on White House Initiatives

The Boston Patent Law Association ( announced that on September 16, 2014, it will host a presentation by the United States Patent and Trademark Office Chief of Staff Andrew Byrnes at the offices of Bingham McCutchen at One Federal Street Boston, MA.  Mr. Byrnes will discuss the Patent Office’s quality initiative and implementation of White … Continue Reading

ABA to Meet in Boston, August 8 – 10.

The American Bar Association will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting in Boston, on August 8-10, followed by its House of Delegates Meeting on August 11-12.  Speakers at the meetings will include Hon. John G. Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (Aug. 11 at 11 am), Michael S. Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts … Continue Reading