Trademarking hashtags has emerged as an important topic of conversation online and amongst business owners. The conclusive decision is that hashtags can be trademarked through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In fact, a quick search of the US Patent and Trademark Office database shows over 200 already registered hashtags. However, the benefit
George A. Gellis
George A. Gellis, Esq. is a founding shareholder and managing director of the Firm. Mr. Gellis practices corporate, commercial, and international transactional law with a concentration in complex commercial negotiations, international law, corporate restructuring and health care law.
The sharp rise in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) transactions has been dominating headlines. The financial markets have shown strong increases with reports of over $3 trillion in global deal-making in 2014 – $1.5 trillion of which has targeted American companies. The large, multi-billion dollar acquisitions have received lots of attention. However, the general upswing is
Nowadays, most businesses know that companies need to attentively monitor their brands. When a new business starts operating, more often than not, it has no offices or other brick-and-mortar assets. Its primary asset is its intellectual property, which includes a brand under which the goods or services are marketed and sold. This brand, and all
Start-up teams are usually composed of young entrepreneurs untrained in legal dealings, particularly in the countless intricacies hidden within stock purchase, stock option and technology transfer agreements. In fact, that’s precisely why they need competent legal counsel. We encounter an increasing number of start-up teams that run into legal problems because attorneys they chose at
This morning we woke up to yet another major security breach — a US hospital group said it was the victim of a cyber-attack resulting in the theft of 4.5 million people’s personal data. According to the Community Health Systems, the attack and breach happened in April and June of this year. Reportedly, the data
Boston is a critical science and technology hub. It is one of the largest centers of startup technology development, feeding off of excellent academic institutions located in the area. That is the reason why a recent decision from the Massachusetts Federal District Court should be of interest not only to companies operating in Massachusetts, but
The America Invents Act, formally known as H.R. 1249 (“AIA”) has clearly been the most significant evolution to the United States’ patent regulatory landscape in decades. The most important change under the AIA is that America has joined the rest of the world in rewarding the first inventor to file a patent, known more commonly as the “first-to-file” rule.