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Sullivan & Worcester has one goal: to help businesses thrive in an ever-changing marketplace. We combine the breadth of experience and sophistication you expect from a prominent, top-tier law firm with an unusually creative and flexible approach. Clients choose Sullivan & Worcester because our lawyers are hands-on, business savvy and straightforward, with an intense commitment to our clients' interests.

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Hague Securities Convention Takes Effect to Clarify Applicable Law Governing Securities Accounts Held by Intermediaries

Posted by Administrator on Mar 31, 2017 4:37:11 PM

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Topics: securities, finance, international finance

Mission Accomplished … First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Acknowledges Post-Rejection Rights of Licensee of Trademarks

Posted by Administrator on Jan 19, 2017 12:06:02 PM

The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (“BAP”) for the First Circuit recently upheld a licensee’s rights to use a debtor’s trademarks and logo after a rejection by the debtor of the underlying licensing and distribution agreement. Mission Product Holdings, Inc., v. Tempnology LLC (In re Tempnology LLC) 2016 WL 6832837 (Bankr. 1st Cir. 11/18/16). Despite the omission of trademarks in the definition of intellectual property protected by Section 365(n) of the Bankruptcy Code, the BAP determined that the rights of the licensee do not vaporize upon rejection, but rather may be enforced in accordance with the terms of the underlying agreement between the licensee and the Debtor.

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Topics: trademarks, Bankruptcy

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Posted by Administrator on Jan 6, 2017 10:34:02 AM

#Hashingitout: Is It Worth Registering A Hashtag?

Companies are starting to register key hashtags. However, the hashtag’s legal status remains murky, and is considered a leading legal issue facing marketers. Plus, as with any trademark, registration can be a lengthy and potentially expensive undertaking. So, is it worth registering, particularly when its legal status is unclear?

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Topics: trademarks, litigation holds, clean energy, hashtags, hot topics

The Role of Luck in Your Company's High-Value Legal Matters

Posted by Administrator on Apr 27, 2016 9:51:50 AM

If you do not follow the Medium Blog, "Rethink the Practice," do yourself a favor and start today. This post on the potential role of luck in the outcome of high-value legal matters is a thought-provoking read. To summarize, the article explores the concept of "the paradox of skill," which suggests that as skill increases, luck plays a more essential role. For example, in baseball, as more batters and pitchers hone their skills, luck increasingly becomes a determinent in a hitter's batting average. Read the full post:

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Topics: in-house counsel, Litigation

Keeping your Tax Forms out of the Phishing Net

Posted by Administrator on Mar 31, 2016 5:58:01 PM

It's tax filing season, but did you know that it is also phishing season? Tax phishing scams abound at this time of year, and each year they grow more sophisticated. Historically, these scams were aimed at individuals, but there are now scams involving companies as well.

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Topics: cybersecurity, Phishing

Q&A with Matt Field on Cyber Liability Insurance

Posted by Administrator on Mar 3, 2016 5:02:30 PM

In January, we hosted an event with the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) on cyber security. Matt Field, a cyber insurance expert, participated on the panel, and we are thrilled to offer you a Q&A with Matt on the basics of cyber insurance. Matt is Woodruff-Sawyer's New England practice leader. He is expert in complex risk management and insurance areas, including cyber, D&O, clinical trials and reps and warranties insurance. He works with companies ranging from start-ups to large publicly trade global entities. Find out more about Matt here.

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Topics: cybersecurity, data breach, data security, cyber insurance

How Do You Assemble the Perfect Legal Team?

Posted by Administrator on Feb 29, 2016 3:55:06 PM

I haven't been able to stop talking about an article from this Sunday's New York Times, "What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team." We in the legal profession are generally not as adept at working in teams as the Googles of the world, so I thought this article might help CLOs and other in-house legal managers (in addition to law firms!). 

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Topics: leadership, management, professional development

Creating Alternative Fee Arrangements Focusing on Value

Posted by Administrator on Feb 26, 2016 1:27:07 PM

In-house counsel hire outside counsel for specific purposes, for example: to document and implement a transaction; to obtain a favorable outcome in a dispute; to provide specialized expertise or counsel; or to provide guidance for complying with a regulation. These services derive their value from the outside lawyer’s ability to deliver a favorable result at the most efficient cost – addressing exposure to risks without an undue level of effort and cost. 

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Topics: Altnerative Fee Arrangements, Energy Projects

Management Articles for the CLO

Posted by Administrator on Jan 30, 2016 11:20:18 AM

Management Articles for the CLOWe are currently digesting the ACC Chief Legal Officer Survey, which was published this week. There are many interesting takeaways relevant to our mission on InhouseGo2, one of which is the topic of professional development, management and leadership. In 2015, headcount in corporate legal departments continued to increase, and many indicated that they will continue to hire in 2016. In addition, according to the survey, many CLOs consider attracting, retaining and managing their talent a top priority. Perhaps the only thing more complicated than a difficult legal issue is managing people on a day-to-day basis. It's harder still to push ourselves and our teams to grow. In the end, managing is just, well, managing. Our leaders want us to optimize, lead and excel relative to the competition.

Law firms are in the midst of this challenge too, so let's share our resources and understanding of the topic. Below are some great articles for you to use in your legal department. Two are from Harvard Business Review and two are from our very own Director of Professional Development, Ojen Sirin.

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Topics: leadership, professional development, career development

What's Coming in 2016? Data Security, Social Media and a Busy SEC

Posted by Administrator on Jan 25, 2016 4:11:26 PM

What's Coming in 2016? Data Security, Social Media and a Busy SEC

What will be the top issues for in-house counsel in 2016? From data breaches to securities laws, there will be no shortage of interesting legal questions to confront in the coming months.

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Topics: data breach, SEC, social media

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