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Setting Standards of Excellence

Academic, research and medical institutions must meet the highest standards of excellence, and face intense scrutiny by the public and by regulatory agencies, which makes their legal needs uncommonly complex and marked by considerations not often faced by other organizations and businesses. To help our clients navigate these unique challenges and to recognize and act upon available opportunities, we bring to bear our extensive experience and our international resources.  

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We regularly counsel our academic, research and medical institution clients across all of our substantive practice areas, including corporate, tax, intellectual property, and employment law. Our advice and counsel is enhanced by the fact that several of our attorneys serve as board members for nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. Some of our relevant experience includes: 

  • Entity formation (including establishing nonprofit affiliates of for-profit entities)
  • Application for recognition of tax-exempt status
  • Patent and trademark preparation and prosecution and other intellectual property work
  • Licensing negotiations, including on behalf of startups out of leading academic institutions
  • Advising on general corporate, employment, tax, intellectual property, and student affairs matters
  • Negotiating strategic alliance transactions, such as collaborations, professional services, development, and other inter-entity relationships
  • Sponsored research and material transfer negotiations
  • Litigation

Representative Engagements include:

  • Representing U.S. and international educational and research institutions worldwide in complex patent prosecution matters involving cutting edge technology, including:
    • Representing the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in obtaining some of the early patents on induced pluripotent stem cells.
    • Representing Harvard University in developing a portfolio of patents related to therapeutic solutions for diabetes. 
    • Representing Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), the largest hospital system in Europe and one of the largest in the world, to protect innovations related to prognostic markers for gliomas.
  • Representing Becker College and its resident Massachusetts Digital Games Institute, a center for academic cooperation, entrepreneurship, and economic development across the Massachusetts digital and video games ecosystem, in intellectual property matters, including licensing transactions and preparation of the College’s student intellectual property policy.
  • Representing Emerson College in connection with artistic transactions, including performance, collaboration, and commissioning agreements involving the College and its theater venues.
  • Representing U.S. and international educational and healthcare institutions with respect to trademark prosecution and counseling matters, including representation of Universiteit Gent Public Institution in Belgium and Fertility Centers of New England.
  • Representing and serving as general counsel (handling contractual, tax, employment, and student affairs matters) for College Year in Athens, Inc., an independent study abroad program focused upon the history and civilization of Greece.
  • Representing a consortium of Boston academic institutions in a range of contractual matters, including technology procurement transactions.
  • Representing the parent of a large chain of community hospitals in the disaffiliation from a nonprofit basic science research entity.
  • Representing a Boston-based health care system with respect to venture financing.
  • Representing Dexter Southfield, Inc. a K-12 private school in Brookline, in connection with the issuance by the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency of $29,750,000 of its tax-exempt revenue bonds in order to refinance various previously-undertaken capital projects.
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