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AI in Biotech and Synthetic Biology: What Can Be Protected? What Should Be Kept Secret?

August 11, 2021 | Blog | By Joshua Berk, Lily Zhang, Terri Shieh-Newton

Machine learning (ML), bioinformatics, artificial intelligence (AI), and other computational tools have become ubiquitous in the biotech and synthetic biology industries because such technology allows for rapid processing of a large amount of complex data to produce advancements in therapeutics and diagnostics. As the landscape becomes increasingly more competitive, it is important for companies, particularly in the aforementioned industries, to obtain patent protection for their AI-related technology.
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Mintz Venture Watch — Volume 1: A Report on Deal Trends from Q1 and Q2 2021

August 10, 2021 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Lewis Geffen, Jeremy Glaser

Venture capital investing continues to thrive across all sectors. During the first half of 2021, the Mintz team advised more than 65 emerging companies and investors in transactions in all facets of the life sciences, technology, and energy and sustainability industries.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News: Spotlight on Stavvy

August 2, 2021 | Article | By Dinesh Melwani

Read about Stavvy, an innovative fintech company that provides a collaborative platform for lenders, title agents, attorneys, notaries, settlement agents, borrowers, and others involved in real estate transactions.
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MintzTech Connect: All Things Technology — August 2021

August 2, 2021 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue of MintzTech Connect covers issues related to ransomware and mandatory vaccinations for people returning to private offices, plus spotlights on EcoCart and Stavvy.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News: Spotlight on EcoCart

August 2, 2021 | Article | By Jeremy Glaser

Read about EcoCart, a company that provides an e-commerce plugin for merchants to offer carbon-neutral orders and a Chrome extension for shoppers looking to lower their carbon footprint.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News: Spotlight on GroGuru, Inc.

April 27, 2021 | Article | By Jeremy Glaser

Read about GroGuru, an AgTech company with hardware and software offerings that help farmers increase crop yield and more efficiently use water and other scarce resources sustainably.
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MintzTech Connect: All Things Technology — April 2021

April 27, 2021 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue covers the trend of public benefit companies going public, how gig workers may become eligible for equity compensation, a MintzEdge podcast on venture debt, and a spotlight on GroGuru.
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Enforcing Click-Through and URL Terms

March 30, 2021 | Advisory | By Alex Civetta, Kati P. Strzelczyk

Read about how companies can increase the enforceability of digital contracts, online terms incorporated by reference into non-electronic agreements, and updates of online terms.
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The Beauty and the Terror of Agile Software Development

March 24, 2021 | Advisory | By Alex Civetta, Garrett Galvin

This Mintz advisory reviews the challenges associated with agile software development contracts and provides best practices to avoid rising costs and legal disputes.
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It’s Not Such a Breeze: Assessing Your Service Providers after SolarWinds

March 2, 2021 | Blog | By Michael Graif, Cynthia Larose

In the recent SolarWinds hack, the routine task of downloading a software update turned into a cybersecurity nightmare for over 18,000 organizations including the Treasury Department, AT&T and up to 85% of Fortune 500 companies. New York has the SHIELD Act, a statute that requires that organizations select third party service providers “capable of maintaining appropriate cybersecurity safeguards”.
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MintzTech Connect: All Things Technology — February 2021

February 10, 2021 | | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue covers the increase in the equity crowdfunding cap, a FINTECH.TV interview on the private capital marketplace, a “Mintz Minute” on how to write an executive summary for a start-up company, and a spotlight on Turing Enterprises.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News: Spotlight on Turing Enterprises

February 10, 2021 | Article | By Stephen Osborn

In this edition of MintzTech Connect, we feature Turing Enterprises, builders of an AI-based platform that is revolutionizing the way tech companies in Silicon Valley and beyond hire mission-critical talent.

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Private Capital Marketplaces & IPOs

January 21, 2021 | Video | By Daniel DeWolf

Despite COVID-19 and its effects on the global economy, IPOs raised over $150 billion in 2020. In an episode of FinTech.TV’s Digital Asset Report, Vince Molinari interviewed Mintz Member Dan DeWolf, who discussed the outlook for IPOs and investment capital in 2021 and beyond.
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MintzTech Connect: All Things Technology — December 2020

December 9, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue covers the SEC’s proposed relief from broker-dealer registration for certain finders, an article on exit options for public benefit corporations, and features on Boston Family Advisors and iAssay System.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News: Spotlight on Boston Family Advisors

December 8, 2020 | Article | By Will Perkins

Read about Boston Family Advisors and how it builds and operates single-family offices for venture capital and private equity professionals, and entrepreneurs.
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Crowdfunding Expanded; SEC Announces Increase in Amounts Permitted To Be Raised by Crowdfunding

November 11, 2020 | Alert | By Sanjana Ramkumar, Daniel DeWolf

Read about the SEC’s amendment to its capital raising rules for Regulation Crowdfunding to promote capital formation and expand investment opportunities.
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MintzTech Connect: All Things Technology — October 2020

October 1, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue covers the SEC’s expansion of the “Accredited Investor” and “Qualified Institutional Buyer” definitions, an article on vesting for startups, a discussion of founder stock and vesting, and a feature on East Light Partners.
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In this edition’s MintzTech Connect, we feature East Light Partners, a renewable energy development company targeting the opportunity for community and utility solar projects in the Northeast United States.
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Resources: Anti-Racism Booklist

June 25, 2020 | Article

In Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird, the protagonist Atticus Finch tells his son: “One never really understands a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”. Unless you take the time to stand in another person’s shoes and see the world from that person’s perspective, we really don’t process very well what others may be saying or feeling. In this challenging time of a global pandemic and national outrage for systemic social injustices, we urge all of our readers to listen (truly listen) to your colleagues and try to understand better what it is like to be in another person’s shoes. Black Lives Matter and it is up to all of us to listen, support each other, and to see how we can make this world better. We have assembled a list of books that may help deepen that understanding and encourage us all to work diligently to build the equitable world we all want for ourselves and our fellow citizens.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News — June 2020

June 25, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

In Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird, the protagonist Atticus Finch tells his son: “One never really understands a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”. Unless you take the time to stand in another person’s shoes and see the world from that person’s perspective, we really don’t process very well what others may be saying or feeling. In this challenging time of a global pandemic and national outrage for systemic social injustices, we urge all of our readers to listen (truly listen) to your colleagues and try to understand better what it is like to be in another person’s shoes. Black Lives Matter and it is up to all of us to listen, support each other, and to see how we can make this world better. We have assembled a list of books that may help deepen that understanding and encourage us all to work diligently to build the equitable world we all want for ourselves and our fellow citizens.
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