Forming a Company

October 24, 2023 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET | CIC, Cambridge, MA Register!

Attendees will have the option to join us in-person at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Cambridge, MA or online via Zoom.

ENET’s panel of legal experts will discuss fundamental legal issues that founders and executives of early-stage companies must address to insure vital protections and the building of value.  These issues are compounded by changes in technology, commerce, and the law.

  • How to protect intellectual property from the moment a company is formed by use of various forms of contracts, patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets, either alone or in combination?
  • What is the preferred form of entity and where should it be established?
  • How should founders’ equity be apportioned through stock options and what restrictions should apply?
  • What compensation and benefits should be included in employee agreements including consideration of Non – Disclosure Agreements, the changing environment for Non – Compete Agreements, as well as Assignment of Invention Agreements?

These issues and their benefits and pitfalls will be discussed and presented with you, the business professional, in mind.

More information:
This is a hybrid event. You may choose to participate in-person or online.

In-person Participation (check-in begins at 6:00 PM):
LOCATION: CIC Cambridge, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142
PARKING: Nearby parking is available.
REFRESHMENTS: Pizza will be served.

Online Participation:
Zoom links will be sent to all registrants after registration.

COST AND RESERVATIONS: This event is free for ENET members and $15 for non-members. Click here to learn how to become a member. To expedite sign-in for the event, we ask that everyone — members as well as non-members — pre-register. Pre-registration is available until midnight the day before the meeting. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register in person at the door while seats are available.

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Event Schedule

October 24, 2023
6:00 pm ET
On-Site Check-in and Networking
7:00 pm ET
ENET Chairperson's announcements
7:10 pm ET
eMinute Pitch
up to 3 startups give a 90-second elevator pitch
7:25 pm ET
Expert Panel
expert speakers on the night’s topic
8:15 pm ET
Q & A
Moderator and Audience Q & A with the speakers
8:30 pm ET
Final Networking, including the night's speakers

Panel Speakers

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David Powsner

Intellectual Property attorney, Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, P.C., Boston Harbor Angels Angel Investor

Attorney Powsner is an Intellectual property attorney and Boston Harbor Angel Investor. He is an active angel investor and advisor to high-tech companies on a range of complex matters. His physics degree from MIT and experience in computer programming, combined with his legal experience, enables him to understand, analyze and provide practical guidance on patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark, licensing and litigation matters.

Attorney Powsner represents companies with products in a variety of tech markets, from medical devices to computer software to networking to consumer electronics.

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Daniel T. Janis

Shareholder, Corporate Attorney at Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, P.C.

Dan is a corporate attorney who focuses on mergers and acquisitions. He also represents public and private companies in a range of general and transactional matters. Dan’s clients rely on his experience in corporate finance, private equity placements, venture capital financings, syndicated commercial credit facilities, joint ventures and day-to-day business counseling to help them achieve their objectives.

Prior to joining Davis Malm in 2009, Dan cut his teeth as a corporate associate in the Boston offices of Skadden Arps and Goulston & Storrs. Dan prides himself on his pragmatic, efficient resolution of whatever issues confront his clients.

Moderator & Organizers

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William Mansfield, Esq.

Co-Chair of Boston ENET, Member of Boston ENET’s Executive Committee and Managing Attorney at Mansfield Law

Attorney Mansfield is a registered patent attorney licensed by the USPTO in all 50 states and he is an attorney in Massachusetts and New York and his high bar exam scores in those two states have allowed him to waive into the D.C. Circuit.  He won the prestigious CALI Award for perfect grades in an IP course, and he has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam covering all types of engineering.  He assists clients with corporate and intellectual property law using trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, licensing, patents, trade secret protection (including non-disclosure agreements, non-solicitation agreements, non-compete agreements, and assignments of IP rights), strategic partnerships, and succession planning.  He also creates and review leases, employment contracts, term sheets involved in raising capital for his clients, and other contracts.  From 2004, he has worked on legal matters and he has counseled entrepreneurs and startups since 2009 through Mansfield Law.  He has worked on patent prosecution, especially business method, business process, electrical, mechanical, fintech, AI, telecommunications, life science and medical device, and e-commerce patents.  He has filed for global IP protection and works with a network of foreign IP professionals.  His Twitter handle is @patentmansfield, his telephone number is 857-333-1876, his website is, and his e-mail address is

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Bob Weber

Managing Director, Patent Kinetics, LLC

Bob Weber is an intellectual property professional, inventor, serial entrepreneur, mentor, and management consultant. Since 2007 he has been Managing Director, Patent Kinetics, LLC, a company focused on Intellectual Capital Management with an emphasis on patents, patent strategy, and enforcement. Patent Kinetics helps organizations and individuals build and monetize valuable patent portfolios. Weber is also an inventor with 27 issued US patents and a number of foreign counterparts assigned to Intertrust Technologies where he served as SVP Business and Technology Strategy, 1996-1999. Weber has also been a Principal Consultant at Northeast Consulting Resources, Inc. At NCRI, his consulting practice focused on strategies for information creation, access and distribution; clients included Fortune 50 companies. Weber divides his time between Boston and Silicon Valley. He served on the Advisory Board of the Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET) at various times since 2004 and has co-organized and moderated ENET’s “Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs” annual meetings Weber has been a member of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society since 2010 and has served on the chapter’s Board of Directors and Program Committee. His academic work focused on computerized text analytics for social science purposes.

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William Byrnes, Esq.

Bill is an attorney and senior executive with 25+ years of experience building value by commercializing information and technology. Bill’s focus involves a unique application of his legal and business management experience on the day‐to‐day management of all elements of the product, sales, and contract life cycles as the core of the business. The effect of this focus can convert expense into value driven to the bottom line with increased shareholder value as the results.

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