What Startup Founders Need To Know About Legal Issues

December 4, 2018

Speaker Slides

Critical Legal Issues Early Stage Companies Cohen

Jeremy Cohen

Startups, Patents and Five Common Mistakes

Mike Attisha

Startups Tips Navigating Your Company Success

Shawn P. Foley

6:30-7:30 PM – Registration & networking 

7:30-7:40 PM – ENET Chairman’s announcements

7:40-7:55 PM – E Minute – Up to 3 Startup companies’ presentations

7:55-8:45 PM – 3 expert speakers on the night’s topic

8:45-9:00 PM – Audience / Speakers Q & A

900-930 PM – Final networking includes meeting presenting speakers



Jeremy Cohen, Gesmer Updegrove

Jeremy Cohen is an attorney at Gesmer Updegrove, LLP, a firm specialized in the representation of emerging technology companies. His focus is on business creation and development, transactions and financings, and assisting with any other advice you need to help your business grow.  Jeremy’s experiences and background have helped him develop a practice that is broad as well as deep, including: Business formation and organization: advising start-ups on how to best begin their business while looking to future growth. Mergers & Acquisitions: from spin-outs and carve-outs too complex transaction structures or outright sales of companies, Jeremy has experience in a variety of transaction structures and can bring insight and know-how to any situation. Financings:  Whether the funding is coming from a bank, a professional investor or a relative, Jeremy can help guide the process to a successful financing.

Mike Attisha, Associate, Wolf Greenfield & Sacks

Mike Attisha is an attorney at Wolf Greenfield, a boutique law firm that is focused entirely on intellectual property. Mike counsels clients on their patent portfolio in a wide range of technology areas, including electronics, additive fabrication (3D printing), display technologies (LCD, OLED, electrophoretic), software, semiconductors, optics, medical devices, electronic music, automated hardware testing, and signal processing. He has an extremely broad technical knowledge drawn largely from his experience working in experimental physics and as a software consultant. Prior to joining Wolf Greenfield, Mike worked at Ab Initio Software assisting clients with their enterprise data processing applications. During his graduate studies at Brown University, Mike worked on the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) experiment located a half mile underground in northern Minnesota.

Shawn Foley, Of Counsel, Burns & Levinson

With more than 30 years of experience in the field, Shawn Foley brings refined legal and advocacy skills and technical versatility. His approach to patent procurement is practical, cost effective, distinctly business-oriented and personable. Prior to joining Burns & Levinson, Shawn played an integral role in developing his previous firm’s practice in life sciences and pharmaceuticals. A wide spectrum of clients with diverse technologies and business needs have sought his counsel, including major pharmaceutical and personal care companies, medium-sized brand and generic drug companies, start-ups, universities, and entrepreneurs, both in the U.S. and abroad. Shawn began his career as an examiner with the U.S. Patent Office, where he reviewed patent applications during the emergence of the biotechnology field. After an initial 2-year stint with a leading Southeastern IP firm, he gained valuable corporate experience as counsel for Ciba-Geigy. At Ciba, Shawn was co-in house counsel for its agricultural biotechnology research division (now Syngenta Seeds), where he worked on a daily basis with management and scientists to gain patent protection for transgenic crop seed and to bring these first generation products to market. He also collaborated with colleagues in Switzerland and prosecuted patent applications directed to pharmaceuticals. Thus, Shawn has experienced many different aspects of the patent system. Shawn is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

Moderator and Co-Organizer:

Bob Weber, Managing Director, Patent Kinetics, LLC

Robert Weber is a successful intellectual property professional, inventor, serial entrepreneur, and management consultant. Presently, he is Managing Director, Patent Kinetics, LLC, a company that helps entrepreneurs and patent owners build and monetize valuable patent portfolios. Weber is an inventor with 28 issued US patents assigned to Intertrust Technologies, where he served as SVP Business and Technology Strategy, 1996-1999. The Intertrust portfolio was characterized in the Wall Street Journal as a once in a generation billion-dollar licensing opportunity. (Intertrust is presently a joint venture of Sony and Philips.) Weber has also been a Principal Consultant at Northeast Consulting Resources, Inc. At NCRI, his consulting practice focused on the intersection of business and technology. Weber divides his time between Boston and Silicon Valley. He is a former Vice Chair, Programs, of the Boston Entrepreneurs Network and is a member of the Advisory Board and Program Committee of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society.


William R. Byrnes

Bill’s legal practice assists entrepreneurial companies with the legal issues they face with a focus on day-to-day commercial issues involving customers, vendors, and other third party relationships. Bill received his undergraduate degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Boston University, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and a L.L.M. degree in Taxation from Boston University Law School, Graduate Tax Program. He is also a Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network board member.

get involved. be a volunteer!

Help us organize startup events and speaker panels.

our sponsors

CIC Logo Inno Horizontal Orange
Boston Consultants' Network logo
Fish & Richardson logo
Gesmer UpdeGrove, LLP logo
Lasell University Logo
Microsoft Technology Centers logo

become a sponsor

Sponsor our startup events to support the tech and life sciences startup community.

sign up for our newsletter

Get startup event announcements and updates.

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: . You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact