September 2019

Policing Your Trademark Or Service Mark

Federal registration is a major step in the protection of your brand name as a trademark or service mark provides your company with exclusive rights and peace of mind that your brand is protected. U.S.In general, policing your trademark rights has the bene…

Using Your Trademark or Service Mark Correctly

The #1 and most important guideline for proper use of a trademark or service mark is to use the mark as an adjective followed by a noun or generic term for the product or service itself.People frequently use the brand name, whether a trademark or service m…

The Medicare Home Health Patient Driven Grouping Model: New Requirements for Home Health Care

The Medicare Home Health Patient Driven Grouping Model (PDGM), the most significant change to how agencies are reimbursed for home health services in 20 years, takes effect on January 1, 2020. Predicting the financial impact in transitioning to this new mo…

August 2019

How Not to Advertise Your Recreational Marijuana Business in Massachusetts: Neon Signs and Other Prohibited Practices

Most businesses in Massachusetts are free to market their business using a variety of creative advertising methods. Neon signs? Usually no problem. Vinyl-wrapped vehicles? Great exposure. Hosting a giveaway or handing out coupons? A good way to get new cus…

Rhode Island Noncompete Legislation

On July 15, 2019, Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law the Rhode Island Noncompetition Agreement Act ("the Act"). Rhode Island joins a growing list of states (including neighboring Massachusetts) that have enacted legislation to significantly restrict th…

July 2019

Teamwork, Collaboration, and Good People: My Summer at Hinckley Allen

Much to my disbelief, my time as a Summer Associate with Hinckley Allen is already coming to an end. My ten weeks with the firm has been packed with interesting work assignments, exciting social events, and impactful learning experiences.The gift of expect…