Patent Applications for Startups – Key Information for Entrepreneurs

The Morris, Manning & Martin Startup Video Series is designed to answer key questions often asked by entrepreneurs. In this video, MMM attorney Daniel Sineway addresses the following questions:

  • What is a provisional patent application and when should I think about filing it?
  • What is a “full” patent application and how much time do I have to complete it?


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The Changing Dynamic of Healthcare: Webinar Recording

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The current regulations stemming from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are changing the business of healthcare. Companies immersed in the industry must understand the current regulations in order to provide value in the market, meet business goals and comply with state and federal healthcare laws. Add to that the shifting dynamics as insurance payers expand control in the marketplaces; the reimbursement changes from health insurance exchanges (HIEs); and the bundled payment and clinical integration programs driving healthcare delivery. There’s a lot at stake for vendors going forward.

The following topics will be addressed:

Open Source Software: Adding Terms to GNU General Public License

The information presented and contained within this document are provided by MMM as general information only, and do not, and are not intended to constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed within this document are solely the opinion of the individual author(s). For more information, contact Paul Arne:

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New Angel Financing Techniques: Analysis of SAFE for Entrepreneurs & Investors

MMM attorney Chris Maxwell discusses the advantages and disadvantages of SAFE vs. convertible debt financing for entrepreneurs and investors.





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Healthcare IT Companies Should Prepare Now for HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule


Almost four years ago, the HITECH Act was signed into law, but a major regulation implementing its provisions—the HIPAA/HITECH “Omnibus Rule”—has yet to be published. The final rule, however, is expected soon, and healthcare IT companies must prepare for it.

In 2009, HITECH enhanced the HIPAA requirements and the penalties increased dramatically. Specifically, the civil monetary penalties increased from $250,000 to $1,500,000. Since the enactment of HITECH, we have seen an extensive increase in audits and HIPAA enforcement activities. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) alone has investigated and resolved 18,122 privacy complaints

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FAQ and Difficult Issues Associated with Registering Copyrights in Software and Computer Programs

February 16th, 2012

This Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) memo addresses questions, problematic areas, and difficult issues often encountered in registering copyrights in computer software and computer programs.  This document is authored by the Intellectual Property Group of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP (, and is intended to assist clients and entrepreneurs in identifying and collecting materials necessary for registering software copyrights.


1.  Why should I register the copyright in my works of authorship?

Answer:  Although copyright protection extends automatically to “original works of authorship” that are fixed in a tangible medium, registering those works of authorship with the U.S. Copyright Office is a relatively

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What Every Tech Company Needs to Know – TER Presentation

On January 17, 2011, members of MMM’s Corporate Technology practice presented the materials below at a Technology Executives Roundtable event.

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Call to Action: Restrictive Covenants in Various Corporate Documents

Georgia House Bill 30, which would implement the new Georgia Restrictive Covenants Act (the “Act”), was passed by the Georgia House on February 22, 2011, and is expected to go to the Senate for a vote at some point in the near future.  If the Bill passes the Senate as expected, it will go into effect immediately when the Governor signs it, but will not retroactively apply to any contract signed before it takes effect.

Companies with employees in Georgia should consider the following:

  • Review your existing corporate and employment agreements

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