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Patent lawsuits dropped off sharply in Mass. courts last year

Patent lawsuits dropped off sharply in Mass. courts last year - Quincy




The number of patent lawsuits filed in Massachusetts federal court fell by 42 percent from 2017 to 2018, a possible sign that changes designed to bring more of the cases to the Bay State haven’t had an effect. At least not yet. The District of Massachusetts was...
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Gap to close store at CambridgeSide Galleria

Gap to close store at CambridgeSide Galleria - Quincy




Gap Inc. will close its store at the CambridgeSide Galleria mall in East Cambridge on Jan. 28, a representative from the company has confirmed. The Gap (NYSE: GPS) at CambridgeSide is located on the mall’s third floor, where New England Development plans to...
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Taco Bell opening downtown Boston location

Taco Bell opening downtown Boston location - Quincy




A Taco Bell restaurant is coming to a former Subway location at 74 Summer St. in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. The location appears to be the first Taco Bell in downtown Boston. The fast-casual “Mexican-inspired” eatery has nine area locations,...
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Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? Netflix.

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? Netflix. - Quincy




Carmen Sandiego, the international woman of mystery that taught kids in the ’80s and ’90s about culture, geography and thievery, is getting a new animated show on Netflix, thanks to Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co (Nasdaq: HMHC). Houghton Mifflin...
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Pollack chooses design for I-90 project in Allston

Pollack chooses design for I-90 project in Allston - Quincy




A stretch of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Allston will be rebuilt at ground level when the state demolishes the Interstate 90 viaduct at the western entrance to Boston, under a final design decision made Thursday by state Transportation Secretary Stephanie...
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Boston Metal raises $20M from billionaires' energy fund

Boston Metal raises $20M from billionaires' energy fund - Quincy




Boston Metal, a startup whose new metal-manufacturing process promises to reduce carbon emissions, has raised $20 million in order to bring its lab-born technology to an industrial scale. The Series A round was led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures — a firm backed...
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Gaming commission: Wynn suit should be moved to Mass. court

Gaming commission: Wynn suit should be moved to Mass. court - Quincy




Lawyers for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have argued a lawsuit brought by embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn against the commission should be moved to a Bay State court. Lawyers provided an update on litigation in Wynn’s suit, filed in Nevada in...
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Cheers! Here are 58 breweries on tap to open in 2019

Cheers! Here are 58 breweries on tap to open in 2019 - Quincy




Growth in the brewery industry shows no sign of slowing down, with a record number of breweries in planning or slated to open in 2019. The Boston Business Journal has tracked down nearly five dozen breweries that have hopes to enter the space, open taprooms, begin...
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Mersana CEO details path forward after breakup with Takeda

Mersana CEO details path forward after breakup with Takeda - Quincy




Executives from Cambridge biotech Mersana Therapeutics Inc. cited an extremely competitive playing field as the reason why it shelved its most advanced cancer drug Wednesday, less than a week after the biotech’s partnership with Japanese drug giant Takeda...
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Apartment complex proposed for West Roxbury

Apartment complex proposed for West Roxbury - Quincy




Westwood-based Onsite Builders & Development is proposing a 72-unit apartment complex at 11-26 Heron St. in West Roxbury, according to a Jan. 7 letter of intent filed to the Boston Planning and Development Agency. The 1.1-acre site, located near Roxbury Latin...
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State Street to lay off 15% of senior executives

State Street to lay off 15% of senior executives - Quincy




Days after taking over as chief executive of State Street Corp., Ron O’Hanley has moved to lay off 15 percent of the Boston-based company’s senior management ranks. The layoffs are part of the financial services giant’s (NYSE: STT) latest effort to...
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Viewpoint: Colleges must make case for value

Viewpoint: Colleges must make case for value - Quincy




So what is a college degree worth? The answer depends on whom you ask. Fewer than half of the adults surveyed in a Gallup Poll earlier this year had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the nation’s college and...
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Boston ranks No. 2 among nation’s top STEM cities

Boston ranks No. 2 among nation’s top STEM cities - Quincy




Boston is one of the top cities for STEM jobs in 2019, according to a new list. The Greater Boston metro region was ranked No. 2 overall on personal finance website WalletHub’s list of best places to find a job for science, technology, engineering and...
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Car-suspension tech maker ClearMotion raises $115M

Car-suspension tech maker ClearMotion raises $115M - Quincy




ClearMotion Inc., an MIT-born company that builds software-enabled vehicle suspension systems, has raised a $115 million later-stage venture capital round to sustain the company as it transitions from technology development to full production. ClearMotion, which moved...
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Cushman & Wakefield grows capital markets team in Boston

Cushman & Wakefield grows capital markets team in Boston - Quincy




David Pergola and Brian Doherty have left CBRE New England’s capital markets team to join Cushman & Wakefield in Boston, another in a series of high-profile hires by Cushman in the wake of CBRE’s (NYSE: CBG) merger with Transwestern | RBJ last year....
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Why Harvard should just use a lottery

Why Harvard should just use a lottery - Quincy




If the Harvard admissions trial teaches us anything, it should be that there are more brilliant and accomplished young people in the United States eager for a top-notch education than there are seats to accommodate them. Places like Harvard and other elite...
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Sears moves closer to liquidation following failed bailout bid

Sears moves closer to liquidation following failed bailout bid - Quincy




Sears Holding Corp. is moving closer to liquidation. Sears executives will ask a bankruptcy judge on Tuesday if the retail chain can proceed with liquidation, Reuters reported. The company appears ready to rebuff the $4.4 billion offer that Chairman Eddie Lampert and...
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Allergan joins biotech swarm in Kendall Square with R&D hub

Allergan joins biotech swarm in Kendall Square with R&D hub - Quincy




Yet another of biotech’s biggest names is moving to Cambridge. Irish pharmaceutical giant Allergan plc announced plans Monday to open a research facility in Kendall Square during the first quarter of 2019. Former AstraZeneca and Pfizer executive and current...
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8 Mass. tech companies to watch at CES 2019

8 Mass. tech companies to watch at CES 2019 - Quincy




This article first appeared on BostInno.com. It’s time for the usual January consumer tech bonanza. The Consumer Electronics Show — or CES — in Las Vegas, which runs from Jan. 8-11 this year, is arguably where you’ll see the most news...
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Affectiva looking to raise $30M, documents show

Affectiva looking to raise $30M, documents show - Quincy




Boston-based Affectiva Inc., which develops artificial intelligence software to identify basic emotions on the human face, has raised $20 million of a prospective $30 million round of investment, according to a public filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...
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Sixth recreational pot shop to open in Mass. as sales top $14M

Sixth recreational pot shop to open in Mass. as sales top $14M - Quincy




Another recreational marijuana dispensary is slated to open this week, with the state authorizing Theory Wellness in Great Barrington to begin recreational sales as soon as Friday. The approval brings the total number of recreational dispensaries in the state to six,...
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Waltham 'microlocation' startup Humatics raises $28M

Waltham 'microlocation' startup Humatics raises $28M - Quincy




This story first appeared on BostInno. Humatics Corp., a Waltham-based startup developing micro-location and spatial intelligence software, announced on Monday it raised $28 million in Series A1 financing — a figure that brings the company’s...
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Akamai acquires identity-management software maker Janrain

Akamai acquires identity-management software maker Janrain - Quincy




Akamai Technologies Inc. has acquired identity-management software firm Janrain, expanding the offerings the Cambridge-based cloud technology company can offer its enterprise customers. Janrain, a privately held company based in Portland, was founded in 2002 and has...
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Walsh to propose boosting number of liquor licenses in Boston

Walsh to propose boosting number of liquor licenses in Boston - Quincy




Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will propose an increase in the number of liquor licenses in the city as part of a 14-bill legislative package, the first part of which he plans to submit to the state on Monday. Walsh will also ask for the state for a hike in its matching...
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6 Massachusetts employment trends to watch in 2019

6 Massachusetts employment trends to watch in 2019 - Quincy




1. Equality in pay laws and how companies are addressing them Like California and New York, as of July 1, 2018, Massachusetts’ Act to Establish Pay Equity promotes salary transparency, restricts employers from asking candidates about their salary history,...
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John Henry lists ‘majestic’ Florida estate for $25M

John Henry lists ‘majestic’ Florida estate for $25M - Quincy




John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Globe, has listed his 41,010-square-foot Florida estate for sale for $25 million. Henry purchased 6.3 acres in Le Lac, a gated community near Boca Raton, in 1991 for $850,000. The custom build of the...
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Aptiv partners with Boston-based AI startup Affectiva

Aptiv partners with Boston-based AI startup Affectiva - Quincy




Aptiv PLC, the parent company of MIT self-driving car spinout NuTonomy, has announced a commercial partnership with Affectiva, a Boston-based startup that has developed artificial intelligence software to identify the cognitive state of drivers. Affectiva, which was...
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Ironwood co-founder, CEO will step down to head new spinout

Ironwood co-founder, CEO will step down to head new spinout - Quincy




The CEO and co-founder of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, one of Cambridge’s largest biotech firms and one of just a handful with an approved drug on the market, is stepping down to take over a new spinout focused on rare diseases. Peter Hecht, who will move to the...
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Durgin-Park to serve last customer

Durgin-Park to serve last customer - Quincy




One of Boston’s most historic restaurants is closing its doors. Right now, Durgin-Park in Faneuil Hall is still open for business. There are no signs the place is closing. But the workers have been told their last shifts will be next week, and now, many...
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Watertown biotech Selecta drops cancer drug, cuts staff

Watertown biotech Selecta drops cancer drug, cuts staff - Quincy




Selecta Biosciences has announced plans to cut more than a third of its employees and shelve a cancer drug following various trial problems late last year. The Watertown biotech said it will eliminate 36 percent of its staff positions as part of a company...
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Here’s how local law schools stack up on the LSAT

Here’s how local law schools stack up on the LSAT - Quincy




The American Bar Association recently released data on law schools across the country, including the LSAT scores of their newest class of students. So we decided to see how Greater Boston’s seven ABA-accredited law schools performed. Most law schools require...
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Baker sketches broad agenda in second inaugural address

Baker sketches broad agenda in second inaugural address - Quincy




In a speech to the Legislature, other constitutional officers and supporters, Baker acknowledged that he and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito “had a lot to prove to the people of Massachusetts” after their narrow victory in 2014 and pointed to a series of...