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Andrew J. FerrenAndrew J. Ferren

(617) 574-3546
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400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston MA
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University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1991

Harvard University, A.B., 1986, cum laude


Intellectual property advice, commercial agreements, and technology transfer and licensing matters are the focus of Andy Ferren’s practice. Andy handles a wide range of business matters for established and emerging companies, non-profit organizations, closely-held businesses, and individual entrepreneurs. Additionally, he helps to coordinate the firm’s trademark and copyright practices. Andy is a Director with the firm and sits on the editorial board of the firm's retail blog, Retail Law Advisor.

Representative Experience

  • Represent medical journal in connection with business formation and reorganization, employee and consultant agreements, and business and intellectual property advice.
  • Represent insurance brokerage company with regard to sales of assets and equity interests, software license transactions, and governance matters.
  • Advise health care non-profit organization with regard to collection and management of data, copyrightable works, and other content associated with conferences, seminars, and an on-line knowledge center.
  • Represent asset manager of portfolio of first class U.S. hotels and resorts in connection with intellectual property protection and licensing matters.
  • Represent retailers of clothing, shoes, and accessories in connection with brand protection and licensing program, e-commerce agreements, and various strategic ventures.
  • Advise software vendors and purchasers with regard to license agreements, services agreements, ASP/SaaS agreements, and website development and hosting agreements.
  • Represented furniture retailer in connection with source code license from its long-time software vendor.
  • Represent a major group of non-profit teaching and research hospitals in technology license agreements, collaboration agreements, and sponsored research agreements.
  • Represented manufacturer of microwave oven technology in collaboration with clean coal technology company to design, develop, manufacture, and license coal treatment systems.
  • Represented heirs to famous author/illustrator in settlement of dispute over rights to copyrights in decedent’s works.
  • Developed and implemented an international trademark and business model licensing strategy for a New York-based non-profit organization engaged in promoting entrepreneurship through affiliates in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the U.S., and Central and South America.
  • General counsel to a California-based non-profit organization in connection with business contracts and other matters, including licensing of its certification mark to distributors and retailers of “fair trade” coffee, cocoa, tea, and other products.
  • Handled numerous trademark and domain name matters, including prosecution of applications to register marks in the United States, coordination of international trademark protection efforts, management of clients’ trademark portfolios, negotiation of assignments and licenses of marks and domain names, and counseling of clients with regard to trademark and domain name selection, registration, and disputes.
Professional and Community Involvement
  • Advisory Council Member, Fair Trade USA, 2004-present
  • Board Member, Disability Rights Fund, Inc., 2015-present
  • Board Member, Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, Inc., 2015-present
  • Finance Commission Member, Town of Westwood, 2004-2008 
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
Awards and Recognition
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV PreeminentTM
Speaking Engagements
  • 2014, Speaker, Roundtable Discussion, "Global Business Legal Issues," Massachusetts Export Expo
  • 2009, Workshop leader, "Intellectual Property & Law," StartingBloc Institute
  • 2005, Moderator, Panel Discussion, "Intellectual Property in the Global Business: What an Entrepreneur Needs to Know," TiECON East Conference
Press Releases
num: 90
publicationsArticles: The Am Law Pro Bono 100
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs' Pro Bono Contributions Recognized
clientAdvisories: Trademarks and Social Networking
pressReleases: Abacus Finance Group Acts as Lead Agent
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Launches Retail Blog
blogEntries: Reality TV: The Latest Retail Trend?
blogEntries: Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate
blogEntries: The Dangers of Social Media:  Employment Disputes
blogEntries: “This is a Five-Star Blog Entry”: The Perils of Fraud in Online Reviews
blogEntries: ICANN Reveals Applications for New Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)
clientAdvisories: Brand Promotion and Protection in the World of New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Names
blogEntries: Social Media Policies:  Protection for “Water Cooler” Discussions in the Digital Age
blogEntries: So You’ve Entered the Cloud:  Do You Know What’s in Your Contracts?
blogEntries: Leveling the Playing Field: Eligibility Rules for Contests Can Be a Double-Edged Sword
publicationsArticles: Retail Frauds Multiplying at Rapid Clip
blogEntries: When The Unthinkable Happens: Owner Liability For Homicide In Shopping Malls
blogEntries: Happy Thanksgiving!
blogEntries: Working With a Complainer: Avoiding Claims for Retaliation
blogEntries: Happy New Year!
blogEntries: Is Your Product Really “Green”? Marketing Environmentally Friendly Products under the FTC “Green Guides”
blogEntries: Hacking It in the On-Line Environment:  Mitigating Harm from Cyberattacks
blogEntries: Taxing Conditions for Traditional “Brick-and-Mortar” Merchants: Can Marketplace Fairness Be Restored?
blogEntries: ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse Arrives March 26th
blogEntries: ICSC Industry Snapshot Infographic Released
blogEntries: Scrutiny of Databases that Track Private Records of Employee Wrongdoing
blogEntries: “Browse here; buy from our competitor!”: New Developments in the Fight against Showrooming
blogEntries: Happy 4th of July!
blogEntries: Risk/Reward:  Should Employers Rely on the Internet When Making Hiring Decisions?
blogEntries: Risk/Reward:  Should Employers Rely on the Internet When Making Hiring Decisions?
blogEntries: Doing Business with Children: Compliance with the Amended COPPA Rule
blogEntries: Doing Business with Children: Compliance with the Amended COPPA Rule
blogEntries: Happy Labor Day!
blogEntries: Climate Change Preparedness: Cities Planning for a Rising Tide
blogEntries: Climate Change Preparedness: Cities Planning for a Rising Tide
blogEntries: Changes to Facebook Promotion Guidelines: “LIKE” It or Not?
blogEntries: Happy Thanksgiving!
blogEntries: Happy Holidays from the Retail Law Advisor
blogEntries: More Mobile, More Problems?
blogEntries: Licensing Killed the Radio Star: When Retailers Need Music Licenses
blogEntries: From Strips to Chips: How Recent Data Breaches Threaten to Impact Your Point of Sale
blogEntries: Don’t Be Pinocchio: Avoid Liability for False Advertising
blogEntries: Bitcoins: Gold 2.0 or a Mirage?
blogEntries: Enhanced Brand Protection Under China’s New Trademark Law
blogEntries: Happy 4th of July
blogEntries: Take Cover: Protecting a Brand in the New Era of Generic Top-Level Domains
blogEntries: Internet Sales Tax Update:  Senate Introduces Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act
blogEntries: Sharing The Art and Science of Updating REAs
blogEntries: A Study of Suburban Mall Redevelopment: the White Flint Mall
blogEntries: Happy Labor Day!
blogEntries: Reverse Showrooming: A Look at the Other Side
blogEntries: What’s The Buzz Over Drones?
blogEntries: A Five-Point Checklist for the Holiday Shopping Season
blogEntries: Happy Thanksgiving!
blogEntries: Apple Pay and Google Wallet: Mobile Payment Going Mainstream
blogEntries: Lift Off for Commercial Drone Regulations
publicationsArticles: With NFC Adoption Coming in October, Apple Pay Isn't the Only Thing Getting a Boost
blogEntries: Blowdryers and Flatirons: The Real Estate Market Heats Up with Salon Suites
blogEntries: INTA 2015 Annual Meeting Recap
blogEntries: From the Suburbs to the City: How Grocery Retailers are Filling the Urban Grocery Gap
blogEntries: Does Your Website or Mobile App Discriminate?
blogEntries: Uber Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors?
blogEntries: Happy Labor Day!
blogEntries: Leveling the Playing Field: Mobile Location Analytics
blogEntries: Why is Omnichannel Retail so Hard?
publicationsArticles: Omnichannel Retail Helps Cos. Keep Up With Shoppers
blogEntries: Looking Ahead to MAPIC 2015
blogEntries: Sustainability in Retail: Going Strong and Expected to Continue
blogEntries: Website and Mobile App Accessibility: The DOJ Kicks the Can
blogEntries: The Skies Are Alive With the Sound Of Drones: The FAA Implements Drone Registration Requirements
blogEntries: Revamping the Runway-to-Retail Model
blogEntries: Retailers Take Notice:  Will Customers .shop at Your .store?
blogEntries: Happy 4th of July!
blogEntries: RETAIL 2020: Future Ready – Innovate to Succeed
blogEntries: “In-Season Relevancy” Is in Season this September
blogEntries: Paid Celebrity Endorsements in Social Media:  The FTC Is Watching
blogEntries: FTC Publishes Data Breach Response Guidelines
blogEntries: Happy New Year to the Retail Industry!
blogEntries: Copyright Compliance: (Re-)Register Your DMCA Agent in 2017 to Keep Your Website Docked in the Safe Harbor
blogEntries: Supreme Court Says ‘Give Me a ©’ to the Fashion Industry
blogEntries: Class Action Lawsuits on the Rise under New Jersey’s Consumer Protection Laws – Which Retailers Will Be Targeted Next?
blogEntries: Happy 4th of July!
blogEntries: Is Artificial Intelligence the Key to Retail Survival?
blogEntries: America’s Next Top (Business) Model? Evaluating Fashion’s Big Experiment
blogEntries: America’s Next Top (Business) Model? Evaluating Fashion’s Big Experiment
blogEntries: Happy Labor Day!
blogEntries: The FTC Won’t Let Me Be: Warnings and Enforcement Actions Targeting Social Media Influencers
blogEntries: Looking Inside the Mind of a Gen Z Shopper
blogEntries: Rise of the Drones: Flying Over Newton and Registration Requirements Reinstated
blogEntries: No Relief in Sight from Website Accessibility Lawsuits
blogEntries: Credit Card Evolution: Goodbye John Hancock
February 2012
Goulston & Storrs Launches Retail Blog
September 2011
Abacus Finance Group Acts as Lead Agent
July 1, 2009
Goulston & Storrs' Pro Bono Contributions Recognized
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