Patent law firm hits mark

FREDERICK, Md. — Since its inception in January 2016, an area law firm has helped clients secure a total of 478 patents. Four founding partners and 12 employees came together to form the patent law firm McBee Moore Woodward & Vanik IP LLC. Since its formation, MMWV has focused on using technology to streamline workflows and more efficiently organize the processes and infrastructure associated with a predominately transactional patent practice. The result has been improved customer service and an environment that allows employees to flexibly work remotely. MMWV has grown to 24 employees. Seven of MMWV’s practitioners hold doctoral degrees […]

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The calendar for February 2019

Have a calendar item? Submit your business calendar items to calendar@crossroadsbizjournal.com, or by mail to Crossroads Business Journal, 100 Summit Ave., P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741. If you have questions, call editor Joseph Deinlein at 301-791-7591, or reporter Mike Lewis at 301-733-5131. MARYLAND Coffee and Contacts Friday, Feb. 1 — Join the early risers of Frederick for a light breakfast and coffee, combined with networking. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, 118 N. Market St., Suite 200, Frederick. Free for Frederick County Chamber of Commerce members, $15 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call 301-662-4164, email info@frederickchamber.org or […]

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Entrepreneurship: Learned or inherited?

Researchers and policymakers have long recognized the impact of entrepreneurship on the economic prosperity and development of countries. To paraphrase William Baumol, the eminent American economist, entrepreneurs are the usual suspects for both slowdowns and great leaps in economic growth of nations. Given the positive consequences in both economic development and social change, entrepreneurship is a key variable for developed and emerging economies. Thus, it is not surprising that a deeper understanding of the drivers of entrepreneurship is a significant stream of research. Among the most interesting questions in this field is why individuals in some societies engage in entrepreneurial […]

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Patriot Federal member wins $1,000 in grand-opening contest

Mark Cunningham of Hagerstown was Patriot Federal Credit Union’s $1,000 “Scan & Win” winner, according to an announcement from the financial institution. The contest was held an conjunction with the grand opening of Patriot’s new branch on Robinwood Drive near Hagerstown. “I’ve never really won anything like this before, and when I found out I was the $1,000 winner, I couldn’t believe it,” “ Cunningham said in a news release. “Robinwood is a really nice building and great location. I feel fortunate and I want to thank Patriot. I’m going to deposit the $1,000 into my Patriot account in the […]

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Allegiant to add Myrtle Beach destination from Hagerstown

By C.J. Lovelace news@crossroadsbizjournal.com After years of requests, travelers got some good news recently with Allegiant Air’s announcement that it would add service from Hagerstown, Md., to Myrtle Beach, S.C., starting June 9. The low-cost, vacation-oriented carrier will offer introductory base fares as low as $49 each way. “We’ve had a couple of phone calls from passengers asking (about the new flights),” said Peggy Siler, airline station leader for the Allegiant service out at Hagerstown Regional Airport. “People have already started booking them.” It’s not the first time flights have been offered to Myrtle Beach from the local airport. Direct […]

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Notes and quotes for February 2019

Patent No. 100 FREDERICK, Md. — The United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Immatics Biotechnologies GmBH, a leading immunotherapy company, its 100th U.S. patent. The announcement was made by McBee, Moore, Woodward and Vanik IP LLC (also known as MMWV Law), which has represented Immatics. In a press release, Immatics indicated that its 100th patent (No. 10,143,731) demonstrates a significant achievement in innovation in the Life Sciences industry. Using the company’s XPRESIDENT technology, Immatics identified a peptide presented on the human leucocyte antigen, a key piece to the development of cancer immunotherapies. “We are thrilled to have the […]

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‘Focus on the clients’

Bill Talley, CEO, Frederick County Bank By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com In 2001, Bill Talley was the first person hired by Frederick County Bank in Maryland. In November, he was named the bank’s president and CEO. “I truly believe in the mission of the bank wanting to have a local presence for our clients,” he said during an interview in his office on the third floor of a downtown Frederick building. Talley took on his new role Nov. 12, succeeding Marty Lapera. Lapera will stay on to help with the transition until his retirement takes effect on March 31. Talley has […]

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On the Books for February 2019

Several large commercial real estate transactions have been closed in the Crossroads Business Journal area in recent weeks. The map shows some of the details about those deals. The information was taken from records maintained by the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation as well as deed records held by county clerk’s offices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The available details about property transactions vary from state to state. ­— Compiled by Mike Lewis […]

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Checking the accounts: Banks on the move in region

By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com From building new branches to going public to naming new leaders, some banks have made big changes in the Crossroads Business Journal area during the past several months. With all of the activity, we thought it would be handy to have a roundup of some of those changes. CNB prepares for 85th year CNB Bank made a couple of personnel moves at the end of 2018, as it prepares to celebrate its 85th anniversary this year. Josh Householder joined the bank as senior vice president/chief banking officer. He will lead the bank’s sales efforts in each […]

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Bowen closes two real estate deals in Washington County

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Two separate real estate deals totaling more than $4 million have closed recently in Hagerstown, Md. The sales were announced by Taylor Bowen, broker and owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bowen Realty. An industrial building at 560 Western Maryland Parkway was sold for $3.1 million in a deal completed on Dec. 7, Bowen reported in a news release. The 36,000-square-foot industrial building has rail access and sits on more than 11 acres The new owner, Beaver Creek Farming LLC, has a North Bethesda mailing address. The firm will complete some renovations before taking occupancy, according to the […]

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