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Shumaker Attorney Receives Award From Canada’s Governor General

Andrew McIntosh, partner in Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick’s Tampa office, recently received Canada’s Governor General’s Visit Medallion, which is awarded to people and organizations that have contributed extraordinarily to the development of international trade, investment and cultural exchange. From 2005 to 2012, Andrew served as Honorary Consul of Canada for Florida, and for the past four years, he has continued to keep the Florida-Canada relationship strong, advancing connections for Canada particularly in the Tampa Bay area, but across the state as well. Continue reading

Manufacturers are Challenged to Keep Up With Disruptive Technologies

Shumaker has launched its Manufacturing Blog at a very significant time. Much will be happening to manufacturing in the future, and Shumaker lawyers are actively involved.

Perhaps the primary challenge for manufacturing in the immediate future is the capital investment required to keep up with new, disruptive technologies. Interconnected appliances (the “internet-of-things”) and self-driving vehicles are current examples. Continue reading

A Whole New Ball Game: Implications for Brand Owners of Proposed Rule Changes in the TTAB and B&B Hardware One Year Later

Trademark litigation has recently undergone, and continues to undergo, a number of important changes that may significantly affect the strategy of corporate counsel and trademark practitioners in managing these types of actions.

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) is the administrative tribunal that typically decides issues of trademark registrability, while trademark infringement actions are decided by federal courts. Historically the effects of TTAB decisions have been fairly limited – it has no power to award monetary damages, injunctions, or monetary sanctions.  The TTAB is generally viewed as a less expensive venue to litigate trademark disputes.  However, recent case law and proposed rule changes may change how trademark litigants approach their case. Continue reading