The blog, which is called “Shumaker Manufacturing: A Legal & Industry Review,” will include posts written by Shumaker attorneys in several of the firm’s offices, as well as industry news. Original posts and industry news will be added throughout the month.
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
In light of yesterday’s historic vote by the UK to leave the European Union after 43 years, I wanted to share “What Next: Steps to take today as the UK votes to leave the EU” by our good friends Pinsent Masons.
On June 23 the British public will make a choice on one of the most controversial and strongly debated issues in British political and economic history.
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
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
Data for 2015 shows Manufacturing is the second most attacked industry. How is this affecting your business and what measures are you taking to protect your firm’s data?