2018 May

Steve Zlatos, Honorary Consul for Slovakia in Indiana, Part of Indiana Trade Mission

May 31, 2018

During a recent trip to Slovakia, organized in part by Woodard Emhardt Of-Counsel Steve Zlatos, Governor Eric Holcomb signed a memorandum of understanding with the minister of economy from Slovakia. The trip was arranged with the aim to build on established relationships between Indiana and Slovakia.

The focus of the gathering was to identify and enhance collaborative efforts toward two-way investment, trade and workforce development. Opportunities exist in the areas of advanced manufacturing, defense, automotive, energy, agriculture technology, information technology, cybersecurity as well as educational areas. Slovakia has been cooperating with the Indiana National Guard since 1994 and there has been a mutual interest in deepening cooperation beyond the sphere of defense. Indiana University and Purdue University currently have connections to academic institutions in Slovakia.

In addition to Governor Holcomb and Mr. Zlatos, the group from Indiana included U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Adam Sterling, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and wife Cheryl, First Lady Janet Holcomb, Senate President Pro Tem David Long and wife Melissa, and General Courtney Carr, head of the Indiana National Guard. The team met in Bratislava with President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska, and the Prime Minister, Peter Pellegrini.

A large community of Slovaks lives in Indiana, while Indianapolis is home to the Slovak honorary consulate headed by Steve Zlatos.

Honorary Consul for Slovakia in Indiana


Charlie Meyer Quoted In Indiana Lawyer: “Chinese tariffs shed light on theft of American IP”

May 9, 2018

The brewing trade war between the United States and China has shone a renewed spotlight on a longstanding source of contention between the two economies: intellectual property theft.

President Donald Trump announced on March 22 the U.S. would impose tariffs on Chinese imports in response to Chinese theft of American IP, and since then the two nations have engaged in a series of retaliatory economic sanctions. While trade experts say the back-and-forth could give rise to a global trade war, IP law experts say the debate underscores the need for stronger intellectual property protections in America and abroad.

Most IP attorneys say across the country, inventors and innovators can take only a reactive, rather than proactive, approach to protecting their work. But experts also say Indiana has a unique approach to IP law that sets the state apart as a model for strong intellectual property defense.

Specifically looking to the patent side of IP law, it’s also common for overseas markets to produce goods covered by American patents, then import them back into the states for a profit, said Charlie Meyer of the IP firm Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP. Alternatively, Chinese manufacturers of American goods often take American molds and use them to create identical, but knockoff, goods, Meyer said.

Read the entire Indiana Lawyer article here.


Client Mr. Canary Co. Showcases Breakthrough Bird Feeding Product on Home Shopping Network (HSN)

May 9, 2018

Are you a bird lover? This one is for you!

On Tuesday, Carmel-based Mr. Canary Co. released a revolutionary product on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). Mr. Canary has been selling their bird feeders through major retailers since 1995.

Mr. Canary touts the invention as merely TV dinners for birds, which is a maintenance-free avenue to enjoy backyard birds. Basically, premium bird seed is sealed in single-use and eco-friendly trays, which slide into a permanent bird feeder. Bonus being: users don’t have to worry about hauling bird seed bags to the backyard and the cleanup is simple. The system ranges from $34.99 to $39.99.

Bird Feeder

Sisters Jan Long and Chris Mowery bought the Mr. Canary brand in 1995. By 2013, Mr. Canary products were being sold in Kmart, WalMart and Kroger stores across the nation. Ace Hardware signed on in 2014, as well.

Chuck Schmal of Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mc Nett & Henry LLP, along with Long worked together to secure a patent on the Bird Buffet System (US 9,686,968).

For more information, please refer to: https://www.ibj.com/articles/68556-carmel-based-mr-canary-to-debut-on-home-shopping-network?utm_source=ibj-daily&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=2018-04-26