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Is Your FCPA Corporate Compliance Program Up to Date? US DOJ Issues Revised Guidance

Below in an excerpt from an article authored by Robinson+Cole Manufacturing Industry team lawyers Edward J. Heath and Kevin Daly with Sasha Glassman, assistant general counsel for global materials manufacturing company Rogers Corporation, that was published on ACCDocket.com. On June 1, 2020, the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a … Continue Reading

Trump Proclamation Curtails the Ability of Manufacturers to Bring Workers in From Outside USA

This week we are pleased to have a guest post from Jennifer L. Shanley, a member of Robinson+Cole’s Immigration Group. Her preparation of temporary and permanent immigration petitions allow manufacturing, chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies, including some Fortune 100 companies, to retain key business people, scientists, researchers, and other professionals. President Trump signed a proclamation temporarily … Continue Reading

Binge-Watching the Clean Water Act Cases and Rules

This week we are pleased to have a guest post from Robert S. Melvin, a member of Robinson+Cole’s Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group. Attorney Melvin has over 20 years of experience counseling clients on environmental, health, and safety compliance, sustainability, emergency response efforts, site remediation, and development projects. A wide range of clients benefit from … Continue Reading

DOJ’s Latest FCPA Pressure Tactic: Charging Multiple Violations for Single Alleged Payment Scheme

This week, we are pleased to have a guest post from Kevin Daly.  Attorney Daly is a member of the firm’s Manufacturing Industry Group and also its Trade Compliance Team. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) prohibits paying or offering bribes to foreign officials to obtain business advantage. In some instances, the paying or offering … Continue Reading

The U.S.-Mexico Patent Prosecution Super-Highway

This week, we are pleased to have a guest post from John L. Cordani, Jr.  John is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Manufacturing Industry Team and regularly counsels clients on intellectual property issues involving patent procurement, licensing, and litigation. For the past several years, the patent offices in the United States and Mexico have operated under a type of … Continue Reading

IoT Manufacturers – What You Need to Know About California’s IoT Law

This week we are pleased to have a guest post from Deborah George, a member of Robinson+Cole’s Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. Attorney George focuses her practice on data privacy and security, cybersecurity, and compliance with related state and federal laws, advising clients on the development of privacy and security plans, including WISPs, policies and procedures to comply … Continue Reading

Conviction of Foreign Employee Reinforces Broad Geographic Reach of FCPA

This week we are pleased to have a guest post from Edward Heath and Kevin Daly. Attorneys Heath and Daly are members of Robinson+Cole’s Manufacturing Industry Team and regularly counsel clients on trade compliance, anti-corruption compliance, and other corporate compliance issues.  Last week, a jury found a former executive of a French multinational company guilty of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices … Continue Reading

Manufacturers are Not Immune to Claims that their Inventions are Patent-Ineligible

This week, we are pleased to have a guest post from John Cordani.  John is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Manufacturing Industry Team and regularly counsels clients on intellectual property issues involving patent procurement, licensing, and litigation. It is no secret that the competitive edge of U.S.-based manufacturers is often predicated, at least in large part, on technological innovation … Continue Reading

The Increasing Strategic Importance of Design Patents

Manufacturers generally understand the importance of utility patents and branding in protecting their creations from unfair competition and confusion of their customers. But the power of the design patent sometimes goes overlooked. While the United States Patent Office has issued over ten million numbered utility patents, it has not yet reached the one-million-mark on design … Continue Reading

Business Email Compromises Bilking U.S. Companies Out of $301M Per Month

The United States Treasury Department came out with a report last week that concludes that business email compromises (BEC) are costing U.S. companies more than $301 million per month. The report confirms that the two industries hit the hardest by these scams are manufacturing and construction. The report, issued by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement … Continue Reading

Department of Justice Expands Guidance on Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs

This week we are pleased to have a guest post from Edward Heath and Kevin Daly.  Attorneys Heath and Daly are members of Robinson+Cole’s Manufacturing Industry Team and regularly counsel clients on trade compliance, anti-corruption compliance, and other corporate compliance issues. Earlier this year, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) issued new guidance regarding … Continue Reading

Connecticut Company Reaches Settlement With OFAC Regarding Alleged Iran Sanctions Violations

This week, we are pleased to have a guest post from Kevin Daly.  Attorney Daly is a member of the firm’s Manufacturing Industry Group and also its Trade Compliance Team. On February 21, 2019, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) entered into a settlement with Connecticut-based ZAG IP, LLC … Continue Reading

Manufacturing Sector Getting Hit with Cyber-Attacks: Portable Oxygen Device Manufacturer Notifies 30,000 Patients of Breach

Inogen, which manufactures portable oxygen devices, has alerted the Securities and Exchange Commission in a recent filing that it is notifying 30,000 individuals that their personal information was compromised when a hacker gained access to one of its employees’ email accounts through a phishing scheme.… Continue Reading

General Counsel’s New Standard on Intermittent Strikes, Another Untenable Position for Manufacturers

On October 3, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board’s (Board) Office of the General Counsel (General Counsel) issued a memorandum seeking to broaden a union’s right to engage in intermittent strikes, which it defines as multiple short-term strikes—“a plan to strike, return to work and strike again.” The memorandum addresses the issue because unions have … Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Risks to the Manufacturing Sector

The 2016 Manufacturing Report by Sikich finds that there has been a progressive growth in cyber-attacks in the manufacturing sector. This is consistent with the most recent IBM /X-Force Research 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, which  notes that the manufacturing industry represents the second most attacked industry, just behind health care. Manufacturing companies often don’t … Continue Reading
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