Edgeware responds to trademark ruling
In response to the recent HCN article highlighting EdgeCraft Corporation’s trademark litigation against the Smith’s Consumer Products Edgeware brand, Smith’s CEO Dan Glidden has released the following statement:
“We were disappointed to learn about the decision handed down regarding our Edgeware trademark registrations. While we strongly disagree with this decision, Smith’s Consumer Products, Inc., with over 127 years of experience in the knife sharpening category , stands behind our extensive line of Edgeware and Smith’s sharpening products and kitchen tools.
The United States Patent and Trademark office granted Smith’s a valid Edgeware trademark in 2009 and we have subsequently used the Edgeware name in good faith and in compliance with all legal requirements. We have worked diligently to build a strong brand and we are fully committed to continue providing our retail partners with innovative, quality knife sharpeners and kitchen tools for the home cook. At this point we are evaluating our options and are committed to resolving this issue as quickly as possible.”
Last week, a panel of federal judges ruled in favor of EdgeCraft, whereupon Smith’s must now cancel its three Edgeware trademark registrations.
Weyerhaeuser elects a new corporate secretary
Weyerhaeuser’s board of directors has elected Devin Stockfish as their new corporate secretary, effective July 1, 2013.
"Since joining Weyerhaeuser in March of this year, Devin has proven himself to be a quick study who demonstrates extraordinary professionalism and brings a valuable set of skills and experience to the company," said Sandy McDade, senior vice president and general counsel. "He is an outstanding addition to our leadership team."
Stockfish is taking the place of assistant general counsel Claire Grace, who will remain on board as until her retirement, set for Aug. 16. Grace was Weyerhaeuser’s corporate secretary for the past 13 years. Stockfish has been on board as assistant general counsel since March of this year.
Previously, the Columbia Law graduate was VP & associate general counsel at Univar Inc., an attorney in the securities and corporate law group at Starbucks Corporation, and a practitioner of corporate law at K&L Gates LLP.
WEX’s Monthly Construction FCI reflects mixed results
WEX, Inc. has released its WEX Construction Fuel Consumption Index (FCI) results in partnership with IHS, Inc. June’s monthly figures reflected an increase of 2.5% on a year-over-basis, though they were down 0.5% from May’s numbers.
According to an IHS analysis, year-over-year figures provide more reliable insight into the progress of the industry.
"Despite the month-to-month decrease in June for the WEX Construction FCI, the housing market has been showing signs of improvement," read an IHS statement. "Home prices continue to rise as a result of lean inventories, low interest rates, the growing economy and the decreased share of distressed homes. These higher home prices, in turn, are bringing more builders into the market and boosting household wealth."
The FCI measures national fuel consumption for the construction industry in an effort to quantify construction activity in the U.S. WEX and IHS collect data from a closed loop network that includes over 90% of domestic retail fuel locations.
The FCI is habitually released in advance of U.S. Census Bureau figures on construction spending.