We appreciated the mention of Marlin Steel yesterday during an American Bar Association webinar about legal efforts going on in several states to combat intellectual property theft. We've written before in this space about infringement on intellectual property occurring here and to other manufacturers. Manufacturing is increasingly technology-oriented, software and cloud-based. Large companies are not the only ones affected. With a global economy comes global vulnerabilities.
In an exchange during the webinar between Tiffany Adams of the National Association of Manufacturers and Robert M. McKenna, a partner in the Orrick law firm and a former president of the National Association of Attorneys General, the former attorney general of Washington state had this to say about Marlin Steel:
"Marlin Steel of Baltimore (is) a wire basket maker active with NAM. Its CEO, Drew Greenblatt, is the chairman of the board of the National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation, which is referred to as NAJI and recently incorporated as a 501(c)(6) trade association. Mr. Greenblatt is involved with it precisely because his small company is seeing its competition use ... stolen IT to compete unfairly with his company. So companies are taking action. Thanks to NAM for being involved and thanks to NAJI for the same."