Ronald Coleman is a nationally known intellectual property lawyer specializing in fighting against the abuse of using intellectual property law as a tool against competition. His blog, LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION, has become an influential publication in IP Law.
Coleman has authored articles for The Trademark Reporter, ABA Journal, is co-author of a chapter, "Responses to Complaints," in the ABA/West Group's Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts and a chapter on the right of publicity in In the Arena: A Sports Law Handbook. He has also been published in Computer and Internet Law Journal, the NYSBA Journal and the NJ Law Journal.
As a featured speaker or panelist he has spoken about trademark law for the International Trademark Association, the McCarthy Institute for Trademark Law, the New York and New Jersey State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, and New York Bar Association, the Copyright Society of the USA, the American Intellectual Property Law Society, Minnesota CLE and the Berkman Center for internet and Society at Harvard.
Recent representative cases:
vindicating the rights of review websites threatened with IP infringement claims to intimidate them into removing legally protected information or commentary;
coordinating the investigation of and legal response to fraudulent websites impersonating the website of a commercial client;
defending a national figure against IP claims arising out of her brief use of a famous photograph on Facebook; and
leading the appellate effort to overturn the PTO’s refusal to register trademarks that the PTO finds “may disparage” ethnic or racial constituencies. Ron has represented clients of every size in state and federal courts, bench and jury trials, the TTAB and in arbitrations and mediations throughout the country.
Ronald is a graduate of Princeton University and received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.