A commercial litigator, Ron Coleman is nationally known for his expertise on the online use of intellectual property and the misuse of IP laws to stifle competition on the Internet. In addition to his extensive background in legitimate IP enforcement, he has vindicated the rights of businesses and individuals victimized by trademark and copyright bullying in courts across the country.
As an associate in a major law firm, he wrote a chapter on litigation procedure,strategy and tactics in the leading multi-volumume treatise on federal litigation in the federal courts, published by West Group and the American Bar Association Litigation Section. Now Ron is one of the lawyers who is developing the law relating to the use and abuse of intellectual property on the Internet.
Ron has successfully represented clients of every size in state and federal courts in bench and jury trials as well as in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and in arbitrations and mediations throughout the country. He has litigated -- from initial pleadings through trials and appeals -- a wide range of commercial and other cases, including not only IP / IT and business tort claims but also contract, employment, ERISA, estate, regulatory, RICO, franchising, taxation, insurance, toxic tort and other cases.
Ron is well known as an advocate for legal accountability and understanding in the blogging world and volunteers his time to act as pro bono litigation counsel to the Media Bloggers Association. His own blog about copyright, trademark, free speech and related issues, LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION, was recognized by the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 law-related blogs in the country in its first-ever listing of law blogs in 2007. It is today one of the handful of most widely read and influential IP law blogs in the English language.
A graduate of Princeton University and Northwestern University School of Law, Ron is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New York City of Bar Association's, Trademark and Unfair Competition Committee. He is also a past member of the Internet Committee (Online Use Subcommittee) of the International Trademark Association ("INTA") .
Ron was an early adopter of, and remains actively involved in, online social media. He has a popular Twitter feed at the username @roncoleman.