Ronald D. Coleman Selected as a World Intellectual Property Leader

Ronald Coleman, a Partner in Archer & Greiner’s Hackensack and New York offices, was recently selected as a leader in the field of intellectual property law and profiled in the World Intellectual Property Review’s (WIPR) 2017 Leaders Directory. The WIPR Leaders Directory is dedicated to identifying the top intellectual property lawyers practicing in the areas of patents and trademarks around the globe. The WIPR Leaders club consists of 1700 individuals worldwide recognized by their peers as the best and the brightest IP practitioners.

Mr. Coleman received this distinction following a 4-month intensive research process by the World Intellectual Property Review. The WIPR research team vetted every nominated lawyer by exploring their work, practice history, industry expertise and notable cases, as well as any additional activities such as writing and teaching responsibilities, which have allowed the lawyers to shape and influence other and future IP practitioners.

The selection of Mr. Coleman is appropriate given the prominence of his activity in the IP field for the last 20 years. He has successfully represented both the most famous luxury brands in the world, as well as startup “disrupters” seeking legal clarity and freedom of action concerning the protection and use of intellectual property on the Internet. A recent highlight of his IP advocacy has been as counsel to Simon Tam, whose trademark registration appeal involving the mark THE SLANTS was recently argued before the United States Supreme Court following the landmark decision in In re Simon Shiao Tam, 808 F.3d 1321 (Fed. Cir. 2015). Mr. Coleman has been retained as an expert witness in trademark litigation and has been quoted by, or been the subject of reporting by, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Associated Press, Reuters, the National Law Journal and many other media outlets in connection with his IP work. He has also discussed IP issues on CNN, Fox News, ABC World News, National Public Radio and other networks.

Mr. Coleman’s recently published comment in the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) journal, Trademark Reporter, entitled, “Fashion Dos: Acknowledging Social Media Evidence as Relevant to Proving Secondary Meaning,” has already been cited by a federal court. In February 2017, he participated in a panel entitled, “Trademark Disparagement and the First Amendment” at The McCarthy Institute and Microsoft Corporation Symposium with trademark counsel from Amazon and Microsoft, a judge of the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board and Professor Tom McCarthy himself. Mr. Coleman has also presented on intellectual property law to INTA, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Copyright Society of the USA, the Fashion Law Institutes at both Fordham University and the Federal Bar Association, the New York State, New York City and New York County Bar Associations, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the Los Angeles Copyright Society, the Media Law Resource Center, and many others.

Mr. Coleman, who is AV-rated by Martindale, has also been named as a World Trademark Review “WTR 1000 Top Practitioner” for trademark litigation in New York City the last two years, and a “Super Lawyer” for intellectual property litigation in New York City every year since 2012. Since 2005, he has maintained a widely-read and influential blog on intellectual property and free speech law called LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION®.

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