Ronald D. Coleman

Ronald D. Coleman

Partner, Archer & Greiner, PC - Commercial and intellectual property law
  • Business Law, Trademarks, Intellectual Property...
  • New Jersey, New York
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Summary

I am a commercial litigator specializing in federal litigation, including trials. I work extensively with online businesses, specifically in connection with the use of intellectual property on the Internet in both litigation and non-litigation roles. My firm is also recognized for its strength in construction litigation.

I have successfully represented clients of every size in state and federal courts, arbitrations and mediations in a variety of litigation matters, including contract disputes, distributorship litigation, trademark and unfair competition cases, business tort claims, toxic tort and insurance coverage litigation, discrimination and wrongful discharge cases, copyright infringement claims, and cases involving trade secrets, restrictive covenants and real estate. My litigation experience runs from pretrial investigation and early dispute resolution through every aspect of bench and jury trials as well as appeals.

My blog about copyright, trademark 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 in 2007.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Trademarks
  • Intellectual Property
  • Communications & Internet Law
  • Antitrust
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Additional Practice Area
  • Commercial Litigation
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
New York
2nd Circuit
3rd Circuit
4th Circuit
9th Circuit
Federal Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Hebrew: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
  • Yiddish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Archer & Greiner, PC
- Current
Partner
Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP
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Education
Northwestern University School of Law
J.D.
Princeton University
B.A. / Economics, Politics (1985)
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Honors: Certificate in Political Economy
Activities: Princeton Tower Club, Glee Club, Triangle Club, Theatre Intime, WPRB (manager of commercial radio sales), Princeton-Lawyers
Awards
WTR 1000 - World's Leading Trademark Practitioners, New York
World Trademark Review
Peer Reviewed AV
Martindale Hubbell Lawyers Directory
I am sure I am not the first, but I don't know anyone else who has received an AV rating as an associate.
Listed Biography
Who's Who in American Law
Listed Biography
Who's Who in America
Professional Associations
Federal Bar Association
Member
- Current
Intellectual Property Section, New York State Bar Association
Member
- Current
New York International Property Association
Member
- Current
Copyright Society of the USA
Member
- Current
Activities: Participated in panel at annual meeting on the topic of mass copyright enforcement programs such as that employed by Righthaven
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Trademarks & Unfair Competition Committee
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New Jersey State Bar Association
Internet and Computer Law Committee
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International Trademark Association
Internet Committee; Online Trademark Use Subcommittee
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Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Trademarks & Unfair Competition Committee,
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Activities: Was one of two primary authors of white paper published by the Committee and adopted by the City Bar, and published in its Record, on secondary liability for trademark infringement for online auction sites. This was the first scholarly consideration of secondary liability for trademark infringement by online auction sites.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Fashion Dos: Acknowledging Social Media Evidence as Relevant to Proving Secondary Meaning
International Trademark Association
Slants, Redskins and Other “Disparaging” Trademarks
Media Law Resource Center
The Policy and Constitutional Challenges to Contemporary Application of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act
Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation
Bloggers, Journalists, Reporting and Privilege
NYSBA Journal
(A Short History of) The Misuse of Trademarks to Control Free Expression
American Intellectual Property Law Association
How Trademark Protection Intersects with the Athlete’s Right of Publicity
New York State Bar Association
Trademark, Copyright, and the Internet: Time to Return Balance to Civil Litigation
Engage Magazine (Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies)
Hands off Blogs: Mandatory disclosure of payment to bloggers runs counter to free expression
New Jersey Law Journal
De Minimis Confusion on the Internet: Compounding the Error of Initial Interest
Journal of Internet Law
Emerging Topics Surrounding the Online Use and Abuse of Trademarks
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Issues in Trademark Dilution
International Trademark Association
Managing Risk: Litigation Prophylaxis in High-Tech Agreements
NJSBA Business Law Symposium (ICLE)
Online Auction Sites and Trademark Infringement Liability
Record of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Legislating Morality in the 21st Century
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
Depositions and Wrongful Profits in Infringement Cases: Cornering Your Prey with Rule 30(b)(6)
Mondaq.com
Faith Under Democracy: What Have Religious Believers Gained? What Have They Lost?
Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy
Hacker with a White Hat
Mealey's Cyber Tech Litigation
New York's Declaratory Judgment Insurance Trap
CorporateIntelligence.com
Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Where Wireless is Ubiquitous"
The Conference Board
The ABA Legal Guide for Small Business
American Bar Association
Trademark rights vs. free speech
International Trademark Association
"Responses to Complaints," Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts
West Group / American Bar Association
Prudential Standing: Who is "any person" under the Lanham Act?
Mondaq.com
The ABA Guide to Consumer Law
American Bar Association
New York's Choice of Law Doctrine in Coverage Cases
Mealey's Litigation Report
Court Nixes Fees for Fact Witnesses
National Law Journal
Speaking Engagements
Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act: Trademark’s Law of Unintended Consequences, All-Ohio Annual Institute on Intellectual Property, Cleveland & Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association
Trademark Law for the Broadcast Executive, Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT
Connecticut Broadcasters Association
Angling for Allowants: [The] THE SLANTS Appeal and Examining Attorney Independent Research, March 2014 Meeting, Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association
Trademark Rights vs. Free Speech, Annual Trademarks in Cyberspace Program, Boston, MA
International Trademark Association
Managing Risks and Costs of Acquiring IT Solutions, Annual Business Law Institute, Woodbridge, NJ
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
On the (Un)Constitutionality of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, 2016 Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Meeting, Greensboro, NC
North Carolina Bar Association
Registering Offense: Disparaging Trademarks, The First Amendment, and In Re Simon Shiao Tam, Dinner meeting, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Copyright Society
Mastering Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act: Strategies for Overcoming Deceptiveness, False Suggestion, Scandalous, and Disparaging Refusals, Advanced Trademark Law Seminar, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota CLE
Deposing Rule 30(b)(6) Corporate Witnesses, Webinar, Webinar
Strafford CLE Webinars
Hate Speech, Threats, and Terror: In the News and On Your Site, MLRC Forum, New York, NY
Media Law Resource Center
Roundtable Participant, Green Paper Roundtable on Statutory Damages in Copyright, Cambridge, MA
United States Copyright Office and Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
Hot Topics in Trademark Law, Trademark Talk Symposium, New York, NY
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Addressing the Efficacy of §2(a) of the Lanham Act, Annual Federal Circuit Symposium, Wilmington, DE
American University Washington College of Law
Electronic discovery; Electronic Data Management and Discovery Issues: Where is the Tipping Point?, E-Commerce Law: Critical Legal and Business Issues, Wilmington, DE
Delaware Bar Association Computer Law Section
Attacking Counterfeiting in the 21st Century, New York, NY
New York Intellectual Property Association
A presentation with Barbara Kolsun, then Assistant General Counsel, Westpoint Stevens
Trademark Law and Competition, Battle of the Brands, New York, NY
PRIME - Professionals in Media and Entertainment
Valuation and Protection of Global Intellectual Property Where Wireless is Ubiquitous, Annual Wireless Conference, New York, NY
The Conference Board
Branding and Trademark on the Internet, Annual Panel on Branding, New York, NY
PRIME - Professionals in Media and Entertainment
Trademark Issues in Branding, Branding: The Children's Market, New York, NY
PRIME - Professionals in Media and Entertainment
Emerging Topics Surrounding the Online Use and Abuse of Trademarks, Advanced Issues for the IP Professional, New York, NY
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
The title of this presentation consists of a laundry list of active and fast-developing issues implicated the online use of trademarks. Any one of them would qualify for a full presentation, so there is no way to do all of them justice in 25 minutes. For that matter, the IP implications of blogs beyond trademarks, especially regarding copyright but even recently involving the publication of trade secrets, are also wide-ranging. The line must be drawn somewhere, however, so here we will limit our brief survey to the tangent where trademarks touch blogging and blogs, the first “paradigm shift” with respect to the Internet in our century. The full-day symposium – the latest in a series of halacha conferences organized by Agudath Israel’s Torah Projects Commission – will feature presentations by noted halachic authorities and expert panelists in the business, accounting, legal, medical and mental health fields. As in previous years, the conference program will be structured to include case studies of particular halachic and ethical dilemmas. The attorneys track will include “Contracts: Halacha Issues,” presented by Rabbi Chaim Kohn and Rabbi Ari Marburger and chaired by Phillip Benedict; “Issues in Client Representation,” presented by Rabbi Pinchus Breuer and chaired by Simcha Schonfeld; and “When Halacha and the Law Conflict,” presented by Rabbi Moshe Heinemann and chaired by Ron Coleman. “Challenges Facing the Orthodox Attorney,” will be presented by Rabbi Yaakov Reisman and panelists Eric Stern, Jonathan Sperling and Chaim Dovid Zwiebel. - See more at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/7263/agudath-israel-halacha-conference-set-to-open.html#sthash.WDQ57NpG.dpuf
When Halacha and the Law Conflict (Moderator), Halacha Conference of Agudath Israel of America, Brooklyn, NY
Agudath Israel of America
More than five hundred Orthodox professionals and members of the business community are expected to participate in an Agudath Israel of America-sponsored halacha conference, scheduled to take place this Sunday, June 3, at the New York Marriott in Brooklyn. The full-day symposium – the latest in a series of halacha conferences organized by Agudath Israel’s Torah Projects Commission – will feature presentations by noted halachic authorities and expert panelists in the business, accounting, legal, medical and mental health fields. As in previous years, the conference program will be structured to include case studies of particular halachic and ethical dilemmas. The attorneys track will include “Contracts: Halacha Issues,” presented by Rabbi Chaim Kohn and Rabbi Ari Marburger and chaired by Phillip Benedict; “Issues in Client Representation,” presented by Rabbi Pinchus Breuer and chaired by Simcha Schonfeld; and “When Halacha and the Law Conflict,” presented by Rabbi Moshe Heinemann and chaired by Ron Coleman. “Challenges Facing the Orthodox Attorney,” will be presented by Rabbi Yaakov Reisman and panelists Eric Stern, Jonathan Sperling and Chaim Dovid Zwiebel. - See more at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/7263/agudath-israel-halacha-conference-set-to-open.html#sthash.WDQ57NpG.dpuf
Legal Aspects of Blogging, Video CLE, New York, NY
Lawline.com
In this unique course, Ron Coleman discuss the legal issues associated with blogging. In a 2006 survey, the Pew Internet & American Life Project estimated that the US 'blog population has grown to about 12 million American adults.' As blogs become more prevalent in society, lawyers must know about the different legal issues that arise. Mr. Coleman discusses some of the main legal problems that may arise with the blog. I. What is a blog? II. Defamation III. Copyright IV. Trademark V. Invasion of Privacy
Social Media and the Law: What Attorneys Should Know, Video CLE, New York, NY
Lawline.com
Attorneys need to know how to use social media to promote themselves while also maintaining their professionalism and adhering to the ethics rules pertaining to confidentiality, privacy and advertising. Attorney Ronald Coleman and the founder of uMCLE, Tim Baran, discuss social media and the specific ways in which it relates to, and poses risks, to attorneys. Coleman and Baran explain not just how to use social media, but how to use them effectively and in a way that does not endanger attorneys. In addition, a number of useful tips for both new and experienced users are also included. Agenda: I. Choosing a Platform II. Professional and Personal Profiles III. Liabilities of Social Networking IV. Who Should Use Social Media V. Blogging and Credibility VI. Legal Research
Policing Trademarks on the Internet and the Web 2.0, Table Topics, New York, NY
International Trademark Association
One of two 2010 New York "roundtables" for the International Trademark Association ("INTA") on the subject of "Policing Trademarks on the Internet and the Web 2.0." The INTA Roundtables are a series of popular two-hour discussions on current trademark topics held in numerous cities around the United States, considered by trademark practitioners as an ideal way for members to meet colleagues and stay current on trademark issues. Issues covered included: Social Media Marketing; Lanham Act Considerations in the Web 2.0 World; Secondary Trademark Liability; Communications Decency Act - 47 U.S.C. § 230 (“CDA”); and Blogging
Trademarks, Goodwill and Free Speech: Does the First Amendment Give You the Right to Create a Trademark and Associated Goodwill, and Where Does That Right End?, AIPLA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Panel moderated by Paul Alan Levy of Public Citizen. The other participants were Christine Haight Farley from American University's Washington College of Law and Tony Zeuli of Merchant and Gould, PC, in Minneapolis.
A Focus on Initial Interest Confusion, Post-Sale Confusion and Related Strategies, Advanced Trademark Law Seminar, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota CLE
"Trademark infringement can result from conduct that doesn’t necessarily create a likelihood of confusion at the point of sale. What about confusion that likely occurs only before or after a sale? Learn from a likelihood of confusion guru, and author of the awardwinning Likelihood of Confusion® blog, about the current state of the law on initial interest confusion, post-sale confusion, and related legal theories and strategies."
Keying Up Key Words: The Role of IP in Keyword Searching, AIPLA Spring Meeting, New York, NY
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Panelists: Ronald D. Coleman; Steven A. Gibson, Righthaven LLC; Scott Bain, Software & Information Industry Association - Moderated by Barbara Fiacco of Foley Hoag, LLP in Boston Moderator: Stacey L. Dogan, Boston University School of Law
Massive Attack: Analyzing Mass Copyright Infringement Campaigns, Annual Meeting, Bolton's Landing, NY
Copyright Society of the USA
Massive Attack: Analyzing Mass Copyright Infringement Campaigns Moderator: Stacey L. Dogan, Boston University School of Law Panelists: Ronald D. Coleman, Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP Steven A. Gibson, Righthaven LLC Scott Bain, Software & Information Industry Association
Videos
Slants' Attorney: Leave The First Amendment Out Of It | IP Flow

May 25, 2016 (Mimesis Law) -- Ron Coleman, partner at Archer and Greiner, and lead attorney on The Slants case (Re Tam), talks with Ana Sofia Walsh about the case and its similarities with the Redskins case. Coleman analyzes the significance of the Supreme Court granting review and the effects a decision could have on future trademark applications

This Week in Law 340: Emily Litella Says "Never Mind"

Published on Mar 25, 2016 Host: Denise Howell Guests: Kashmir Hill, J. Michael Keyes, Ron Coleman What does privacy mean to you? Free speech and artificial intelligence, the FBI may have help unlocking an encrypted iPhone, Hulk Hogan vs Gawker Media, Naruto and the monkey selfie rides again and more!

13-55666 Nadia Naffe v. John Frey

Nadia Naffe appeals from the district court's dismissal of her action alleging that Los Angeles County district attorney John Frey used social media to harass and intimidate her in retaliation for her exercising her First Amendment rights. Frey's lawyer, Ronald Coleman, represents him on the appeal.

Defending the Trademark Infringement Defendant | Attorney Ron Coleman

Defending the trademark infringement defendant - excerpts from a LawLine seminar

Media Blogger Association counsel Ronald Coleman on Gizmodo / Apple controversy

Are bloggers entitled to the same protections under the law as journalists? A question in the context of the iPhone / Gizmodo controversy.

Social Media & the Legal Community

This October 16, 2009 seminar at Court Plaza in Hackensack, NJ, featured a panel of experts who discussed the use of social media. Topics included best practices for legal blogging, pros and cons of social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook, the business development value of social media, and other techniques and perspectives of lawyers and media professionals.

Lawline.com Legal Tip Of The Day: How to Handle Blog Defamation

In this Lawline.com course, attorney Ron Coleman describes the best thing an attorney can do if a clients come into the office claiming they're the victim of defamation on a blog--stay calm. Perhaps the worst thing an attorney can do is attract unneccessary attention on a blog that otherwise has little traffic. An example involving the major law firm, Jones Day, is highlighted in order to demonstrate a counter-productive response.

Ron Coleman on Fox and Friends

Trademark law comments regarding a Google claim that certain political ads could not be run due to trademark concerns.

Social Media
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Archer & Greiner, P.C. - New York City
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Suite 1285
New York, NY 10005
USA
Telephone: (212) 292-4998
Archer & Greiner, P.C. - Hackensack, NJ
Court Plaza South, West Wing
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Hackensack, NJ 07601-7095
USA
Telephone: (201) 342-6000