Profiles in IP Law

An Interview with Ronald D. Coleman, Likelihood of Confusion® Blog

By Lindsay B. Allen

©2018. Published in Landslide, Vol. 10, No. 3, January/February 2018, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

Ron Coleman is currently a member of Mandelbaum Salsburg PC’s intellectual property and commercial and corporate litigation practice groups. He is a commercial litigator focusing on torts of competition who has shaped the law relating to the use and abuse of intellectual property as a tool of competition and free speech in the last two decades. An experienced first-chair litigator and appellate advocate, he has also been recognized for his pioneering use of social media in his legal role. He also started the Likelihood of Confusion® blog in 2005 and continues to blog regularly about trademark, copyright, and free speech. Likelihood of Confusion is one of the most widely read intellectual property law blogs in the world. His recent successful argument before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, and subsequent appearance before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of his client, Simon Tam of The Slants rock band, resulted in the Supreme Court striking down a portion of the Lanham Act on free speech grounds.

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