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Mr. Ronald Coleman

Attorney, Hoffman, Polland, & Furman PLLC

Ronald D. Coleman practices business law, with an emphasis on civil litigation and the law of trademarks and the Internet. He maintains a leading IP blog, Likelihood of Confusion, which reports on developments in free speech, trademark and copyright.

Admitted and in active practice in the state and federal courts of both New York and New Jersey, he is a graduate of Princeton University, where he concentrated in economics and earned a certificate in political economy, and of Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Coleman has served on the Online Trademark Use Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association, which adopted his proposal to prepare a statement questioning the promulgation of the doctrine of "initial interest confusion," as well as the Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (the "City Bar"), which adopted his paper on the topic of secondary trademark liability for online auction websites.

Mr. Coleman began his legal career at the New York firm of Kaye Scholer Fierman Hays & Handler, mainly representing Texaco in antitrust and Lanham Act matters, and was later associated with the Lowenstein Sandler firm in New Jersey, where he litigated cases in the commercial, white-collar, bankruptcy, licensing and unfair competition arenas for a wide range of clients including numerous financial services institutions. After a period spent publishing and teaching, he returned to active practice at the law firm of Pitney Hardin (now Day Pitney) representing companies such as W. R. Grace & Co., AT&T, Volvo Cars of North America, HBO, and others in intellectual property, Internet-related, insurance coverage, commercial and other areas of civil litigation. He achieved his AV rating from Martindale Hubbell while still an associate at Pitney Hardin. Ronald later was a partner at New York's Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty LLP from 2000 to 2003, representing clients such as Rolex Watch U.S.A., Louis Vuitton Malletier, Wine Enthusiast, Cartier, Glacéau and others, and remains of counsel to that firm.

Ronald is experienced both in providing general counsel in his areas of expertise as well as all aspects of commercial litigation, and has tried multiple jury trials in both state and federal courts to successful conclusions.

The founder of the "Princeton Lawyers" email discussion list for Princeton alumni, Mr. Coleman lectures to advanced practitioners as well as novices on Internet and intellectual property law, and is frequently quoted in electronic and print media on topics as diverse as trademark law and counterfeiting, legal education, consumer law, business development and contract law. He is the author of a chapter on responses to complaints in the ABA / West treatise Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts and numerous other works on litigation, unfair competition and IP and Internet law.

In connection with his involvement with the development of the law relating to the use of intellectual property on the Internet, with particular emphasis on free speech, Mr. Coleman recently became general counsel to the newly-formed Media Bloggers Association. Mr. Coleman is listed in the current editions of Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law.


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