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Ronald H. Spuhler


Ronald “Hank” Spuhler has a broad base of experience, counseling clients in all aspects of intellectual property law.  Hank has appeared in dozens of patent infringement cases in district court and before the Federal Circuit and International Trade Commission and has counseld clients on practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  His experience spans a wide array of products and technologies, including cellular and satellite technology, wireless networking systems, GPS products, medical devices, television equipment and sporting goods.  Hank also has extensive experience in RAND litigation involving cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and DSL standards.  Of note, Hank was part of a team that obtained an $890 million settlement on behalf of a client in the semiconductor industry, and had a lead role in a recent patent case before the former Chief Judge Holderman which the Court referred to as "one of the best-presented cases I have had in my career" and "an exercise in excellence from a litigation standpoint."

Hank also has significant experience in trademark, trade dress and copyright law.  He has served as lead or co-lead counsel on several actions involving trademark/copyright infringement and trademark dilution, and has been involved in numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Hank is also well versed in domain name issues, having filed and prosecuted several domain name disputes before ICANN under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) and registered trademarks with ICANN in connection with the release of new gTLDs.

In addition to litigation, Hank has assisted clients in developing successful and lucrative IP portfolios through strategic prosecution to protect key products and/or generate licensing revenue.  Hank has also counseled clients in acquiring IP rights through licensing or acquisition, including representing clients in multiple corporate acquisitions valued at over $100 million.

In his spare time Hank assists the Legal Aid Foundation in cases involving IP matters and the Violence Against Women Act ("VAWA"), and enjoys coaching his kids' sports teams.

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions / Registrations

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., with honors
  • Purdue University, B.S.