Ronald H. Spuhler Shareholder
Ronald “Hank” Spuhler is a Shareholder at McAndrews and has a broad base of experience counseling clients in all aspects of intellectual property law across a wide array of businesses and technologies.
Hank has appeared in dozens of patent infringement cases in district court and before the Federal Circuit and International Trade Commission, and has counseled 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 and sporting equipment. 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 $891 million settlement on behalf of a client in the semiconductor industry, and played a lead role in a recent patent case before former Senior Judge James Holderman of the Northern District of Illinois. which the Court characterized 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 matters. He has served as lead counsel on several actions involving trademark/copyright infringement and trademark dilution, and has been involved in dozens of opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and corresponding foreign tribunals. 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 numerous 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 representation in multiple corporate/asset acquisitions collectively valued at over $3.5 billion. Hank is also a member of the International Trademark Association’s Pro Bono Committee and Communications subcommittee and an active member of Minnesota’s LegalCORPS pro bono program. Through these organizations, Hank has represented numerous pro bono clients in trademark and copyright matters.
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