Ron Ventola's practice includes obtaining protection, counseling clients, negotiating agreements, and litigating disputes under the laws governing patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. He has worked with a variety of technologies, including software, mechanical devices, and automated systems for processing mail.
AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
Representative Litigation Matters
Representative Prosecution Matters
- Defended manufacturers and retailers of sporting goods, sunglasses, clothing, furniture, and computer software against claims for patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
- Represented applicants and opposers in opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
- Represented owners of trademarks in disputes over others' use or registration of domain names, including contested proceedings under the UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy) governing domain names in the top-level domains(.aero, .asia, .biz, .cat, .com, .coop, .info, .jobs, .mobi, .museum, .name, .net, .org, .pro, .tel and .travel).
Representative Counseling and Transactional Matters
- Prosecuted patents in a variety of technologies:
- equipment for mail processing;
- manufacturing methods;
- mechanical devices, including fasteners, support structures for tools, exercise equipment, sports equipment, pet aids;
- devices and compounds for automobile repair and maintenance;
- aids for surgical training and instruction;
- computer software;
- furniture and decorative items.
- Registered trademarks (both word marks and logos) and copyrights, handled opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and negotiated and litigated to secure compliance with settlements arising from these types of matters.
Representative Pro Bono Matters
- Assisted clients in both outbound and inbound licensing of patents and know-how.
- Counseled lawyers and clients about the implications of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (often called the "patent reform act"), the most significant change to U.S. patent law in more than 50 years.
- Counseled clients about selection and protection of trademarks.
- Counseled clients who received cease-and-desist letters and demands for payment based on patent infringement, including assertions of infringement based on use of computer-implemented methods as part of clients' websites, computer networks, and transportation of persons and goods.
- Counseled charities about use and protection of trademarks.
- Counseled copyright owners about protection and licensing of their work.
ATTORNEY SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 1995
Louisiana State University, B.S.M.E., mechanical engineering, 1992
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- American Intellectual Property Law Association, member
- Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, member
- Louisiana State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, former secretary
- Chancellor’s Alumni Scholar
- National Merit Scholar
- Tau Beta Pi
- Pi Tau Sigma
- Phi Delta Phi
- Alumni Federation Scholar