Ronald E. Cahill is a partner in the Intellectual Property Department. He chairs the Intellectual Property Litigation practice group and is a member of the Emerging Companies practice group and the firm's Executive Committee. He concentrates his practice in patent portfolio development, intellectual property litigation in federal courts (including patent, trademark, copyright, trade dress, and trade secret disputes) and related counseling.
Ron also takes lead roles in patent infringement and patent validity opinions, post-issuance proceedings at the USPTO (including re-examination and re-issue proceedings, patent interferences, and the new post grant patent review proceedings), corporate intellectual property due diligence undertakings and advising clients in foreign patent opposition proceedings. On the brand side, Ron represents clients seeking to protect their brands in areas such as technical instruments, business to business sales, foods, beverages, and restaurants. He has experience resolving trademark and trade dress disputes in federal courts as well as in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB.
Ron's practice covers a broad range of technologies. For example, he has participated in a microprocessor patent litigation, a series of patent interferences involving polymerization catalysts, a trade secret litigation concerning polyester film manufacturing technology and patent interference over osteogenic proteins. His patent prosecution practice focuses primarily upon software inventions and medical technology.
Active in professional associations, Ron chairs an American Intellectual Property Law Association patent law committee on legal standards for obviousness, and is a past chair of the Patent Litigation Committee of the Boston Patent Law Association. He writes and speaks frequently on topics relating to building strategic intellectual property portfolios and using intellectual property to enhance business value.
An engineer as well as an attorney, Ron began his professional career with Sanders Associates, in Nashua, New Hampshire, in their engineering and manufacturing divisions. Prior to joining Nutter, he was an associate at the New York office of Fish & Neave.