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Ronald E. Cahill

Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group, Executive Committee / Boston

Overview

Ronald E. Cahill is a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property and Litigation Departments and chairs Nutter’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. Ron works with clients of all sizes to solve their most challenging intellectual property problems. His advice ranges from designing intellectual property protection that maximizes the protectable value of the client’s investment in research and development to applying that intellectual property in court and in the marketplace to allow clients to realize that value. While much of Ron’s work involves presenting his clients’ case to judges and juries around the country, many clients ask him to apply that experience to strategic planning within their business, and especially with respect to their competitors or potential deal partners.

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Notable Experience and Client Impact

  • Acting as lead trial counsel for an electronic component manufacturer sued for patent infringement by a competitor, using Patent Office reexamination procedures to cut off damages arising from a jury trial in federal court. This case is currently under a cross-appeal involving cutting-edge issues of patent invalidity and damages.
  • Successfully forcing a competitor suing for patent infringement to narrow the scope of their patent claims in a Patent Office Inter Partes Review, resulting in free space for the client to develop products outside of the competitor’s patent claims.
  • Securing a settlement for a Fortune 500 medical device company sued by a competitor for patent infringement using a novel countersuit strategy based on equitable defenses. As a result of the settlement terms, the client was able to close a sale of the affected business unit within 24 hours.
  • Representing a university licensee/start-up medical device company through commercialization and nine-figure acquisition, including successful application of the company’s patents by the acquirer against competitors through trial and appeal court proceedings.
  • Conducting IP due diligence for an acquirer in a litigious portion of the orthopedics space that ultimately resulted in the client being able to purchase only the portions of the target technology that it most desired at a price much lower than prior offers.
  • Applying and managing, as lead trial counsel, a complex strategy across multiple jury trials and Patent Office IPR and reexamination proceedings to defend a medical component manufacturer against allegations of infringement of six patents by a competitor.
  • Achieving mediated settlement of a patent infringement suit for an analog technology developer against a digital competitor following successful claim construction.

In addition to his work with patents, on the brand side Ron represents clients seeking to protect their brands in areas such as consumer products, 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.

A leader in professional associations in the intellectual property field, Ron has chaired an American Intellectual Property Law Association patent law committee on legal standards for obviousness and is a past chair of the Litigation Committee of the Boston Patent Law Association. Recently, he has been active in formulating legislative proposals in the areas of attorney fee shifting and patentable subject matter through his involvement in the Intellectual Property Owners Association. He speaks frequently on topics relating to building strategic intellectual property portfolios and using intellectual property to enhance business value and is often quoted on IP issues in the business press.

An engineer as well as an attorney, Ron began his professional career with Lockheed-Sanders in Nashua, New Hampshire, in their engineering and manufacturing divisions. Prior to joining Nutter, he was an associate in the New York office of Fish & Neave.

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Honors

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004-2016
  • Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009 & 2010
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2011-2015
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars, 2013-2017

Education & Admissions

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.

Cornell University, M.S., Mechanical Engineering

Cornell University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Industry Expertise

An engineer as well as an attorney, Ron chaired 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.

Noteworthy

The Best Lawyers in America, 2018

Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004-2017

Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009 & 2010

Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2011-2015

Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars, 2013-2017

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