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Ronald J. Lehrman

Practice Description
International trademark and unfair competition counseling and litigation: trademark enforcement; acquisition and licensing; ownership policy and portfolio management; special protection for famous marks, and negotiated resolution of international trademark disputes.

University of Havana; Dartmouth College (B.A., cum laude, 1954); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1957); Phi Beta Kappa.

Professional Activities
Lecturer: on trademark rights in the European Community and on trademark protection and licensing issues in the Andean Pact countries for the Practising Law Institute; the international protection of famous trademarks at the Exeter University School of Law in Exeter, England; international trademark law and practice at New York University School of Law; and at annual meetings, teaching forums, and symposiums for INTA.

Included in: Who's Who Legal - Trademarks; Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners; New York Super Lawyers® , Intellectual Property, 2006-2014; Legal 500 US Guide; Legal Media Group - Best of the Best: INTA President's Award 2010.

New York State

Selected Cases
Decision of the Supreme Court of Japan resulting in the recapture of the TABASCO trademark from a Japanese trademark pirate. (McIlhenny Company v. Kaneki)

Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd. v. A&A Fiberglass, Inc., 428 F. Supp. 689 (1976)

Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd. v. Custom Cloud Motors, Inc., 190 U.S.P.Q. 80 (SDNY 1976)

Decisions of the Supreme Court of Mexico canceling copyright and trademark registrations for BOZO THE CLOWN and enjoining the Mexican registrant from performing as the BOZO character.

"Reputation without use" cases brought on behalf of owners of marks which were well-known but not registered or used in the jurisdiction where suit was brought, including the Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey case in Australia, in which an injunction was obtained against a local circus using a version of the famous Ringling slogan THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Inc. v. Michael Edgely, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Equity Division, No. 157 of 1977), the PIZZA HUT case in Cyprus, which closed down an unauthorized "Pizza Hut" operation, and the recapture of the WHIRLPOOL mark in India.

Published Works

International Protection of Well-Known Marks

This article was first published in 'The International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers 2006'. For more information please see www.whoswholegal.com.

U.S. Law Chapter in Treatise, Famous and Well-Known Marks: An International Analysis

INTA 2004

Reputation Without Use and Household Names

Trademark World