Ralph G. Fischer has experience in patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law including litigation, patent solicitation, licensing, trademark cancellation and opposition proceedings, International Trade Commission investigations, registration of trademarks and copyrights with the United States Customs Service and related exclusion proceedings.
Ralph practices in the fields of patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law. His work involves a wide range of technical subjects including mechanical, electrical, electronic, e-commerce, biotech, chemical, metallurgical and computer fields. Ralph has obtained and litigated patents on a variety of products including computers, communication systems, business methods, medical devices, devices and systems used in the minerals industry, kilns, safety products, office furniture, window coverings, luggage, toys and other consumer products.
Ralph was honored by his peers and selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list each year since 2013, and has also been selected as an “”Associate to Watch”” by Chambers USA.
Inventors, authors, programmers and business managers have sought Ralph’s counsel in negotiating and drafting licenses as well as obtaining patents for them. Inventors have also sought Ralph’s counsel in negotiating various contracts related to the development of certain consumer products, masonry products, construction products and application software.
Ralph has also handled all types of trademark disputes. He has successfully registered logos, and other trademarks and service marks in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Examples of U.S. trademark registrations Ralph has helped obtain include:
- U.S. Trademark Registration No. 3,940,524 for vTour
- U.S. Trademark Registration No. 3,893,044 for TheSnipLine
- U.S. Trademark Registration No. 3,806,660 for E & S
- U.S. Trademark Registration No. 3,608,504 for Live Life Counterclockwise
Ralph also has experience in opposition and cancellation proceedings. For example, in Opposition No. 91160352, Ralph helped successfully resolve an opposition to obtain registration of a trademark.
While in law school, Ralph was recognized as being one of the top students in the field of intellectual property law. He was awarded the ABA/BNA Intellectual Property Law Student of the Year and was also awarded the Student Leadership Award by the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association.
Ralph was also awarded a Samuelson/Glushko Fellowship. During his fellowship, he wrote “The Expansion of Intellectual Property Rights by International Agreement: A Case Study Comparing Chile and Australia’s Bilateral FTA Negotiations With the U.S.,” which was published in the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review. Ralph was also a notes and comments editor of the Journal of Law and Commerce.
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