Robert P.Ducatman (Rob)

Of Counsel

Cleveland + 1.216.586.7144

Jones Day mourns the loss of Rob Ducatman, who passed away on April 3, 2022. Rob was the quintessential Jones Day lawyer, whose knowledge of the state and federal courts in Ohio and his courtroom skills made him the go-to partner for numerous Firm clients. He was one-of-a-kind and will be missed.

Rob Ducatman has helped clients preserve and protect the value of their intellectual property assets for over 34 years. His in-depth global experience in litigation and intellectual property law includes patent, trademark, trade dress, unfair competition and trade secrets, covenants not to compete, employment agreements, and civil RICO litigation. He has especially broad experience in dealing with trade secrets enforcement and defense, enforcement of covenants not to compete, fraud, and fraud-related litigation. He also has considerable experience in cybersquatting litigation and litigation related to protection of persona.

Rob's experience includes the largest verdict in a trademark jury trial in the history of the cyberpiracy statute. He has extensive experience in protecting trade dress and preventing those who would use similar trade dress from capitalizing on the famous brands of others, including numerous matters to protect the design elements of the Murphy's Oil Soap bottle and the Ginsu knife packaging as well as efforts to trade on the famous trade dress of The Timken Company's products.

Rob has litigated trademark matters or controlled litigation for Firm clients around the world. He draws on his substantial experience to manage large trademark portfolios and to make them cost-efficient to operate. He is responsible for thousands of client files and uses his wide-ranging knowledge of government regulations and emerging changes in global geopolitical environments to help clients stay ahead of potential risks or seize advantages in today's fast-changing world.

Other representative clients include IBM, Park-Ohio Corporation, The Scott Fetzer Company, and Sprint Communications. He also has represented Andre Agassi, Derek Jeter, Michael Phelps, Sally Ride, Juan A. "Chi Chi" Rodriguez, and Tiger Woods.


  • Five9 acquires Virtual Observer, formerly known as CSIJones Day advised Five9, Inc. in its acquisition of Virtual Observer, formerly known as CSI, an innovative provider of cloud-based Workforce Optimization (WFO), also known as Workforce Engagement Management (WEM), solutions.
  • Seal for Life acquires Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US CoatingsJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners ("ACP") on the four acquisitions by portfolio company Seal for Life of Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US Coatings, manufacturers of protective coating technologies.
  • Scott Fetzer obtains judgment against distributor for breach of contractJones Day obtained a judgment on behalf of The Scott Fetzer Company and its unincorporated division, The Kirby Company, against a foreign distributor for breach of contract, recovering lost profits and attorney's fees.
  • SAP acquires Qualtrics for $8 billionJones Day advised SAP in its $8 billion acquisition of Qualtrics International Inc., the global pioneer in the experience management software category.
  • Hitachi Vantara acquires REAN CloudJones Day advised Hitachi Vantara in its acquisition of REAN Cloud LLC, a global cloud systems integrator, managed services provider and solutions developer of cloud-native applications across big data, machine learning and emerging internet of things (IoT) spaces.
  • Fifth Third Securities acquires Coker Capital AdvisorsJones Day advised Fifth Third Securities, Inc., the investment banking unit of Fifth Third Bank, in its acquisition of Coker Capital Advisors, a healthcare focused investment banking firm.
  • Lam Research acquires Coventor, Inc.Jones Day advised Lam Research Corporation in its acquisition of Coventor, Inc., a leading provider of simulation and modeling solutions for semiconductor process technology, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), and the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Hill-Rom acquires Mortara Instrument for $330 millionJones Day advised Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of Mortara Instrument, Inc., a privately held leader in diagnostic cardiology and patient monitoring solutions, technologies, and devices, for $330 million in cash.
  • MinuteKEY obtains favorable verdict in IP case involving key making kiosksJones Day secured a successful outcome in an 11-day jury trial in federal court in Cincinnati, Ohio on behalf of MinuteKEY, Inc., a Boulder, Colorado-based company that manufactures automated self-service key-cutting kiosks.
  • JLL acquires CorrigoJones Day advised JLL, a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services, in its negotiation and execution of an agreement to acquire Corrigo, a software and services company that specializes in the management of facilities in multi-site environments.
  • Kan-Di-Ki awarded injunction in non-compete disputeFollowing a five-day trial, Jones Day client Kan-Di-Ki, LLC (d/b/a Diagnostic Laboratories or "DL") was granted a two-year injunction in 23 states in a lawsuit brought against a former employee for violating a non-compete agreement.
  • Sprint Nextel defends against claims of patent infringement for location based and E911 servicesJones Day represented codefendant Sprint Nextel against EMSAT in a patent infringement lawsuit concerning location based services and E911 service.
  • Gillette sues four former employees and its competitor for improper disclosure of trade secretsJones Day represents The Gillette Company, a division of The Procter & Gamble Company, in a lawsuit against four former Gillette employees.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Corporate Training Technologies, LLC d/b/a BankersEdgeJones Day advised The Riverside Company in connection with its acquisition and related financing of Corporate Training Technologies, LLC (d/b/a BankersEdge), a provider of online training and compliance management services and technology for banking, credit union, and mortgage professionals.
  • Weir Group acquires Mathena for £148 million (US$240 million)Jones Day advised The Weir Group PLC in the acquisition of Mathena, Inc., a leading provider of pressure control rental equipment and services for onshore oil and gas drilling.
  • DePuy Spine prevails in trade secret misappropriation action against former employeesOn July 12, 2012, the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in Cleveland, Ohio, granted a request by DePuy Spine Sales Limited Partnership to preliminarily enjoin three former sales representatives from competing in their former sales territory and ordered the destruction of misappropriated trade secret materials retained by the former employees and their new employer.
  • RPM International acquires ViapolJones Day advised RPM International Inc. in its acquisition of Viapol Limitada.
  • Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma acquires oncology-focused biotechnology company Boston Biomedical for $200 million plus up to $2.2 billion in earnoutsJones Day advised Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co. in its acquisition of Boston Biomedical Inc. ("BBI") for US$200 million plus up to US$2.2 billion in earnouts.
  • Riverside acquires DentalPlans.comJones Day advised The Riverside Company in connection with its acquisition and related financing of Inc., a direct-to-consumer marketing and e-commerce platform for dental savings plans.
  • Riverside acquires BrandMuscleJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with its acquisition and related financing of BrandMuscle, Inc., a Cleveland-based provider of distributed marketing technology, joining Riverside's existing Centiv Services platform.