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.
- Cleveland State University (J.D. cum laude 1980; B.A. magna cum laude 1977)
- Ohio; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Federal Circuits; and U.S. District Courts throughout the United States
- Inducted in Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and Ohio Super Lawyers
- Law Clerk to Judge John M. Manos, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (1980, 1981, and 1982 terms)