Suzanne K. Ketler, Ph.D.

Partner

Akron
222 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6641
F 330.376.4577
E sketler@ralaw.com
Cleveland
1375 East Ninth Street
One Cleveland Center, 10th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
P 216.623.0150
F 216.623.0134
Columbus
41 South High Street
Huntington Center, 21st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
P 614.463.9770
F 614.463.9792



Suzanne K. Ketler, Ph.D.

Partner

Phone: 330.849.6641
Fax: 330.376.4577
Email: sketler@ralaw.com

Sue serves as trademark and intellectual property counsel for clients in a wide variety of industries, ranging in size from individual proprietors to multinational corporations. She focuses her practice on trademarks, both domestically and internationally, and has extensive experience in managing large and complex international and domestic trademark portfolios, as well as in advising and counseling clients on all aspects of trademark selection, clearance, protection, enforcement, and management, as well as branding strategies.

She represents clients in trademark and other intellectual property disputes, including trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) proceedings. Sue also handles a variety of trademark infringement, trade dress infringement and copyright infringement matters in federal court. She advises clients on copyright issues, assists clients in the registration and protection of their creative works and copyrights, handles and negotiates the resolution of copyright disputes and other intellectual property disputes, and provides clients with strategic analysis regarding the development and protection of their intellectual property rights.

Sue’s practice also includes negotiating, drafting, implementing and advising clients with respect to agreements affecting intellectual property ownership and rights, including trademark, copyright, and domain name licensing and assignment agreements. She negotiates, drafts, and assists in the implementation of complex software licensing agreements and services agreements. Sue has assisted numerous small business clients with all legal aspects of setting up and launching online and internet-based businesses, and has handled all legal aspects of publishing and media production for clients' creative endeavors. Her clients include manufacturers, retailers, utility companies, financial companies, media companies, health care organizations, health insurance providers, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, food and beverage companies, and other large and small businesses.

Representative Matters

  • Manages the day-to-day workings of a large and complex international trademark portfolio for a multinational manufacturing company and advises that client with respect to all trademark issues and strategies, including the clearance, prosecution, protection, and enforcement of trademarks
  • Manages the day-to-day workings and “big-picture” strategies for the domestic trademark portfolios of several clients, including a health care insurance provider and a utility company, and handles the clearance, prosecution, protection, and enforcement of trademarks for these clients
  • Represents a multinational manufacturing client in numerous US and foreign trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings to protect a number of its marks, including those brought under the “family of trademarks” doctrine
  • Represents a tool manufacturing company in its enforcement of its trade dress rights in a valuable product design in federal court, with a 100% success record in obtain favorable and cost-effective settlements for this client, including complete cessation of use of the design by the defendant in all cases
  • Represented a franchising company in fending off a frivolous trademark infringement claim threatened against it by filing a claim for declaratory judgment, and obtaining favorable settlement and reimbursement of client’s attorneys’ fees in the case
  • Advised and counseled various clients on IP aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions, conducted due diligence on IP for such transactions, and drafted and recorded IP transfer documents for them
  • Audited copyright practices and rights for a marketing and consulting company client and provided them with a plan for best practices to protect their original creative works and to avoid infringement of the materials of others
  • Represented several clients, including a large manufacturing company and a health insurance provider, in numerous Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings, obtaining transfer of the subject domain names from the infringers every time
  • Represented a utility company in a federal court action for trademark infringement, which resulted in prompt and efficient settlement that met all client demands and resulted in complete cessation of use of client trademarks by infringer
  • Advised and represented a world-renowned health care institution in the clearance, prosecution, and protection of its trademarks, and managed the trademark portfolio for that same institution
  • Represented a media production company in the prosecution and protection of its famous trademarks worldwide, as well as in the worldwide protection and enforcement of its copyrights in its best-selling motion pictures and audio CDs
  • Represented a variety of small businesses in the sale, assignment, and licensing of domain names, trademarks, and copyrights
  • Represented numerous clients in the negotiation, drafting, and finalization of software and technology licensing agreements
  • Represented numerous clients in development, services, and licensing agreements related to their mobile apps
  • Represented numerous small business clients in negotiations with web developers for development of their e-commerce websites and advised on all legal matters related to the same

Education

  • 2001, J.D., Northwestern University
    • cum laude
    • Northwestern University Law Review, Articles Board Member and Contributor
  • 1997, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
    • Fulbright Scholar to Italy
  • 1988, B.A., Northwestern University
    • National Merit Scholar

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, Fellow (2017)
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association
  • Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)

Community Affiliations

  • Member, Judith A. Resnik Scholarship Committee (Women’s Network) (2015-2016)
  • Member, Athena Powerlink Advisory Board (2011)
  • Program Administrator, Athena Powerlink (2016)
  • Member, Women’s Network Membership Committee (2015-2017)
  • Co-Facilitator, Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, KNOW on the Go (2017)

Publications

Presentations

  • "Current Issues in Trademark and Copyright Law" - Roetzel Corporate Counsel Forum, Independence, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio (2012)
  • "Hot Topics in Trademark and Copyright Litigation" - Roetzel Corporate Counsel Forum, Independence, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio (2011)
  • "Business Blogging: Intellectual Property Issues" - Akron City Women's Club (2010)
  • "Policing Trademarks on the Internet" - INTA Roundtable, Akron, Ohio (2010)
  • "Technology Law in Ohio: The Fundamentals and More" - Lorman Education Services (2006)
  • "Fair or Foul: Navigating the Waters of Fair Use" - INTA Roundtable, Cleveland, Ohio (2006)

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Languages Spoken

  • Conversant in French
  • Conversant in Italian