Ralph H. Cathcart is the lead partner of the Litigation Department at Ladas & Parry LLP’s New York Office. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law.
Mr. Cathcart represents clients in the maintenance, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including copyrights, trademarks and patents. He has substantial Federal and State court litigation experience and extensive experience before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Over his career, he has litigated well over two hundred contested actions, proceedings or administrative appeals.
He also oversees national counterfeit and enforcement programs for clients and previously represented a luxury goods client in one of the largest seizures of counterfeit watches in U.S. history. Ralph has also been asked by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to train its agents in counterfeit detection.
Mr. Cathcart’s varied client base includes clients from the fashion, jewelry and luxury goods industries, as well as wine companies, retail clothing stores, publishers, toy manufacturers, universities, not for profit health organizations, restaurants, national restaurant chains, medical, dental and household appliance manufacturers and paint, coatings and chemical and “high tech” manufacturers.
He is also well versed in Entertainment Law, and has litigated entertainment law-related contract disputes against high profile celebrities and negotiated a favorable settlement against a cable television company based on copyright and trademark infringement.
Professor Cathcart has been a regular contributing author to numerous IP publications and is often quoted in publications such as World Intellectual Property Review and Trademarks and Brands Online. He has frequently lectured on the topics of trademark, copyright and entertainment law.