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Carl A. Ronald

Area of Emphasis

Carl Ronald is a shareholder in the Corporate and Commercial and Emerging Technologies groups of Babst Calland. Mr. Ronald is a highly experienced intellectual property attorney who has been representing clients, large and small, in the prosecution, licensing, and enforcement of their patent, copyright, and trademark rights for more than 20 years. As part of his practice, he counsels clients on how to strategically protect their inventive creations, domestically and in foreign jurisdictions, as well as providing advice on freedom to operate, infringement studies, portfolio analyses, and white space evaluations. He also routinely prepares and negotiates commercial and employment documentation relating to the ownership, use, transfer, sharing, and joint development of existing and new intellectual property.

Mr. Ronald also has significant expertise in dispute resolution, having represented client interests in federal and state courts, as well as before panels in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitrations and mediations. In addition, he has engaged in appellate work when necessary to protect a client’s interests, advocating client positions before the Third and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as arguing on behalf of clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in Alexandria, Va.

Having served as patent and general counsel for a technology startup and as a solo practitioner, Mr. Ronald understands the needs and expectations of his clients. He has also been actively involved in Pittsburgh’s start-up scene throughout his legal career, dating back to his own startup company. The connections he made while looking for funding blossomed into business relationships and friendships that continue to this day. He also volunteers his time and expertise screening and vetting the IP portfolios of funding candidates for two local angel investment groups and often speaks on topics related to intellectual property.

As part of a past representation, Mr. Ronald worked on-site with a medical robotics company two days per week over a two-year period where he interfaced directly with the engineering and software teams to harvest, vet, and file patent applications to build their IP portfolio. In addition to robotics and medical expertise, Mr. Ronald has prosecuted applications in the mechano-chemical, nano-particle, cybersecurity, software, construction, digital pathology, sports equipment, and alternative fuel systems arts.


Mr. Ronald graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1991 and earned his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law in 1997. He is also a graduate of the Benchtop to Bedside certificate program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Ronald is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar associations, as well as a member of the Pittsburgh and American Intellectual Property Law associations. He serves as an at-large board member for his community soccer club, captain of his platform tennis team, and judge of elections for his local voting district.