Virginia
11 January 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon
USPTO adds new advisory committee members
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has added six new members to its patent and trademark advisory committees.

The patent public advisory committee (PPAC) and the trademark public advisory committee (TPAC) will receive three new members each to join the nine voting members appointed by the secretary of commerce.

Each member will serve a three-year term.

Marylee Jenkins, partner at Arent Fox, has joined the PPAC as chair. Her practice focuses on information technology and the internet.

Jeffrey Sears and Bernard Knight have also joined the PPAC.

Sears is associate general counsel and chief patent counsel for Columbia University and focuses on patent law, including prosecution, licensing, litigation and policy matters.

Knight works as partner at McDermott Will & Emery where he focuses on trademark and copyright issues, as well as patent litigation.

William Barber has joined the TPAC as vice chair. At Texas-based Pirkey Barber, his practice focuses on trademark litigation and policing. Barber has also handled domain name disputes through the UDRP.

Brian Winterfeldt and Ilene Tannen complete the new TPAC line up.

Winterfeldt is partner and co-head of the global brand management and internet practice at Mayer Brown.

His practice focuses on global trademark and branding strategies in the US specifically.

Tannen, of counsel at Jones Day, works across trademark, copyright, unfair competition and internet law.

The public advisory committees review the policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees of the patent and trademark operations at the USPTO, and serve as adviser to the USPTO director.

More People moves news
The latest news from IPPro The Internet
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
McGuireWoods snags ITC expert
24 April 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Steven Adkins has joined the firm’s Washington DC office as partner
Allen & Overy promotes two in Europe
20 April 2017 | Amsterdam | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
These promotions follow the announcement earlier this year that Nicola Dagg will become the new head of the international IP group at Allen & Overy from next month
DLA Piper recruits head of China patents
19 April 2017 | Shanghai | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Hogan Lovells partner William Fisher has joined DLA Piper as head of its patent practice in China. He is based in Shanghai
Trump to nominate new IP enforcement coordinator
11 April 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Vishal Amin, senior counsel to the House judiciary committee, is up for the role
DLA Piper names trademark chair
10 April 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Gina Durham will chair the firm’s trademark, copyright and media practice
Bryan Cave expands German IP practice
31 March 2017 | Hamburg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Dominik Weiß will lead the team in Germany as counsel
CIPU adds IBM’s Schecter
28 March 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Center for IP Understanding has named Manny Schecter to its board of directors