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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.

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