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Expertise Description

I have more than 20 years of experience in the field of trademarks. I worked for nearly 2 years as a USPTO examiner. I was trained extensively at the USPTO, reviewed hundreds of application files during that time, and received excellent performance reviews. In private practice since 1999, I have helped clients register more than two thousand trademarks at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), I have written and spoken on trademark registration topics extensively to both business and law groups, and I have been an active member of ABA and INTA committees related to USPTO application matters. I help brands grow stronger, work with businesses to register and protect their trademarks with the USPTO, and represent clients in trademark disputes. I have prior experience as a trademark expert witness.

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Expert Witness

I have been hired as an expert witness in two trademark infringement disputes. In one of the cases, I provided a report regarding the strength of a trademark and decisions made by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) during the application process. I have been deposed in two cases in US District Courts in other infringement matters involving marks that I handled before the USPTO.


Consulting Experience

I provide businesses and entrepreneurs powerful trademark tools to create, grow, and protect great brands. I am hired by clients all the time to advise and consult on brand strategy related to clearance, brand development, trademark registration, trademark enforcement decisions, and much more.


Professional Experiences

My professional experience includes extensive USPTO trademark work for more than 18 years, as both an examiner and as counsel for hundreds of companies applying to register trademarks, including the registration of more than 2,500 trademarks for clients. In addition, I've worked on a myriad of trademark disputes, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, including successfully representing many parties before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, along with Creating and developing numerous technology tools for trademark attorneys.


Education

Degree Subject Institution
J.D. Catholic University
B.A. Boston University

Licenses Certifications

New Jersey Bar
District of Columbia Bar

Awards & Affiliation

Past Chair, PTO Trademark Affairs, Inter Partes committee
Chapter Author, A Legal Strategist's Guide to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Practice (3rd ed. 2015)
Association of Intellectual Property Firms, Board of Directors
Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors

Primary Affiliation

Association of Intellectual Property Firms



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