Trademark Public Advisory Committee Members
William G. Barber, Esq.
Mr. Barber is currently a partner at the law firm of Pirkey Barber, LLP. He has devoted his legal career to the field of trademark law, focusing primarily on trademark litigation and policing. He handles cases in courts across the country and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the USPTO. Mr. Barber has experience in all aspects of litigation, including jury and bench trials, as well as appeals. He also handles domain name disputes through ICANN’s UDRP. Mr. Barber was past president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association in 2011. He has testified before Congress regarding reforms to the Federal trademark dilution statue and is a frequent author and speaker on trademark and false advertising topics. Mr. Barber received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas and his law degree, with high honors, from the University of Texas School of Law. He is currently serving his first term as a member of the TPAC.
Anne H. Chasser
Ms. Chasser is currently a strategic advisor for Wolfe SBMC providing policy advice in the expanding intellectual property environment. She is an expert in intellectual property consulting industry and served as an expert witness in a number of trademark licensing and related matters. Ms. Chasser served as commissioner for trademarks at the USPTO from 1999-2004, where she reported directly to the director and deputy director regarding trademark operations. Ms. Chasser was past president of the International Trademark Association, vice president for intellectual property at the University of Cincinnati, and she also served as director of trademark and licensing services at the Ohio State University. Ms Chasser was in the OSU administration for 23 years. In 1982, she established the Ohio State University Trademark and Licensing Program, which is recognized as one of the leaders and one of most successful collegiate licensing programs in the country. Ms. Chasser was named “One of the 50 most influential people in the intellectual property world,” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, and she is also recognized as one of the top 300 intellectual asset managers worldwide. She received a bachelor's degree in American studies, education, from the University of Dayton, a master's degree in public policy and management from the Ohio State University, and was trained in mediation and negotiations at Harvard Law School. Ms. Chasser is serving her second term as a member of the TPAC.
Jody Haller Drake, Esq.
Ms. Drake is a partner at Sughrue Mion, PLLC, where she concentrates on all aspects of U.S. and International Trademark Law. She advises clients on business and legal strategies in the naming and branding process. Ms. Drake is experienced in trademark clearance and investigations, expansion and management of global trademark portfolios, and enforcement of trademark rights in the U.S. and in foreign jurisdictions. She also represents clients before the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Ms. Drake served as chair of the Trademark Relations Committee for the AIPLA, and has chaired INTA and District of Columbia Bar Association trademark committees. Ms. Drake is a former USPTO trademark examining attorney (1983-1987) and former USPTO senior attorney (1988-1990). She has been named to several top lawyer lists, including Washingtonian magazine’s “Best Lawyers,” as one of 40 top intellectual property attorneys in the Washington metropolitan area (November 2013). Ms. Drake is serving her second term as a member of the TPAC.
Deborah A. Hampton
Ms. Hampton is an Intellectual Property Manager with over thirty years of experience in the area of intellectual property law. Ms. Hampton is a past member of the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA). Her current and past activities with INTA includes chair Trademark Administrators Conference; past co-chair Trademark Administrators Conference; and past member of the Executive Director Selection Committee. Ms. Hampton is currently co-chair for the upcoming TMAP Conference; co-project team leader on the marketing team of the Young Practitioners Committee, and member of the Trademark Administration Guide Advisory Board. Ms. Hampton specializes in domestic and international trademark prosecution, trade dress, and copyright and patent portfolio management. Ms. Hampton received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati and a paralegal certificate from Adelphi University. Ms. Hampton is currently serving her second term as a member of the TPAC.
Jonathan Hudis, Esq.
Mr. Hudis is a partner with Oblon Spivak in the firm’s Trademark and Copyright Practice Groups and IP Transactions Group, where he counsels clients in trademark, copyright, trade secrets and unfair competition matters, as well as related matters pertaining to the Internet. He prosecutes and litigates matters before the federal courts, the Register of Copyrights, and the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Hudis is particularly experienced in managing trademark and copyright-related due diligence investigations, and in risk assessments with respect to intellectual property ownership in corporate mergers and acquisitions. He serves as a domain name panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Arbitration and Medication Center, and is a qualified domain name dispute resolution panelist for the National Arbitration Forum. Mr. Hudis has held several leadership roles in the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), having served on the Board of Directors, and on the Board of Editors for the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. He also was vice chair of the ABA’s Intellectual Property Law Section, Continuing Legal Education Board. Mr. Hudis is serving his first term as a member of the TPAC.
Timothy J. Lockhart, Esq.
Mr. Lockhart is a member of Wilcox Savage and practices in its Corporate, Securities, and Finance Section, where he leads the Intellectual Property Group. He is experienced in trademark and copyright counseling, registration, and enforcement, trade secret protection, ecommerce and other web-related issues, patent and software licensing, technology agreements, government contracts, and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Lockhart also performs due diligence reviews in connection with mergers and acquisition transactions, and counsels clients regarding noncompetition, nondisclosure, and other employment issues. Mr. Lockhart is a board member of the Intellectual Property Section of the Virginia State Bar, a board member of the Old Dominion University Research Foundation, a board member for Technology Hampton Roads, a member of the subcommittee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) USPTO Practices Committee, and a former TPAC member . Mr. Lockhart is a former commander, Navy Reserve Intelligence Area Fifteen (Mid-Atlantic), and a retired captain, U.S. Navy Reserve. He was recognized in the “Virginia Top 100” in the 2014 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers. Mr. Lockhart is serving a second, non-consecutive term as a member of the TPAC.
Kathryn Barrett Park, Esq. (Vice Chair)
Ms. Park is senior counsel, advertising & brand management, General Electric Company (GE), where she is responsible for all trademark, copyright, advertising, and related intellectual property issues, including serving as president of GE’s trademark licensing entities. Ms. Park was president of the International Trademark Association (INTA) in 2003, and currently serves as the chair of the Internet Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, as chair of the INTA Political Action Committee, and as a member of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Association of National Advertisers. Ms. Park received her bachelor's degree from Brown University and her law degree from the Columbia University School of Law. Ms. Park is serving her second term as a member of the TPAC.
Maury M. Tepper, III, Esq. (Chair)
Mr. Tepper is a founding member of the law firm, Tepper & Eyster, PLLC, and his practice includes all aspects of the creation, registration, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks, copyrights and domain names. Mr. Tepper has extensive experience helping clients in industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to information technology, food, and entertainment. Prior to founding Tepper & Eyster, Mr. Tepper headed the trademark practice at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, a general practice firm with more than 500 attorneys. Mr. Tepper has also worked in-house, serving as director and trademark counsel for GlaxoSmithKline, a leading research-based pharmaceutical company. Mr. Tepper received a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University, and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He is currently serving his second term as a member of the TPAC.
Dee Ann Weldon-Wilson, Esq.
Ms. Weldon-Wilson is senior counsel, Trademark Group, Law Department, Exxon Mobil Corporation, where she is responsible for U.S. and international prosecution, transactions, enforcement, and Internet issues relating to trademarks. Prior to joining Exxon Mobil, Ms. Weldon-Wilson was trademark counsel at the Southland Corporation (now 7-Eleven, Inc.), where she practiced U.S. and international trademark-related law. Ms. Weldon-Wilson served as president of the International Trademark Association (2007), and is a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, where she currently serves as chair of the U.S. Trademark Law Committee. She received her bachelor's degree in music from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, and her law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Ms. Weldon-Wilson is currently serving her first term as a member of the TPAC.
- Howard Friedman
- Randall P. Myers
- Harold E. Ross