Trademark Public Advisory Committee Members
Cheryl L. Black, Esq.
Ms. Black is currently a principal at Goodman, Allen & Filetti, PLLC. Before going into private practice, she worked with every aspect of the trademark operation at the USPTO for 15 years. As a private practitioner, Ms. Black handles trademark prosecution, and transactional and enforcement matters, including proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). She represents corporations, small and mid-size businesses, entrepreneurs, and authors in copyright, trade secret, domain name and social media disputes, and assists other law firms and practitioners as IP counsel. Ms. Black participates in local, state, and national bar associations, and is a speaker for continuing legal education programs, and business and entrepreneurial forums. Ms. Black received a bachelor's degree in communications management from Ithaca College, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Black is serving her first term as a member of the TPAC.
Anne H. Chasser
Ms. Chasser is currently the associate vice president for intellectual property at the University of Cincinnati, where she is responsible for managing the university’s technology transfer activities related to scientific findings and inventions. She 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, and she also served as director, trademark and licensing services, at the Ohio State University. She received a bachelor's degree in American studies, education, from the University of Dayton, and a master's degree in public policy and management from the Ohio State University. Ms. Chasser is serving her first term as a member of the TPAC.
Jody Haller Drake, Esq.
Ms. Haller Drake is currently a partner at Sughrue Mion, PLLC, an intellectual property law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. Ms. Drake’s practice focuses on all aspects of U.S. and international trademark law, including trademark prosecution, counseling, opinions, licensing, litigation support and Internet-related rights. She is a former senior attorney at the USPTO, where she prosecuted complex trademark applications in all international classes, trained and evaluated new attorneys, and advised pro se applicants and attorneys in procedural and substantive issues pertaining to trademark registration. Ms. Drake was named among the Top 15 IP attorneys in Washington, D.C., by The Legal Times in its 2003 “Leading Lawyers” series, and she was named one of the top trademark attorneys by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009. She received her bachelor's degree in art history from Franklin and Marshall College, and her law degree from Western New England College, School of Law. Ms. Drake is serving her first term as a member of the TPAC.
Deborah A. Hampton
Ms. Hampton is currently a senior intellectual property specialist at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP. She has over ten 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 activity with INTA includes chair Trademark Administrators Conference; past co-chair Trademark Administrators Conference; and she currently serves on the Executive Director Selection Committee and 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 first term as a member of the TPAC.
Linda K. McLeod, Esq.
Ms. McLeod is a partner at the law firm of Kelly IP, LLP. Her practice focuses on litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the USPTO, and trademark clearance, prosecution, and client counseling. During her ten-year career at the USPTO, Ms. McLeod held the positions of administrative trademark judge and interlocutory attorney with the TTAB, and was a trademark examining attorney. Ms. McLeod received a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, and her master of laws in Trade Regulation from New York University School of Law. Ms. McLeod is currently serving her first term as a member of the TPAC.
Kathryn Barrett Park, Esq.
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.
Ray Thomas, Jr., Esq.
Mr. Thomas is the founding member of the Law Office of Ray Thomas, Jr., P.L.L.C. He counsels and represents clients in connection with clearing, prosecuting, maintaining, managing, and protecting trademarks. His practice includes administrative litigation (opposition and cancellation proceedings) before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Mr. Thomas is also the adjunct assistant professor and supervising attorney in charge of building Howard University School of Law’s new Intellectual Property and Trademark Clinic. In that capacity, Mr. Thomas teaches and supervises law students practicing before the USPTO under Howard Law School’s Clinical Certification Pilot Program. Prior to forming his own law firm, Mr. Thomas served as counsel (Trademarks) at Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., as a trademark associate attorney at Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P, and also as a trademark examining attorney at the USPTO. Mr. Thomas received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the State University of New York, College of Buffalo; his law degree from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and a master of laws in law and government from American University, Washington College of Law. Mr. Thomas is serving his first 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