David S. Gooder

Commissioner for Trademarks

David S. Gooder is the Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Commissioner serves as the primary agency official for trademarks, domestically and internationally, and is responsible for all aspects of the Trademarks organization, including policy, petitions, operations, register protection and administration relating to trademark examination, registration, and maintenance.

Mr. Gooder has worked for more than 30 years on intellectual property and brand-protection challenges facing iconic global brands, notably in the distilled spirits and wine industries. Prior to joining the USPTO, he served as the founding Managing Director and Chief Trademark Counsel at Jack Daniel’s Properties. In that position, Mr. Gooder directed the company’s global intellectual property work, including its trademark portfolio, rights clearance, brand protection, licensing, and entertainment deals for the brands. Prior to that, Mr. Gooder practiced trademark, copyright, and entertainment law in Los Angeles and San Diego.

For the International Trademark Association (INTA), Mr. Gooder has been an officer and served two terms on the Board of Directors. He has also served as Chairman of the INTA Foundation.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Gooder was a drummer and a video and music director. He is also an Eagle Scout. Mr. Gooder is a member of the State Bar of California. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona College of Law.