Kathleen Cooney-Porter is the Senior Trademark Policy Advisor to the Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO. Ms. Cooney-Porter advises the Director and other senior leaders on a wide variety of trademark policy issues.
Ms. Cooney-Porter has practiced trademark law for almost 30 years. Prior to joining the USPTO, she was a Principal at Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, P.C., since 2016, advising clients on how to enhance, secure, leverage, and enforce their marks and brand portfolio, and as a Managing Partner at Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C., where she managed the trademark and copyright practice groups and represented clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
During her tenure in private practice, Ms. Cooney-Porter served a three-year term as an appointee to the USPTO's Trademark Public Advisory Committee where she advised the Director of the USPTO on matters relating to trademark policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees.
Ms. Cooney-Porter is a returning member of the USPTO family; prior to working in private practice, she was a Trademark Examining Attorney from 1989 to 1997.
Ms. Cooney-Porter has a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. She resides in McLean, Virginia with her husband and twin teenage daughters.