Trademark Public Advisory Committee Members

Stephanie Bald

Ms. Bald is a Partner at Kelly IP, LLP, where she specializes in trademark and unfair competition litigation, disputes, and strategic counseling. She represents clients in federal courts across the country and before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She also handles domain name disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and has significant experience managing global trademark portfolios and advising clients on the selection, use, registration, enforcement, and licensing of trademarks. Ms. Bald is active with the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), where she has served as the chair and vice chair of the Trademark Law and Trademark Litigation Committees. She is also an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, where she has taught an advanced course on trademark practice and procedure for many years. Ms. Bald is serving her first term as a TPAC member.

Elisabeth Roth Escobar (Chair)

Ms. Escobar is currently the Vice President and Senior Counsel at Marriott International, Inc.  She is responsible for Marriott’s intellectual property matters worldwide, including trademark clearance, prosecution and maintenance; trademark and copyright enforcement and litigation; development and implementation of portfolio management strategy; legal support for Marriott’s generic top-level domain (gTLD) defensive strategy; intellectual property issues in transactional and Internet-related matters; and client counseling and education. Ms. Escobar is also Marriott’s representative to the Brand Registry Group. Ms. Escobar is serving her first term as a TPAC member.

Christopher Kelly (Vice chair)

Mr. Kelly is a Partner at Wiley Rein LLP, where he represents clients in connection with all aspects of trademark enforcement, procurement, and management. He is experienced in trademark and unfair competition litigation in the federal courts, as well as in proceedings before the TTAB. His cases have involved cybersquatting and internet domain name disputes and litigation, including proceedings under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Procedure (UDRP), and domestic and international trademark clearance and prosecution, licensing, and client counseling. He is a frequent speaker at International Trademark Association and American Bar Association events, speaking on critical issues for U.S. and foreign trademark holders.  Prior to working at Wiley Rein, Mr. Kelly was an Attorney-Advisor at the USPTO. Mr. Kelly is serving his first term as a TPAC member.

Jennifer L. Kovalcik

Ms. Kovalcik serves as Vice President Technology & Intellectual Property Counsel for Community Health Systems. As the primary IP counsel, she drafts and negotiates agreements, including software, subscription, data usage, hosting, trademark licensing, confidentiality, and data security agreements for approximately 100 hospitals in multiple states. Ms. Kovalcik advises business teams on negotiation strategies and risk analyses. She also has experience with contract disputes, IP enforcement, IP due diligence, and litigation. She received her bachelor’s degree and law degree (Valedictorian) from the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Ms. Kovalcik is serving her first term as a TPAC member.

Anne Gilson LaLonde

Ms. LaLonde is the author of "Gilson On Trademarks," a multivolume treatise on United States trademark law. She has worked on the treatise in various capacities since 1998, and took over sole authorship on January 1, 2006.  Ms. LaLonde is also the author of numerous articles on trademark issues, four of which won Burton Awards for Legal Achievement.  Before beginning work on the treatise, she practiced law at Sidley & Austin in Washington D.C., in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, then served as a judicial clerk for Chief Judge Norma Holloway Johnson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. LaLonde is serving her first term as a TPAC member.

Susan M. Natland

Ms. Natland is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Trademark and Brand Protection Group at Knobbe Martens, where she advises on all aspects of domestic and international brand protection and enforcement, advertising law, unfair competition, copyright, and data privacy and security matters. Her practice includes domestic and foreign trademark selection and clearance, trademark procurement and prosecution, ex parte and inter partes proceedings before the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, trademark audits, licensing, domain name disputes, counterfeit goods and customs, copyrights, entertainment law, rights of publicity, and trademark and copyright enforcement and litigation. Ms. Natland is active with the International Trademark Association (INTA), where she has served as Chair of the Enforcement Committee and held numerous other leadership positions. She was an adjunct professor for UCLA School of Law for several years, teaching the Law School Clinic Certification Program in partnership with the USPTO. She has also served on her firm’s Executive Committee and was virtual in-house trademark counsel for a major Internet retailer for almost two years.  Ms. Natland is also Chair of her firm’s Data Privacy and Security Group, a certified data privacy specialist by the IAPP, and a registered patent attorney. Ms. Natland received her bachelor’s degree from UCSB, and her law degree from UCLA School of Law. Ms. Natland is serving her first term as a TPAC member.

Tricia McDermott Thompkins

Ms. Thompkins is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Perry Ellis International, Inc., where she reports directly to the CEO and President, and to the Board of Directors.  She advises Perry Ellis’s executive leadership on diverse legal matters, including corporate governance, securities regulations, and intellectual property matters.  Ms. Thompkins also serves as Corporate Secretary of the Board of Directors and Board of Managers, and as an officer and director at various U.S. and foreign subsidiaries of Perry Ellis. Ms. Thompkins is serving as an interim TPAC member.

Donna A. Tobin

Ms. Tobin is Partner, and Co-Chair of the Trademark & Brand Management Group and Member of the Litigation Group at Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz, PC.  She regularly counsels clients of all sizes on business strategy, and on how best to obtain, protect, enforce and monetize their trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents.  Ms. Tobin advises on complex areas of trademark and related laws, including in the areas of geographical indications, trade dress and designs. She renders trademark search and clearance opinions, counsels on trademark portfolio management and monetization, and handles oppositions and cancellations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She has an extensive intellectual property licensing practice, and advises clients on international, as well as, domestic filing strategies. Ms. Tobin is serving her first term as a TPAC member.

Kelly Walton

Ms. Walton is Vice President, Trademarks and Copyrights, at Dell Inc. Ms. Walton works on complex issues related to Dell's global trademark and copyright portfolio, protection of Dell's multi-billion dollar brand, and support of global marketing initiatives across all business units. She has experience in risk assessment, identifying practical and creative solutions, litigation management, and dispute resolution. Ms. Walton also leads departmental initiatives at Dell, such as diversity and inclusion programs and internal process improvement. She is active with the International Trademark Association and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. Prior to working at Dell, Ms. Walton was a litigation and employment associate at Baker Botts LLP. and clerked for U.S. District Judge William M. Hoeveler in Miami. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from Harvard University. Ms. Walton is serving her first term as a TPAC member.

 

Union Representatives

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