Trademark Public Advisory Committee Members

William G. Barber (Vice Chair)

Mr. Barber is currently a founding member of the law firm of Pirkey Barber PLLC. He specializes in 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. 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 statute 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 second term as a member of the TPAC.

Lisa A. Dunner

Ms. Dunner is founder and Managing Partner at Dunner Law PLLC, and she has been counseling clients in trademark, copyright and unfair competition for more than 20 years.   Ms Dunner specializes in worldwide IP portfolio management, protection and enforcement of trademarks and copyright; false advertising; trade dress; counterfeiting; opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; state and federal court litigation; copyright troll litigation; Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy proceedings; framing, linking and social media IP issues; IP audits and drafting and negotiation of IP-related agreements.  Ms. Dunner is the immediate past Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, where she has worked on a number of USPTO trademark initiatives, including: the response to the USPTO’s request for input regarding Trademarks Next Generation IT implementation; the USPTO’s request for comments on allowing amendments to IDs of goods and services due to technology evolution; and the USPTO’s request for comments concerning a draft examination guide on repeating-pattern marks. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rollins College, and her law degree from The John Marshall Law School. Ms. Dunner is serving her first term as a member of the TPAC.

Elisabeth Roth Escobar

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 member of the TPAC.

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 member of the TPAC.

Mei-lan Stark

Ms. Stark is Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property, for Fox Entertainment Group.  She heads the intellectual property legal group, which is responsible for all trademark, copyright, domain name, and patent work for all of the Fox Entertainment Group entities worldwide, including: Fox’s film banners (e.g., 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Blue Sky Animation), home entertainment, business, digital studios, television production and distribution, the FOX broadcast television network, and the cable and international television networks (e.g., FX, FOX SPORTS, FOX NEWS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL, and 24KITCHEN).  Ms. Stark manages all aspects of trademark, copyright, domain name and patent-related matters for Fox, including for all of Fox’s subsidiaries worldwide.  Ms. Stark joined Fox after spending several years at The Walt Disney Company where she was responsible for intellectual property matters for several Disney divisions, including Feature Animation, Buena Vista Pictures Marketing and Distribution, and Disney Consumer Products.  Ms. Stark is the Immediate Past President and Ex Officio on the 2015 Board of Directors for INTA. She received her bachelor’s degree from Whittier College, and her law degree from Yale Law School. Ms. Stark is serving her first term as a member of the TPAC.

Ilene B. Tannen

Ms. Tannen is Of Counsel at Jones Day.  Previously, she was a Partner at Jones Day as well as at Pennie & Edmonds.  Her practice focuses on trademark, copyright, and unfair competition.  She has significant experience advising domestic and international clients regarding global trademark clearance, brand development and use, and registration strategies and she manages global trademark portfolios for companies in a broad range of industries.  She also advises clients regarding copyright protection, enforcement, and use.  Ms. Tannen assists clients in policing their intellectual property rights worldwide and represents clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and similar venues abroad.  Her experience extends to the intellectual property aspects of commercial transactions and she advises clients regarding expansion of their intellectual property rights through licensing, sponsorship, distributorship, and franchise agreements.  Ms. Tannen is a member of the TM5 Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association Trademark Office Practices Committee.  She received her bachelor's degree in accounting from State University of New York at Buffalo and her law degree from Emory University.  Ms. Tannen is serving her first term as a member of the TPAC.

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 member of the TPAC.

Dee Ann Weldon-Wilson (Chair)

Ms. Weldon-Wilson was Senior Counsel, Trademark Group, Law Department, Exxon Mobil Corporation, where she was responsible for U.S. and international prosecution, transactions, enforcement, and Internet issues relating to trademarks. Prior to joining ExxonMobil, 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 served as chair of Intellectual Property Owners Association’s U.S. Trademark Law Committee (2010-13). She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, and her law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Ms. Weldon-Wilson is currently serving her second term as a member of the TPAC.

Brian J. Winterfeldt

Mr. Winterfeldt is the Founder and Principal of Winterfeldt IP Group, PLLC, a Washington, DC-based firm providing specialized intellectual property services.  He advises clients on the creation of global trademark and branding strategies, and has developed programs to register and enforce clients’ intellectual property rights against infringement of their trademarks and other branding elements in the United States and internationally.  Mr. Winterfeldt also advises clients on trade dress, Internet governance and domain name issues, including disputes involving Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and Uniform Rapid Suspension System complaints.  He also has extensive experience in evolving internet issues, including the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ new generic top-level domain program (ICANN’s gTLD program).  Mr. Winterfeldt currently serves on the International Trademark Association’s Board of Directors, is Special Advisor to INTA's Internet Committee, and was recently elected President of the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC), the group of ICANN stakeholders representing intellectual property interests in Internet policy matters. Mr. Winterfeldt is serving his first term as a member of the TPAC.

Union Representatives

  • Howard Friedman
  • Tamara Kyle
  • Harold E. Ross