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.

Jody Haller Drake

Ms. Drake is a partner at Sughrue Mion, PLLC, where she concentrates on all aspects of U.S. and International Trademark Law.  She advises clients on business and legal strategies in the naming and branding process.  Ms. Drake is experienced in trademark clearance and investigations, expansion and management of global trademark portfolios, and enforcement of trademark rights in the U.S. and in foreign jurisdictions.  She also represents clients before the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Ms. Drake served as chair of the Trademark Relations Committee for the AIPLA, and has chaired INTA and District of Columbia Bar Association trademark committees.  Ms. Drake is a former USPTO trademark examining attorney (1983-1987) and former USPTO senior attorney (1988-1990).  She has been named to several top lawyer lists, including Washingtonian magazine’s “Best Lawyers,” as one of 40 top intellectual property attorneys in the Washington metropolitan area (November 2013).  Ms. Drake is serving her 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.

Jonathan Hudis

Mr. Hudis is a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, where he counsels clients in trademark, copyright, trade secrets and unfair competition matters, as well as related matters pertaining to the Internet.  He prosecutes and litigates matters before the federal courts, the Register of Copyrights, and the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Mr. Hudis is particularly experienced in managing trademark and copyright-related due diligence investigations, and in risk assessments with respect to intellectual property ownership in corporate mergers and acquisitions.  He serves as a domain name panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Arbitration and Medication Center, and is a qualified domain name dispute resolution panelist for the National Arbitration Forum.  Mr. Hudis has held several leadership roles in the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), having served on the Board of Directors, and on the Board of Editors for the AIPLA Quarterly Journal.  He also is the chair of the ABA’s Intellectual Property Law Section, Continuing Legal Education Board. Mr. Hudis is serving his first term as a member of the TPAC.

Timothy J. Lockhart

Mr. Lockhart is a member of Wilcox Savage and practices in its Corporate, Securities, and Finance Section, where he leads the Intellectual Property Group.  He is experienced in trademark and copyright counseling, registration, and enforcement, trade secret protection, ecommerce and other web-related issues, patent and software licensing, technology agreements, government contracts, and intellectual property litigation.  Mr. Lockhart also performs due diligence reviews in connection with mergers and acquisition transactions, and counsels clients regarding noncompetition, nondisclosure, and other employment issues.  Mr. Lockhart is a board member of the Intellectual Property Section of the Virginia State Bar, a board member of the Old Dominion University Research Foundation, a board member for Technology Hampton Roads, a member of the subcommittee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) USPTO Practices Committee, and a former TPAC member . Mr. Lockhart is a former commander, Navy Reserve Intelligence Area Fifteen (Mid-Atlantic), and a retired captain, U.S. Navy Reserve.  He was recognized in the “Virginia Top 100” in the 2014 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers. Mr. Lockhart is serving a second, non-consecutive term as a TPAC member.

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.

Dee Ann Weldon-Wilson (Chair)

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 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 a Partner and Co-Head of the Global Brand Management & Internet Practice at Mayer Brown LLP.  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, and also is Special Advisor to INTA's Internet Committee. Mr. Winterfeldt is serving his first term as a member of the TPAC.

Union Representatives

  • Howard Friedman
  • Tamara Kyle
  • Harold E. Ross