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.

William G. Barber (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. Mr. Barber is serving his second term as a TPAC member.

Elisabeth Roth Escobar (Vice 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

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.

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.

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 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.

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 TPAC member.

Union Representatives

  • Jay Besch
  • Tamara Kyle
  • Harold E. Ross