Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) is an administrative tribunal within the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The TTAB is empowered to determine only the right to register a trademark. It has no authority to determine the right to use, nor broader questions of infringement, unfair competition, damages or injunctive relief. The TTAB decides ex parte appeals from decisions by USPTO Examiners denying registration of marks, and inter partes proceedings challenging the registration of marks. Decisions of the TTAB may be appealed to a United States district court, or to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Practices and procedures for litigating before the TTAB are governed by the Trademark Rules of Practice and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure (TBMP) is an important guide to practice before the PTAB.

Judges of the TTABEdit

The Administrative Trademark Judges of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) are appointed by the United States Secretary of Commerce in consultation with the Director of the USPTO. Each appeal and adversarial proceeding is heard and decided by at least three judges of the TTAB. There are currently twenty-seven judges sitting at the TTAB [as of August 2021], as follows:

Judge Appointed Prior professional experience Education
Gerard F. Rogers (Chief Judge) 1999 Trademark Examining Attorney, 1987–90; Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner for Trademarks, 1990–92; TTAB Staff Attorney, 1992–99 B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; J.D. magna cum laude, New England School of Law
Mark A. Thurmon (Deputy Chief Judge) 2019 Private Practice; Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Texas School of Law; Assistant Professor of Law, Levin College of Law, University of Florida; Professor of Law at the Southern University Law Center, Southern University B.S, Louisiana State University; J.D. with high honors, Duke University School of Law
Michael B. Adlin 2012 TTAB Interlocutory Attorney; USPTO Office of External Affairs; Private Practice B.A., Duke University; J.D., Boston University School of Law
Martha B. Allard 2021 Private Practice (Nashville, TN) B.S., University of Kentucky; J.D. cum laude, Western New England University School of Law
Marc A. Bergsman 2006 Trademark Examining Attorney; Trademark Managing Attorney; TTAB Interlocutory Attorney; Private Practice (Washington, DC) B.A., Miami University; J.D. Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
Peter W. Cataldo 2006 Trademark Examining Attorney; TTAB Interlocutory Attorney B.A., Canisius College; J.D., Albany Law School
Robert H. Coggins 2016 Trademark Examining Attorney; TTAB Interlocutory Attorney B.S., Davidson College; J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law
Elizabeth A. Dunn 2019 Trademark Examining Attorney; TTAB Interlocutory Attorney B.A., Boston University; J.D., American University Washington College of Law
Christen M. English 2019 Private Practice; TTAB Interlocutory Attorney B.A., Boston College; J.D., Columbus School of Law
Cheryl S. Goodman 2014 Trademark Examining Attorney; TTAB Interlocutory Attorney B.A., University of Illinois; J.D., Florida State University College of Law
Cindy B. Greenbaum 2012 Private Practice (New York and Washington, DC); Trademark Examining Attorney; TTAB Interlocutory Attorney; TTAB Managing Interlocutory Attorney Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; J.D., New York University School of Law
David K. Heasley 2015 Private Practice (Washington, DC) B.A., The Johns Hopkins University; J.D., University of Maryland School of Law
Jonathan Hudis 2019 Private Practice (Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA) B.A., State University of New York at Albany; J.D., Brooklyn Law School
Melanye K. Johnson 2020 Government Counsel; In House Counsel; Private Practice B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Linda A. Kuczma 2011 Private Practice (Chicago, IL) B.S., St. Mary's University; J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Karen Kuhlke 2005 Trademark Examining Attorney; TTAB Interlocutory Attorney; Private Practice B.A., University of Kansas; M.A., Columbia University; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Christopher Larkin 2016 Private Practice (Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY) B.A., Stanford University; J.D., Columbia Law School
Mark Lebow 2020 Private Practice (Alexandria, VA) B.A., Florida Atlantic University; J.D., Hofstra University School of Law; LL.M. with high honors, John Marshall Law School
Angela Lykos 2010 Trademark Examining Attorney; TTAB Interlocutory Attorney; Private Practice B.A., M.A., The Johns Hopkins University; J.D., Duke University Law School
Cynthia C. Lynch 2015 Private Practice; Attorney-Advisor at the International Trade Commission; USPTO Assistant Solicitor: USPTO Administrator for Trademark Policy and Procedure B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
David Mermelstein 2006 TTAB Interlocutory Attorney; TTAB Supervisory Attorney; Trademark Examining Attorney B.A. New College, Hofstra University; J.D., American University
George C. Pologeorgis 2015 TTAB Interlocutory Attorney; TTAB Attorney in the Office of Trademark Quality Review and Training; Trademark Examining Attorney; Private Practice B.A. University of Pennsylvania; J.D., George Washington University National Law Center
Thomas Shaw 2011 USPTO Associate Solicitor; Trademark Managing Attorney; Trademark Senior Attorney; Trademark Examining Attorney B.A., The George Washington University; J.D., University of Miami School of Law
Jyll Taylor 2006 TTAB Interlocutory Attorney; Trademark Examining Attorney B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; J.D., Howard University School of Law
Thomas W. Wellington 2007 TTAB Interlocutory Attorney; Trademark Examining Attorney; Private Practice B.A., University of Maryland at College Park; J.D., American University Washington College of Law
Frances Wolfson 2010 Trademark Examining Attorney; TTAB Interlocutory Attorney; Private Practice B.A., U.C. Santa Barbara; J.D., U.C.L.A.
Albert Zervas 2005 Trademark Examining Attorney; TTAB Interlocutory Attorney; Private Practice (New York and Washington, DC) B.A. and J.D., University of Virginia

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