Two new administrative Trademark Judges have been appointed to serve on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board effective February 3, 2020.
The appointment of Melanye K. Johnson and Mark Lebow was announced by Chief Judge Rogers earlier this week making the total number of judges 27 including Chief Judge Rogers and Deputy Chief Judge Mark Thurmon.
Melanye K. Johnson has served for 10 years as Senior Counsel, Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Melanye was the lead attorney for trademark matters and was responsible for domestic and foreign trademark applications and registrations for the National Institutes of Health and other HHS operating and staff divisions. Before joining the public service, Judge Johnson was a Senior Counsel at E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company for six years where she served in the company’s 20-person trademark and copyright practice group. She was responsible for prosecuting applications to register marks, for litigation matters, for matters pending before the TTAB, and for licensing and settling disputes.
Judge Johnson was one of two principal architects of the company’s Brand Protection Center created to combat counterfeiting of company products, and collaborated with peer companies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition. Judge Johnson’s career in IP law began over 20 years ago. She has held positions in private practice and completed a Judicial Clerkship at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She holds a graduate honor from the University of Michigan and earned her law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Mark Lebow was a partner with the IP firm of Ladas & Parry and also the founding partner of the New York-based firm’s office in Alexandria, Virginia.
Mark Lebow previously worked with Alexandria IP law firm of Young & Thompson as a partner. He has over 20 years managing domestic and international trademark matters for many clients covering prosecution of applications to register marks, TTAB trial proceedings, infringement litigation and handling of domain name disputes.
His career as a civil attorney included negotiation of technology and licensing agreements and representation of both foreign and domestic parties. Most recently, Judge Lebow was a member of the INTA Trademark Office Practices Committee (US subcommittee). He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.