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.

David J. Cho

Mr. Cho serves as Assistant Vice President Senior Legal Counsel -Trademarks and Copyrights at AT&T Inc., a Fortune 10 company with over 268,000 employees, where he oversees five IP managers and outside counsel to protect large international trademark and domain name portfolios.  Mr. Cho is responsible for all trademark matters involving the parent company, subsidiaries, and affiliates, including the intellectual property company.  His work includes advice, counseling, clearance, prosecution, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, enforcement, and litigation.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Cho was a Senior Trademark Associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP; a Trademark Associate at Banner & Witcoff, LTD, and from 1990 to 1995, he was a Trademark Examining Attorney at the USPTO. Mr. Cho is serving his first term as a TPAC member.

Tracy L. Deutmeyer

Ms. Deutmeyer is a Shareholder with the firm of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., where she advises clients on all aspects of U.S. trademark and copyright law, including the availability, prosecution, maintenance, acquisition, defense, enforcement and licensing of rights.  She manages the worldwide trademark portfolios of U.S.-headquartered clients and the U.S. trademark portfolios of companies headquartered outside the U.S.  From 2005 to 2018, Ms. Deutmeyer worked at McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO, as an Associate until 2007, when she became a Shareholder.  Ms. Deutmyer was also an Associate at Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. from 2002 to 2005. Ms. Deutmeyer is serving her first term as a TPAC member.

Dinisa Hardley Folmar

Ms. Folmar is the Head of Intellectual Property at The Hershey Company, where she is responsible for intellectual property matters globally, including patents, trademarks and copyrights, and global licensing.  In addition, she supervises outside counsel regarding quality and budget related objectives.  She provides guidance to the leadership teams of Hershey and manages a team of trademark professionals across two offices.  Prior to joining Hershey, Ms. Folmar was in-house counsel with Nike and The Coca-Cola Company and was also an associate at law firms in Atlanta and Washington, DC.  She began her legal career as an Attorney-Advisor at the USPTO.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and her law degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Ms. Folmar is serving her first term as a TPAC member.  

Jomarie B. Fredericks

Ms. Fredericks is the Deputy General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property and Brand Counsel at Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.  Ms. Fredericks’s practice includes experience with trademarks, international trademarks, copyrights, licensing, privacy and sponsorship/cooperative relationships, general corporate law, contract drafting, review and negotiation, litigation management, and corporate governance for a global not-for-profit corporation consisting of 35,000 member clubs and its charitable foundation.  She is the 2020 Vice President of the International Trademark Association (INTA) Board of Directors, as well as a group officer and a member of INTA’s executive committee.  Ms. Fredericks serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Intellectual Property, Information, and Technology Law of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, where she provides counsel to the faculty and staff on the development of the intellectual property (IP) curriculum, the means to serve the IP bar, and important changes in IP law and practice.  She also recently completed a two-year term on the Board of Managers of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. Ms. Fredericks is serving her first term as a TPAC member.

Christopher Kelly (Vice chair)

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.

Jennifer L. Kovalcik

Ms. Kovalcik serves as Vice President Technology & Intellectual Property Counsel for Community Health Systems. As the primary IP counsel, she drafts and negotiates agreements, including software, subscription, data usage, hosting, trademark licensing, confidentiality, and data security agreements for approximately 100 hospitals in multiple states. Ms. Kovalcik advises business teams on negotiation strategies and risk analyses. She also has experience with contract disputes, IP enforcement, IP due diligence, and litigation. She received her bachelor’s degree and law degree (Valedictorian) from the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Ms. Kovalcik is serving her first term as a TPAC member.

Susan M. Natland

Ms. Natland is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Trademark and Brand Protection Group at Knobbe Martens, where she advises on all aspects of domestic and international brand protection and enforcement, advertising law, unfair competition, copyright, and data privacy and security matters. Her practice includes domestic and foreign trademark selection and clearance, trademark procurement and prosecution, ex parte and inter partes proceedings before the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, trademark audits, licensing, domain name disputes, counterfeit goods and customs, copyrights, entertainment law, rights of publicity, and trademark and copyright enforcement and litigation. Ms. Natland is active with the International Trademark Association (INTA), where she has served as Chair of the Enforcement Committee and held numerous other leadership positions. She was an adjunct professor for UCLA School of Law for several years, teaching the Law School Clinic Certification Program in partnership with the USPTO. She has also served on her firm’s Executive Committee and was virtual in-house trademark counsel for a major Internet retailer for almost two years.  Ms. Natland is also Chair of her firm’s Data Privacy and Security Group, a certified data privacy specialist by the IAPP, and a registered patent attorney. Ms. Natland received her bachelor’s degree from UCSB, and her law degree from UCLA School of Law. Ms. Natland is serving her first term as a TPAC member.

Tricia McDermott Thompkins

Ms. Thompkins is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Perry Ellis International, Inc., where she reports directly to the CEO and President, and to the Board of Directors.  She advises Perry Ellis’s executive leadership on diverse legal matters, including corporate governance, securities regulations, and intellectual property matters.  Ms. Thompkins also serves as Corporate Secretary of the Board of Directors and Board of Managers, and as an officer and director at various U.S. and foreign subsidiaries of Perry Ellis. Ms. Thompkins is serving as an interim 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.

 

Union Representatives

  • Jay Besch
  • Pedro Fernandez
  • Harold E. Ross