New Deputy US Trademark Commissioner

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of a new deputy commissioner for trademarks, with oversight of examination and processing of applications.

The new deputy commissioner is Mary Boney Denison, a founding partner of Manelli Denison & Selter PLLC in
Washington, DC, where her practice has focused on trademark prosecution and

She has been active in a variety of member roles at the International Trademark Association, including on the INTA Board of Directors. She also previously was appointed as a voting member of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC).

Denison will work with new Commissioner for Trademarks Deborah Cohn.

According to USPTO, “prior to establishing Manelli Denison & Selter in 1996, she was a partner with Graham & James LLP where she practiced for ten years. Before joining Graham & James, Ms. Denison was associated with the New York law firm of Smith, Steibel, Alexander & Saskor where she was primarily involved in handling litigation for foreign clients. Ms. Dennison is a graduate of Duke University and the University of North Carolina School of Law.”

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