Profiles in IP Law: An Interview with Chief Judge Gerard F. Rogers

Cheryl L. Black

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The Honorable Gerard F. Rogers began his career in public service at the United States Patent and Trademark Office on December 7, 1987. “It’s hard to forget the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, but that was when I started at the office as an examining attorney,” he said. Twenty-six years later, that examining attorney—hired straight out of law school—is now chief administrative law judge for the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB or Board).

Landslide® magazine sat down with Chief Judge Rogers after the ABA Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) Section’s Inaugural Trademark Day, held at the USPTO on April 24, 2013, to discuss his rise to the highest position of the federal agency’s trademark administrative tribunal and the changing landscape of the Board over the past two and one-half decades. The interview covered a variety of topics, including advantages of practicing before the Board, current initiatives, personnel and organizational changes, pendency issues, and an increased stakeholder engagement.

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