Title: Member, IP Council
Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Linda McLeod is a partner in her firm's Trademark and Copyright Practice Group. Her current practice focuses on litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and the courts, trademark clearance and prosecution, and client counseling.
During her ten-year career at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), Ms. McLeod gained significant trademark expertise while holding the positions of Administrative Trademark Judge and Interlocutory Attorney with the TTAB, and Examining Attorney for the PTO. As an Administrative Trademark Judge, she presided over opposition and cancellation inter partes proceedings and ex parte appeals from final decisions of the PTO. She sat on panels that decided hundreds of cases involving a wide variety of trademarks, including product configurations, color trademarks, and domain names. During her five years as an Interlocutory Attorney, Ms. McLeod authored a number of decisions on complicated procedural motions that are published as citable precedents and reviewed in legal journals.
Before joining the TTAB, Ms. McLeod acquired extensive knowledge of trademark prosecution as an Examining Attorney for the PTO, where she issued agency decisions on statutory and procedural issues concerning U.S. trademark applications. She also argued numerous ex parte appeals before the TTAB and prevailed in all of them.
Since leaving her position as an Administrative Trademark Judge in 2000, Ms. McLeod has concentrated her private practice on cancellation and opposition proceedings before the TTAB and trademark litigation, as well as trademark clearance and prosecution matters.
Ms. McLeod is a frequent lecturer on topics related to trademarks and practice before the TTAB. She has been a presenter and moderator at programs sponsored by AIPLA, INTA, the Management Forum in London and Munich, Forum Markenrecht Die neuesten Entwicklungen für Markeninhaber in Düsseldorf, the California State Bar, and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.