April 16, 2019
Georgia State University College of Law
85 Park Place NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

The USPTO is partnering with Georgia State University School of Law to present live PTAB (Patent Trial and Appeal Board) and TTAB (Trademark Trial and Appeal Board) proceedings actually pending before the PTAB and TTAB and to provide educational sessions where Board judges share tips for successful advocacy before the TTAB and PTAB.

This program is best for patent and trademark attorneys and parties who appear in front of the PTAB or TTAB, as well as those who want to learn about practice before these administrative tribunals.

The sessions will be held in the GSU School of Law Ceremonial Courtroom.

Space is very limited, and early registration is recommended. Once you have registered for the event, directions and parking information will be provided in your confirmation email.

4.0 CLE Credits & 1.0 Trial Hours Approved


Sponsored By


Special Thanks To

Anthony B. Askew              Stephen M. Schaetzel



Time Topic Speakers
12 – 12:30 pm Registration
11:15 – 12:30 pm Lunch with Law Students Moderator: Lead Judge Georgianna Braden
12:30 – 12:35 pm Welcome Professor Yaniv Heled
12:35 – 12:55 pm Overview of the USPTO’s Administrative Tribunals and PTAB Lead Judge Georgianna Braden;
12:55 – 1:20 pm Overview of TTAB Judge Albert Zervas
1:20 – 1:30 pm Introduction of TTAB Trial Proceeding Vivian Chew
1:30 – 2:35 pm TTAB Trial Proceeding TTAB Panel
2:35 – 3:15 pm Panel Discussion on Advocacy

Moderator: Professor Deepa Varadarajan

TTAB Judges
PTAB Judges

3:15 – 3:30 pm BREAK
3:30 pm – 3:40 pm Introduction of PTAB Trial Proceeding Brooke Wilner
3:40 – 5:40 pm PTAB Trial Proceeding PTAB Panel
5:40 – 5:45 pm Closing Remarks
5:45 – 7:00 pm Reception


Case Files

TTAB case file

PTAB cases files
AIA Review Numbers IPR2016-01646 and IPR2016-01650

Judges Biographies

Marc A. Bergsman

Marc A. Bergsman is an Administrative Trademark Judge with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.   His duties as a Trademark Judge include deciding oppositions and cancellations to the registration of trademarks and appeals from the refusal to register trademarks in the Trademark Office.  Prior to becoming an Administrative Trademark Judge, Mr. Bergsman was a partner at Dickinson Wright PLLC specializing in trademark and copyright counseling and litigation.   The trademark aspect of Mr. Bergsman’s practice included all aspects of domestic and international trademark law with a focus on U.S. trademark prosecution, inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and federal court litigation.

This is Mr. Bergsman’s second time in government service.  Before entering private practice, Mr. Bergsman was an interlocutory attorney at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (1983 –1988), Director of Trademark Program Analysis representing the Assistant Commissioner of Trademarks on automation matters (1983-1988), a managing attorney (1982), and an examining attorney (1977-1982).

Cheryl Goodman

Cheryl Goodman is an Administrative Trademark Judge with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”). She previously served as an Interlocutory Attorney with the TTAB, and before that served as a Trademark Examining Attorney with the USPTO Trademark Examining Operation. Prior to joining the USPTO, Ms. Goodman worked for the Office of Thrift Supervision (now merged with the Office of Comptroller of Currency, U.S. Department of Treasury) as an Enforcement Attorney. Ms. Goodman received a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law, and a B.S. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

George C. Pologeorgis

George C. Pologeorgis is an Administrative Trademark Judge (ATJ) with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Mr. Pologeorgis began his career with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 1994 as a Trademark Examining Attorney. From 2003-2006, Mr. Pologeorgis was a staff attorney with the Office of Trademark Quality Review and Training at the USPTO. From 2006 until his appointment as an ATJ in December 2015, Mr. Pologeorgis was an Interlocutory Attorney at the TTAB. Prior to joining the USPTO, Mr. Pologeorgis was in private practice in New York and Washington, D.C. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

Phil j. Kauffman

Phil has a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace Structures Track, a Masters of Science in Military Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College, and a law degree from the Ohio State University.  He is a registered attorney with the state of Michigan and the USPTO.

Prior to joining the USPTO, he served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a maintenance office, program manager, and Judge Advocate.  As a Judge Advocate, his primary duties were administrative law and criminal justice.

Phil joined the Patent Office in 2006, serving briefly as a Patent Examiner and then for two years in the Office of General Law.  He joined the Board in 2008 and became an Administrative Patent Judge in 2011.  He has been a member of the Training Committee for nine years, and chaired that committee for five years.

James Mayberry

Judge Mayberry has been at the Board for almost five years.  He earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Science in Health Physics degree and a Bachelor of Nuclear Engineering, both from Georgia Institute of Technology.  Prior to his appointment to the Board, Judge Mayberry practiced in Atlanta at the law firm King & Spalding.

Barry Grossman

Barry Grossman is an Administrative Patent Judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  He was appointed to this position on September 10, 2012.  Prior to this appointment, Judge Grossman spent his career as a patent lawyer in private practice and government service, specializing in protecting, litigating, and commercializing new technology.

Judge Grossman has held a number of leadership positions in the Section of Intellectual Property Law of the American Bar Association and other bar associations.  He is a member emeritus, Fellow, and past president of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court in Washington, D.C.

In 1996 and 1997, Judge Grossman was an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University Law School, where he taught a course on international protection of intellectual property.  He served as co-editor-in-chief of Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook from its first publication in 2000 through 2012.

Judge Grossman is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.S., aerospace engineering, 1970), and American University (J.D., 1974).