Corporate Attorney David Gooder Named New Trademark Commissioner

Written February 6, 2020

The US Patent and Trademark Office on February 5, 2020, announced that US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has appointed David Gooder to be the new Commissioner for Trademarks. 

As Commissioner, Gooder will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of the USPTO’s Trademarks organization. According to the notice, Gooder has worked for more than 25 years on intellectual property (IP) and brand protection challenges facing iconic global brands.

Most recently, Gooder served as Chief Trademark Counsel for Brown-Forman Corporation, which owns over 30 distilled spirits and wine brands. “I am delighted to have David Gooder join the leadership team at the USPTO,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu. “The US trademark system is the global standard for excellence. I know that David is going to do a great job maintaining and indeed raising that standard.”