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Professor Susan Richey Appointed Deputy Chief Administrative Trademark Judge at USPTO


Professor Susan Richey has accepted an appointment as the Deputy Chief Administrative Trademark Judge with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

As Deputy Chief Administrative Trademark Judge, Professor Richey will serve as a full voting member of the TTAB and exercise administrative, legal, and technical authority over the Board; she will also be responsible for working with the Chief Administrative Trademark Judge to develop and deploy the strategic and policy initiatives of the TTAB. In addition, she will develop and implement the USPTO’s rules of practice governing trademark appeals and trademark opposition, cancellation, concurrent use, and interference proceedings, and be responsible for the Board’s comprehensive executive management, strategic planning, policy development, and financial functions.

In her role as Deputy CATJ, Professor Richey will assign panels of administrative trademark judges to adjudicate all trademark appeals and trademark opposition, cancellation, concurrent use and interference proceedings, and periodically serve on such panels herself. Finally, she will develop and maintain quality, timeliness, and productivity performance standards for the administrative trademark judges, attorneys, and support staff, and serve as the Acting Chief Administrative Trademark Judge during the CATJ’s absence. The appointment is a powerful recognition of Professor Richey’s stature within the trademark field.

Professor Richey has served UNH Law tirelessly for nearly two decades as a dedicated teacher, scholar, and administrator, including a four-year term as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. As Interim Dean Jordan Budd notes, “Professor Richey’s broad and deep contributions to the Franklin Pierce IP brand are widely recognized and have played a central role in sustaining our prominent position within the IP academy.”

Professor Richey’s departure is a loss to the UNH Law community, but her service with the USPTO will reflect positively on UNH Law’s IP program, alumni, and students for years to come.