Speakers / Authors:
Bill Barber is with the law firm of Pirkey Barber PLCC where he specializes in trademark law, focusing primarily on litigation and policing, handling cases in federal courts across the U.S. and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Experienced in all aspects of litigation, including jury and bench trials as well as appeals, Bill also handles domain name disputes through ICANN’s domain name dispute resolution policies. He also regularly assists clients with a wide range of trademark needs, including trademark policing strategies and programs, trademark clearance, and trademark prosecution.
Mr. Barber served as vice chair of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Public Advisory Committee, has testified before Congress regarding reforms to the federal trademark dilution statute, and is a frequent author and speaker on various trademark and unfair competition topics. He is a past president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and a past chair of the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section.
Mr. Barber has received a number of professional awards in his career, including Best Lawyers’ Austin Lawyer of the Year for Trademark Law (2012, 2015) and Intellectual Property Litigation (2013, 2016). Appearing in WTR 1000 since the inaugural edition, the publication awarded Mr. Barber Gold status nationally in both the “Prosecution and Strategy” and “Enforcement and Litigation” categories, and heralded him as a “legend in the field.” He has also been recognized in Chambers USA/Global, Expert Guides Trademark, Texas Super Lawyers, Trademark Law Experts, and Who’s Who Legal: Texas/Trademarks.
Mr. Barber received a a J.D., with high honors, from The University of Texas School of Law in 1987 and his
B.S. in Chemical Engineering with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 1984.
Elizabeth Ann Morgan
Elizabeth Ann Morgan is an experienced trademark litigator and counselor who consults in U.S. intellectual property issues with the Quito law firm of Paz Horowitz. Her practice primarily involves alternative dispute resolution for U.S. disputes. Before joining Paz Horowitz, she practiced in Atlanta and Florida.
Ms. Morgan taught trial techniques at Emory for more than 10 years, and an IP survey course at University of Miami. She lectures extensively on IP litigation, business litigation, employment litigation, and is currently teaching U.S. Intellectual Property Law in Ecuador.
Ms. Morgan earned her J.D., Order of the Coif, from Emory University School of Law in 1990, and her B.A., with High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Florida in 1979.
John Welch, counsel at Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C., has represented clients in scores of patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and domain name lawsuits across the country, and has handled hundreds of opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Mr. Welch is responsible for the international trademark portfolios of a number of major companies in such diverse fields as restaurant services, food processing machinery, and computer hardware and software. He has obtained numerous utility and design patents for clients in a variety of industries, such as lighting fixtures, electrical instrumentation, ceramic candle holders, food processing machinery, and kitchen utensils.
Mr. Welch is the founder and publisher of The TTABlog; a member, Board of Editors, The Trademark Reporter; and a member of the Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee of the Boston Patent Law Association. He has been named as one of New England’s “Super Lawyers” in the field of intellectual property from 2004-2016, and was named to World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals from 2012-2016.
Mr. Welch received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.S., summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois.