George C. Pologeorgis has been appointed to the position of Administrative Trademark Judge for the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. His appointment brings the total number of TTAB judges to 25. [Full roster here].
George Pologeorgis has served the TTAB as an Interlocutory Attorney at the TTAB for almost eleven years. During this time, Mr. Pologeorgis has proven particularly adept at managing the progress of TTAB trial cases. He is well acquainted with the strategic goals of the TTAB and has been instrumental in issuing decisions that result in sought-after efficiencies in processing of TTAB trial cases. Mr. Pologeorgis clearly understands USPTO stakeholder need for, and ultimately the economic importance of, timely and quality decisions on contested motions in TTAB inter partes cases and final decisions in ex parte and inter partes cases.
Before joining the TTAB for his current tenure as an Interlocutory Attorney, Mr. Pologeorgis served the USPTO as a Staff Attorney in the Office of Trademark Quality Review and Training. His experience in reviewing and assessing the work of trademark examining attorneys while in this position will serve him well as an ATJ at the TTAB. Mr. Pologeorgis also served the USPTO as a trademark examining attorney for almost five years. Eight years of private practice experience accrued by Mr. Pologeorgis also will be of great benefit to him and to the TTAB. These years as a litigator, including in IP cases, provides him with a keen understanding of how advocates plead and pursue their trial cases. This experience will serve him well when reviewing evidence and writing final decisions on the merits as an Administrative Trademark Judge.
Mr. Pologeorgis earned his Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University National Law Center, where he was an editor of the Journal of International Law and Economics, and his bachelor’s degree in Political Science, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.