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December 15, 2012 Vol. 67 No. 21 Back to Bulletin Main Page

Volunteer Spotlight: John L. Welch

John L. Welch is easily recognized by his smiling face and his daily updates to the trademark community through his creation and daily maintenance of The TTABlog®, at As of this writing, the blog, which discusses recent decisions of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, has had over 1.4 million hits. If it appears that John puts in a lot of work on his blog, it’s because he does! “People often ask me how much time I spend on the blog. I would guess at least an hour or an hour and a half per weekday, plus additional time on weekends to index the posts and perform other maintenance. My undergraduate degree in electrical engineering trained me for a steady stream of ‘homework,’ so I am used to the pace.”

John’s contributions to the trademark community are not limited to The TTABlog. John has been a member of INTA’s The Trademark Reporter Committee for the past eight years, and before that he served on a number of other committees, including one that had to do with Australian trademark law (where, in his own words, he was “not very useful”). His favorite INTA project to date is his presentation of the “Annual Review of U.S. Federal Case Law and TTAB Developments” at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.; the session was attended by the largest group to which he had ever given a presentation. John has also written a number of trademark-related articles and has given presentations on various trademark subjects throughout the United States.

John is of counsel at Lando & Anastasi, LLP, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, where his practice covers all aspects of IP law, including drafting the occasional patent application. A Chicago native, John received his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois and got his first taste of Boston when he attended Harvard Law School. After graduation, he left town for a few years but returned in 1979, and since then has been living in the Boston/Cambridge area.

Over the past few years, he has had more time to blog, write, speak and work. “By the early 2000s my two sons had left the nest, which got me away from the baseball and soccer fields and freed up a lot of time for these trademark-oriented activities.” His daily attention to The TTABlog shows John is an exceptional trademark practitioner who provides the trademark community with a valuable resource regarding current TTAB law.

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