Robert H. Coggins has been appointed to the position of Administrative Trademark Judge at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Judge Ellen J. Seeherman retired from government service in December 2016. With the appointment of Mr. Coggins and the retirement of Judge Seeherman, the number of TTAB judges remains at 26 (including the Chief Judge and Deputy Chief Judge).
Mr. Coggins served as an Interlocutory Attorney at the TTAB for more than ten years, prior to which he served for eight years as an Attorney-Advisor for the USPTO’s Trademark Examining Operation. During his tenure as an examining attorney, Mr. Coggins completed a three-month career development detail at the TTAB, and a six-month work detail in Patent Technology Center 2100 assisting in the review of international patent applications. Mr. Coggins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Davidson College and a Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.