Former USPTO Attorney, Janel M. Calliham Adds Extensive Trademark Knowledge To Brandsymbol’s Creative Team

Posted January 13, 2017
Trademark Screening: Saving You Time And Money

JNCwht_1CHARLOTTE. N.C. – Brandsymbol, a dynamic, fact-driven branding agency, has announced the hiring of former USPTO Attorney, Janel M. Calliham as Trademark Specialist. J. M. Calliham will join the growing Production Department to contribute her expert trademark knowledge to brandsymbol’s unique i4 Methodology, screening all names before presenting then to the client in order circumvent trademark conflicts further down the road.

J. M. Calliham graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, and began her career as an attorney at Day & Brzustowicz Law Offices. However, her work focused on trademarking when she began working for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 1999 as a Trademark Examining Attorney, rejecting and approving Federal trademark applications. Throughout her years there, J. M. Calliham received extensive training in searching and discerning whether a trademark is registerable. After leaving the USPTO, J. M. Calliham joined a U.S. Top 100 Law Firm where she exclusively practiced trademark law, reversing over 85% of trademark registration refusals issued by the USPTO.

“I’ve been in branding for over twenty years and have never had a former USPTO Attorney working with creative teams, reviewing names … Janel is truly an exceptional find and addition to the branding industry,” said brandsymbol President & CEO, Clayton D. Tolley.

Janel’s legal background combined with her 29 years of service with our military – as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, currently serving as a graduate-level instructor for the U.S. Command General Staff College – provides highly-specialized trademark knowledge & strong leadership skills.

“I’m excited to join such a unique and forward-thinking Company as brandsymbol and become part of the creative side of the trademark business,” J. M. Calliham explains, “With my background, I hope to enhance the legal scrutiny in the naming process and contribute to the naming team ensuring that clients get their names approved.”


About Brandsymbol

With over two decades of experience, brandsymbol was founded with the goal of revitalizing the agency-client relationship by innovating and transforming the branding process, to deliver world-class solutions, customized for each client. Our proprietary i4 Methodology is engineered to provide senior-level expertise, global creative, advanced legal & regulatory solutions to deliver clients world-class brands that are based on facts and figures, not opinions and observations.


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