The International Intellectual Property Law Clinic hosted a discussion about trademarks and trademark careers from an international perspective provided by the Commissioner for Trademarks from the United States Patent Office (USPTO), Mary Denison and Director General, Information/Business Services of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), Darlene Carreau.  Thursday, September 28th at 10am at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School.



Mary Denison, Commissioner for Trademarks, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Mary Boney Denison is the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks. Ms. Denison oversees all aspects of the USPTO’s Trademarks organization including policy, operations, and budget relating to trademark examination, registration, and maintenance.

Ms. Denison joined the USPTO in 2011 as Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations where she was responsible for USPTO trademark application, legal examination, and registration processes. She has led outreach to the trademark legal community, small businesses, and applicants without legal counsel, and has been an active participant in meetings with the world’s largest trademark offices, promoting projects aimed at harmonization of trademark practices and procedures. While at the USPTO she has initiated several projects to enhance and expand internal and external communications as well as employee career development.

Before joining the USPTO, Denison practiced law in the area of trademark prosecution and litigation, as a founding partner of Manelli Denison & Selter PLLC in Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 2011, and as a partner of Graham & James LLP, where she practiced for 10 years. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA) for three years, and also served a three-year term on the USPTO’s Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC).

Ms. Denison holds degrees from Duke University and the University of North Carolina School of Law.


Darlene Carreau, Director General, Business Services, Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

Since December 2015, Darlene Carreau has been serving as the Director General of Business Services at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

The Business Services Branch (BSB) is responsible for developing CIPO’s overall service strategy to deliver quality services that are timely, client-centric and help promote a culture of service management excellence throughout the organization. In addition, the branch is responsible for designing and delivering a suite of IP products, training tools and services to raise awareness among small and medium-sized businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators to bolster innovation, competitiveness and long-term growth.

Previously Darlene was the Chairperson of the Trademarks Opposition Board and from 2003 to 2008 was a legal counsel with the Department of Justice where she practiced trademark law and her primary responsibility was acting as trademark legal counsel to the Registrar of Trademarks and the Trademarks Opposition Board. From 1998 to 2003, she was a trademark associate lawyer in the Intellectual Property Group of Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP.

Ms. Carreau received her LL.B from the University of Ottawa in 1996 and her B. Soc. Sc. from the University of Ottawa in 1993. She was called to the bar of the Province of Ontario in 1998.  She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a registered trademark agent in Canada.