It takes a special level of commitment, perseverance and desire to achieve success as a public servant. As a trademark attorney and longtime member of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Debbie Cohn understands the dedication, determination and diligence required not only to work in the public sector, but also to establish a longstanding and successful public service career. Having performed at such a high level for the Trademark Office for more than 30 years, Cohn understands the function and role of public servants in the continued success and longevity of her country, and has always pursued her position of public service professional with the utmost integrity, dedication and desire to get things done.
Debbie Cohn, now the USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks, got start in public service in 1983, serving as a Trademark Examining Attorney for five years before accepting the position of Managing Attorney in 1988. Her hard work, and considerable leadership acumen, helped her achieve a Fellowship position on the Council of Excellence in Government, as well as the position of Group Director of the organization’s Trademark Law Offices in 1998. As Group Director, Debbie Cohn led the way for development of the USPTO’s telework program, which has since earned numerous awards and has become regarded as the prototype telework program throughout the Federal Government. She also enjoyed the chance to serve as the U.S. delegate to World Intellectual Property Organization meetings during her Directorship tenure.
Debbie Cohn, recognized for her achievements as Group Director, became the Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations in 2005, and was awarded both the Telework Driver Award and Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service in the year 2007. During her more than five year stint as Deputy Commissioner, Cohn served as Acting Chief Administrative Officer twice, and was responsible for the expansion of the USPTO telework program she had initiated in 1997.
Now honored to be the Commissioner for Trademarks for the USPTO, Debbie Cohn shows the same level of drive, commitment and public service devotion upon which she built such a successful and accomplished public service career. She has served in this position since 2010, and continues to be a valued asset and leader to her organization. Deborah Cohn is retiring in January, 2015.
About: Debbie Cohn is a public official, and has enjoyed an extensive public service career.