Embattled USPTO Trademark Chief Deborah Cohn To Retire

Law360, New York (September 8, 2014, 12:39 PM EDT) -- Deborah Cohn, the chief trademark commissioner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office who came under fire earlier this summer over allegations that she facilitated the hiring of a family member's fiance, will retire at the end of the year, a USPTO spokesman confirmed to Law360 on Monday.

Cohn, who's been with the agency since 1983 and took over as trademark commissioner in 2010, privately announced the move to colleagues on Monday, the spokesman said.

In July, a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Inspector General said Cohn had violated federal laws that prohibited her from using her...

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