Trademark, Unfair Competition, Copyright and Litigation
Geoffrey M. McNutt has been practicing trademark and unfair competition law for more than 25 years. Mr. McNutt handles a broad range of matters, including trademark litigation in federal and state courts and agencies, with a particular focus on opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB); domestic and international portfolio management; trademark clearance and prosecution; trademark licensing; coexistence and settlement agreements; and advertising issues.
Mr. McNutt began his career with the USPTO, where he worked as a trademark examining attorney and later as a staff attorney in the Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks. He then moved to the private sector, where he worked for over nine years as an attorney in the full-service trademark, advertising, and copyright law groups of AmLaw 100 and IP Specialty law firms, and as a sole practitioner.
Mr. McNutt then returned to government service as the first dedicated trademark attorney for the United States Navy, where he was the principal author of Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5870.7, which established the formal trademark and licensing program for the Department of the Navy. The revenue generated by the Navy’s trademark licensing program covers program costs, with profits going to the Navy’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) program. Mr. McNutt also managed the Navy’s trademark practice and portfolio, including trademark prosecution, enforcement, and litigation.
Most recently, Mr. McNutt served for over seven years as an Interlocutory Attorney with the TTAB, where he managed interlocutory matters in opposition, cancellation, and concurrent use proceedings before the TTAB. In this role, Mr. McNutt conducted conferences with parties regarding discovery, motions practice, Accelerated Case Resolution (“ACR”), and trial stipulations, and authored hundreds of orders deciding procedural and substantive motions.
Mr. McNutt offers clients the perspective of an attorney who has been on both sides of USPTO prosecution and litigation as a private sector attorney and former USPTO trademark examining attorney and a TTAB interlocutory attorney.
College of William & Mary (B.A. History and English)
George Mason University School of Law (J.D.), Assistant Articles Editor, Law Review
The Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2015)
The Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award (2021)
Membership and Affiliations
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Virginia State Bar