Merchant & Gould Congratulates Kathryn Barrett Park On Winning Second-Annual Paul A. Welter Award For Excellence in Trademark Law

November 10, 2008

Park Honored For Notable Achievements in Trademark Law

Merchant & Gould congratulates Kathryn Barrett Park, senior counsel, Advertising and Brand Management at General Electric Company, on being named the recipient of the second-annual Merchant & Gould Paul A. Welter Award for Excellence in Trademark Law. Park was selected because of her distinguished career in trademark law as well as dedicated service to her community.

She received a plaque and a $5,000 honorarium that she donated to her alma mater, Columbia University School of Law. The award was officially presented during the 2008 International Trademark Association Leadership meeting in Boca Raton, Florida on November 13, 2008.

"We are proud to present Kathryn with our second-annual Paul A. Welter award," said Scott W. Johnston, Merchant & Gould partner and chair of its trademark group. "Paul's passing has left a significant void within the trademark community but we are excited that attorneys like Park, who embody a likeminded spirit of giving, are further perpetuating his legacy."

Merchant & Gould's trademark practice protects more than 20,000 brands every day and is consistently ranked as one of the top trademark filers in the country by Trademark Insider Magazine.

About Paul A. Welter
A graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law, Paul joined Merchant & Gould in 1965. During his 40-year career with the firm he served as treasurer, administrative vice president, president, a member of the board of directors, and as managing partner. Paul was known by his clients, colleagues and within the legal community as a man of unwavering integrity. Paul was extremely active with civic and industry organizations including the Minneapolis Rotary, the Fund for the Legal Aid Society, the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and most notably, the United Way. Paul passed away on Friday, January 6, 2006.