New York
11 November 2016
Reporter: Barney Dixon

INTA unveils 2017 leadership


The International Trademark Association (INTA) has confirmed who will be taking over as its president in 2017, plus a host of executive and board changes for next year.

Joseph Ferretti vice president and chief counsel of global trademarks at PepsiCo will be the association’s next president, with Tish Berard becoming president elect.

Both will begin their terms in 2017.

INTA has also released a list of 13 nominees for its board of directors, starting their three-year terms in 2017.

Included in the nominations are Daretia Austin of AT&T, who serves on the INTA internet committee and the new gTLD sub-committee. The sub-committee’s mission is to evaluate treaties, laws, regulations and procedures relating to domain name assignment, the use of trademarks on the internet, and unfair competition in cyber space.

Joining Daretia will be Michael Graham, senior counsel and global director of intellectual property at Expedia, who is experienced in counselling and assisting clients to enforce their trademarks, copyright and domain names rights.

Judy McCool, senior vice president of legal affairs at HBO, has been nominated. McCool is an experienced trademark and brand management lawyer who has nearly 20 years experience in the field.

Voting will take place on 15 November at INTA’s leadership meeting in Hollywood, Florida.

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