International Trademark Association elects new president

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has elected Jomarie Fredericks as its 2023 president, and as chair of its board of directors.

Posted mercredi, novembre 23 2022
International Trademark Association elects new president

Fredericks is deputy general counsel, chief intellectual property and brand counsel at Rotary International, the association that supports the work of Rotary’s 46,000 clubs and The Rotary Foundation, which helps clubs perform meaningful and impactful service to improve lives and strengthen communities throughout the world.

In this role, Fredericks leads a team of experienced professionals who are responsible for all trademark, copyright, licensing, and domain name work for Rotary International, globally. She is based in Evanston, in the US state of Illinois. 

Fredericks will assume her one-year term on January 1, 2023, succeeding Zeeger Vink, intellectual property director at MF Brands Group, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

During his tenure, Vink convened a presidential task force on IP reporting for brands, oversaw the publication INTA’s Report on the Taxation of Trademarks and Complementary Rights in Europe, and led the INTA as it hosted the first in-person annual meeting in two years, in Washington, DC in May 2022.

Prior to joining Rotary International, Fredericks worked in private practice with law firms in Chicago, where she practiced in trademark, copyright, libel, privacy, commercial, and First Amendment litigation, with an emphasis on libel defense and media law.

Fredericks holds an LLM in intellectual property from the University of Chicago School of Law, where she now serves on its advisory board, in addition to a JD from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, and an MS and a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She currently serves on the executive committee of the INTA board and is chair of the Planning Committee.

The International Trademark Association INTA is a global association of brand owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and complementary intellectual property to foster consumer trust, economic growth, and innovation, and committed to building a better society through brands.

Members include nearly 6,500 organizations, representing more than 34,350 individuals (trademark owners, professionals, and academics) from 185 countries.