International Trademark Association Elects PepsiCo Counsel as President

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The International Trademark Association (INTA) recently announced that it has elected Joseph Ferretti as the 2017 President of the Association and Chair of its Board of Directors.

Mr. Ferretti serves as vice-president and chief counsel of global trademarks at PepsiCo, where he leads a team of experienced professionals who are responsible globally for all trademark, copyright, and domain name work for PepsiCo.

“This year INTA will delve deeper into the key issues facing the brand owners,” said Mr. Ferretti. “Priority issues for the Association in 2017 include counterfeiting, brand restrictions, and Internet governance. We have assembled a Presidential Task Force to examine all forms of brand restrictions, including plain and standardized packaging. A key goal of this task force is to provide INTA with concrete and proactive strategies for addressing this issue. In terms of Internet governance, we will continue to work within ICANN’s multistakeholder community to ensure a stable, secure, and affordable domain name system,” continued Mr. Ferretti. “In 2017, we will focus on the implementation of all new accountability measures and governance reforms, and the reviews of the Rights Protection Mechanisms and subsequent rounds of new gTLDs. This year, INTA will also publish an impact study on the costs of enforcing trademark rights in new gTLDs.”

Mr. Ferretti also stated that this year INTA will wrap up its current strategic plan and publish its 2018–2021 Strategic Plan.  According to him, the Association has collaborated with all stakeholders in intellectual property, both inside and outside of the IP community to develop a strategic plan that is inclusive, comprehensive, and forward-thinking. “The new Strategic Plan will set INTA’s future priorities, guide our activities for the next four years, and enable INTA to remain a prominent and influential voice in the global IP community and beyond,” he said

INTA has established a presidential task force to examine all forms of brand restrictions, including plain and standardised packaging, with the aim of providing concrete and proactive strategies to address the issue.

Also taking office in 2017 are Tish Berard, Hearts of Fire Company LLC (USA) (President Elect); David Lossignol, Sandoz International GmbH (Germany) (Vice President); Ayala Deutsch, NBA Properties, Inc. (USA) (Vice President); Tiki Dare, Oracle Corporation (USA) (Treasurer); Zeeger Vink, Maus Frères (France) (Secretary); and Maury Tepper, III, Tepper & Eyster, PLLC (USA) (Counsel).

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