SOURCE: International Trademark Association (INTA)

January 08, 2007 18:31 ET

New INTA President Dee Ann Weldon-Wilson of Exxon Mobil Corporation Takes Office

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 8, 2007 -- On January 1, 2007, Dee Ann Weldon-Wilson began her one-year term as president of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Ms. Weldon-Wilson, who serves as trademark counsel for Exxon Mobil Corporation, located in Irving, Texas, USA, succeeds 2006 President Paul Reidl. Prior to her election as president of the Association, she served INTA as an officer and member of INTA’s Board of Directors. Ms. Weldon-Wilson received her B.A. degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

This year, Ms. Weldon-Wilson is committed to an increased emphasis on trademark protection issues in emerging markets, particularly in the BRIC countries -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. These four major economies, which are reshaping global commerce, represent nearly half of the world’s consumers.

“With offices in New York, Shanghai and Brussels, INTA continues to expand its international reach and influence,” says Ms. Weldon-Wilson. “Through its worldwide policy development and advocacy, and education and information services, INTA has the resources to offer brand owners in these important markets even more support in protecting their marks.”

Ms. Weldon-Wilson also intends to continue INTA’s emphasis on fighting counterfeiting. INTA will co-sponsor the Third Global Congress on Counterfeiting and Piracy and the Harper’s Bazaar Anticounterfeiting Summit 2007. The Association will also implement its own counterfeiting initiatives.

In addition to the above priorities, Ms. Weldon-Wilson is also focused on INTA’s future well beyond her term of office. She has established a Long Range Planning Group, which she will chair, that will examine how INTA might position itself for 15 to 20 years from now, to make sure INTA stays relevant and valuable to its members as the practice of trademark law continues to evolve.

Also taking office in 2007 are: Rhonda Steele, Mars Incorporated (President Elect); Richard Heath, Unilever, PLC (Vice President); Heather C. Steinmeyer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (Vice President); Gerhard R. Bauer, Daimler-Chrysler AG (Treasurer); Gregg Marrazzo, Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. (Secretary). David H. Bernstein, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, was appointed counsel to INTA.

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