Jacqueline Leimer, Distinguished IP Practitioner in Residence, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Former VP and Associate General Counsel, Kraft Foods, Past President, International Trademark Association
Ms. Leimer is a practitioner-in-residence with Chicago-Kent’s Program in Intellectual Property Law and also directs IIT’s new interdisciplinary master’s program in Intellectual Property Management and Markets.
Ms. Leimer most recently was vice president and associate general counsel, global intellectual property, at the world headquarters of Kraft Foods, in Northfield, IL, with responsibility for the overall management of intellectual property law issues worldwide from 2005 to 2009. She started her affiliation with Kraft Foods in 1996 as chief trademark counsel.
Prior to joining Kraft Foods, Ms. Leimer was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, concentrating in trademark, copyright and advertising law matters. She also has 10 years of in-house intellectual property experience with The Quaker Oats Company. Ms Leimer was president of the International Trademark Association in 2004 and served for many years as a director of that organization. She was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Guitterez to serve on the Trademark Public Advisory Committee to provide oversight to the US Patent and Trademark Office from 2006-2009. She is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues.
Ms. Leimer is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Federal Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Illinois state courts.
Ms. Leimer graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Valparaiso University Law Review. She also earned a B.A. in Psychology from Valparaiso University.