Julie Desrois accepted the President’s award on behalf of her mother, the late Ingrid Desrois, an active INTA member volunteer, mentor, and Association leader for over 18 years.
Ms. Desrois passed away on April 14, 2016. She served as the European Director of Trademarks for Procter and Gamble (P&G) until 2003 and as Special Advisor to the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) beginning in 2004. She was raised in Munich, Germany, but moved to Paris in the mid-1960s, where she began her trademark career.
Ms. Desrois began attending INTA Annual Meetings in the mid-1980s. She was active on the Look-Alikes Committee, the OHIM Subcommittee of the Trademark Office Practices Committee, the INTA Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee, and as a member of the Government Officials Education and Training Committee, among many other Association activities.
One of Ms. Desrois’ most notable contributions to INTA was organizing government official trainings at the European IP Office in Alicante, Spain. With Ms. Desrois’s support, the government officials training program expanded considerably to ultimately become its own committee. In the years to follow, Ms. Desrois continued to enhance and expand the program. She served on a number of other committees during her career, including on the Historical Committee, Trademark Office Practices Committee, Executive Committee, and on INTA’s Board of Directors from 2000-2003.
The Association was pleased to be able to celebrate her dedication and commitment to the advancement of trademarks by presenting this award to her daughter during the Leadership Meeting.
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