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Jacqueline A. Leimer

Distinguished IP Practitioner-in-Residence

Ms. Leimer is a practitioner-in-residence with Chicago-Kent's Program in Intellectual Property Law. She joined the IIT community in fall 2009 to help launch and direct a 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, Ill., with responsibility for the overall management of intellectual property legal issues worldwide from 2005 to 2009. She started her affiliation with Kraft in 1996 as chief trademark counsel.

Prior to joining Kraft, 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 has served for many years as a director of that organization. She was appointed by Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez to serve on the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, which provides oversight of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office operations, from 2006 to 2009. She is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues.

She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District 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.


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