Rita M. Odin
Vice President and Trademark Counsel
The Estée Lauder Companies (New York, NY)
RITA M. ODIN is responsible for a variety of trademark and copyright related matters including negotiating and drafting licenses and IP related aspects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures as Vice President and Trademark Counsel for the Estee Lauder Companies Inc., Rita. In addition to her transactional work for the corporation, Rita is responsible for global trademark clearance and prosecution, as well as trademark and copyright litigation management and conflict resolution for the Estee Lauder, MAC, Jo Malone and Tom Ford Beauty brands. Finally, Rita acts as the lead lawyer for the Tom Ford Beauty and Jo Malone luxury brands as well as the North American region, counseling senior brand and regional management on a wide variety of IP and non-IP related issues. Rita began her IP career as a Trademark Examining Attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She left the USPTO to enter private practice, first as a Trademark Associate at Arent Fox and later as an IP Associate at Fried Frank.