managing counsel IP
Christa Cole, a member of the global Nestle Legal IP team, is Head of Trademarks for Nestle USA. Ms. Cole, based in the Arlington, Virginia Headquarters, oversees the trademark protection and enforcement for well-known brands such as NESPRESSO, STARBUCKS for the NestlÃ© Starbucks Alliance, CHAMELEON COLD BREW, NESCAFE, NESQUIK, COFFEE MATE, TOLL HOUSE, HAAGEN-DAZS, EDY'S/DRYER'S, DRUMSTICK, STOUFFER'S, BUITONI, DIGIORNO, HOT POCKETS, SWEET EARTH and many more.
She manages all aspects of the U.S. trademark portfolio, including, trademark selection and prosecution, counseling marketing teams on the adoption of new brands, brand licensing, trade dress protection and enforcement, and U.S. trademark litigation. Prior to joining NestlÃ©, Ms. Cole was General Counsel to California Tan in Los Angeles where she directed global legal affairs for this market leader of indoor tanning lotions.
Ms. Cole received an International LLM from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a J.D. from Western State University in Irvine, California. She received a BA in Psychology from USC. Ms. Cole is a member of the State Bar of California.