Trevor Little

World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 WTR Industry Awards. Amongst the corporate teams featured on this year’s shortlist are those from Apple, BMW, Citigroup, eBay, Enterprise Holdings, Google, Hewlett Packard, Itaú Unibanco, Mars, MasterCard, Moncler, PepsiCo, Red Bull, Tory Burch and Visa.

The nominees for in-house counsel of the year are Lesley Skipp of Billabong International, Enterprise Holdings’ Renee Reuter, Facebook’s Kat Johnston, Colm Dobbyn of MasterCard and Stephen Coates of Twitter.

This year marks the 10th edition of the awards scheme, meaning that for a decade World Trademark Review has been privileged to witness first-hand the tireless efforts of corporate trademark counsel as they seek to enhance protection of their companies' rights, fight infringement wherever it may occur and enable colleagues across their respective enterprises to maximise the financial and reputational strength of the brands they support. To mark this year’s milestone, we will be presenting a one-off award for ‘Team of the Decade’. Shortlisted for this award are Apple, Coca-Cola, GlaxoSmithKline, Google and Microsoft.

The winners will be announced next month. However, there is one award winner that can be unveiled today. The recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement award is Frederick Mostert, a past president of the International Trademark Association and former chief IP counsel of luxury group Richemont. A recognised authority on trademark law, he is principal author and editor of Famous and Well-Known Marks – An International Analysis, which has been cited in judgments around the world. Mostert is a recipient of a Life Achievement Award by the Global Legal Post and The New York Times, and in 2015 he was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame.

The 2015 shortlist in full:

Asia-Pacific team of the year
AmorePacific
Billabong International
Honeywell International
Moncler
Ralph Lauren

EMEA team of the year
Ferrero
Inter IKEA Holding Services
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
PepsiCo
Red Bull

Latin America team of the year
Cencosud
Grupo Bimbo
Grupo Televisa
PepsiCo
Itaú Unibanco

North America team of the year
A+E Networks
Enterprise Holdings
Procter & Gamble
Verizon Communications
World Wrestling Entertainment

Fashion, Cosmetics & Luxury Goods team of the year
Billabong International
Chanel
Deckers Brands
Moncler
Tory Burch

Financial & Professional Services team of the year
BDO Unibank
Citigroup
MasterCard
Visa
Voya Financial

Food, Beverages & Tobacco team of the year
Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli
Mars
PepsiCo
Philip Morris International
Starbucks

Healthcare & Life Sciences team of the year
Gilead Sciences
GlaxoSmithKline
Johnson & Johnson
Medtronic
Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Household & Consumer Goods team of the year
Inter IKEA Holding Services
Mattel
Newell Rubbermaid
Procter & Gamble
The Clorox Company

Internet & Telecoms team of the year
Deutsche Telekom
GoDaddy
Google
Huawei
Verizon Communications

Not-for-profit organisation team of the year
American Cancer Society
American Red Cross
Cotton Incorporated
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH

Software & Online Services team of the year
Amazon.com
eBay
Facebook
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Twitter

Sports, Entertainment & Media team of the year
A+E Networks
Home Box Office
NHL Enterprises
Fox Entertainment Group
World Wrestling Entertainment

Technology & Consumer Electronics team of the year
Apple
Honeywell International
Microsoft
SanDisk Corp
Western Digital

Travel & Leisure team of the year
Expedia
Hard Rock International
InterContinental Hotels Group
Marriott International
Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Vehicles & Transport team of the year
American Airlines
BMW
Enterprise Holdings
Harley-Davidson
Jaguar Land Rover

In-house team of the decade
Apple
Coca-Cola
GlaxoSmithKline
Google
Microsoft

In-house Counsel of the Year
Lesley Skipp, Billabong International
Renee Reuter, Enterprise Holdings
Kat Johnston, Facebook
Colm Dobbyn, MasterCard
Stephen Coates, Twitter

Lifetime Achievement
Frederic Mostert

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