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WTR Industry Awards: the 2022 shortlisted teams and individuals unveiled

WTR is pleased to reveal the shortlist for the 2022 WTR Industry Awards, with corporate teams featured including those from Coty, Google, Meta, New Balance, Spotify, The LEGO Group and Unilever.

01 April 2022

Stick or twist? The law firm headcount conundrum and how in-house budget expectations add complexity

Over three-quarters of law firm respondents to WTR’s latest survey expect to increase their headcount over the next six months.

31 March 2022

Alibaba report shows uptick in enforcement effort as brand engagement sets new record

A record number of rights holders have signed up to the Alibaba IPP Platform and Anti-counterfeiting Alliance, according to the group's annual IP protection report.

31 March 2022

Rospatent plays down fee payment fears, as more trademark squatting identified in Russia

In comments to WTR, Rospatent has denied that foreign rights holders will have issues paying IP-related fees due to sanctions enacted in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

30 March 2022

Worrying levels of risky chemicals in counterfeit clothing, report reveals, as Senate progresses bill

The finding heightens the need to finalise legislation, supporters say.

30 March 2022

Stone Brewing celebrates legal win; Europol seizes 5 million fake toys; EUIPO launches chatbot – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at doubt over Waitrose’s infringement claims against Asda, the CNIPA announcing its 2022 National IP Rights Awareness Week plan, and much more.

29 March 2022

Online marketplaces in Turkey that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

In the next instalment identifying the digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to Turkey.

29 March 2022

Have your say on the state of the trademark industry

Trademark practitioners are invited to share their experience of the past 12 months and brand protection predictions for the future.

29 March 2022

China cracks down on bad-faith filing surge: 2021 data examined

Bad-faith trademark filings increased more than 3,000% last year, according to eye-watering statistics released by the CNIPA last week. However, the increase shows that the office has been working hard to crack down on malicious activity.

28 March 2022

When is a sausage not a sausage? A guide to plant-based branding

Increasing demand for meat-free products offers ample opportunity for small businesses and established brands – but naming restrictions and consumer confidence pose unique challenges.

28 March 2022

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