Celebration of the 15th anniversary of the WTR Industry Awards; USPTO criticized for its anti-fraud efforts; Exclusive interview with Gazprom Neft; and much more

The long read

WTRThe annual Asia-Pacific in-depth dive is here, revealing the top corporate and law firm filers of 2020, top trends and everything in between.

Monday August 16

We were pleased to announce the list of finalists for the 2021 WTR Industry Awards, the winners of which will be announced next week.

Forty percent of industry leaders view skyrocketing levels of mergers and acquisitions in non-legal intellectual property services negatively, according to latest WTR Survey of the Expert Panel on Trademarks.

The US Department of Commerce issued a scathing report on the USPTO’s trademark registration process, saying it is “not effective” in preventing fraudulent or inaccurate registrations.

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Tuesday August 17th

A SpongeBob brand lawsuit, 50 Cent mocking the infringement allegations of Remy Martin and Sony buying Crunchyroll were among Tuesday’s reports.

We took a trip down memory lane, reflecting on the best bits of the WTR Industry awards for the past 15 years.

Experts from Russian law firms exposed the digital markets that all brand owners should watch out for as part of global anti-counterfeiting efforts.

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Wednesday August 18

We looked at the data behind the WTR Industry Awards to discover the most popular brands since the start of the annual event.

Senior USPTO officials have vowed to tackle suspicious trademark filings in response to the critical US Department of Commerce report.

Despite optimism about increased brand investment, budget concerns mean headcount should not increase to cope with increasing workloads, WTR search found.

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Thursday August 19

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office continued to tackle examination delays while the intellectual property offices of Bulgaria and Finland faced closures and suspensions.

Past laureates discussed how the WTR The Internal Leader of the Year award has helped boost their careers and what lies ahead for post-pandemic practice.

Gazprom Neft’s Brand Manager Vadim Nyunyaev revealed how his team is innovating in the Russian IP space, in an exclusive WTR maintenance.

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Friday August 20

The backlog of reviews at OPIC is getting worse, INTA files an amicus brief with the Court of Justice of the European Union, the UK Intellectual Property Office is changing its pricing process, and much more in Friday’s summary.

Coca-Cola’s branding strategy requires a balance between innovation, support and knowing when to stop, depending on WTR data analysis.

We spoke to three former winners of the prestigious WTR Lifetime Achievement Award for collecting information on the evolution of the industry.

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Saturday August 21

As the evidence for the ineffectiveness of plain packaging grows, Axess Technologies chairman Richard Jotcham argued that a less restrictive brand alternative should be considered, in an exclusive opinion column on Saturday.

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