Each year World Trademark Review honours leading in-house departments and groups through its Industry Awards. The WTR Industry Awards are designed to recognise the vitally important work carried out by in-house trademark counsel, and to identify those teams and individuals that are performing their functions to the highest possible standards.

Each year, the list of nominees is compiled on the basis of two months of extensive research. During that time, World Trademark Review surveys its readers and selected members of the global trademark community for nominations. The recommendations are then analysed, and supplemented by additional research, to draw up detailed shortlists featuring a number of outstanding candidates in each category.

The nominees and eventual winners are selected on the basis of a wide range of criteria relating to excellence, such as active prosecution and/or enforcement of trademarks in the relevant jurisdiction or field of industry; successful portfolio exploitation and rationalisation; strong industry/regional expertise; determination and diligence to ensure efficient cooperation with outside counsel; global attitude towards brand expansion and protection; and quality of internal organisation and in-house processes.

The shortlist and winners serve as a testament to the innovative work being undertaken by corporate trademark counsel across the globe, and therefore represent the best in class when it comes to corporate trademark management.