Analysis: Market

CIPO responds to concerns over new examination measures and assures additional changes are on the way

In an exclusive interview with WTR, a spokesperson for the Canadian IP Office (CIPO) reveals the effects that new measures are likely to have on the timeliness of examinations, as well as the office’s plans to expand the Goods and Services Manual and increase the number of CIPO examiners.

CIPO responds to concerns over new examination measures and assures additional changes are on the way
CIPO takes concrete steps to address examination delays, but applicant frustrations look set to continue for some time
6 May 2021

CIPO takes concrete steps to address examination delays, but applicant frustrations look set to continue for some time

The Canadian IP Office has issued two new practice notices in an effort to tackle the backlog of applications awaiting first examination. While local experts are convinced that the office is doing the best it can, applicants may still have years of waiting ahead of them.

Covid, GIs, China, Philippines, UAE – five big takeaways from USTR’s 2021 Special 301
4 May 2021

Covid, GIs, China, Philippines, UAE – five big takeaways from USTR’s 2021 Special 301

The Office of the US Trade Representative has published its 2021 Special 301 Report, the first to be released under the Biden administration.

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4 May 2021

EIP and Stobbs team up in response to increasing need for specialism in the IP space

IP law firm EIP and UK-based intangible asset management company Stobbs have joined forces to further expand their specialist trademark services across Europe. WTR speaks to EIP CEO Magnus Hallin on how this unusual collaboration came about and the possibility of new services in the future. Read more

29 Apr 2021

“We see it; we learn of it; we pursue it” – brand enforcement and licensing tips from Nestlé USA

WTR sits down with Christa Cole, head of legal brand development, enforcement and licensing at Nestlé USA Inc, to hear how a three-person team handles the company’s highest-grossing portfolio. Read more

28 Apr 2021

LMCA and Warburg Pincus launch brand acquisition firm, eyeing targets with licensing potential

Warburg Pincus and  LMCA have launched a new brand acquisition firm, Full Sail IP Partners. LMCA’s president tells WTR that the new entity is already rolling on identifying potential brands to approach. Read more

27 Apr 2021

China publishes five-year plan to improve IP judicial system, but risk of increasing disputes could have adverse effect

The Supreme People’s Court has released its IP Judicial Protection Plan 2021-2025 in the latest of a series of moves by the government to help strengthen the Chinese IP regime. Read more

22 Apr 2021

UKIPO launches One IPO Transformation programme to become “the best IP office in the world”

The UK Intellectual Property Office has launched its One IPO Transformation programme – a five-year initiative to digitise services and build a single, integrated system for all registered IP rights. Ambitions are high, but one local expert is confident the office is up to the task. Read more

21 Apr 2021

“A paradigm shift must take place”: IPOPHL director general outlines roadmap for transforming the ASEAN IP environment

WTR sits down with Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines Director General Rowel S Barba to get the inside track on the office’s ambitions for its new role as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Working Group on IP Cooperation. Read more

20 Apr 2021

“The IP sector is one of the most exciting in the world right now” – Corsearch CEO on acquisition by Astorg

European private equity firm Astorg has announced its acquisition of Corsearch from Audax Private Equity, with Corsearch CEO Tobi Hartmann refusing to rule out future acquisitions in the IP services space. Read more

15 Apr 2021

Mathys & Squire launches IP consultancy as private practice firms turn to brand valuation

UK IP firm Mathys & Squire has launched a new IP consultancy division, combining legal and commercial strategic advice. WTR spoke with partner Alan MacDougall to find out what the new arm will offer and how the firm is looking to position itself in the market. Read more

31 Mar 2021

Applications filed by women increase 101% in Chile – but wider industry input required to drive true parity

A recent report from the Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property has revealed that the number of trademarks filed by women increased significantly over the past year. Speaking to WTR, national director Loreto Bresky reflects on various initiatives behind the hike. Read more

25 Mar 2021

Green brands: how trademark law can promote sustainable business practices

The long read: While much has been written about how to protect green innovations using patents or utility models, trademarks could prove an unexpected ally for advocates of sustainability, especially when it comes to developing the market for environmental products and services. Read more

25 Mar 2021

Staffing concerns and digital downgrades – Nigerian IP Office faces challenges in modernisation effort

Talking to WTR, a local trademark expert claims the Nigerian IP Office’s recently-launched new website has had key features removed and that ongoing staffing problems are impacting the registry’s administrative duties. Read more

24 Mar 2021

Innovation at the Hong Kong IP Office: spotlight on non-core tools and services

In exclusive insights, the Hong Kong IP Department reveals its innovative non-core tools and services for trademark users – and some of those planned for the future. Read more

24 Mar 2021

“Important news for policy-makers” – groundbreaking study reveals how trademarks effectively measure innovation

A major new study has revealed that trademark activity can be used as an indicator for regional innovation, with IP bodies urged to now build on the research. Read more

18 Mar 2021

From Skykick to Brexit: the five EU developments every trademark expert needs to know about

The long read: We examine key takeaways from the biggest cases of the past 12 months and take a deep dive into what Brexit means for EU trademark owners. Read more

15 Mar 2021

Five Canadian trademark decisions you need to know about

With new approaches to grey goods, clarification on infringements involving official marks and a revised standard of review on appeals from the registrar, 2020 saw a number of important decisions in Canada. Read more

15 Mar 2021

A counterfeiting disaster waiting to happen – UK government warned that freeports could lead to fake goods rise

The UK government is set to establish eight freeports across England, but one major brand association warns that the move could lead to a “serious increase” in illicit trade. Read more

11 Mar 2021

A countdown of the biggest trademark lessons from US courts in 2020

The long read: A whistlestop tour of US case law offers brand owners crucial pointers covering everything from generic.com marks to what constitutes useful trade dress. Read more

10 Mar 2021

Brand enforcement is “an art, not a science” – exclusive interview with Marriott’s Elisabeth Escobar

In a candid conversation with Elisabeth Escobar, WTR hears how the hotel company has weathered the storm faced by the hotel sector in the pandemic. Read more

9 Mar 2021

Innovation at the Benelux IP Office: spotlight on cutting-edge tools and services

In an exclusive guest post, the Benelux IP Office reveals its innovative non-core tools and services for trademark users – and some of those planned for the future. Read more

8 Mar 2021

Twelve candid quotes from the women shaping the trademark profession

To celebrate International Women’s Day, WTR presents a rundown of a few of our favourite interviews with influential women at the heart of the trademark industry. Read more

8 Mar 2021

Questel reveals NovumIP acquisition as private equity focus on IP services continues

IP solutions provider Questel has agreed to acquire NovumIP, a group comprised of PAVIS and Novagraaf. Read more

4 Mar 2021

The top 25 trademark industry influencers – revealed

The long read: WTR identifies the movers and shakers set to shape the trademark landscape over the next couple of years. Read more

4 Mar 2021

Innovation at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office: spotlight on cutting-edge tools and services

In an exclusive guest post, representatives from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) reveal the agency’s innovative non-core tools and services for trademark users – and those planned for the future. Read more

3 Mar 2021

The future-facing approach to diversity and inclusion at Finnegan

Chief recruitment and professional development officer, Tim Henderson, provides in-depth insight into the firm’s approach to DE&I. Read more

26 Feb 2021

United States tumbles down Brand Finance Soft Power Index due to covid-19 response

In a star-studded launch event, Brand Finance held a virtual conference with speakers including Hilary Rodham Clinton, Carl Bildt and David Miliband. Read more

25 Feb 2021

New Zealand far-right group’s use of certification mark demonstrates importance of politically minded enforcement

WTR spoke to brand experts on what recourse Buy New Zealand Made has available, as well as when entering the political fray is necessary to protect a mark’s reputation. Read more

20 Feb 2021

Consolidation continues in IP services sector but further tech innovation expected (not least from law firms)

In our Saturday opinion piece, we consider recent activity in the non-legal IP services market. Read more

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