Brand value crashes across industries; USPTO target of misleading campaign; ChatGPT “gamechanger”; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

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Monday 16 January

WTR speaks to the founder of SCORE GREEN – a Uruguayan campaign to create and donate basketball backboards made from recycled counterfeit goods.

Stock market analysis sees energy brands rise in 2022, but tech and media stumble.


Tuesday 17 January

ICANN opens voting on WHOIS changes to gTLD registry and registrar agreements, among other new developments in internet policy, governance and use (January 2023).

Subway suffers a defeat in India, the EUIPO annuls the decision to revoke BIG MAC, the German Patent and Trademark Office announces its new president, and more.


Wednesday 18 January

Industry giants suffer major declines in brand value as Amazon overtakes Apples as the world’s most valuable brand.

Canon expands on its innovative strategy for fighting counterfeiters through enforcement, litigation and awareness campaigns.

Concerns are raised over a new misleading campaign using the ‘PTO-US’ domain and claiming to come from ‘the US Patent & Trademark Office’.


Thursday 19 January

Google and YouTube are crowned the world’s strongest brands – upholding the media industry’s standing in the eyes of consumers.

Academic Cameron Shackell, founder and CEO of AI firm GeneriTrend, reveals why ChatGPT is a “gamechanger” for trademark professionals.


Friday 20 January

The USPTO suspends a prolific filing attorney for numerous professional conduct violations.

A new study pushes back on proposals for an EU GI domain name alert system.

Brazil names an interim IP office president, the USPTO launches its IP Identifier tool, a $1 Under Armour verdict is explained, and more.


Saturday 14 January

McDonald’s’ exit from Kazakhstan could be a sign of things to come, Saturday’s opinion warns.

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