Key takeaways from ICANN 69; behind the scenes at KIPO; UKIPO reveals new GI approach; 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.

Monday 26 October

Exclusive WTR Brand Elite data revealed computing and software companies suffered a major share price drop in September. Read more

In an exclusive guest post, the new commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office, Kim Yong-Rae, discussed the agency’s innovative non-core tools and services for trademark users – and those planned for the future. Read more


Tuesday 27 October

Tuesday’s news digest saw Coca-Cola planning to discontinue 200 brands, adidas mulling a Reebok sale, the boss of Kenya’s Anti-counterfeit Authority departing after a fake number plate scandal, and much more. Read more

We sat down with Lutgarde Liezenberg, CEO of the Novagraaf Group, to learn about the organisation’s NovumIP service provider plans and how it has adapted to an ever-changing environment. Read more

IP Australia’s China representative, Charlotte Trinh, revealed her big ambitions to push for more engagement between Australian brand owners and the Chinese IP system in an exclusive interview with WTRRead more

Following reports of a growing problem with fake goods on Indonesian online marketplace Tokopedia, a company spokesperson told WTR that combating counterfeits “possess its own challenges”. Read more


Wednesday 28 October

After the Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property suffered its second arson attack in less than a year, local practitioners praised the office for its positive attitude towards recovery. Read more

In a guest analysis, experts from Winterfeldt IP Group presented the key takeaways from ICANN 69, including on WHOIS data access, the rights protection mechanisms review and future gTLD rounds. Read more


Thursday 29 October

Among the actions taken by national registries in response to the covid-19 pandemic this week, the USPTO – along with all IP offices operating in G20 countries – released a joint statement pledging "enhanced cooperation" to support each other during the ongoing crisis. Read more

As the IP Key programme winds down on its four-year strategic plan in Southeast Asia, WTR caught up with project leader Tiago Guerreiro on the initiative’s successes and future goals. Read more

We examined what the United Kingdom’s new approach to geographical indications (GIs) means for EU and US trade agreements, suggesting that the new GIs place the country in a favourable position with its non-EU allies. Read more


Friday 30 October

In our Friday news round-up, we reported on a Sony PS5 dispute in India, Tiffany and LVMH agreeing on a lower merger price, research revealing the brand risk of data breaches, and much more. Read more

After the USPTO faced an online backlash for posting social media messages that appeared to praise President Donald Trump, a spokesperson told WTR that they “disagree with those who would inject partisan politics” into the posts. Read more

We examined the extent of the coronavirus’ impact on the trademark ecosystem, with filing data indicating that – despite the odds – we are still on track for a record year. Read more


Saturday 31 October

This week’s delve into the WTR archive focused on intellectual property’s relationship with the C-suite, including tips for IP practitioners looking to get management buy-in. Read more

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