A company’s trademark activity is a very telling indicator of whether it is interested in a particular country’s or region’s market.
Often, a national intellectual property (IP) office or the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) IP registry can speak loudest about a company’s true intentions.
Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, 2022. It is instructive to examine how foreign companies behaved with respect to IP registration and renewal in Ukraine to predict how they view business prospects in Ukraine going forward.
The bulk of the data below was obtained from the Ukrainian IP Office database.
At the end of 2021, there were more than 211,000 active trademarks in Ukraine. Of these, about 40% belonged to foreigners (the real figure is slightly less, since quite a few trademarks are registered with companies from offshore jurisdictions owned by Ukrainians).
The full article is available on IPWatchdog.