IPkat co-author Jeremy is speaking at this year's ECTA Conference in London (ECTA is the European Communities Trade Mark Association). Grandly entitled Past, Present and the Future: the development of trade marks, designs and related rights in Europe, it runs from 8 to 11 June and incidentally celebrates ECTA's silver jubilee.
Jeremy's problem is this: he is speaking for 20 minutes in a session on "Could any external non-European features be imported into the European system?" and he could do with some ideas (apart from some intergalactic humour that will need to be curbed if the paper is to remain respectable). If any reader has any good ideas, can he please mail Jeremy here and let him know. All suggestions that get used will be gratefully acknowledged in the paper.
More on (non-trade mark) good ideas here, here and here