The IPKat thanks his respected and venerable friend Dirk Visser for information concerning a forthcoming reference to the European Court of Justice of a couple of questions emanating from the Brussels Court of Appeal and which concern the SatCab Directive. To save your headaches the Kat has kindly located the detailed bits on The 1709 Blog, where they can be lovingly savoured by copyright specialists and skipped over by ordinary mortals. You can read the gory details here.
If you're in blog-hopping mood right now and feel strongly about the absurdity of the inability of European customs authorities to seize and detain counterfeit products in transit as they cross the territory of the European Economic Area, you should take a look at the jiplp blog, which has very recently given some air to a powerful yet well-reasoned polemic by two Howrey lawyers, Willem Hoyng and Frank Eijsvogels, on the need to maintain the fiction that fake goods crossing the EEA were actually made there. This piece, posted now so that interested parties can read it before the Court of Appeal, England and Wales, hears Nokia's appeal in the controversial decision of Nokia v HMCR (see here for IPKat note on the trial decision) can be accessed here.
Paul Jurcys has emailed the IPKat with news of the New Draft of the Transparency Proposal on Jurisdiction, Choice of Law and Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Intellectual Property, which has just been made available online. This project, initiated in 2004 and funded by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), aims to make Japanese law more accessible to legal community around the globe by translating statutes and court decisions into English [Hooray, says the IPKat]. 11 research groups comprising 45 scholars are currently dealing with various areas of commercial law, including IP. Ultimately the Proposal will facilitate deliberation as to how the international jurisdiction of Japanese courts should be constituted in order to manage cross-border IP litigation effectively. Also, regarding choice of law rules for cross-border exploitation of IP rights, the Proposal will invite law makers to include specific choice of law provisions for IP.
ECTA, the European Communities Trade Mark Association, has smartened up its website. If you fancy taking a peep, it's here. ECTA is of course not to be confused with MARQUES (which used to be termed 'the Association of European Trade Mark Owners), which has been gradually implementing its own ongoing website smartening-up exercise here.