|The Rock: a great place to work|
if you enjoy watching trains
from high-up windows
The celebrations took the form of a seminar on the theme of cross-border enforcement of intellectual rights in the European Union, with a pleasant networking break in the middle and an equally well lubricated reception at which the draught beer, if not quite Badger, was certainly adequate for the purpose.
Philippe Péters (NautaDutilh) chaired the event, which he opened with some warm words for Charles. Obviously not a man to cultivate favouritism, Philippe delivered similarly lavish encomiums on each of the speakers too. If the lovely things he said about them are true, they’d better polish their halos and put up their hourly rates.
First to speak was Alex von Mühlendahl, once the Legal Face of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market but now, in private practice with Bardehle Pagenberg, everyone’s friend. His presentation, entitled ”Enforcement of trade mark rights cross border: the issue of territoriality”, produced a breathtakingly comprehensive checklist of issues which, for good measure, he entwined within the fictional account of the dispute in Aldebaran AG v Betelgeuse NV. This tour de force had everyone in suspense, particularly since Alex had time to articulate everything except his conclusions before his allotted time, plus a short extension, had been exhausted.
Next up was Anne Marie Verschuur (NautaDutilh, Amsterdam), whose topic was “The use of seized evidence cross border”. Anne Marie touched upon a number of issues which may or may not have been adequately addressed in the IP Enforcement Directive, as well as mentioning one topic that the IPKat has occasionally speculated on: the extent to which the very underused Regulation 1206/2001 on cooperation between the courts of the Member States in the taking of evidence in civil or commercial matters -– which permits courts to take evidence on behalf of other courts – has a genuine place within European IP litigation culture or whether it’s a bit of an ornament.
|When not wearing his favourite fake|
Armani suit, Frederick likes to dress
as a computer geek to avoid being
suspected by hackers of working
for the FBI
|Charles is a prodigious IP|
author: here's a small
selection of his recent work
John Allen (NautaDutilh, Amsterdam) closed the serious part of the afternoon with “Enforcement of patents cross border”. The entire audience was only mildly disappointed to discover that John failed entirely to honour his promise to be both boring and long-winded, but there was some small consolation to be derived from his little vignettes of life in the IP department with Charles.
Charles then closed the formal proceedings by thanking everyone for attending, speaking, listening and a few other things besides, and we all agreed that the world would be a duller place without him.