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Moussa Koussa -- whatever you may think of the man himself, it can't be denied the name has wonderful potential for a brand. It rhymes, it rolls off the tongue easily, it has an attractive beat. Would it be a hair preparation, perhaps, or a food product -- or even an up-market tag for fashion goods and accessories? Readers' suggestions are welcomed, as ever.
[and therefore presumably non-authentic] Version of the Curia annual report. This document provides some handy extracts: a synopsis of the case-law of the Court of Justice, the General Court and the Civil Service Tribunal, together with loads of statistical information concerning their judicial activity. The full version of the report -- to which no link is provided -- contains in addition the members' curricula vitae [handy if you're thinking of (i) recruiting, (ii) bribing or (iii) challenging them], orders of precedence [shouldn't this item have come first?] and a summary of the institution's ancillary activities (judges' forums, judicial study visits, official visits, information visits, seminars, cocktail receptions, parties and so forth).
here. If you're squeamish about eating Scottish delivacies, don't worry. Haggis is not on the menu; to satisfy the demands of the vegetarian lobby, you can sample another notorious Scottish gastronomical invention: the deep-fried Mars bar ...
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politicians in the Emerald Isle?
Mark your diaries for next week: there's an interesting-looking reference for a preliminary ruling by the Court of Justice in Europe from the Hoge Raad der Nederlanden in Case C-406/09 Realchemie Nederland BV v Bayer CropScience AG. The questions referred by the top Dutch court are these:
"1. Is the phrase 'civil and commercial matters' in Article 1 of Regulation ...44/2001 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments ... to be interpreted in such a way that this regulation applies also to the recognition and enforcement of an order for payment of 'Ordnungsgeld' (an administrative fine) pursuant to ... the German Code of Civil Procedure (Zivilprozessordnung)?
2. Is Article 14 of Directive 2004/48 on the enforcement of intellectual property rights to be interpreted as applying also to enforcement proceedings relating toThe IPKat and Merpel know the answers, of course, but will wait till next week to see whether the Advocate General's Opinion is correct before they say anything, since they wouldn't want to be thought of as influencing the court.
(i) an order made in another Member State concerning an infringement of intellectual property rights;
(ii) an order made in another Member State imposing a penalty or fine for breach of an injunction against infringement of intellectual property rights;
(iii) costs determination orders made in another Member State on the basis of the orders referred to at (i) and (ii) above?
[Merpel is curious to know how many of the applications made on 1 April 1996 are still in the pipeline. Does anyone have a figure?]. This Kat may be wrong, but he has a vague recollection that 1 April 1996 was also the commencement date for the Madrid Protocol -- another success story, though you wouldn't think so to listen at everyone moaning about it. Happy birthdays all round, say the Kats!