While there's a great deal of Brussels-gazing going on at the moment, it can be helpful to appreciate the standpoint from which you are doing that gazing -- and this programme is unashamedly rooted in what is actually happening in the UK today: the relevance and admissibility of survey evidence, for example, has been more fiercely contested more in the past year, following Mr Justice Arnold's Interflora ruling, than in the past two decades. It will be good to know what Bird & Bird's Peter Brownlow and Three New Square's Denise McFarland have to say on this topic -- and on expert evidence too.
Another topic that demands our better appreciation is that of using other businesses' brands and trade marks in comparative and referential advertising. This issue seemed so straightforward till the Court of Justice of the European Union got its hands on it and now, following its ruling on smell-alike scent marks in Case C-487/07 L'Oréal v Bellure [on which see Katpost here], while we know what we can't do, we're not so sure of what we can do. Life after L'Oréal is a topic that both Pail Jordan (Bristows) and Nicholas Saunders (Brick Court) will have a chance to reflect on.
These and other topics will be on the menu for what promises to be tasty fare for the trade mark practitioner -- and if all else fails there's always the networking (this Kat recalls that previous IP events at Holborn Bars have usually provided Walker's biscuits with the tea and coffee, a source of much pleasure even though there is the correlative inconvenience of shaking the crumbs out of his keyboard at the end of the day ...).
You can check this programme out for yourself here.
This Sweet & Maxwell Professional Development event (being under the aegis of Thomson Reuters, who coincidentally publish the European Trade Mark Reports (ETMR) which this Kat is