|A continental breakfast --|
but which continent ...?
[surely katalyst, murmurs Merpel] for the crystallisation of the thoughts and opinions of others. Despite the struggle to stay relatively silent, or maybe because of it, this moderating moggie learned a great deal more about coexistence of brands than he expected to. Issues such as the relationship between coexistence agreements and competition law, the different approaches to perpetual contracts taken in different legal codes, the various means of keeping trade mark registries sweet when objections are taken to agreements that appear to condone consumer confusion, the need to educate clients in the monitoring and post-agreement phase were among those which leapt vividly into life.
This Kat was however left with a couple of disappointments. First, despite the obvious relevance of this topic to brand owners, none signed up for this discussion, leaving the field exclusively to private practitioners. The addition of even one trade mark portfolio holder would have given a more multi-dimensional flavour to our experience. Secondly, the absence of some of the registrants caused gaps around the table that those who did attend had to overcome. Be that as it may, a good time was had, or appeared to be had, by all; business cards were duly exchanged and compliments mutually distributed. It's great to feel that you've actually done a good day's work by the time you get up from your breakfast table.