|Pining for the fjords?|
EFTA Court's Report for the Hearing in Case E-16/14 Pharmaq AS v Intervet International BV, carefully prepared by Judge-Rapporteur Páll Hreinsson. EFTA -- the European Free Trade Association -- now comprises just three countries, Iceland, Norway and Liechstenstein, but in its heyday, back in the 1960s, it was a surprisingly influential and Scandinavian-driven counterweight to the then European Community, enjoying the membership of up to 10 states and achieving the exalted status of being commemorated by a range of postage stamps. Even now, while dwarfed by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) with which it seeks to align its rulings, the EFTA Court's decisions on IP matters are a model of clarity and this Kat much appreciates them.
|Getting to land-locked Luxembourg|
posed problems for Nordic litigants ...
For the authentic taste of IP practice and strategy in Scandinavia today, you may want to consider the Nordic IPR Forum. Run by Legal IQ, this event takes place on 25 to 26 March 2015 in the Brewery Conference Centre, Stockholm, preceded by a pre-conference workshop on 24 March. The range of speakers is impressively Nordic and well balanced, as one might expect, between corporate and private practitioners, public sector experts and service providers. One notable participant is IP Troll Tracker blogger Stephanie Kennedy ("Tracking Trolls since 2001") [Merpel thinks that troll tracking is a most appropriate issue for a Nordic IP event, bearing in mind where trolls originate]. The programme is flexible, giving participants a chance to build their own agenda from the 35 sessions on offer. Assuming that the Brewery is a place where beer and similar refreshments may be found, the networking should be fun. And, in case, you were wondering, it's all in taking place in English ...
IPKat blog readers are entitled to enjoy a 10% reduction on all current registration packages, so long as they manage to quote the VIP Katcode 'IPKAT10'.
You can check out the conference programme and registration details here
If you are really into this topic, here's a Nordic Special Whitepaper for you.