World Intellectual Property Day approaches (see earlier IPKat post here), but there is still a paucity of organised activity in many respectable jurisdictions -- including the UK. The WIPO website lists the events taking place in just 29 countries, which suggests either that the global recession is really depressing the IP community or that we're all suffering from a rampant attack of apathy. Come on, roar the Kats, there's still time to organise a party!
Thanks, Hugo Cox, for drawing the IPKat's attention to this action before the little-known EFTA Court in Case E-1/09 EFTA Surveillance Authority v Principality of Liechtenstein, brought on 3 February 2009. The Surveillance Authority seeks a declaration that
"By requiring a residence, wherefrom he is able to fulfil his tasks effectively and on a regular basis, for lawyers, patent lawyers, auditors and trustees the Principality of Liechtenstein has failed to fulfil its obligations under the EEA Agreement, in particular Article 31 thereof".The Kats will be watching this one carefully, though they doubt that the outcome will determine whether it triggers a continental drift of itinerant patent lawyers.
Right: in the light of global warming and the recession, the planned new building for the EFTA Court has been scaled down a little
Left: this sign is registered with WIPO under Art 6 ter. Do you recognise it?
The IPKat's antipodean informant Elena Szentivanyi (Henry Hughes) tells him that New Zealand's Trade Marks Act 2002 is being amended to
• join the Nice Agreement, the Singapore Treaty, and the Madrid Protocol;
• bolster the enforcement of the criminal offence provisions in respect of counterfeit goods;
• clarify the law relating to trade mark infringement by parallel imported goods;
• remove the ability to register voluntarily licensees against trade marks (see summary here).