Members of the International Trademark Association (INTA) receive, as part of their membership, a subscription to The Trademark Reporter. This Kat -- a long-standing member of the INTA himself -- is among those who, possibly unfairly, suspect that not too many non-US members of this excellent publication actually read it, since both in content and style it has a very American feel to it.
In the very recent past, INTA members should have received their May/June edition of the Reporter, which contains INTA’s submission to the Court of Justice of the European Union in Case C-495/09 Nokia v Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) (noted here by the IPKat). This is a controversial reference for a preliminary ruling of questions pertinent to the issue of whether Customs in the EU can detain goods which are known to be counterfeit but which, being in transit from one non-EU country to another, are not put on to the market in the European Economic Area.
* this appears to be the first time that the INTA has achieved direct party status in Court of Justice proceedings;* party submissions to the Court of Justice are not normally made publicly available, but this submission is;* the position taken by the INTA differs from that of both Nokia (whose trade mark rights are in jeopardy in the underlying litigation that led to this reference) and HMRC.