|Victor Hugo, founder of ALAI|
|Historic Hispano Suiza emblem|
|Safety valve - not purely functional, but lacking novelty|
|English cat not happy|
Marianne Grabrucker, former judge at the German Bundespatentgericht, reported on the (unsatisfactory) state of the spare parts exception in European design law and the arduous process of finding a common position on this economically highly important aspect of design law. Referring to C-500/14 - Ford v. Wheeltrim, a reference on the interpretation of the Italian spare parts exception (bizarrely still not available in English, but for example in Estonian), she hinted that rather sooner than later there might be a referral from Italy on the question whether rims were "must match" parts at all - a question answered in the negative by most Member States that know a spare parts exception, but one for which divergent case law exists in Italy.
All in all a very informative day; if anything, it was too informative - this Kat has a hard time remembering all the information received.