Online Global Week in Review 17 December 2010 from IP Think Tank

Here is Think IP Strategy’s weekly selection of top Online intellectual property news breaking in the blogosphere and internet.

Highlights this week included:

Mixed 9th Circuit ruling: WoW buyers are not owners – but glider users are not copyright infringers: MDY v. Blizzard (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Patent Arcade) (WIRED) (Ars Technica)

US – IV files patent suits against nine companies  – Intellectual Ventures v Altera et al; Intellectual Ventures v Check Point Software et al; Intellectual Ventures v Hynix et al(Patently-O) (IAM) (IAM) (IPBiz) (271 Patent Blog) (PatLit)

Please join the discussion by adding your comments on any of these stories, and please do let us know if you think we’ve missed something important, or if there is a source you think should be monitored.

Global

Global – General

Cyber security is not necessarily synonymous with protecting valuable business information assets! (Business IP and Intangible Asset Blog)

Operation: Payback changes course, may be fizzling out (ArsTechnica)

Global – Copyright

PK in the know podcast – copyright policy laundering etc (Public Knowledge)

Genuine-fake data and legal compendium: the WCO gets busy (IPKat)

The role of copyright in the Wikileaks cable leak (Plagiarism Today)

P2P first seeders: pirates or ‘masked philanthropists’? (ArsTechnica)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Wikileaks, reputation risks, and ‘pre-emptive’ actions! (Business IP and Intangible Asset Blog)

Canada

The no iPod tax press conference: An alternative script (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright) (Excess Copyright)

Nortel patent sale – approaching end (IAM) (IP finance)

China

US-China software protection negotiations: deja vu all over again (China Hearsay)

Consolidation of China’s internet market will breed better IPR protection and enforcement (IP Dragon)

Europe

Recording for transmissions and responsibility of broadcasters – new reference to the ECJ: DR and TV2 Danmark A/S v NCB (1709 Blog)

Intellectual creation and database right– EWCA refers questions to ECJ again: Football Dataco Ltd v Yahoo!UK Ltd (IPKat) (1709 Blog)

General Court find ‘iLink’ descriptive: Ilink Kommunikationssysteme v OHIM (ilink) (Class 46)

Germany

Federal Patent Court : Victory for patent holder in Highpoint v E-Plus, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks (EPLAW)

France

More trouble for Google from the French (Likelihood of Confusion)

Japan

Apple accused of selling pirate books on app store (TorrentFreak)

Netherlands

MPAA and colleagues s in Netherlands shuts down 29 BitTorrent and NZB sites (TorrentFreak)

Alleged Anonymous’ Operation Payback IRC operator arrested (TorrentFreak)

Mininova pays settlement to BREIN to end BitTorrent lawsuit (TorrentFreak)

Sweden

Failed Pirate Bay buyout blamed for Global Gaming Factory going bust, again (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

ACS: Law takes P2P users to court, fails miserably (ArsTechnica)

UK cracks down on undisclosed ‘sponsored’ tweets, posts (ArsTechnica)

MPAA takes legal action to force ISP to block Newzbin (TorrentFreak)

United States

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Allen, Paul – Paul Allen’s patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, Google others dismissed (ArsTechnica)

IV files patent suits against nine companies  – Intellectual Ventures v Altera et al; Intellectual Ventures v Check Point Software et al; Intellectual Ventures v Hynix et al(Patently-O) (IAM) (IAM) (IPBiz) (271 Patent Blog) (PatLit)

Samsung – ALJ Charneski denies Spansion’s motion for summary determination regarding non-infringement in Certain Flash Memory (337-TA-685) (ITC Law Blog)

Samsung – ALJ Charneski rules on motion to strike section of prehearing brief and preclude hearing testimony in Certain Flash Memory (337-TA-685) (ITC Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update)

Samsung – ALJ Charneski terminates investigation as to Alpine Electronics in Certain Flash Memory (337-TA-685) (ITC Law Blog)

STC.UNM – ALJ Rogers grants motion to terminate investigation as to Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co., Ltd. In Certain Semiconductor Products (337-TA-729) (ITC Law Blog)

US Copyright

Harvard shocker: Crimson rails against piracy, endorses university ‘three strikes’ penalty (Copyrights & Campaigns)

Copyright 2.0 show –Viacom appeals YouTube case, US Copyright Group drops lawsuits etc (Plagiarism Today)

US Copyright – Decisions

A mixed 9th Circuit ruling: WoW buyers are not owners – but glider users are not copyright infringers: MDY v. Blizzard (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Patent Arcade) (WIRED) (Ars Technica)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Righthaven – Copyright troll Righthaven sues for control of Drudge Report domain: Righthaven v. Matt Drudge (ArsTechnica)

Thomas-Rasset, Jammie – Thomas-Rasset files motion to reduce judgment (Recording Industry vs. The People)

Viacom – Viacom, FAPL and Amici File briefs in Viacom v. YouTube 2nd Circuit appeal (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US Trademarks & Domain Names

Seattle’s US Attorney’s Office seizes domain names linked to counterfeiting (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

TTAB precedential no. 43: TTAB reverses genericness refusal of THUMBDRIVE for portable storage devices (TTABlog)

TTAB reverses 2(a) scandalousness refusal of BIG EFFIN GARAGE for Music Website (TTABlog)

District Court E D New York enters injunction against use of Twitter accounts in trademark case: Black Sheep Television, Ltd. v. Town of Islip (Internet Cases)

District Court Nevada unlocks allegedly infringing domain name STATION CASINOS based on ineffectual email service: Station Casinos, Inc. v. Murphy (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

District Court South Carolina – SEO/Web design consultant faces contributory trademark liability for ‘Copycat’ e-commerce site: Roger Cleveland Golf v. Prince (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Abercrombie & Fitch – A&F sues in Seattle for cybersquatting and unfair competition (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

Google – Trademark law doesn’t allow companies to silence competitors – Public Knowledge amicus brief in Rosetta Stone v Google (Public Knowledge)

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