Online Global Week in Review 26 August 2011 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:

District Court S D New York: Cloud lockers protected by ‘safe harbor’ provisions:  Capitol Records v MP3Tunes (1709 Blog) (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Recording Industry vs. The People) (ArsTechnica) (Public Knowledge) (TorrentFreak) (1709 Blog) (Out-Law.com) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

District Court The Hague: Apple obtains a European wide preliminary injunction against Samsung: Apple v Samsung (EPLAW) (Patentology) (Foss Patents) (ArsTechnica) (IPKat) (ArsTechnica)

District Court Minnesota: Judge again reduces award to $2250 per infringed work in Capitol Records v Thomas-Rasset – RIAA appeals (Recording Industry vs. The People) (TorrentFreak) (ArsTechnica)

 

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

PK In the Know Podcast: including – Google-Motorola merger (Public Knowledge)

Data Governance, our idea for the Moore Foundation (Creative Commons)

 

Global – Copyright

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 206 – Piracy Return? Including: Zediva shuts down, lays off DVD monkeys; New Zealand ‘3 Strikes’ kicks in (Plagiarism Today)

 

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

New generic TLDs: Association of National Advertisers throws a tantrum (IPKat)

Reminder: .xxx blocking process (IPblog)

 

Global – Patents

Apple vs. Samsung: list of all 19 lawsuits going on in 12 courts in 9 countries on 4 continents (FOSS Patents)

All join in–the mainstream press are piling into talking about IP (Tangible IP)

Google acquires Motorola Mobility and its 17,000 patents (Maier & Maier)

Google is packing heat (with sights on Apple) (Patently-O)

‘Computer readable medium’ claims – Substance trumps form (Patentology)

 

Australia

Australian Patent Office shoots down another ‘business method’: Network Solutions, LLC (Patentology)

 

Canada

Ontario Court of Appeal rules in Tucows v. Renner: Domain names are personal property (IP Osgoode)

Influenced by Amazon.com decision, CIPO issues new guidelines for patent examiners (IP Osgoode)

 

China

Nokia claims RMB10 million in damages against Huaqin for patent infringement: Nokia v. Shanghai Huaqin Communication Technology Co. Ltd (China Law Blog)

Apple Stoer story: now for more legal analysis (IPKat)

 

Germany

German Pirate Party on course to election win (TorrentFreak)

 

Israel

Can ISPs be held guilty of contributory copyright infringement for linking to bootleg movies? Association for Protecting Cinematographic Creations (1993) vs. Rotter.net Ltd (IP Factor)

 

Netherlands

District Court The Hague: Apple obtains a European wide preliminary injunction against Samsung: Apple v Samsung (EPLAW) (Patentology) (Foss Patents) (ArsTechnica) (IPKat) (ArsTechnica)

District Court of The Hague: Judge considers Apple’s slide –to-unlock patent trivial and likely invalid: Apple v Samsung (FOSS Patents)

Is Apple faking evidence to crush the competition? Not likely: Apple v Samsung (ArsTechnica)

 

New Zealand

Kiwi ISP boss says that three strikes is the wrong model (1709 Blog)

 

Sweden

15-year-old schoolboy on trial after head teacher tells police about file-sharing (TorrentFreak)

 

United Kingdom

Digital Economy Act’s copyright provisions should be repealed, Lib Dem policy proposal says (Out-Law.com)

IPO is training prosecutors on IP crime (Out-Law.com) (IPKat)

 

United States

US Patents

Justice Rothstein finds US patent standard neither clear nor convincing (IP Osgoode)

 

US Patents – Decisions

CAFC says only hard math is patentable: Cybersource v. Retail Decisions (ArsTechnica) (Inventive Step) (Patent Docs)

CAFC: Offers for sale prior to conception may create on-sale bar: August Technology Corporation v. Camtek (Inventive Step) (Patently-O) (IPBiz) (IP Factor)

District Court E D Texas: Lump sum jury award precludes ongoing royalty for future infringement: Personal Audio, LLC v. Apple, Inc., et. al. (Docket Report)

District Court E D Texas: Damages not excessive despite exceeding defendants’ revenues from sales of infringing products: SynQor, Inc. v. Artesyn Technologies, Inc., et. al. (Docket Report)

District Court E D Texas: Order reducing scope of case to limited number of ‘representative’ claims does not preclude later litigation of unasserted claims: Ameranth, Inc. v. Par Technology Corp., et. al. (Docket Report)

District Court E D Texas: Motion to sever & transfer denied – no evidence that accused systems were ‘dramatically different’ from codefendants’ systems: Ameranth v. Par Technology corp., et al. (EDTexweblog.com)

 

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Facebook – Facebook’s reexamination requests against two Pragmatus patents (WHDA)

Google – Google gets mixed result against Oracle’s Seventh patent in reexamination proceedings (WHDA)

Ogma – ALJ Gildea denies respondent’s motion for summary determination of no violation in Certain Motion-Sensitive Sound Effects Devices and Image Display Devices (337-TA-773) (ITC Law Blog)

Osram – Samsung and LG fight back against Osram in expanding LED patent war (Green Patent Blog)

Overland – ALJ Bullock grants-in-part motion for partial summary determination in Certain Automated Media Library Devices (337-TA-746) (ITC Law Blog)

Samsung – Samsung cites Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ movie as prior art against iPad design patent (FOSS Patents) (Patentology)

Software Restore Solutions – Patent troll targets Apple’s disk utility over alleged patent violation: Software Restore Solutions v. Apple (ArsTechnica)

Travelocity.com – ‘Claim dispositive’ terms Markman hearing procedures continues to crystallize: Global Sessions LP v. Travelocity.com, LP et al. (EDTexweblog.com)

Vizio – ALJ Bullock sets procedural schedule in Certain Digital Televisions (337-TA-789) (ITC Law Blog)

 

US Copyright

Protect IP Act – Anti-piracy bill set to cost taxpayers $47m to 2016 (TorrentFreak) (ArsTechnica)

Publishers decide they’d rather pay songwriters than lawyers (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (ArsTechnica)

Fox’s 8-day delay on Hulu triggers piracy surge (TorrentFreak)

Open WiFi and copyright liability: The law, and also some perspectives on negligence (Public Knowledge) (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Why IP addresses alone don’t identify criminals (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

 

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court S D New York: Cloud lockers protected by ‘safe harbor’ provisions:  Capitol Records v MP3Tunes (1709 Blog) (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Recording Industry vs. The People) (ArsTechnica) (Public Knowledge) (TorrentFreak) (1709 Blog) (Out-Law.com) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

District Court Minnesota: Judge again reduces award to $2250 per infringed work in Capitol Records v Thomas-Rasset – RIAA appeals (Recording Industry vs. The People) (TorrentFreak) (ArsTechnica)

2nd Circuit: Copyright class action settlement fails – Unregistered copyrights not adequately represented: In re Literary Works in Electronic Databases Copyright Litigation (Copyright Litigation Blog)

 

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Oracle defends copyrightability of APIs – implications go way beyond Android and Java (FOSS Patents)

RIAA – RIAA targets YouTube over leaked Britney Spears concert: RIAA v. YouTube (TorrentFreak)

US Copyright Group – Evidence against BitTorrent users slammed in court: Dmitriy Shirokov v US Copyright Group (TorrentFreak)

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