Online Global Week in Review 4 May 2012 from IP Think Tank

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


Highlights this week included:

CJEU: APIs can’t be copyrighted, would “monopolise ideas”: C-406/10 SAS Institute v World Programming (Ars Technica) (The 1709 Blog) (IPKat) (Out-Law)

5 UK ISPs ordered to block The Pirate Bay (The 1709 Blog) (IPKat) (TorrentFreak) (Out-Law) (TechnoLlama)


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 – Trade Marks & Domain Names

ICANN chief reveals delay in expected announcement on applications for new ‘top level’ domains (Out-Law)


Global – Patents

List of 50+ Apple-Samsung lawsuits in 10 countries (FOSS Patents)

Apple v Android Part V: Open standards, IP strategy, Resolution? (Patentology)

Apple v Android Part IV: The IP Landscape (Patentology)

Global Internet governance: from multistakeholder to autopilot (IP Watch)

Nokia’s patent assertions against HTC, ViewSonic and RIM in the U.S. and three German courts (FOSS Patents)



The price of digital downloads in Australia – parliamentary inquiry announced (

High Court’s decision in Roadshow v iiNet: a second look (

AFL, NRL & Telstra successfully appeal Optus TV Now decision (IP Whiteboard) (Ars Technica)



Canada’s domain name agency to the public: we don’t trust you (Michael Geist)



CIETAC: Irish company wins transfer of domain name consisting of Chinese transliteration of trade mark 7-UP (JMLS Chinese IP)



CJEU: APIs can’t be copyrighted, would “monopolise ideas”: C-406/10 SAS Institute v World Programming (Ars Technica) (The 1709 Blog) (IPKat) (Out-Law)

AG delivers opinion in C-376/22 Pie Optiek v Bureau Gevers concerning circumvention of EU trademark protection during sunrise period for .eu TLDs (IPKat) (Class 46)

EPO TBoA – Test cases for elucidating public availability of Internet disclosures: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (patentee) v. DSM IP Assets (EPLAW)



FRAND abuse: Mannheim Regional Court hands Motorola an injunction against Windows 7 and Xbox 360 (FOSS Patents) (Ars Technica)

Mannheim stays Apple-Samsung lawsuit over photo gallery patent, postpones decision on pinch-to-zoom (FOSS Patents)



Game over: no online copyright regulation in Italy (The 1709 Blog)



Epic 6-year file-sharing case over just 3 songs comes to an end (TorrentFreak)



Study finds young file-sharers respond to tough laws by buying a VPN (TorrentFreak)


United Kingdom

5 UK ISPs ordered to block The Pirate Bay (The 1709 Blog) (IPKat) (TorrentFreak) (Out-Law) (TechnoLlama)

Pirate Bay enjoys 12 million traffic boost, shares unblocking tips (TorrentFreak)

Wiggin “2012 Digital Entertainment Survey”: 30% of UK file-sharers intend to pirate more in the next 12 months (TorrentFreak)

Musician Dan Bull reaches #9 on UK indie charts using CC0 (Creative Commons)


United States

US General

Comments on 9th Circuit’s en banc ruling in US v Nosal concerning employee’s provision of confidential information to ex-employee to start a competing business (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)


US Patents

Senator urges USPTO to tackle software & e-commerce patents (Patents Post-Grant)

Another big hitter at Intellectual Ventures heads to pastures new (IAM)


US Patents – Decisions

CAFC looks to related application in construing claim terms: ZapMedia v Apple (GRAY on Claims)

ND Illinois grants in part defendants motion for SJ of non-infringement – touch screen device “finger tap” is not equivalent of “finger swipe”: Apple v Motorola (Docket Report)

ITC: ALJ Pender issues Initial Determination of section 337 violation by Apple in Certain Wireless Communication Devices (337-TA-745) brought by Motorola (ITC 337 Law Blog)


US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple and Motorola move for summary judgment in Wisconsin litigation over FRAND issues (FOSS Patents)

Apple – Apple and Samsung CEOs to meet on May 21 and 22 for settlement talks in San Francisco court (FOSS Patents)

Apple – Google to court: Galaxy Nexus code is closed just like that of iPhone – Apple v Samsung (FOSS Patents)

Apple – Judge Posner scolds Apple’s lawyers: ‘I’ve had my fill of frivolous filings by Apple’ – Apple v Motorola (FOSS Patents)

Apple – Just discovered: Apple hit Motorola and HTC with six new patents in Miami last month (FOSS Patents)

Facebook – Yahoo accuses Facebook of dealing with dirty patent trolls (Ars Technica)

HumanEyes – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-842) regarding Certain Cameras and Mobile Devices (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Intellectual Ventures – Challenges on Intellectual Ventures computer circuit patents among the reexamination requests filed week of April 23, 2012 (WHDA)

Linex Technologies – ALJ Pender grants motion to terminate investigation in Certain Wireless Communication Devices And Systems (337-TA-775) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Microsoft – Microsoft and Barnes & Noble settle Android patent litigation — Motorola increasingly isolated (FOSS Patents)

Motorola – ALJ Pender issues sanctions order against Apple in Certain Wireless Communication Devices (337-TA-745) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Motorola – Motorola appeals Microsoft’s temporary restraining order to the 9th Circuit (FOSS Patents)

Motorola – Motorola will soon assert six more U.S. patents against Apple – most likely in Florida (FOSS Patents)

MyKey – ALJ Bullock denies summary determination motions in Certain Computer Forensic Devices (337-TA-799) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Nokia – Nokia files new 337 complaint against HTC regarding Certain Electronic Devices, Including Mobile Phones And Tablet Computers (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Rambus – ITC rescinds remedial orders in Certain Semiconductor Chips (337-TA-661) based on settlement (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Rovi – Rovi files new 337 complaint against LG, Mitsubishi Electric , Netflix, Roku and Vizio regarding Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide And Parental Control Technology (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Samsung – ALJ Gildea grants motion to compel in Certain Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music And Data Processing Devices, And Tablet Computers (337-TA-794) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Samsung – ALJ Gildea grants motion to strike second notice of prior art in Certain Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music And Data Processing Devices, And Tablet Computers (337-TA-794) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Samsung – Apple wants U.S. district court to obscure Samsung logo on video display for jurors (FOSS Patents)

Samsung – July/August U.S. trial date for Apple-Samsung may slip without further narrowing of case (FOSS Patents)

Technology Properties – ALJ Rogers grants motion to terminate investigation as to Audiovox in Certain Digital Photo Frames And Image Display Devices (337-TA-807) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Technology Properties – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-841) regarding Certain Computers and Computer Peripheral Devices (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Trek 2000 International – ALJ Essex denies summary determination motion of invalidity based on indefiniteness in Certain Universal Serial Bus (“USB”) Portable Storage Devices (337-TA-788) (ITC 337 Law Blog)


US Copyright

Comcast praises voluntary bittorrent crackdown agreement (TorrentFreak)

Hollywood’s trolls (EFF)

MPAA boss ‘forgets’ Hollywood’s pirate history (TorrentFreak)


US Copyright – Decisions

D Montana: 512(f) plaintiff can’t get discovery to back up his allegations of bogus takedowns: Ouellette v. Viacom (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

ED New York: Judge Gary Brown: an IP-address doesn’t identify a person (or bittorrent pirate): K-Beech v John Does 1-37 (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)


US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

All Shall Perish – Copyright troll causes chaos by suing fans without band’s permission (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

Megaupload – Megaupload prosecution “depressing display of abuse of government authority” (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (TorrentFreak)

Megaupload – Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom gets $750,000 back (TorrentFreak)

Oracle – Fair use or “first excuse”? Oracle v. Google goes to the jury (Ars Technica)

Oracle – Final Oracle-Google jury instructions confirm that names are copyrightable as part of larger structure (FOSS Patents)

Oracle – Former Sun chief about Google: ‘immune to copyright laws, good citizenship, they don’t share’ (FOSS Patents)

Oracle – Google seeks to Europeanize the law of the United States with respect to copyrightability (FOSS Patents)

Oracle – Oracle and Google object to ‘final’ jury instructions and verdict form (FOSS Patents)

Oracle – Oracle President testifies, jury told to assume APIs are copyrightable (Ars Technica)

Oracle – Oracle v. Google can’t MAKE APIs copyrightable — they HAVE BEEN for more than 20 years (FOSS Patents)

Oracle – Oracle v. Google judge asks for comment on EU court ruling (Ars Technica)

Oracle – Oracle v. Google: definitive copyright-related jury instructions and special verdict form (FOSS Patents) (FOSS Patents)

Oracle – Oracle-Google jury fairly likely to render copyright liability verdict today (Thursday) (FOSS Patents)

RIAA – Unsealed court records confirm that RIAA delays were behind year-long seizure of hip hop music blog (EFF)

Schrachman, Hyman – MPAA spare the rod with plundering nonagenarian pirate (The 1709 Blog)


US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

SD New York: Hermès obtains (ex parte) $100M award against alleged counterfeiters: Hermès v. Does (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

WD Washington grants summary judgment against unauthorised seller of T-Mobile products: T-Mobile v Terry (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

Test your TTAB judge-ability: are NETGARD and NETGATE confusingly similar for security software?: Rubicon Communications v API Cryptek (TTABlog)

Test your TTAB judge-ability on this trademark specimen of use: In re Azteca Systems (TTABlog)


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