Online Global Week in Review 3 Apr 09 from IP Think Tank

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

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Highlights this week included:

Microsoft, TomTom settle patent suits over navigation and file management systems (IPKat) (Ars Technica) (IAM) (Law360) (ITC 337 Law Blog) (Spicy IP) (IPKat)

European Commissioner for Consumers calls on Facebook, web advertisers and internet companies to get better about transparency, privacy and data protection – or regulators will step in (Ars Technica) (ContentAgenda)

 
April Fools’ Day Jokes

Warner Bros acquires The Pirate Bay (TorrentFreak)

 
Global
Global – Copyright

Mininova helps artists to monetize torrents (TorrentFreak)

$8 million investment in FlatWorld Knowledge (Creative Commons)

Online video: Has Hulu found the business model? (IP finance)

The fall of DRM and the rise of digital rights manipulation (IP finance)

iPhone pirating app attacks rival pirate app store (TorrentFreak)

Technical University of Delft study: Private BitTorrent trackers face credit crunch (TorrentFreak)

International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation – a fascinating business model (IP finance)

 
Global – Trade Marks

Is WIPO a cybersquatter? (Intellectual Property Watch)

 
Global – Patents

Georg Greve on software patents (Intellectual Property Watch)

RXP offers protection racket (The IP Factor) 

 
Australia

Apple Australia in two legal battles: trade mark battle over ‘MacPro’ against Macpro Computers; debt dispute with reseller Buzzle (ZDNet Australia)

iiNet launches strong defence in closely watch copyright infringement case (Managing Intellectual Property)

 
Canada

Battle over ACTA heats up as DFAIT consults; US promotes global DMCA; ACTA timeline (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

Skype launches iPhone app but not in Canada due to patent issues (Michael Geist)

Reading Rights Coalition mounts opposition to Amazon’s decision to disable to text-to-voice functionality from Kindle 2 (Michael Geist)

 
China

Professor Lessig went to Beijing to warn China against… US copyright policy (IP Dragon)

 
Europe

European Parliament rejects ‘3 strikes’ for file-sharers (TorrentFreak) (IPKat)

European Commissioner for Consumers calls on Facebook, web advertisers and internet companies to get better about transparency, privacy and data protection – or regulators will step in (Ars Technica) (ContentAgenda)

 
South Korea

Three strikes bill is destined to fail in South Korea (Public Knowledge)

 
Sweden

Hackers go after Pirate Bay investigator (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay torrents spread via Facebook (TorrentFreak) (Out-Law)

 
United States
US Patents

History of software patents II: Arrhythmia research (IP Watchdog)

 
US Patents – Decisions

District Court N D California: National Association of Realtors and two other defendants hit with second round of penalties for alleged discovery misconduct in web patent dispute (Law360)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Asustek Computer – Asustek hit with sanctions for allegedly destroying evidence in patent infringement suit brought by former IBM engineer over chip technology (Law360)

Clear With Computers – CWC files suit against slew of companies including Hyundai Construction Equipment and Kate Spade over patent covering web sales (Law360)

GraphOn – No early hearing in GraphOn’s web listing patent suit against eHarmony, Yahoo, Match,com and other online ad listing companies (Law360)

Microsoft – Microsoft, TomTom settle patent suits over navigation and file management systems (IPKat) (Ars Technica) (IAM) (Law360) (ITC 337 Law Blog) (Spicy IP) (IPKat)

PACid Group – PACid files suit against 19 defendants including Apple, Dell, Gateway over patents relating to encryption technology (Law360)

Saxon Innovations – ITC to investigate complaint by Saxon alleging import and sale of patent infringing wireless communication devices by Samsung (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Saxon Innovations – Saxon settles suit against High Tech Computer Corp over four patents covering wireless communications and computer chip functions (Law360)

SPH America – SPH files 337 complaint against Kyocera, MetroPCS, Sprint Nextel over illegal import and sales of wireless communication devices (ITC 337 Law Blog)

 
US Copyright

After day long hearing on how to protect consumers from DRM, FTC hesitant to act (Public Knowledge

Observations from the three-strikes rumour storm (EFF) (TorrentFreak)

Movie studios fail to report record revenues (Excess Copyright)

Musician embracing needed revolution (ContentAgenda)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

RIAA – Discussion with ‘Billion Dollar Charlie’ Nesson about battle against RIAA (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica)

SeeqPod – SeeqPod files for bankruptcy after being sued by Warner, EMI and Capitol Records (Ars Technica)

 

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