Online Global Week in Review 19 June 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:

Act quickly to prevent use of your trademarks on Facebook (Canadian Trademark Blog) (Mallesons Stephen Jaques) (The Prior Art) (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog) (IP Spotlight) (Intellectual Property Watch) (Intellectual Property Law Blog) (China Blawg) (Australian Trade Marks Law Blog) (IP Osgoode) (Managing Intellectual Property)

Final ‘Digital Britain’ report released (Excess Copyright) (1709 Copyright Blog) (IPKat) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (1709 Copyright Blog)

Global
Global – Copyright

World Copyright Summit – how do we survive in a digital world? (Ars Technica)

CC case studies: What are the lastest? (Creative Commons)

Global – Trade Marks

Act quickly to prevent use of your trademarks on Facebook (Canadian Trademark Blog) (Mallesons Stephen Jaques) (The Prior Art) (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog) (IP Spotlight) (Intellectual Property Watch) (Intellectual Property Law Blog) (China Blawg) (Australian Trade Marks Law Blog) (IP Osgoode) (Managing Intellectual Property)

Global – Patents

New CDMA2000 patent pool launched (IP finance)

Australia

Federal Court orders ISP iiNet to hand over records of pirate customers to AFACT (TorrentFreak)

Canada

PETA launches new ‘spoof’ website in effort to convince VANOC that it should help in campaign to end Canadian seal hunt (Canadian Trademark Blog)

Update on business method patents in the US and Canada: Bilski; Amazon’s ‘one-click’ patent (ipblog.ca)

In search of a Canadian digital action plan (Michael Geist)

Bell kills video store creating new round of DRM victims (Michael Geist)

China

Race to China’s 3G mobile market, trademark dispute gives iPhone competitors a leg up (China Blawg)

Does China’s Green Dam (censorship software) include pirated code? (IP Dragon)

France

Constitutional Council rules 3-strikes law unconstitutional; French government says it plans to go ahead with 3-strikes law (Ars Technica) (Intellectual Property Watch) (IAM) (Intellectual Property Watch) (IP Osgoode)

Court orders P2P new site Numerama to dishonour convicted pirates (TorrentFreak)

Italy

Tribunale Ordinario di Roma rules IP address alone insufficient to identify pirate (TorrentFreak)

Sweden

Media misreports on biased Pirate Bay judge (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay judge judged fair to judge (1709 Copyright Blog)

Clone Pirate Bay site sells anti-Pirate Bay t-shirts (TorrentFreak)

Interview with Pirate Party leader: ‘these are crucial freedoms’ (Datamation)

United Kingdom

New music service for Virgin Media subscribers complete with anti-piracy noise (1709 Copyright Blog) (TorrentFreak)

Final ‘Digital Britain’ report released (Excess Copyright) (1709 Copyright Blog) (IPKat) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (1709 Copyright Blog)

Interview with UK Music boss Fergal Sharkey – clues on music industries’ hopes for future cooperation with government and ISPs (1709 Copyright Blog)

Metropolitan Police uncover money laundering activity involving buying own sound recordings from iTunes and Amazon (1709 Copyright Blog)

United States
US General – Lawsuits and strategic steps

EFF launches TOSback, tool for tracking terms of service agreements (IP Osgoode)

US Patents

Chuck Connell on software patentability (IP Watchdog)

Patently challenging road for Amazon (Washington State Patent Law Blog)

Update on business method patents in the US and Canada: Bilski; Amazon’s ‘one-click’ patent (ipblog.ca) (IPKat)

US Patents – Decisions

USPTO to revoke Hoshiko’s internet subdomains patent in response to EFF’s Patent Busting Project campaign (EFF)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

FotoMedia – Photo-sharing patent suit threatens dream of immigrant founder of Fotki.com (The Prior Art)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Facebook – Facebook allowed to pursue copyright claims against service which ‘scraped’ Facebook pages in violation of terms of use (IP Law Observer)

Google – Google Book Search settlement: Foster competition, escrow the scans (EFF)

Grazie – Smith family discover their photo which they had uploaded onto a blog is used in advertising by Czech supermarket Grazie (1709 Copyright Blog)

RIAA – Thomas judge bars fair use defense, oks MediaSentry evidence; retrial begins; Sony lawyer thinks $150K damages per song appropriate (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica)

RIAA – Judge dismisses ‘abuse of process’ claim in Tenenbaum case (Intellectual Property Directions)

RIAA – The unbearable pointlessness of the fight: Tenenbaum and Thomas cases (ISinIP)

US Domain Names

California Court of Appeals: Domain name not tangible property that could satisfy judgment: Palacio del Mar Homeowners Assn., Inc. v. McMahon (Internet Cases)

US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Google sued again for trade mark infringement in relation to AdWords program: Soaring Helmet v Leatherup.com (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Psystar – Psystar owes Apple $75,000 while Apple moves to lift stay in dispute over unauthorised Mac clones (Ars Technica)

 

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