Online Global Week in Review 31 July 09 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

FTC of Korea fines Qualcomm $208M (Korea IP Law Blog) (IP finance)

Dutch judge orders Pirate Bay to block Netherland surfers (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

Nortel bankruptcy, sale of patents to Ericsson (IP finance) (IAM)

Tenenbaum file-sharing trial: Judge rejects fair use defense; ‘tortured day of jury selection’; Tenenbaum lawyer admits liability; Tenenbaum admits liability (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Excess Copyright) (The IP Factor) (1709 Copyright Blog)

 
Global
Global – General

Microsoft-Yahoo alliance comments (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Skype Prime withers on the vine (Ars Technica)

 
Global – Copyright

Free Software Foundation: Pirate Party’s copyright reform cannon could sink copyleft (Ars Technica)

Age of Digital Convergence Conference – machine as author (Carrollogos)

One in three is music pirate according to Interpret findings (TorrentFreak)

Who is copying and pasting your CC content? Discover more with Tynt’s tracer tool (Creative Commons)

 

Global – Trade Marks /Domain Names

Use of ‘trademark.com’ domain names for criticism sites (IPKat)

 
Global – Patents

Qualcomm’s woes – patent licensing and standards (IP finance)

 
Canada

Nortel bankruptcy, sale of patents to Ericsson (IP finance) (IAM)

Tracking the copyright consultation submissions – brief summaries (20, 21 July) (Michael Geist)

Transcripts for Vancouver and Calgary copyright consultations posted online (Michael Geist)

Gatineau copyright roundtable (Participants – Michael Geist) (Michael Geist’s opening remarks – Michael Geist) (Summary – Michael Geist)

Lessons for Canada from Tenenbaum trial (Excess Copyright)

Access Copyright charging for public domain material (Excess Copyright)

Angus: C-61 was ‘bulky, unenforceable, and ultimately ridiculous’ (Michael Geist)

Canada’s public consultation on copyright (IP Osgoode)

Office of the Privacy Commissioner report of findings into complaints made by CIPPIC against Facebook (IP Osgoode)

 
China

Beijing No 1 Intermediate People’s Court: Microsoft wins piracy lawsuit against custom pc dealer Beijing Strongwell Technology & Development Co (S&F)

And the video wars go on – China International Television Corporation copyright infringement action against online video service providers, including ku6.com, 6.cn and aeeboo.com (China Hearsay)

China goes too far in plagiarising Korean games – The9 creates imitation of Webzen’s game MU (S&F)

 
Europe

Microsoft caves to EU pressure, will offer browser ballot (Ars Technica)

Newspaper publishers and Google butt heads over aggregators (IP Osgoode)

 
India

Why India needs software patents? (India Patent)

 
Ireland

Ireland’s largest ISP starts throttling and disconnections (TorrentFreak)

 
Italy

FIMI and FPM sue The Pirate Bay for €1 million (TorrentFreak)

 
Korea

FTC of Korea fines Qualcomm $208M (Korea IP Law Blog) (IP finance)

 
Netherlands

Dutch judge orders Pirate Bay to block Netherland surfers (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

Dutch court refuses to inform Pirate Bay defendant (TorrentFreak)

 
Nigeria

Music industry groups threaten hunger strike over piracy (TorrentFreak)

 
Spain

District Court No 37 in Madrid dismisses case against Rojadirecta.com – streaming and BitTorrent sports links site declared legal (TorrentFreak)

 
Sweden

US movie studios file for court order barring Pirate Bay from operating its torrent-tracking service (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

Global Gaming Factory: Pirate Bay purchase will happen 27 August (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

 
Tunisia

Tunisia tops for African IT innovation (Afro-IP)

 
United Kingdom

Local ISP in Hull disconnecting file-sharers; agrees to change its way following outcry (1709 Copyright Blog) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

High quality fake DVDs ‘put sex shops our of business’ (IP finance)

 
United States
US General

Google spends $950,000 on lobbying this quarter (IPKat)

 
US Patents

Post Bilski prosecution strategy – can it really be this simple (Patentably Defined)

 
US Patents – Decisions

Federal Circuit again finds software-related means-plus-function claims invalid for failing to disclose sufficient structure: Blackboard v Desire2Learn (Patently-O) (IP Spotlight)

CAFC: Construction of ‘multithreading’ affects proper priority date: In re Reiffin Family Trust (not precedential) (Gray on Claims)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Garrod, Dave – Patent reformer becomes troll, sues defunct OSS company CityWare alongside others including Yahoo, Amazon, Google (Ars Technica)

Nintendo – ADC v Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony stayed pending re-examination (Washington State Patent Law Blog)

VoloMedia – VoloMedia announces it now owns ‘US patent for podcasting’ (Ars Technica)

 
US Copyright

DMCA review process – Big Content: ludicrous to expect DRMed music to work forever (Ars Technica)

DMCA review process – Apple claims jailbreaking could crash cell towers (Ars Technica)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

District Court N D California: Griping blogger gets fair use and anti-SLAPP win: Sedgwick v Delsman (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Amazon – The Amazon Kindle and an Orwellian misstep – undermining consumer confidence in the digital economy (Michael Geist) (EFF) (Excess Copyright)

Associated Press – DRM for news? AP plans to ‘wrap’ its content (Ars Technica) (The IP Factor)

RIAA – Tenenbaum file-sharing trial: Judge rejects fair use defense; ‘tortured day of jury selection’; Tenenbaum lawyer admits liability; Tenenbaum admits liability (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Excess Copyright) (The IP Factor) (1709 Copyright Blog)

 
US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Can evidence of confusion be found in the Rosetta Stone? (IPKat)

Google – Google down to seven AdWord lawsuits – Ascentive v Google dismissed (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

 

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