Online Global Week in Review 14 Aug 09 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

District Court E D Texas issues suspended injunction preventing Microsoft from selling Word based on i4i’s patent covering XML formatting (Ars Technica) (Spicy IP) (ipblog.ca) (Now, Why Didn’t I Think of That?) (PatLit) (Innovationpartners) (Washington State Patent Law Blog) (Patent Librarian’s Notebook) (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog) (IP Watchdog) (Patently-O)

 
Global
Global – General

Apps on the iPhone: The search for a business model (once again) (IP finance)

Apps: The legal side (ipblog.ca)

Employee blogging and use of social media – managing the risk (IP Spotlight)

Anatomy of a software licensing mediation (The IP ADR Blog)

 
Global – Copyright

Google Books adds creative commons license options (Creative Commons)

Is a fair P2P trial even possible? (TorrentFreak)

 
Global – Trade Marks and Domain Names

Social media: new challenges for brand owners (IP Solutions Blog)

Who gets the first bite of the .apple domain? (IP Solutions Blog)

 
Africa

The Grid: a first for Africa? (Afro-IP)

 
Canada
Canada – General

Canadian i4i, Inc wins abroad, but is there any protection at home? (Now, Why Didn’t I Think of That?)

Nortel’s LTE patents (IP finance)

Toronto Star considers ethics of downloading music you already own (Michael Geist)

 
Canada – Copyright Reform

Respect and reality are keys to reform (Jeremy de Beer)

Tracking the copyright consultation roundtables: Fair dealing emerges as top issue (Michael Geist)

Tracking the copyright consultation submissions: 25-30 July 2009 (Michael Geist)

Writers’ Union of Canada Chair on copyright reform (Michael Geist)

Olivier Charbonneau on fair copyright reform (Michael Geist)

ITBusiness on copyright consultation (Michael Geist)

ACTRA posts position on copyright reform (Michael Geist)

The copyright consultation: Five weeks left as stakes build (Michael Geist)

Halifax copyright roundtable attendee list and podcast posted (Michael Geist)

Prevent Canada from becoming a copyright police state (TorrentFreak)

Documentary Organisation of Canada pushes fair dealing reform (Michael Geist)

 
China

Microsoft takes legal action over alleged pirated software against retailer Changfeng Information Technology and its suppliers Shanghai Chenyue Information Technology and Shanghai Ziyue Network Technology Co (S&F)

PSB and FBI bust software counterfeiting ring (China Hearsay)

 
Europe

European Commission criticised for conduct during Intel investigation (Ars Technica)

 
Germany

German Pirate Party surging to 2% share on votes, polls suggest (BLOG@IP::JUR)

 
Hong Kong

Two ccTLDs for the price of one in Hong Kong (Managing Intellectual Property)

 
India

Ramkumar vs cell importers: India’s biggest IP case yet? (Spicy IP)

 
Ireland

Leaked document reveals Eircom deal with Irish RIAA (TorrentFreak)

 
Netherlands

BREIN holds fire on Dutch Pirate Bay block (TorrentFreak)

 
New Zealand

Federation Against Copyright Theft not happy with current 3 strikes proposals because allowing arbitration for alleged pirates too time consuming (TorrentFreak)

 
South Africa

ISPs refuse to block cheap Russian music sites (TorrentFreak)

Report on South African Copyright Act – Shuttleworth Foundation (Afro-IP)

 
Sweden

Swedish artist Magnus Uggla launches attack on owners of Spotify after receiving virtually no payment from his music being played (TorrentFreak)

 
United Kingdom

Pirate Party UK officially registered (TorrentFreak) (IPKat)

14-24 year olds pirate 8,000 music tracks each, according to University of Hertfordshire research (TorrentFreak)

Karoo changes policy – won’t disconnect pirates without a court order (TorrentFreak) (1709 Copyright Blog)

 
United States
US General 

Psystar’s bankruptcy petition dismissed with prejudice, judge making sure this stall tactic can’t be used again (Ars Technica)

 
US Patents – Decisions

Bilski update: District Court Arizona rules ‘comparator’ as used in patent claims is not a device: Research Corporation Technologies v Microsoft Corp (IP Spotlight)

District Court W D Texas: Summary judgment finding Encyclopaedia Britannica’s patent relating to searching encyclopaedias stored on computers invalid for indefiniteness (IP Frontline)

District Court E D Texas issues suspended injunction preventing Microsoft from selling Word based on i4i’s patent covering XML formatting (Ars Technica) (Spicy IP) (ipblog.ca) (Now, Why Didn’t I Think of That?) (PatLit) (Innovationpartners) (Washington State Patent Law Blog) (Patent Librarian’s Notebook) (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog) (IP Watchdog) (Patently-O)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Bilski – Bilski v Doll briefs (Patently-O) (Patently-O) (Inventive Step) (AwakenIP) (BlawgIT) (PatentBIOtech)

Microsoft – Storing text docs in XML may run afoul of Microsoft patent (Ars Technica)

Twitter – TechRadium files suit against Twitter claiming infringement of its IRIS technology (IPKat) (Innovationpartners)

 
US Copyright

Are there any lessons in the P2P trials? – discussion between William Patry and Ben Sheffner (Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars) (Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars) (Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars) (Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars) (Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars)

DRM and the demise of textbooks? – discussion of NYT article ‘In a Digital Future, Textbooks are History’ (Excess Copyright)

Questions of online journalism aren’t just about copyright; why the law is an imperfect solution to this problem (Public Knowledge)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

District Court N D California judge rules RealNetworks DVD ripping software RealDVD runs afoul of DVD Copy Control Association’s licensing agreements; can’t use ‘fair use’ as defense against DMCA violations (Ars Technica) (EFF)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Burning Man Organisation – Annual art event Burning Man Terms and Conditions limits rights to put own photos on public websites (EFF)

Google – The Google Book Search settlement: static good, dynamic bad? – Lessig’s presentation at Berkman workshop (BLOG@IP::JUR)

Redbox – Redbox sues 20th Century Fox over its attempt to cut off new DVD releases, alleging violations of first sale right and antitrust law (Ars Technica)

RIAA – Team Tenenbaum to fight on (Ars Technica) (Excess Copyright)

 
US Trademarks

Use of trademarks as sponsored keywords appears to be increasing with new AdWords policy (ipblog.ca)

 

 

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