Online Global Week in Review 16 October 2009 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Sarkozy government allegedly caught red-handed infringing DVD copyrights (IP Watch) (IP Factor)

District Court S D New York: Court rules that phones ringing in public don’t infringe copyright: USA v ASCAP (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Ars Technica)

Microsoft asks Federal Circuit to reconsider presumption of patent validity: Lucent v Gateway, Dell and Microsoft (Inventive Step) (Patently-O)

 
Global
Global – General

Secret ACTA Treaty can’t be shown to public, just 42 lawyers – internet ‘enforcement procedures’ to be included (Ars Technica) (IP Watch)

Open data: Comparing USA v Canada (Michael Geist)

So who are Apple and Google really competing against? (IP finance)

 
Global – Trade Marks and Domain Names

WIPO marks 10th anniversary of UDRP (WIPO)

 
Australia

AFACT v iiNet: Anti-piracy evidence lacking; Investor condoned infringement; IP address alone is not enough; Anti-piracy tech is secret (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

 
Canada

Globe confirms Kindle delay due to carrier issues (Michael Geist)

CFTPA warns against targeting P2P in copyright reform (Michael Geist)

Access Copyright collective: Reduce fair dealing, no taping TV shows or format shifting (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica)

CRTC calls for expanded copying for private use (Michael Geist)

Visit to a weird planet: Canadian copyright and trade – Sookman and Schwartz on ‘Internet piracy: Copyright law in Canada and the US’ (Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log)

Toronto Raptors’ Chris Bosh wins 800 domains from cybersquatter (Michael Geist) (The Trademark Blog)

 
China

Sweet irony: Is IP Dragon liable for hosting IPR infringing Adwords? (IP Dragon

 
Europe

ACTA: Initial discussion on enforcement in the ditigal environment on EU expert level (Blog@IPJUR.com)

Is ANDROID descriptive of computers and mobile devices? Google v OHIM to be appealed to ECJ (Class 46)

Open source software as prior to art in patent oppositions – Amicus submission in G3/08 (IPKat)

Spotify – music’s holy grail or a tune destined to fail (1709 Copyright Blog)

 
Finland

Pirate Party condemns $5.4m claim against P2P operator (TorrentFreak)

 
France

Sarkozy government allegedly caught red-handed infringing DVD copyrights (IP Watch) (IP Factor)

 
Germany

Illegal downloads 150x more profitable than legal sales according to pirate tracking outfit DigiRights (TorrentFreak)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attacks Google’s book project (The 1709 Copyright Blog)

UseNeXT threatens litigation against blogger over post titled ‘UseNeXT: Legitimate downloading of pirated movies’ (TorrentFreak)

 
India

Madras High Court vacates ex-parte interim injunction against Google’s Adword policy (Spicy IP)

 
Japan

Winny developer acquitted – Japanese Court quashes conviction over file-sharing software (Lenz Blog) (Managing IP) (Innovationpartners)

 
Sweden

Court of Appeal says “no” thrice to The Pirate Bay (TorrentFreak)

Reservella: the shadowy company behind The Pirate Bay (Ars Technica)

Fabricated anti Pirate Bay evidence leaks onto… The Pirate Bay (TorrentFreak)

First IPRED case – alleged pirate walks free (TorrentFreak)

 
Switzerland

Metro Group obtains metrobar.ch, but not metro-express.ch (Class 46)

 
United Kingdom

Government data, innovation and UK plc (Tangible IP)

UKIPO to adopt OHIM’s ‘case handling’ software (Class 46)

 
United States
US Patents – Decisions

CAFC issues summary affirmance on favour of eBay and Skype in patent infringement suit brought by Peer Communications (IP Frontline)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Acceris – EFF challenges dangerous patent on VoIP systems (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Apple – Patent case transferred: Prust v Apple Inc (EDTexweblog.com)

Facebook – Facebook ensnared in two social networking patent disputes (Ars Technica)

Microsoft – Microsoft asks Federal Circuit to reconsider presumption of patent validity: Lucent v Gateway, Dell and Microsoft (Inventive Step) (Patently-O)

 
US Copyright

Question for discussion: The Ralph Lauren DMCA as object lesson (The Trademark Blog)

RIAA and MPAA can’t stop Bit Torrent, study finds (TorrentFreak)

New wave of pirates has psoriasis, frat boy hair; no peglegs – Ars profiles two recent cases of commercial copyright infringement over the internet (Ars Technica)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

District Court S D New York: Court rules that phones ringing in public don’t infringe copyright: USA v ASCAP (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Ars Technica)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Font Bureau – Font Bureau clashes with NBC over font licensing (Ars Technica) (IPKat)

MOG – Will MOG’s sub float? – planned subscription music-streaming service for US customers (1709 Copyright Blog)

YouTube – YouTube’s internal emails reported to be the smoking gun in copyright infringement cases brought by Viacom and Premier League (IPKat)

 
US Trade Marks – Decisions

District Court N D California decision in Louis Vuitton Malletier v Akanoc Solutions et al – ISPs not just tubes (IP Osgoode)

 

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