Online Global Week in Review 11 December 2009 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 starts antipiracy initiatives in 70 countries (Ars Technica) (IP Watch) (IPKat)

District Court E D Texas: Apple loses $21.7million in patent suit, appeal in progress: Apple v OPTi Inc (Ars Technica) (EDTexweblog.com)

Ontario Superior Court: Data mining decision – website blocked from repackaging MLS data: Realtysellers (Ontario) Limited v Toronto Real Estate Board (Michael Geist) (IPblog)

Media control not copyright piracy main reason for China’s battle against BitTorrent (IP Dragon) (TorrentFreak) (China Hearsay)

 
Global
Global – General

Don’t protect your ideas – thoughts on Seth Godwin’s post (IP Think Tank Blog)

 
Global – Copyright

Microsoft starts antipiracy initiatives in 70 countries (Ars Technica) (IP Watch) (IPKat)

 
Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

ICANN saves some trees – UDRP claimants and respondents to provide documents to UDRP Providers in electronic form (Class 46)

 
Australia

The fight for Macpro and other Apple idioms: Apple v Macpro (IP Whiteboard)

 
Canada

SOCAN’s secret copyright submission posted online (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright)

CBC’s Spark on Canadian copyright reform (Michael Geist)

Ontario Superior Court: Data mining decision – website blocked from repackaging MLS data: Realtysellers (Ontario) Limited v Toronto Real Estate Board (Michael Geist) (IPblog)

 
China

Media control not copyright piracy main reason for China’s battle against BitTorrent (IP Dragon) (TorrentFreak) (China Hearsay)

SAIC imposes rules on Trademark Agencies (BLAWG) (BLAWG)

Thunder blasts uTorrent’s market share away (TorrentFreak)

 
Cuba

Google blocks several of its internet tools in Cuba (IP tango)

 
Europe

Pirate Party: serious threat or big joke? – Jeremy Phillips’ presentation at IBC Informa International Copyright Law 2009 (1709 Copyright Blog) (IPKat)

Pirate Party MEP proposes ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ (TorrentFreak)

One-click fun and games as Amazon flows into Europe (IPKat)

 
Germany

Anti-piracy group DigiProtect calls in debt agency to collect ‘fines’ (TorrentFreak)

 
Israel

Jerusalem artist awarded statutory copyright and moral damages for pictures displayed on internet site with artist’s signature of another artist (IP Factor)

 
Netherlands

BREIN wants to ban you from talking about Usenet (TorrentFreak)

 
Norway

IFPI takes Telenor Pirate Bay blocking case to High Court (TorrentFreak)

 
Sweden

Pirate Bay founders granted appeal against operating ban (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay allowed to take bias claims to Supreme Court (TorrentFreak)

Court orders ISP to hand over torrent site operator details (TorrentFreak)

IFPI use IPRED to demand file-sharer info for the first time (TorrentFreak)

The Pirate Bay will not appeal order to remove torrents (TorrentFreak)

 
Switzerland

iPhone is descriptive, no trade mark (Class 46)(IPKat)

 
 
United Kingdom

Peers flesh out Digital Economy Bill (The 1709 Copyright Blog)

Facebook, Google, Yahoo! and eBay unite! – open letter to Lord Mandelson urging removal of clause 17 from Digital Economy Bill (1709 Copyright Blog)

 
United States
US General

US Department of Justice: Microsoft documentation ‘substantially complete’ (Ars Technica)

 
US Patents – Decisions

CAFC finds specific case where claims need not be construed before determining validity: Perfect Web Techs, Inv v InfoUSA, Inc (GRAY on Claims)

District Court E D Texas: Apple loses $21.7million in patent suit, appeal in progress: Apple v OPTi Inc (Ars Technica) (EDTexweblog.com)

ITC issues public version of opinion in investigation of flash memory controllers brought in response to complaint by SanDisk – no violation of Section 337 (337-TA-619) (ITC Law Blog)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Prism Technologies – Prism files new 337 complaint regarding certain authentication systems (ITC Law Blog)

 
US Copyright

You want enforcement? Here’s your enforcement – woman arrested after filming 4 minutes of Twilight movie (Public Knowledge)

Mininova traffic plummets after going ‘legal’ (TorrentFreak)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

How Team Tenenbaum missed a chance to shape P2P fair use law; Judge condemns Copyright Act (Ars Technica) (IP Factor)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – New Google books timetable: final fairness hearing scheduled for 18 February 2010 (IPKat)

Google – Record label sues Google and Microsoft for linking to infringing music: Blues Destiny v Google (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

 
US Trademarks & Domain Names

How to protect your trademarks online – recap of Managing Intellectual Property web seminar (Managing IP)

 
US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

FragranceNet – Keyword advertising lawsuit survives motion to dismiss on genericness grounds: FragranceNet v. Les Parfums (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (Internet law)

 

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