Online Global Week in Review 5 March 2010 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:

Facebook awarded US patent for ‘news feed’ technology (Daily Dose of IP) (Tangible IP) (IP Whiteboard) (Patent Arcade) (BlawgIT) (Trademark Blog of the Trademark Lawyer’s Mind)

9th Circuit: Domains are property subject to levy where the registry is located Office Depot v. Zuccarini (The Gray Blog) (Seattle Trademark Lawyer) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (ipwars) (Las Vegas Trademark Attorney)

Major ACTA leak: Internet and civil enforcement chapters with country positions (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica) (The Gray Blog)

District Court N D California: Dancing tot prevails over UMG in YouTube fair use case: Lenz Blog v Universal Music Group (Ars Technica) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (IP Directions)

 
Global
Global – General

China update, criminal sanctions in IP cases and Googly litigation (IP Think Tank)

 
Global – Copyright

Major ACTA leak: Internet and civil enforcement chapters with country positions (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica) (The Gray Blog)

Does download dip denote disaster? (IP finance)

Who’s the King today? – Entertainment and Internet industries (Singularity Law)

Ubisoft’s uber DRM cracked within a day (TorrentFreak)

 

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

The cloud picks what brand you are selling (Property, intangible)

Internationalised domain names – Part 2 (IPblog)

 
Global – Patents

Tech sector holds breath as IV unloads more patents (271 Patent Blog)

Maturation of the software industry and the need for software patents (IP Osgoode)

 
Australia
After iiNet victory, where now for anti-piracy down under? (TorrentFreak)

 

Canada

Speech from the Throne: digital strategy, copyright, open telecom, lawful access, & cybersecurity (Michael Geist)

Parliamentary restart offers chance to prioritize digital agenda (Michael Geist)

 
China

Google PRC hackers: Who they are depends on who you ask (China Hearsay)

 
Europe

EU says no to mandatory ACTA Three Strikes (Michael Geist)

European Data Protection Supervisor speaks out over ACTA (IPKat)

EU Commission says little on ACTA at European Parliament hearing (Michael Geist)

European Commission gets tough treatment from parliament over ACTA (IP Watch)

MEPs opposition to ACTA grows (Michael Geist)

 
Germany

German Justice Minister: ACTA transparency and no three strikes (Michael Geist)

 
New Zealand

New Zealand launches ACTA consultation – seeking feedback on the Internet enforcement chapter (Michael Geist)

 
Netherlands

Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs calls for ACTA transparency (Michael Geist)

 
Norway
Supreme Court movie piracy case could reveal wrong person (TorrentFreak)

 

Russia
Torrents.ru fights back after domain seizure (TorrentFreak)

 

Sweden

‘Bribed’ Pirate Bay cop now heads Anti-Piracy Unit (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay torrents remain online despite court order (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay buyer offered millions to Mininova (TorrentFreak)

 

United Kingdom

Digibill in a hot spot – How will copyright infringement via wi-fi be handled under Digital Economy Act? (1709 Copyright Blog)

Three-strikes petition gets attention of 10 Downing Street (Ars Technica)

Bridging the physical/digital divide – Jurisdiction over online content: EWCA decision in R v Sheppard (IP Osgoode)

Newzbin vs MPA Usenet ‘Filtering’ trial concludes (TorrentFreak)

Lord Clement Jones: Anti-piracy lawyers ‘an embarrassment to creative rights industry’ (TorrentFreak)

 

United States
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Amazon – Flames of 101 stay unkindled for Amazon – Amazon issued patent covering ‘creating an incentive to author useful item reviews’ (12:01 Tuesday)

Apple – HTC feeling Apple’s fury over smartphone patents – Apple files federal lawsuit and parallel complaint with ITC (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (ITC Law Blog)

Apple – ITC institutes investigation of certain mobile communications and computer devices following complaint by Apple against Nokia (ITC Law Blog)

Facebook – Facebook awarded US patent for ‘news feed’ technology (Daily Dose of IP) (Tangible IP) (IP Whiteboard) (Patent Arcade) (BlawgIT) (Trademark Blog of the Trademark Lawyer’s Mind)

Infineon – Infineon files new 337 complaint against numerous respondents, alleging unlawfully importation and sale of certain dynamic random access memory semiconductors which allegedly infringe Infineon’s patents. (ITC Law Blog)

Kodak – ITC institutes investigation regarding certain mobile telephones and wireless communication devices featuring digital cameras against RIM, Apple (ITC Law Blog)

Microsoft – Microsoft enters into another license with an OSS implementer – this time with I-O Data (SiNApSE)

RealNetworks – Beaten and bloodied, Real agrees to settle RealDVD fight (Ars Technica)

Samsung – ITC investigation concerning hand held wireless communication devices terminated on basis of settlement agreement between Saxon, Samsung and Palm (ITC Law Blog)

Toshiba – ITC institutes investigation regarding certain notebook computer products against Wistron (ITC Law Blog)

Verizon – Verizon borrows Intellectual Venture’s IP (IP Finance)

 
US Copyright

The weakest link redux: How a DMCA takedown for one item can result in removal of lots of lawful material (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Google removes BTJunkie from search results (TorrentFreak)

Big Content condemns foreign governments that endorse FOSS (Ars Technica)

Unintended consequences: Twelve years under the DMCA (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Thousands sign petition protesting net neutrality loopholes for copyright enforcement (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

How balanced copyright gives us as many freaky Alice in Wonderlands as we can handle (Public Knowledge)

US jurisdiction of Canadian website: Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. v. Fung (IPblog)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

Court of Appeal for the 5th Circuit: You can’t claim ‘innocence’ of musical copyrights: Maverick Recording Company v Whitney Harper (Ars Technica)

District Court Massachusetts: Tenenbaum and Nesson ordered to pay labels’ fees over discovery dispute; court finds ‘no extenuating circumstances’: Sony BMG v Tenenbaum (Copyright & Campaigns) (Ars Technics)

District Court N D California: Dancing tot prevails over UMG in YouTube fair use case: Lenz Blog v Universal Music Group (Ars Technica) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (IP Directions)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Google Book fairness hearing (IPKat)

Microsoft – Microsoft’s DMCA takedown notice over copy of compliance manual and Network Solutions subsequent takedown of entire Cryptome.org domain (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Viacom – Viacom: ‘Fair use works for us’, unlikely to sue bloggers (Ars Technica)

YouTube – You Tube’s content ID (C)ensorship problem illustrated –‘silencing’ of Larry Lessig lecture (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

YouTube – YouTube: Keep summary judgment papers sealed for months; Viacom ‘the time has come for transparency and public access: Viacom v YouTube (Copyrights & Campaigns) (Copyrights & Campaigns)

 
US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

9th Circuit: Domains are property subject to levy where the registry is located Office Depot v. Zuccarini (The Gray Blog) (Seattle Trademark Lawyer) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (ipwars) (Las Vegas Trademark Attorney)

District Court E D Michigan: Gripe site prevails in domain cybersquatting case: Career Agents Network, Inc v careeragentsnetwork.biz (Ars Technica)

 
US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Google dismisses some claims and gets some attorneys’ fees: Jurin v. Google (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

 

 

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