Online Global Week in Review 19 March 2010 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Barcelona Mercantile Court: Non-commercial file-sharing link sites and non-profit use of P2P networks legal in Spain: SGAE (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores) vs. Jesus Guerra (Slaw) (TorrentFreak) (Managing IP)

District Court of The Hague deviates from German BGH Orange Book decision: Philips prevails again: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. v. SK Kassetten GmbH & Co. KG (EPLAW) (IPKat)

Canadian iPod levy returns – Angus introduces Private Copying Levy Bill (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright) (Ars Technica) (Excess Copyright) (Michael Geist)

 
Global
Global – Copyright

New TV streaming site TVGorge wiped out by legal threats (TorrentFreak)

‘Piracy’ sounds too sexy, says rightsholders (Ars Technica)

Ibis reader ‘checks off’ EFF’s digital books checklist (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

 
Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Canon applies for generic top-level domain name (Slaw)

What didn’t happen at the ICANN meeting this past week? – no set deadline for applying for new TLDs (Trademark Blog)

Cybersquatting of new domain names – study by Minds + Machines (Trademark Blog of the Trademark Lawyer’s Mind)

What are the oldest .com domain names? (Securing Innovation)

 
Global – Patents

Do we really need to compare the value of patent portfolios? (IPKat)

 
Argentina

NIC – Data update and/or regularization until March 1st, 2010 to avoid cancellations of registrant entities and their registered domains (Moeller IP)

NIC – New rules (Moeller IP)

 
Canada

iPod levy returns – Angus introduces Private Copying Levy Bill (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright) (Ars Technica) (Excess Copyright) (Michael Geist)

Angus’ flexible fair dealing motion (Michael Geist)

Selling the crown jewels: Nortel’s patent portfolio (IP Osgoode)

Canadian movie pirate ‘maVen’ sent to jail (TorrentFreak) (SiNApSE) (Michael Geist)

Bookseller restrictions about competition, not culture – Amazon entry into Canadian market (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

 
China

China and Google playing game of chicken over censorship (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica)

National IP strategy 2010 is coming (IP Dragon)

Nexocial, Dutch copycat in China (IP Dragon)

Declaration of copyright self-regulation of the Chinese internet sector (IP Dragon) (China Hearsay)

 
Denmark
Danish Pirate Bay ISP block gets Supreme Court date (TorrentFreak)

 

Europe

Amazon’s 1-click in the Euro space – EPO Board of Appeal confirms invalidity for original claims, remits heavily amended claims for reconsideration (ipwars)(IPJUR)

Piracy to cost 1.2 million jobs, says new BASCAP study ‘Building a Digital Economy: The Importance of Saving Jobs in the EU’s Creative Industries’ (1709 Copyright Blog) (TorrentFreak)

Danger! Copyright notice ahead – copyright notice in online book from IPeuropAware project (1709 Copyright Blog)

Time for a Euro copyright? (1709 Copyright Blog)

European broadcasters call for easier copyright clearance for online content – EBU paper ‘Modern Copyright for Digital Media: Legal Analysis and EBU Proposals’ (IP Watch)

 
Germany

RapidShare is threatened by new fines (Relat IP)

 
Lithuania
Court acquits BitTorrent user citing faulty evidence (TorrentFreak)

 

Norway

IFPI gives up trying to force ISP to block The Pirate Bay (TorrentFreak) (1709 Copyright Blog)

 
Netherlands

District Court of The Hague deviates from German BGH Orange Book decision: Philips prevails again: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. v. SK Kassetten GmbH & Co. KG (EPLAW) (IPKat)

 
Russia

Punishment for web piracy crimes in Russia may become tougher (Daily Dose of IP)

Police shut down ‘Russian Rapidshare’ (TorrentFreak)

 
South Korea

South Korea’s Three Strikes experience: 7 months, no shutdowns (Michael Geist)

 
Spain

Barcelona Mercantile Court: Non-commercial file-sharing link sites and non-profit use of P2P networks are legal in Spain: SGAE (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores) vs. Jesus Guerra (Slaw) (TorrentFreak) (Managing IP)

 
United Kingdom

House of Lords gives thumbs up to 3 strikes, site takedown – update on Digital Economy Bill (Ars Technica) (Michael Geist)

 
United States
US General

New US broadband internet plan scrutinised; Cybersecurity Bill includes IP (IP Watch)

Public Knowledge pleased with copyright language in FCC Broadband Plan (Public Knowledge)

 
US Patents – Decisions

CAFC upholds E D Texas judgment of no infringement: Fenner Investments Ltd. v. Microsoft et al. (Patent Arcade) (IPBiz)

District Court E D Texas: Google and Yahoo! search engines do not infringe method claims requiring entry of search request data by users: PA Advisors, LLC v. Google Inc. et al. (Docket Report) (271 Patent Blog)

District Court E D Texas: VirnetX obtains $105M verdict against Microsoft and files another suit the next day alleging infringement by Windows 7: VirnetX v Microsoft (Docket Report)

BPAI finds broadest reasonable construction of ‘computer program product’ includes non-statutory subject matter: Ex parte Peyrelevade (GRAY on Claims)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Amazon – Amazon’s 1-click patent survives re-examination (ipwars) (IP Lawyers) (IP Spotlight)

Apple – Reporting and opinion on Apple vs HTC (Ars Technica) (IP Osgoode) (IP Osgoode)

Ethernet Innovations – Closer look at patent quality case: U.S. Ethernet Innovations LLC v. AT&T Inc. et (Article One Partners)

Kodak – ITC initial determination of s 337 violation in case brought by Kodak against Samsung and LG concerning import and sale of mobile phones and wireless communication devices (ITC Law Blog)

Motiva – Case update: Motiva v. Nintendo officially moved to Washington (Patent Arcade)

VirnetX – Microsoft to appeal $106 million VirnetX patent verdict (Ars Technica)

 
US Copyright

Ari Emanuel lobbying Obama for US ‘Three Strikes’ law? (Copyrights & Campaigns)

Fox and National public radio have something in common: taking down obvious fair uses (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Sputnik Mania! Documentaries, old footage, and copyright (Ars Technica)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

9th Circuit defines narrow recoverable damages for bogus takedown notices: Lenz v. Universal (IP Osgoode)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Metaphor as conflict – the Google settlement from a mediator’s perspective (IP ADR Blog)

Sony Computer Entertainment – Case update on copying elements of ‘God of War’ video game: Bissoon-Dath v. Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Inc. (Patent Arcade)

Viacom – Smoking guns, dark secrets aplenty in YouTube-Viacom filings (Ars Technica) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (Copyrights & Campaigns)

 
US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

Kentucky Supreme Court reverses ruling challenging domain name seizures, tells registrants to try again: Commonwealth of Kentucky v Interactive Media et al (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

TTAB: USEFUL NETWORKS merely descriptive of location software, says TTAB, questionably: In re Useful Networks, Inc (TTABlog)

TTAB: Glitch-filled battle over COMPUTER GEEKS mark lurches to split TTAB decision: Computer Geeks, Inc. v. Compgeeks.com (not precedential) (TTABlog)

 
US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Has Apple lost its ‘i’? (SiNApSE)

Google – AdWords case dismissed: Stratton Faxon v. Google, Inc (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Google – Google AdWords, can’t beat ‘em? – Rescuecom drops trade mark infringement case against Google (IPblog) (IPKat)

 
Venezuela

Is a new regulation for internet and satellite TV at the door? (IP tango)

 

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