Online Global Week in Review 2 April 2010 from IP Think Tank

Here is Think IP Strategy’s weekly selection of top Online intellectual property news breaking in the blogosphere and internet.

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Highlights this week included:

India’s digital copyright reform plan for digital locks (Michael Geist) (Spicy IP) (Spicy IP)

New Zealand patent reform bill says no to software patents (Ars Technica) (Innovationpartners) (IPKat)

EWHC finds Newzbin liable for copyright infringement: Twentieth Century Fox v Newzbin Ltd (TorrentFreak) (1709 Copyright Blog) (IPKat) (Ars Technica) (Managing Intellectual Property)

US Copyright Group plans 50,000 new lawsuits against movie downloaders (EFF) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Michael Geist)

 
April Fools’ Day Fun

Special Interests push bill to destroy the Internet (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica)

European ACTA negotiators reject ‘three strikes’ moniker (EFF)

 
Global
Global – Copyright

Toward an ACTA super-structure: How ACTA may replace WIPO (Michael Geist)

Rapidshare aims to convert pirates into customers (TorrentFreak)

OpenCourseWare economics in the New York Times (Creative Commons)
 
Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

WIPO reports increase in cybersquatting disputes (Daily Dose of IP)

 
Global – Patents

So what was going on with the Walker Digital lot at the ICAP Ocean Tomo auction? (IAM)

 
Australia

FCA decision enforces trade marks over internet marketing of strata-titled property: Mantra Group Pty Ltd v. Tailly Pty Ltd (IP Whiteboard)

 
Canada

House of Commons debate on iPod Levy (Michael Geist)

Angus defends iPod levy proposal (Michael Geist)

Liberals discussing special legislative committee for copyright bill (Michael Geist)

Clement and Moore on C-61, copyright reform and innovation (Michael Geist)

EU demands Canada completely overhaul its intellectual property laws (Michael Geist)

 
China

80% of mobile handsets in Chinese markets are fake (Innovation Partners)

 
Colombia

.co priority registration (IP tango)

 
Europe

KEI on leaked EU Canada trade agreement IPR chapter (KEI)

Google Adword rapid response seminar report and video (IPKat) (IPKat)

Fujitsu assigns interest in iPAD mark to Apple (Class 46)

 
France

Piracy up in France after tough three-strikes law passed (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica)

 
India

India’s digital copyright reform plan for digital locks (Michael Geist) (Spicy IP) (Spicy IP)

Delhi High Court rules on ‘deemed abandonments’ by the Patent Office under Section 21: Telefonaltiebolaget LM Ericsson v. Union of India  (Spicy IP)

 
Indonesia

Indonesian government criticised for preferring ‘open source’ software (IP Whiteboard)

 
Netherlands

Dutch Court to differ from German Orange Book decision: Micro Fusion 2004-1 LLP v Revenue & Customs Commissioners (ipeg)

Relationship between patents and standards – the Dutch case Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. v. SK Kassetten GmbH & Co. KG (Tangible IP) (ipeg)

 
New Zealand

Labour Party reverses position, now rejects 3 strikes (Michael Geist)

New Zealand patent reform bill says no to software patents (Ars Technica) (Innovationpartners) (IPKat)

 
Russia

Russia: .РФ priority registration period extended (Class 46)

World War II veterans must pay to sing war songs (TorrentFreak)

 

Singapore

The Singaporean Cablevision case: Cartoon Network v. Cablevision (Patry Copyright Blog)

 
Spain

Judge orders blocking of torrent sites in Spain (TorrentFreak)

Economists urge government to stop war on piracy (TorrentFreak)

Spanish RIAA nemesis Pablo Soto launches media search engine (TorrentFreak)

 
United Kingdom

EWHC (Ch): How long is forever? – ‘perpetual’ licenses: BMS Computer Solutions Ltd v AB Agri Ltd (IPKat)

EWHC: Exclusive jurisdiction clauses and anti-suit injunctions: Skype Technologies SA v Joltid Ltd & others (JIPLP)

EWHC finds Newzbin liable for copyright infringement: Twentieth Century Fox v Newzbin Ltd (TorrentFreak) (1709 Copyright Blog) (IPKat) (Ars Technica) (Managing Intellectual Property)

Fifth OiNK uploader walks free (TorrentFreak)

Warner Bros recruits students to spy on pirates (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)

 
United States
US General

Sony steals feature from your PlayStation 3 – disabling feature allowing user to run GNU/Linux, other operating systems on PS3 (EFF)

 
US Patents – Decisions

Federal Circuit affirms summary judgment in favour of Microsoft: Fenner v Microsoft et al (EDTexweblog.com)

District Court Nebraska: Amendment of infringement contentions permitted despite public availability of information addressed by amendment: Prism Technologies v. Research in Motion, Ltd. et al. (Docket Report)

District Court E D Texas: DataTreasury gets $27m verdict on joint infringement theory: DataTreasury Corporation v. Wells Fargo & Company, et al. (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog) (EDTexweblog.com)

District Court E D Texas: Complaint lacking identification of infringing act or direct infringer failed to state a claim: Bedrock Computer Technologies, LLC v Softlayer Technologies, Inc et al (Docket Report) (EDTexweblog.com)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – ITC institutes investigation regarding certain personal data and mobile communications devices based on compliant by Apple and NeXT against HTC (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Limelight – Defensive patent aggregator faces US legal action over alleged troll-style behaviour: Limelight v Allied Security Trust (IAM) (IAM)

 
US Copyright

Profs Lawrence Lessig and Jack Goldsmith trash ACTA, demand oversight, threaten lawsuit (Ars Technica)

Big Content: stopping P2P should be ‘principal focus’ of IP czar (Ars Technica)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

District Court N D California: BMW v Gore does not apply to awards of statutory damages in copyright and trademark cases: Louis Vuitton, S.A. v Akanoc Solutions, Inc et al (Copyrights & Campaigns)

District Court S D New York: YouTube uploader can’t sue sender of mistaken takedown notice: Cabell v. Zimmerman (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (Copyrights & Campaigns)

District Court C D California: IsoHunt told to pull .torrent files offline, likely to close: Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., et al. v. Gary Fung, et al. (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

RIAA – Court orders Tenenbaum and Nesson to pay $2,249 over discovery fight (Copyrights & Campaigns)

SCO – Jury deliberating UNIX ownership in ongoing SCO trial (Ars Technica)

US Copyright Group – US Copyright Group plans 50,000 new lawsuits against movie downloaders (EFF) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Michael Geist)

YouTube – Leak investigation in Viacom v YouTube case? (Copyrights & Campaigns) (Copyrights & Campaigns)

YouTube – Viacom v YouTube case update (IPKat) (IPKat)

 
US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upholds eBay victory in trade mark case: Tiffany v eBay (Ars Technica) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

USPTO refuses Google’s NEXUS One application because too similar to Integra Telecom’s NEXUS mark (IP Whiteboard)

 

 

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