Online Global Week in Review 23 April 2010 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Irish High Court allows 3 strikes: EMI Records (Ireland) Ltd and others v Eircom Ltd (Ars Technica) (IPKat) (IPKat) (TorrentFreak)

CAFC affirms ITC’s findings that Global Locate has standing, SiRF directly infringes patents: SiRF v ITC (ITC 337 Law Blog) (Patently-O) (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog)

Global – General

Boliven acquired by CambridgeIP (Patent Librarian’s Notebook)

‘The Value of Corporate Secrets’ points out common failures in data security practices (IP Spotlight)

Global – Copyright – a Twitter moneyspinner (1709 Copyright Blog)

Copyright: It is as much about distribution as contents (IPKat)


Supreme Court NSW: Digital downloads not ‘goods’: Gammasonics Institute for Medical Research v Comrad Medical Systems (IP Whiteboard)


Justice Hughes on Canada’s Copyright Act (Excess Copyright)

Levy myths, strange bedfellows and taxing technology (Excess Copyright)

A good call by Hon James Moore on funding for CDN music industry (Excess Copyright)

SAC: Legalize file sharing (Michael Geist)

Municipality’s rights in name not retroactive under CDRP: (Canadian Trademark Blog)


Google Government Requests tool copyrighted content included and what about China? (IP Dragon)

Youku fingerprints against copyright piracy and can advertisers be liable too? (IP Dragon)

Shanghai court awards Microsoft 318,000 US dollar damages for copyright infringement (IP Dragon)


Free software used to fight piracy, broaden knowledge access in Ecuador (IP Watch)


Open source company alleges IBM antitrust; IBM requests analysis (IP Watch)


High Court allows 3 strikes: EMI Records (Ireland) Ltd and others v Eircom Ltd (Ars Technica) (IPKat) (IPKat) (TorrentFreak)


Italian ISPs ruled not responsible for file-sharing customers (TorrentFreak)


BREIN extends anti-piracy activities to eBook sector (TorrentFreak)


The Pirate Bay, a year after the verdict (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Party membership plummets post Pirate Bay verdict (Ars Technica)

United Kingdom

The Digital Economy Act 2010 (IPKat)

Music industry warns that it may sue UK file-sharers (TorrentFreak)

UEFA qualifies for Europe – EWHC (Ch) decision in Union of European Football Association (UEFA) and another v Euroview (IPKat)

EWHC (Pat) finds mobile phone loudspeaker patent partially valid: HTC Corporation v. Yozmot 33 Limited (EPLAW)

United States
US General

Comcast owes P2P users $16; yes, they should take it (Ars Technica)

Dow Jones files hot news misappropriation suit against (The Trademark Blog)

US Patents – Decisions

CAFC affirms ITC’s findings that Global Locate has standing, SiRF directly infringes patents: SiRF v ITC (ITC 337 Law Blog) (Patently-O) (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog)

District Court E D Texas: Challenge to plaintiff’s joint infringement claim at the pleading stage was premature: Soverain Software LLC v. J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc. et al. (Docket Report)

BPAI remanding cases involving computer-oriented means-plus-function claims: Ex parte Rodriguez (Patently-O)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple files new 337 complaint regarding digital imaging devices and software against Eastman Kodak (ITC 337 Law Blog) (Ars Technica)

ArrivalStar – A look at recent patent litigation centred on patent quality: ArrivalStar SA and Melvino Technologies Ltd v Cadec Global et al (Patent Quality Review Blog)

Yahoo – Yahoo’s patent on targeted advertising (12:01 Tuesday)

US Copyright – Decisions

Pro-DRM decision under DMCA – N D California decision in Actuate Corp v IBM Corp (Internet Cases)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Blizzard – Blizzard sues ‘StarCrack’ hackers for copyright infringement, circumvention of copyright protections in violation of DMCA (Patent Arcade)

Constantin – Attack on Hitler parodies now newest front in copyright wars (Ars Technica) (EFF)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Autodesk – Autodesk and Open Design Alliance settle remaining part of trademark dispute (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)


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