Online Global Week in Review 27 August 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.


Highlights this week included:

George Lucas uses power of the (legal) force on Jedi Mind (ArsTechnica) (Patent Arcade) (lawdit) (Techdirt)

Apple seeks patent covering ‘systems and methods for identifying unauthorised users of an electronic device’ (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (IPBiz) (Arstechnica) (Slaw)


Please join the discussion by adding your comments on any of these stories, and please do let us know if you think we’ve missed something important, or if there is a source you think should be monitored.



Global – General

Database rights: a reader asks (1709 Blog)

The open web vs. the closed internet (Techno Llama)


Global – Copyright

Has the U.S. caved on secondary liability in ACTA? (Michael Geist)

E-books, piracy peril or promotional possibilities? (TorrentFreak)

Musopen wants to give classical music to the public domain (Electronic Frontier Foundation)



Postmedia on access copyright tariff proposal (Michael Geist)

RIM’s battle for information privacy, market share, and its reputation (IP Osgoode)



Anti-piracy campaigns fail, people keep downloading (TorrentFreak)



FRANDly fire – Nokia, IPCom patent battle (ipeg)



Iranian Government runs public warez server (TorrentFreak)



BREIN tracks down and serves Pirate Bay founder, on film (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay typo squatter trying to seize site trademark (TorrentFreak)

GGF plans to buy and legalize Demonoid (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay receives notice to keep a torrent (TorrentFreak)


United Kingdom

File-sharing lawyers to face disciplinary tribunal (TorrentFreak)

Sun in August? Summery but not so summary: EWCA (Civ) decision in trade mark infringement case Oracle America Inc (formerly Sun Microsystems Inc) v M-Tech Data Ltd and Lichtenstein (IPKat)

Nokia fakes case: silence over official submission (IPKat)

UK’s Digital Economy Act hurts digital technology development (ipeg)


United States

US Patents

Did the lack of software savvy patent attorneys cause a decline in patent quality? (IPBiz)


US Patents – Decisions

District Court E D Texas jury invalidates one of EFF’s ‘most wanted’ patents: Bright Response LLC v Google, Yahoo!, Inc. and et al (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

District Court N D Illinois: Steps performed by software on mobile device owned by subscriber but provided by defendant are attributable to defendant: Intellect Wireless, Inc. v. T-Mobile USA, Inc. et al. (Docket Report)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple seeks patent covering ‘systems and methods for identifying unauthorised users of an electronic device’ (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (IPBiz) (Arstechnica) (Slaw)

Rambus – Rambus to challenge IBM interference decision (IPBiz)

Rambus – Rambus appeals to Federal Circuit following ITC’s determination of patent invalidity in Inv. No. 337-TA-661 (ITC 337 Update)


US Copyright

Estimating the economic impact of Google Book search (Michael Geist)

Broadcasters: FM radio on cell phones just ‘sound public policy’ (ArsTechnica)

CEA calls out broadcasters over cell phone-FM radio wishlist (ArsTechnica)


US Copyright – Decisions

World of Warcraft computer game maker scores big in battle against infringers (IP Law Blog)


US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Harper, Whitney – Supreme Court told P2P users can be ‘innocent infringers’ (ArsTechnica)

Righthaven – Coverage of the Righthaven matter (IPBiz)

Righthaven – EFF seeks to help Righthaven defendants (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Tenenbaum, Joel – Joel Tenenbaum to appeal 90% reduced file-sharing penalty (TorrentFreak)


US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

9th Circuit: Nominative fair use of Lexus:  Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. v. Tabari (IP Law Blog)


US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

George Lucas – George Lucas uses power of the (legal) force on Jedi Mind (ArsTechnica) (Patent Arcade) (lawdit) (Techdirt)

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