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Online Global Week in Review 2 September 2011 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:

India: Reliance Entertainment gets yet another ‘John Doe’ order from the Delhi High Court to prevent illegal broadcast or streaming of upcoming film (Spicy IP) (TorrentFreak)

Galaxy Tab 10.1: Samsung concedes another month in Australia: Apple v Samsung (FOSS Patents) (Patentology)

CAFC: Flowchart insufficient structure to define software means-plus-function limitation: In re Aoyama (Patently-O) (IPBiz) (Maier & Maier) (Patents4Software)


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

Eddie Tao’s reflections on working for Apple, Steve Jobs, inspiration, innovation and intellectual property (IP Dragon)


Global – Copyright

Factors contributing to orphan works vis-a-vis a viable option (Spicy IP)

LogoGarden: Copyright and do-it-yourself logos (PlagiarismToday)

PK In the Know podcast – MP3 decision etc (Public Knowledge)

Eps 207– Untuned podcast – MP3 decision etc (PlagiarismToday)

Copyright infringement and theft – the difference (TorrentFreak)

Bayfiles: The Pirate Bay founders launch file-hosting site (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)

Small business plagiarism on the rise (PlagiarismToday)


Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

New generic top level domain names: Dispute resolution mechanisms (Maier & Maier)

New generic top level domain names: How do you acquire one? (Maier & Maier)


Global – Patents

Apple’s worldwide court battles against Samsung: Where they stand and what they mean (Ars Technica)

Kodak IP as the lowest hanging fruit? (IPBiz)

Kodak needs to be very careful about raising expectations ahead of its patent sale (IAM)

Patents role in Apple’s success (IPEG)

The Patent Pledge: is there profit in self-restraint? (IPKat)



Galaxy Tab 10.1: Samsung concedes another month in Australia: Apple v Samsung (FOSS Patents) (Patentology) (IPBiz)



Ontario Court of Appeal: Domain name is “personal property”: Tucows.Com Co. v. Lojas Renner S.A. (



Lessons from WikiLeaks about Apple’s intellectual property enforcement in China (IP Dragon)

Beijing News victorious over iPad app developer Minesage, but what about the limitations on rights? (IP Dragon)



L’Oréal v eBay: a warning to online marketplace operators (JIPLP)



Apple v. Samsung: official German court statement on today’s hearing (issued after the hearing) (FOSS Patents) (Tangible IP)



Reliance Entertainment gets yet another ‘John Doe’ order from the Delhi High Court to prevent illegal broadcast or streaming of upcoming film (Spicy IP) (TorrentFreak)

Madras High Court upholds dismissal of applications and modification of “MALAR.TV” to “ARUN’S MALAR.TV”: Malar Network (P) Ltd. Vs. Arun Prasath D (Spicy IP)



Universal, EMI, Sony, Warner, other labels seek almost $3M in damages closure of YouTube downloader site, TubeFire (TorrentFreak)



Apple v Samsung: Cross-border injunctions are back in The Hague, but only in provisional proceedings (Kluwer Patent Blog) (Patentology)

District Court of The Hague: Apple v Samsung: No design right infringement by Samsung (Class 99)



A Filipino trademark confusion tale – Tonino Lamborghini of Italy threatens legal action over Globe Telecom’s sales of ‘4G Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini’ broadband internet stick (IP Komodo)



Court acquits 15-year-old schoolboy file-sharer (TorrentFreak)


United Kingdom

Business, Innovation and Skills Committee to conduct inquiry into the Hargreaves Review and the Government’s response (1709 Copyright Blog) (IP Watch)

Lib Dem policy paper, ‘Preparing the Ground: Stimulating Growth in the Digital Economy’ argues sections 17 and 18 of DEA should be repealed (1709 Copyright Blog)

Hey dude, that’s my photo! Social media, copyright and ‘public interest'(?) – Mr Mabbett’s complaint against BBC (IPKat)


United States

US Patents – Decisions

CAFC: Flowchart insufficient structure to define software means-plus-function limitation: In re Aoyama (Patently-O) (IPBiz) (Maier & Maier) (Patents4Software)

10th Circuit Court of Appeals: SCO loses appeal in dispute with Novell over copyright claims to code used in Linux operating system (KEI)

District Court C D California: When is a claim finally dead in patent reexamination? Keung Tse v. eBay, Inc., et al (Patents Post-Grant)

District Court W D Wisconsin: Judge Crabb does away with stand-alone Markman hearings: Dashwire, Inc. v. Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (GRAY on Claims)

ALJ Essex grants HP’s motion for summary determination of violation and recommends general exclusion order in Certain Inkjet Ink Supplies (337-TA-730) (ITC 337 Law Blog)


US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – ALJ Bullock sets procedural schedule in Certain Electronic Digital Media Devices (337-TA-796) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Apple – Apple reinforces its FRAND counterclaims against Samsung (and Motorola Mobility) (FOSS Patents)

Apple – Apple wins expedited trial in California lawsuit against Samsung — trial date: July 30, 2012 (FOSS Patents)

Global Sessions – Defendants in multi-defendant case invited to initiate pre-Markman case dispositive claim construction process: Global Sessions LP v. LP, et. al. (Docket Report)

Google – Court orders Google to return ‘immediately’ a damning email previously withdrawn from evidence in Oracle case (FOSS Patents)

Google – Oracle ‘520 moves toward confirmation in reexamination (WHDA)

Google – Oracle v Google: Halloween trial date may be postponed (FOSS Patents)

InterDigital Communications – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-800) regarding Certain Wireless Devices With 3G Capabilities (ITC 337 Law Blog)

LG Electronics – Investigation terminated as to Sony respondents based on settlement in Certain Digital Televisions (337-TA-764) (ITC 337 Update) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Lodsys – Lodsys update: more letters to Android app devs, first known letter to BlackBerry app dev, upcoming EFF boot camp (FOSS Patents) (Tangible IP)

Microsoft – Microsoft sues Motorola for patent infringement (Maier & Maier)

Motorola – Motorola identifies Microsoft products accused of infringement in Inv. No. 337-TA-752 Certain Gaming and Entertainment Consoles, Related Software, and Components Thereof (ITC 337 Update)

MyKey Technology – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-799) regarding Certain Computer Forensic Devices (ITC 337 Law Blog)

OGMA – ALJ Gildea grants joint motion to terminate investigation as to LEGO in Certain Motion-Sensitive Sound Effects Devices And Image Display Devices (337-TA-773) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Overland – ITC determines that ALJ Bullock’s July 19, 2011 initial determination (ID) is an order, rather than ID in Certain Automated Media Library Devices (337-TA-746) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Ritek – Ritek Moves for termination based on consent order in Investigation No. 337-TA-788, Certain USB Portable Storage Devices (ITC 337 Update)

Rovi Corporation – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-801) regarding Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide And Parental Controls Technology (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Sony – ALJ Gildea grants joint motion to terminate investigation in Certain Display Devices (337-TA-765) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Technology Properties Limited – TPL files new 337 complaint regarding certain digital photo frames and image display devices (ITC 337 Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update)

Thomson Licensing – ALJ Rogers rules on motion to strike in Certain Liquid Crystal Display Devices (337-TA-741/749) (ITC 337 Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update)

vTRAX – Attack on vTRAX patent among reexamination requests filed week of August 22, 2011 (WHDA)


US Copyright

Eagles singer Don Henley: EFF, Google “aid and abet” criminals (Ars Technica)

Operation in Our Sites: Feds arrest 19-year-old streaming site admin (TorrentFreak)


US Copyright – Decisions

District Court S D Florida: Hotfile ordered to share user data with MPAA (TorrentFreak)

District Court N D California: BitTorrent users don’t “act in concert,” judge slashes mass P2P case” Hard Drive Productions v Does 1-188 (Ars Technica)


US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Nu Image – The Expendables makers dismiss massive BitTorrent lawsuit (TorrentFreak)

Steele Hansmeier – BitTorrent grandma was wrongfully accused, lawyer admits (TorrentFreak)

Voltage Pictures – Hurt by The Hurt Locker: why IP addresses aren’t enough to find file-swappers (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)


US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

District Court E D New York: Pillow Pets knockoff enjoined from keyword advertising: CJ Products v Snuggly Plushez (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

TTAB sustains MOZY v. MOZIE section 2(d) opposition but nixes fraud claim (TTABlog)


US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Levi Strauss – Levi Strauss’s trademark and domain name claims may block unauthorized resales: Levi Strauss v. Papikian (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (Out-Law)

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