Online Global Week in Review 20 Jan 2012 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:

January 18: Internet-wide protests against the blacklist legislation  (EFF) (EFF) (EFF) (IP Watch) (Out-Law) (Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog) (Silicon Valley Software Law Blog) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (Michael Geist)

UK court allows extradition of alleged copyright criminal (Patentology) (The 1709 Blog) (The 1709 Blog) (IPKat) (ipwars.com) (Out-Law) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

Apple attacks 15 Samsung products with new German design lawsuits: will they ever settle this part of their dispute? (FOSS Patents) (Ars Technica)

 

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

Global – General

Predictions for 2012 (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law)

 

Global – Copyright

It’s just a game of keepy uppy – Grooveshark releases new HTML5 app (The 1709 Blog)

The Pirate Bay launches promo platform for artists (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay to abandon .torrent files for magnet links (Ars Technica)

Square Enix, Eidos & other game giants all demand cash from pirates (TorrentFreak)

 

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

DomainRush.xxx (IP Osgoode)

 

Global – Patents

Nokia patent sale is cost cutting not increasing revenue (Innovationpartners)

Ericsson makes major patent monetisation play with promotion for its chief IP officer  (IAM)

Acacia acquisition marks the start of a new and more ambitious stage for the NPE (IAM)

Nokia again shows that working with NPEs is just another option for operating companies (IAM)

 

Canada

Supreme Court of Canada considers “broadcasting undertakings” in ACTRA v. Bell (IP Osgoode)

Why Canadians should participate in the SOPA/PIPA protest (Michael Geist)

Canadian media coverage of the SOPA protest (Michael Geist)

 

China

InIcon announces it will not manufacture or sell Steve Jobs figurines (IPKat)

 

Europe

Happy birthday InfoSoc Directive (The 1709 Blog)

 

France

165 French file-sharers now on 3rd strike, “iTunes up 22.5%” (TorrentFreak)

Jurisdiction in France over acts committed in Italy: Cour d’appel fights Cour de cassation (The 1709 Blog)

 

Germany

Apple attacks 15 Samsung products with new German design lawsuits: will they ever settle this part of their dispute? (FOSS Patents) (Ars Technica)

Grooveshark blocks German users over licensing costs (TorrentFreak) (The 1709 Blog)

RIAA labels demand cash from alleged bittorrent pirates (TorrentFreak)

 

India

Delhi court allows web blocking rules (The 1709 Blog)

Website blocking and John Doe orders: Barking up the wrong tree? (Part II) (Spicy IP)

 

Ireland

EMI takes Irish Government to court over website blocking delays (Out-Law)

 

Kenya

Google caught pilfering Kenyan business directory in sting operation (Ars Technica)

 

Netherlands

Dutch court blocks access to The Pirate Bay (The 1709 Blog)

 

Singapore

Singaporean minister meeting with MPAA to discuss anti-piracy legislation (EFF)

 

United Kingdom

UK court allows extradition of alleged copyright criminal (Patentology) (The 1709 Blog) (The 1709 Blog) (IPKat) (ipwars.com) (Out-Law) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

EWHC (Pat): No lack of ‘good faith and with reasonable skill and knowledge’ by IPcom: Nokia v IPcom (EPLAW)

Government urged to introduce Digital Economy Act anti-file-sharing code (Out-Law)

Law will not permit sale of second hand MP3s, says expert (Out-Law)

ACS:Law anti-piracy lawyer suspended for 2 years (TorrentFreak)

 

United States

US Patents – Decisions

CAFC denies petition for mandamus to stay infringement case: In re SDI Technologies. (WHDA)

ITC: ALJ Essex issues initial determination finding no S 337 violation by Motorola Mobility in Certain Mobile Devices (337-TA-750) brought by Apple (ITC 337 Law Blog) (FOSS Patents) (Ars Technica)

ITC: ALJ Rogers issues notice of initial determination finding S 337 violation in relation to one of the asserted patents in Certain Liquid Crystal Display Devices brought by Thomson Licensing (337-TA-741/749) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

 

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Digitude Innovations – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-827) regarding Certain Portable Communication Devices (ITC 337 Law Blog)

HTC – HTC attack on FlashPoint image capture patent among the reexamination requests filed week of January 9, 2012 (WHDA)

Kodak – Kodak files new 337 complaint against Apple regarding Certain Electronic Devices (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Maxim Integrated – Maxim files patent infringement suit against Starbucks over mobile payment technology (Patent Law Practice Center)

Microsoft – Microsoft asks ITC to take closer look at Motorola’s ‘wide-scale infringement of Microsoft patents’ (FOSS Patents)

Oracle – In surprise move, Oracle asks court to stay its patent claim in favour of near-term copyright trial (FOSS Patents)

Oracle – Oracle says each day’s worth of Android activations generates $10 million in annual revenues for Google – and strengthens Google+ (FOSS Patents)

Rambus – ALJ Essex grants joint motion to terminate investigation as to Broadcom in Certain Semiconductor Chips (337-TA-753) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

 

US Copyright

All eyes on US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA): Fate of bill now unclear (IP Watch)

Reeling MPAA declares DNS filtering “off the table” (Ars Technica)

Obama Administration joins the ranks of SOPA skeptics (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (The 1709 Blog)

Under voter pressure members of Congress backpedal (hard) on SOPA (Ars Technica)

PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

Post-SOPA: the path forward for addressing piracy (Ars Technica)

Signs of progress on the internet blacklist bills, but the fight continues (EFF)

SOPA & PIPA protest – January 18: Internet-wide protests against the blacklist legislation  (EFF) (EFF) (EFF) (IP Watch) (Out-Law) (Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog) (Silicon Valley Software Law Blog) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (Michael Geist)

SOPA & PIPA protest – Hollywood fights Internet protests with… TV ad, billboard, radio spot (Ars Technica)

When a petition isn’t enough: SOPA protestors raise money to hire lobbyist firm (Ars Technica)

SOPA & PIPA protest – Why one game developer is skipping E3 to start an anti-SOPA crusade (Ars Technica)

SOPA & PIPA protest – Let there be light! Why this Kat will not be blacking out (IPKat) (IPKat)

Protesting SOPA: how to make your voice heard (Ars Technica)

SOPA lives—and MPAA calls protests an “abuse of power” (Ars Technica)

SOPA and PIPA are bad (BlawgIT)

How PIPA and SOPA violate White House principles supporting free speech and innovation (EFF)

A history of IP violence: how SOPA’s and PIPA’s sponsors have waged war on the Internet (Ars Technica)

“Least restrictive means”? One way that SOPA could die in court (Ars Technica)

Even without DNS provisions, SOPA and PIPA remain fatally flawed (Ars Technica)

What does SOPA mean for us foreigners? (Ars Technica)

The Pirate Bay: PIPA/SOPA won’t stop us! (TorrentFreak)

Oatmeal is an American dish (aka cutting the SOPA rhetoric a bit) (IPKat)

The Lonely Island gets off its boat to oppose SOPA (Ars Technica)

SOPA, Internet regulation, and the economics of piracy (Ars Technica)

Murdoch v Obama, Google v Murdoch – Media mogul tweet discontent with copyright reform, Google fires back (The 1709 Blog)

US authorities silence NinjaVideo founder, rush her to prison (TorrentFreak)

 

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court N D Illinois: Bald recitation of standard dismissed: Flava Works v Gunter (Chicago IP Litigation Blog)

 

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Hard Drive Productions – Columbia: Copyright doe defendant can’t quash disclosure subpoena anonymously: Hard Drive Productions v. Does (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Hard Drive Productions – E D California: No deposition of account holder allowed until he is named as defendant in BitTorrent copyright case: Hard Drive Productions v. Doe (Internet Cases)

Righthaven – EFF urges court to reject baseless Righthaven appeals (EFF)

Righthaven – Righthaven’s lawyers now targets of State Bar investigation (Ars Technica)

TorrentHound – RIAA orders WhoisGuard to identify torrent site owner (TorrentFreak)

 

US Trademarks & Domain Names

Egregious/overreaching ex parte orders for rightsowners keep coming – Deckers and Richemont (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

 

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

District Court E D New York: Attempted trademark workaround to 47 USC 230 immunity fails badly: Ascentive v Opinion Corp (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

 

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