General Global Week in Review 27 September 2010 from IP Think Tank

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

Highlights this week included:

Weeping with an eyepatch: no Pirates in Swedish parliament (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (1709 Blog) (Patentology) (IAM)

WIPO launches one-stop search & reference tool for IP laws and treaties (WIPO) (IPKat) (Spicy IP) (IP tango)

Musician Stevie Wonder just calls on WIPO to improve books access (IP Watch) (WIPO) (Excess Copyright) (Knowledge Ecology International)

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

Top IP resources for the inhouse IP team (IP Think Tank)

USPTO Director David Kappos on need for IP cooperation (IP Watch)

WIPO launches one-stop search & reference tool for IP laws and treaties (WIPO) (IPKat) (Spicy IP) (IP tango)

IP Newsflash – movers and shakers (Securing Innovation)

Thomson/WIPO partner up – launch of Access to Specialised Patent Information (ASPI) programme (IPBiz) (WIPO)

Want to know more about IP strategy? A selection of posts for in-house and outside counsel (IP Asset Maximizer Blog)

WIPO Director General highlights link between innovation and development (WIPO) (WIPO)

An interview with WIPO Director General Francis Gurry (WIPO)

Dangerous intellectual property myths (IPKat)

A new approach for open source towards IP? (Innovationpartners)

Coherence needed to avoid multilateral legal swamp, WTO told (IP Watch)

WIPO General Assembly webcasts its meeting (KEI)

Tips for helping your employees comply with non-disclosure obligations (IP Spotlight)

Global – Trade Marks / Brands

The Gilette story retold (Innovationpartners)

Global – Patents

A patent is a means to an end – get the latest from Robert (IP Think Tank)

Discussion of paper ‘Patent Signaling, Entrepreneurial Performance, and Venture Capital Financing’ (IAM) (271 Patent Blog)

Access to specialized patent information by WIPO (Spicy IP)

Global – Copyright

ACTA Agenda for Round 11 in Japan (Michael Geist)

Musician Stevie Wonder just calls on WIPO to improve books access (IP Watch) (WIPO) (Excess Copyright) (Knowledge Ecology International)

Copyright trolls, not just for patents anymore (TorrentFreak) A new site on everything ACTA (Michael Geist)


Last week’s burning issue – Weber v Cadac kettle grill saga (Afro-IP)


The penalty for contempt: Deckers Outdoor Corporation Inc. v Farley (

IP Australia to ‘sponsor’ tv invention program final (Patentology)

IP Australia gets tougher on patent applicants (Patentology)


Statement of Brazil to the 48th General Assembly of WIPO, September 2010 (WIPO)


Time for sound marks in Canada? (IPblog)

Costa Rica

Accelerated bureaucracy to speed up Costa Rica TM filings? (IP tango)


How specific can be a Court? – the rights of nature (IP tango)


Grace period for filing EPO divisional ending soon (Inovia)

Europe acts on visually impaired reader access (IP Watch)  

Here’s a Community trade mark application that’s a little off-colour: KUKA Roboter GmbH v. OHIM (IPKat)

Under 1% of patents account for close to 50% of overall patent value in Europe – UPDATED (IAM)

Brandjacking Index on luxury goods brings more gloom (IPKat)

Brussels approves more GI grants, amendments (Class 46)


Post-expiry saisie-contrefaçon: only an issue in France? (PatLit) (jiplp)


Of trademarks and photocopy evidence (Spicy IP)

Ministry of Commerce & Industry invites suggestions on draft IPAB Rules (Spicy IP)

Suo moto powers of the IPAB & the ‘Tirupati Laddu’ GI (Spicy IP)


New Irish rules and application form in effect from 4 October (Class 46)


INDECOPI wakes up with a new President (IP tango)


CTM statistics on Slovenia (Class 46)


Spanish collecting society targets group proposing alternative royalty system (IP Watch)


Weeping with an eyepatch: no Pirates in Swedish parliament (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (1709 Blog) (Patentology) (IAM)


Red Bull slays Dancing Bull (Class 46)

Viacom to applicant: Ya not gonna pimp yo’ DJ, bro (Class 46)

United Kingdom

Handbags at Dawn: Live Report 1 to 4 (IPKat) (IPKat) (IPKat) (IPKat)

Captain’s Pottie’s savage attack on the Flanimals – Ricky Gervais sued for copyright infringement (IP Whiteboard)

Stella prize for sanitary towel competition: has the ASA boobed? – ASA rules competition promoters can offer third party products as prizes without consent (IPKat)

The UK is still in the IP thought leadership game (IAM)

United States

US General

US/UK Intellectual Property Office statement on cooperation (Patent Baristas)

USPTO year in review – and a look forward (Director’s Forum)

NASA needs you! ‘No-cost Intellectual Property marketing and brokerage services with revenue-sharing component upon license execution’ (IAM)

Juries and IP damages: a random and unsettling factor? (IP finance)

US Patent Reform

More on S.515 (patent reform) (IPBiz)

IPO announces support for Patent Reform Act of 2010 (Patent Docs)

Patent reform, pretty things, pancakes and politics (IPKat)

US Patents

Bombshell study: Heavily litigated NPE patents overwhelmingly lose at trial (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog)

Patent claims continue to drop (Patently-O)

USA Today says: Watch out for copycats (IPBiz)

US Patents – Decisions

CAFC: Stays pending appeal: August Technology Corp. v. Camtek (non-precedential) (Patently-O)

May a patent law expert opine as to the materiality of undisclosed information? – Yes, UTD Phillip M. Adams & Associates, L.L.C. v. Lenovo International, et. al. / No, DED Brigham and Women’s Hospital Inc. et al v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. et al (Docket Report)

District Court N D Illinois: Draft opinion letter sinks induced infringement claim: Goss International Americas, Inc. v. Graphic Management Associates, Inc (Docket Report)

Merely being a ‘sophisticated company’ does not impute an ‘intent to deceive’ for false marking claim: Herengracht Group LLC v. WM Wrigley (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog)

District Court E D Texas: Domestic use of foreign product manufactured using patented method is not an act of infringement: Input/Output, Inc. et al v. Sercel, Inc. (Docket Report)

District Court E D Texas: Plaintiff’s failure to seek preliminary injunction sinks wilfulness claim as to post-filing conduct: WebMap Technologies LLC v. City Accommodations Network, Inc. a/k/a U. S. Travel Group, and d/b/a Riverwalk Hotel Map and d/b/a Airport Hotel Guide, and d/b/a Austin Hotel Map et al. (Docket Report)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

24/7 Customer – BPO obtains patent protection for innovative customer contact management system (Spicy IP)

American GNC – Commission institutes investigation No 337-TA-738 Certain Components for Installation of Marine Autopilots with GPS or IMU (ITC 337 Update)

Duggal Dimensions – ITC institutes investigation no 337-TA-736 Certain Wind and Solar-Powered Light Posts and Street Lamps (ITC 337 Update) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Interactive Life Forms – ALJ Luckern partially terminates elastometric gel investigation based on consent orders (ITC 337 Update)

Lincoln Electric Company – ALJ Rogers issues public version of initial determination in Certain Bulk Welding Wire Containers finding no 337 violation (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Mitsubishi – Court stays Mitsubishi-GE wind patent antitrust case (Green Patent Blog)

StaufferThe patented bow tie – false marking back in the spotlight: Stauffer v. Brooks Brothers (IP Whiteboard)

US Copyright

New Copyright Tribunal Chairman (1709 Blog)

The top 4 mistakes about copyright the MSM makes (PlagiarismToday)

Open season on copyright infringement claims? All hail, or hate, the ‘troll’? (Patently-O)

US Copyright – Decisions

Breaking news: Lara Jade Coton awarded $130,000 in damages (Plagiarism Today)

Ohio record pirating statute pre-empted by Copyright Act: State v. Boyd (Internet Cases)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Groupon – Groupon-offering Photog causes plagiarism stir (PlagiarismToday)

US Trademarks

Reputational risk 101 – Craig’s List (Business IP and Intangible Assets Report and Blog)

US Trade Marks – Decisions

Georgia Pacific’s Effort to Control Towel Dispenser Refills Fails in 8th Circuit: Georgia Pacific v. Myers Supply (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

District Court W D Washington grants TRO against trademark infringement plaintiff: Medical Communications Resources, Inc. v. Global Initiative for Asthma, Inc. (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

Burn the drafts – 7th Circuit decision in Bodum USA, Inc. v. La Cafetière, Inc (Property intangible)

TTAB affirms 2(e)(1) mere descriptiveness refusal of ROUGE TOMATE for fruit and vegetable juices (TTABlog)

TTAB finds THE FITNESS SNEAKER generic for… guess what? (TTABlog)

District Court N D Illinois: Competitition alone not enough for Sherman Act or tortious interference: OpticsPlanet v OpticSale (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog)

US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Hard Rock Cafe – Why you don’t allow assignments of trademark license agreements: Hard Rock Cafe Int’l (USA), Inc. v. Hard Rock Hotel Holdings, LLC (Property intangible) (Las Vegas Trademark Attorney)

Uwajimaya – Uwajimaya sues over “Waji’s” trademark filings (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

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