Online Global Week in Review 10 December 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:

US: Prosecutors dismiss Xbox-modding case mid-trial: USA v Crippen (ArsTechnica) (Michael Geist) (1709 Blog)

CAFC: Section 101 and process claims: Research Corp. v. Microsoft (Patently-O) (Patents4Software) (AwakenIP)

Google announces changes to better protect copyright on the Internet (ArsTechnica) (PlagiarismToday) (Public Knowledge)

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

Uproar over Government-only internet governance forum (IP Watch)

Internet regulation and Wikileaks: What have we learned so far? (TechnoLlama)

Pirate Parties supply Wikileaks with much needed servers (TorrentFreak)

The IP implications of 3D printing (TechnoLlama)

Global – Copyright

World of Warcraft contradictory clauses concerning Machinima (1709 Blog)

Copyright 2.0 Show – including ICE seizes 82 domains for violating Intellectual Property (PlagiarismToday)

Tackling piracy and building a business (PlagiarismToday)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

What if there were an application for dot Wikileaks? (IP Watch)

The UK other Governments give the ICANN board a good working over on the new gTLD’s (The Domains)

Next internet revolution will not be in English: New multilingual URLs (IP Watch)

WIPO panel denies trademark holder a domain that hadn’t been used in 6 years: Webvisions Pte Ltd. v. WebVision (The Domains)


Supreme Court to clarify the law on liability for hyperlinks in Crookes v. Newton (Excess Copyright) (IPblog)

Putting statutory damages in perspective (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright)

Macleans on C-32 & Fair Dealing: Claims of rampant copying ‘grossly exaggerated’ (Michael Geist)

Opening remarks to the Legislative Committee on Bill C-32 (IP Osgoode)

NDP MP Angus calls for compromise on Bill C-32 (Michael Geist)

C-32’s Fair Dealing (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

Sorting through the Copyright Levy proposals (Michael Geist)

Cineplex introduces download store (IP Osgoode)

AC’s tries negative option to sustain digital rights licensing (Excess Copyright)


A China software outsourcing case study (China Hearsay)

Music in China business model: Life without oxygen possible? (IP Dragon)

China cracks down on software piracy (PlagiarismToday)


Copenhagen Maritime and Commercial Court rules wrongful use of AdWord will infringe trade mark (Class 46)


EPO and Google partner up on patent translations (Inovia IP) (IPKat) (IP Osgoode)

L’Oréal v eBay: What the Advocate General says (IPKat)

Rapidshare hit with Euro 150,000 fine (PlagiarismToday)


Google loses French trademark appeal against Luteciel and Viaticum (Ron Coleman’s LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION)


German hackers under investigation for alleged theft and sale of pre-release tracks by Lady Gaga and others (1709 Blog)

German NPE and Nokia dispute – German NPE moves closer to victory (IAM)


Youths detained by police on suspicion of running Torrent site (TorrentFreak)


Policy on open standards for e-governance released (Spicy IP)


ISP 3 strikes anti-piracy strategy rewarded by big four music service (TorrentFreak) (1709 Blog)


Four IBM patents status in question, in need of legislative fix (America-Israel Patent Law)


Downloading from illegal sources – Court of Appeal of The Hague rules in Eyeworks v FTD (1709 Blog) (IPKat)

New Zealand

NZ Govt copyright leak: Doubts value of WIPO internet treaties, supports flexible digital lock rules (Michael Geist)


Wikileaks – US pushed Spain to adopt French-style three strikes law (Public Knowledge)


Prosecution Office says file-sharing a ‘devastating social problem’, warns custodial sentences considered more in future (TorrentFreak)

ISPs free to continue deleting evidence against file-sharers (TorrentFreak)

Wikileaks cable shows US involvement in Swedish anti-piracy efforts (TorrentFreak)


Troubled Wikileaks moves to Pirate Party domain (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

EWCA (Civ): Web is permanent, newspapers are ephemeral: MGN & Ors v Grisbrook (IPKat)

Copyright and media monitoring services – EWHC (CH) rules in NLA v Meltwater (IPKat) (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law) (IP Whiteboard) (1709 Blog)

Kitchin J dismisses application for summary judgment in ITV Broadcasting Ltd and others v TV Catch Up Ltd (IPKat)

ACS: Law take alleged file-sharers to court – but fail on a grand scale (TorrentFreak)

United States

US General

Supreme Court poised to move in the right direction on IP (Public Knowledge)

US Patents – Decisions

CAFC: Section 101 and process claims: Research Corp. v. Microsoft (Patently-O) (Patents4Software) (AwakenIP)

CAFC orders ED Texas to transfer venue in In re Acer (Patents Post Grant Blog)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Now 42 patents-in-suit: Apple v Motorola (ArsTechnica)

Google – The matter of Skyhook wireless (IP finance)

Intel – Potential NVIDIA/Intel settlement could mean good news for Apple (ArsTechnica)

Microsoft – Supreme Court to review standard of proof for invalidity defense: Microsoft v i4i (Maier & Maier) (IPKat) (IAM)

Nokia – ALJ Gildea grants summary determination motion regarding the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement in Certain Electronic Devices (337-TA-701) (ITC Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update)

Nokia – ALJ Gildea rules on motions in limine and motions to strike in Certain Electronic Devices (337-TA-701) (ITC Law Blog)

Rambus – Rambus files new 337 complaint regarding Certain Semiconductor Chips (ITC Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update)

Ricoh – ITC decides to review in part initial determination in Certain Printing and Imaging Devices (337-TA-690) (ITC Law Blog)

Rovi – ALJ Gildea sets target date in Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide and Parental Controls Technology (337-TA-747) (ITC Law Blog)

Samsung – ALJ Charneski rules on motion for summary determination regarding domestic industry in Certain Flash Memory (337-TA-685) (ITC Law Blog)

Thomson Licensing – New investigation instituted involving LCD devices (ITC 337 Update)

US Copyright

MPAA to universities: curb piracy or lose federal funding (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak)

Is it time for term limits for the Copyright Office’s Register? (ArsTechnica)

Google announces changes to better protect copyright on the Internet (ArsTechnica) (PlagiarismToday) (Public Knowledge)

Anti-piracy campaign clothes, now for babies – IRIS campaign (TorrentFreak)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Capitol Records – Court files reveal EMI promoted music on ‘piracy haven’ RapidShare : Capitol Records v MP3Tunes (TorrentFreak)

Crippen – Prosecutors dismiss Xbox-modding case mid-trial: USA v Crippen (ArsTechnica) (Michael Geist) (1709 Blog)

Harper – Supreme Court denies cert. in Harper ‘innocent infringer’ case- (Copyrights & Campaigns)

LimeWire – LimeWire to shut down (ArsTechnica) (1709 Blog)

MCGIP – Another massive porn Bittorrent copyright lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois: MCGIP, LLC v. Does (Internet Cases)

Righthaven – Democratic Underground responds to Righthaven copyright troll lawsuit (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Thomson-Rasset, Jammie – Thomson-Rasset says $1.5M award should be zeroed out (ArsTechnica) (Copyrights & Campaigns)

Torrent-Finder – Torrent-Finder determined to fight US domain seizure (TorrentFreak)

US Copyright Group – P2P defendant: ‘It’s organized crime’ (ArsTechnica)

US Copyright Group – US Copyright Group drops 5,000 P2P defendants from cases (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (PlagiarismToday)

YouTube – Viacom lodges appeal: Viacom v. YouTube (1709 Blog) (IP Osgoode)

US Trademarks & Domain Names

U.S. Govt. launches massive operation to seize internet websites that are allegedly violating IPR laws (Spicy IP) (PlagiarismToday)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Rosetta Stone v. Google: Google’s opening brief, Rosetta Stone’s unredacted brief, amicus briefs in support of Google (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

TDC Int’l – Court holds defendant in contempt for failing to scrub trademark use from the internet: TDC Int’l v. Burnham (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

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