Online Global Week in Review 13 May 11 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:

The PROTECT-IP Act: COICA redux (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica) (Technology Liberation Front) (Copyright Alliance Blog) (TorrentFreak)

Belgian court of appeal rules Google infringes copyright when its services display and link to content from newspaper sites (Out Law) (IP Whiteboard) (IPKat) (The Prior Art)

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

Microsoft’s purchase of Skype shows the true value of intellectual property (IAM)

Two methods of crowdsourcing (Article One Partners)

Global – Copyright

New music locker services fail to recognize full potential (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Public Knowledge)

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 194 – includes: Judge denies subpoena, says IP address not a person (Plagiarism Today)

A report from Fordham on Google Books and the Rule of Law (Excess Copyright)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Is the Dot Future now? The ABC’s of the new gTLDs (The Prior Art) (Out Law)

Global – Patents

RPX could lead syndicate to bid on Nortel patents, says attorney at the firm (IAM)


Electronics race in Africa – Samsung targets Africa as growth market (Afro-IP)


Telstra scores pyrrhic victory in Amazon ‘1-Click’ opposition (Patentology)


Belgian court of appeal rules Google infringes copyright when its services display and link to content from newspaper sites (Out Law) (IP Whiteboard) (IPKat) (The Prior Art)

Antwerp Commercial Court: DVD replicators amount to indirect infringement: Philips v. Disco-Press (EPLAW)


Intervenors added to’s ‘One-Click’ patent appeal (IP Osgoode)

Canadian App dispute: Check your contracts (IPblog)

CRIA vs. CMPA on Canadian copyright reform (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

What comes next for Canadian Copyright Reform: Speculating on three scenarios (Michael Geist)

Conservative Majority gives Ottawa a crack at breaking the digital logjam (Michael Geist)


Bridging DNDRC decision and judicial judgment on domain name dispute (China Law Insight)


Artist slays Louis Vuitton in intellectual property dispute (TorrentFreak)


30+ companies and representative groups sign MoU to fight online sales of counterfeit goods (Class 46) (Class 99) (IPR Helpdesk)

The Pirate Bay: ‘The battle of Internets is about to begin’ – LEWP’s firewall proposal (TorrentFreak)


Google wins anti-piracy filtering lawsuit, filters anyway (TorrentFreak)


District Court of Munich: Copyright infringing maps: ‘remove absolutely everything’ (IPKat)


India’s phoney wars are here to stay (Spicy India)


Ireland seeks radical copyright reforms (1709 Blog) (Michael Geist)

‘Beholden to no-one’ – a new defence to IP infringement claims? – BMW takes action against mechanic’s over website (IPKat)

New Zealand

Did the USA write New Zealand’s new law? (1709 Blog)


Is Portugal about to make Creative Commons illegal? (TechnoLlama)


Karaoke hoarder becomes first Scottish file-share convict (1709 Blog)


Swiss book price-fixing: can it work? (IP finance)

United Kingdom

Digital Economy Act emerges from judicial review largely unscathed (IP Osgoode) (Out Law)

P2P lawyer fined after £5.99 web host falls to Anonymous attacks (ArsTechnica)

Small application, streamlined track: copyright licences hit the fast lane (IPKat)

United States

US General

The PROTECT-IP Act: COICA redux (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica) (Technology Liberation Front) (Copyright Alliance Blog) (TorrentFreak)

US Patents – Decisions

CAFC: Tivo v. Echostar en banc decision stands (Patently-O) (IPBiz)

CAFC confirms Odom’s patent invalid: Gary Odom v. Microsoft (Patently-O) (IPBiz) (Patently-O)

District Court N D California: Reexamination amendment precludes infringement liability for pre-certificate period for eBay and Microsoft: eBay, Microsoft v. PartsRiver, Kelora (WHDA)

District Court N D California: Attorney negligence, revival, and inequitable conduct: Aristocrat Technologies, et. al. v. International Game Technology, et. al. (Patently-O) (Docket Report)

District Court E D Virginia: Summary judgment of non-infringement because of re-examination disclaimer: 01 Communiqué Laboratory v. LogMeIn and Dell (WHDA)

ITC issues final determination of violation in Certain MEMS Devices (337-TA-700) (ITC Law Blog) (IPBiz)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – ALJ Luckern issues public versions of various orders in Certain Electronic Devices with Multi-Touch Enabled Touchpads and Touchscreens (337-TA-714) (ITC Law Blog) (ITC Law Blog)

Apple – ITC decides to review initial determination finding that complainants satisfy the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement in Certain Personal Data And Mobile Communications Devices (337-TA-710) (ITC Law Blog)

Apple – Public statements concerning benefits of alleged infringing protocol do not justify deposition of Apple CEO Steve Jobs: Affinity Labs of Texas, LLC v. Apple, Inc. (Docket Report)

Interval Licensing LLC – Absent participation in common transaction or occurrence, defendants accused of infringing the same patents should not be joined in a single suit: Interval Licensing LLC v. Apple Inc. (Docket Report)

Linex – Linex files new 337 complaint regarding Certain Wireless Communication Devices and Systems (ITC Law Blog)

LSI Logic – Attacks on two LSI Logic video decoder patents among reexamination requests filed week of 4/25/11 (Patent Law Center)

Motorola – ALJ Luckern rules on motion to compel in Certain Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music and Data Processing Devices (337-TA-745) (ITC Law Blog)

Nokia – ALJ Charneski sets 18-month target date and procedural schedule in Certain Electronic Devices, Including Mobile Phones, Mobile Tablets, Portable Music Players, and Computers (337-TA-771) (ITC Law Blog)

Nokia – ALJ Gildea issues public version of initial determination in Certain Electronic Devices (337-TA-701) (ITC Law Blog)

Rovi – ALJ Gildea rules on motion to compel in Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide and Parental Controls Technology (337-TA-747) (ITC Law Blog) (ITC Law Blog)

S3 Graphics – ALJ Gildea rules on motions to strike expert reports in Certain Electronic Devices with Image Processing Systems (337-TA-724) (ITC Law Blog) (ITC Law Blog)

Samsung – Consumer survey evidence not tied to purported advantages of patented invention must be excluded: Fractus, S.A. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et. al (Docket Report)

Spansion – ALJ Rogers denies motion for reconsideration in Certain Flash Memory Chips (337-TA-735) (ITC Law Blog)

Spansion – ALJ Rogers denies motion for summary determination based on failure to include meet-and-confer certification in Certain Flash Memory Chips (337-TA-735) (ITC Law Blog)

TiVo – Microsoft action stayed pending patent reexamination (Patents Post Grant Blog)

US Copyright

Piracy politics fuel Internet censorship (TorrentFreak)

Twitpic modifies terms and claims exclusive rights to distribute photos uploaded to Twitpic (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (Plagiarism Today)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Arista Records LLC – Record industry looks for $1.4 billion in Limewire trial: Arista Records LLC v. Lime Wire LLC (1709 Blog) (Spicy IP)

Epifan, Timothy – Movie pirate sues police & MPAA for arrest with deadly force (TorrentFreak)

isoHunt – MPAA has nothing on us, isoHunt tells Court (TorrentFreak)

Righthaven – Criminal Justice blog moves to dismiss sham copyright troll lawsuit (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

United States Copyright Group – 23,322 ‘Expendables’ downloaders accused in BitTorrent’s biggest lawsuit (TorrentFreak)

Zediva – Movie streamers line up heavyweight lawyers to fight MPAA (TorrentFreak)

US Trademarks & Domain Names

Mozilla resists US gov’t request to nuke ‘MafiaaFire’ add-on (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak)

US gets threatening over ICANN’s new internet domain plan (IP Watch)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

Utah Court strikes blow for free speech, dismisses trademark and CFAA claims against political activists: Koch v Does (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

TTAB reverses 2(d) refusal of FUJITECH: Third-Party registrations insufficient to show relatedness of various electronic goods: In re Fujitech Ltd (TTABlog)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Facebook – Court throws out Facebook’s lawsuit against for lack of personal jurisdiction: Facebook, Inc. v., LLC (Internet Cases) (Likelihood of Confusion)

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