Online Global Week in Review 15 January 2010 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

RIP Thanks to censorship and IP infringements or just face-saving exit? (IP Dragon) (Patent Agent in Hong Kong) (China Hearsay) (China Hearsay) (Ars Technica) (Slaw) (The Peking Duck) (chinageeks) (1709 Copyright Blog) (China Hearsay) (Michael Geist)

Hadopi unveils copyright infringing logo (TorrentFreak)

Europe’s dysfunctional private copying levy to remain (Ars Technica) (Managing IP)

UK Digital Economy Bill to be watered down (Michael Geist) (1709 Copyright Blog) (Ars Technica) (Michael Geist)

Global – General

IP Think Tank – now an iPhone App (IP Think Tank)

Top cyberlaw developments of 2009 (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

12 trends to watch for in 2010 (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Global – Copyright

Live blogging from World’s Fair Use Day (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge)

BitTorrent’s future? Decentralized search and hosting (TorrentFreak)


Union des Consommateurs files ACTA protest (Michael Geist)

World’s Fair Use Day: Much work left in Canada (Michael Geist)

Yes Men takedown trades one hoax for another (Michael Geist)

‘Confusingly similar’ and domain names – vs (IP Osgoode)


The two powerful IP messages emerging from Google’s Chinese troubles (IAM)

RIP Thanks to censorship and IP infringements or just face-saving exit? (IP Dragon) (Patent Agent in Hong Kong) (China Hearsay) (China Hearsay) (Ars Technica) (Slaw) (The Peking Duck) (chinageeks) (1709 Copyright Blog) (China Hearsay) (Michael Geist)

China loses appeal against WTO decision that its restrictions on imports audiovisual products broke the Organisation’s rules (Managing IP)


Europe’s dysfunctional private copying levy to remain (Ars Technica) (Managing IP)

OHIM decision due this month in Nokia v OHIM – Medion: Nokia seeks to register LIFE BLOG; Medion, owns earlier LIFE and LIFETEC registrations (IPKat)


French report recommends new tax on Google (Michael Geist) (1709 Copyright Blog)

Hadopi unveils copyright infringing logo (TorrentFreak)


Google received Indian patent for advertising business method (Patentcircle)


New domain name extensions for Kenya (Afro-IP)


National Library of the Netherlands plans to digitize everything (Michael Geist)

BREIN shuts down 393 torrent sites, no one notices (TorrentFreak)


Group needs guns to enforce intellectual property rights (TorrentFreak)


Spain fast tracks P2P site shutdowns (Michael Geist) (TorrentFreak)


Record labels demand cash from Pirate Bay founders (TorrentFreak)


Suspended sentence for 4,200 song, 270 movie file-sharer (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

UK Digital Economy Bill to be watered down (Michael Geist) (1709 Copyright Blog) (Ars Technica) (Michael Geist)

Everything you need to refute a file-sharing legal threat – consumer group BeingThreatened informative handbook (TorrentFreak)

Updates on the trial of ex-OiNK admin (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

United States

US Patents

Defining ‘patentable’: a discussion of Bilski and business method patents (Chicago IP Litigation Blog)

So what do E D Texas jurors really think? – The Prior Art interview with 3 jurors in i4i v Microsoft (Prior Art) (Innovationpartners) (

US Patents – Decisions

District Court S D California: Loss of market share and ‘sole provider’ status warrant permanent injunction even where defendant ceases production of the infringing product: eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C. (Patent Infringement)

District Court E D Texas: Defense wins JMOL at conclusion of plaintiff’s case in Marshall patent trial: Southwest EFuel Network, LLC v Transaction Tracking Technologies, LLC (

District Court E D Texas denies stays pending ex parte and inter partes reexam:Zapmedia Services, Inc. v. Apple, Inc (Patent Infringement Blog)

District Court N D Illinois orders Microsoft to ‘explain the need’ for counterclaims seeking declarations of noninfringement and invalidity: Performance Proxy Research LLC v. Microsoft Corporation (Patent Infringement)

BPAI invokes Gutta to reverse 101 rejection: Ex Parte Morrison (12:01 Tuesday)

Instructive 101 case from the BPAI?: Ex Parte Hughes (12:01 Tuesday)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Analog Devices – ITC institutes investigation of Knowles Electronics and Mouser Electronics regarding certain MEMs devices based on complaint by Analog(ITC Law Blog)

Centillion – Reconsidering divided infringement: Both sides appeal summary judgment finding Centillion’s patent not invalid and not infringed: Centillion Data v Qwest Corp (PATracer) (Patently-O)

Honeywell – ITC grants Honeywell and Pioneer’s joint motion to terminate investigation based on settlement agreement in certain automotive multimedia display and navigation systems (ITC Law Blog)

iLOR – iLOR appeals finding that its suit against Google was baseless and ‘exceptional’ under 35 USC § 285 and that it should pay over $650,000 legal fees, costs and expenses (PATracer)

Microsoft – Microsoft submits another appeal in i4i case (IPblog)

US Copyright

The (Public Domain) day that wasn’t (Copyfight)

Congressman Mike Doyle on ACTA (Michael Geist)

Skeptical judges ask FCC if Comcast P2P smackdown was legal (Ars Technica)

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court N D Illinois: Greater than negligible likelihood of success sufficient for preliminary injunction: Aguila Records, Inc. v. Nueva Generacion Music Group, Inc (Chicago IP Litigation Blog)

District Court C D California: BitTorrent site liable for Grokster style inducement of copyright infringement: Columbia Pictures v Fung (Internet law – Internet Cases)

District Court N D California rejects RealNetworks’ claim that movie studios were colluding against it (Ars Technica)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

EMI – EMI attacks NirGaga mashup (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Copyfight)

OK Go – Marshal McLuhan paging OK Go – band’s clip locked in copyright-grasping box (Copyfight)

YouTube – Viacom v YouTube litigation awakens for the new year (IPKat)

US Trademarks & Domain Names

Utah State Senator’s proposed e-Commerce Integrity Act would allow trade mark owners to sue infringing registration of domains (Managing IP)

iSlate naming and branding making indelible mark in computer world (Name Wire)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Peabody Energy – More silly trade mark claims: Peabody Energy threatens ‘Clean Coal’ spoof site (Electronic Frontier Foundation)



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