Online Global Week in Review 15 June 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:

ICANN announces list of new gTLD applicants and applications (Canadian Trademark Blog) (IP Watch) (Ars Technica) (IP Whiteboard) ( (Patent Arcade) (Out-Law)


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 – Copyright

EU and U.S. consumer groups face state agencies over ACTA and other international IP policies (EFF)


Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

ICANN announces list of new gTLD applicants and applications (Canadian Trademark Blog) (IP Watch) (Ars Technica) (IP Whiteboard) ( (Patent Arcade) (Out-Law)

UN Internet takeover rumours mask bigger governance shortcomings (Michael Geist)


Global – Patents

New Samsung CEO appointment could provide a window for smartphone peace (IAM)

Apple’s enforcement of Motorola’s FRAND licensing obligations mirrors Microsoft case (FOSS Patents)



Samsung seeks technical knock-out of Apple patents (Patentology)

Australian Pirate Party sets course for parliament (TorrentFreak)



Why Bill C-11’s digital lock rules may hurt copyright enforcement (Michael Geist)

MPAA’s secret lobby campaign on Bill C-11 and a Canadian SOPA (Michael Geist)

The IP lobby’s post-Bill C-11 playbook: ACTA, SOPA, warrantless search and the criminalization of IP (Michael Geist)

gTLD expansion could be a licence to print money for one Canadian company (IAM)

Big Content wants to bring SOPA-style policies to Canada (Ars Technica)



More iPad trademark “news”: China court to delay ruling (China Hearsay)

Apple to further expand its territory in the Chinese market: with or without the iPad (IP Osgoode)



EU negotiators tentatively agree on plan for orphan works (IP Watch) (IPKat)

Anti-ACTA protests expected in two dozen countries; parliament opposition rises (IP Watch) (TechnoLlama) (TechnoLlama)



Settlement reached regarding Google Books project (The 1709 Blog)

YouTube wins piracy case against French broadcaster TF1. How Pinteresting… (IP Whiteboard)


North Korea

Report finds rampant filesharing in North Korea, despite the risks (Ars Technica)



Student fined for running movie & TV show subtitle download site (TorrentFreak)


United Kingdom

Parliamentarians discuss UK copyright reform (IPKat) (Out-Law)

Hargreaves and Hooper speak out on digital copyright exchange (The 1709 Blog)

Court issues new blocking order against The Pirate Bay (TorrentFreak)


United States

US Patents

The defensive patent license and other ways to beat the patent system (EFF) (Ars Technica)

New patent prevents textbook sharing (Spicy IP) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)


US Patents – Decisions

CAFC: Toshiba v Imation: Claim construction three ways (Patently-O)


US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – ND Illinois: Judge Posner allows Apple and Motorola to meet in an injunction hearing next week (Ars Technica) (FOSS Patents)

Apple – N D Illinois: Judge Posner suggests that damages required for viable infringement claim: Apple v Motorola (PatLit) (Patently-O)

Apple – ND Illinois: Judge Posner gives court-appointed expert guidelines: Apple v Motorola (Chicago IP Litigation Blog)

Apple – N D Illinois: Judge Posner trifurcates patent trial: Apple v Motorola (Chicago IP Litigation Blog)

Apple – ND California: Apple’s deliberate approach allows Samsung to launch the Galaxy S III on time (FOSS Patents)

British Telecom – Reexamination requested by Google against two more British Telecom patents (WHDA)

British Telecom – Reexamination requested against British Telecom patent, perhaps by Google (WHDA)

EON Corp – ED Texas: Complete bar on use of overseas litigation support services for confidential information rejected: EON Corp v Landis+Gyr (Docket Report)

HTC – HTC withdraws Federal Circuit appeal against ITC dismissal of complaint against Apple (FOSS Patents)

HTC – ITC doesn’t allow HTC to assert Google’s patents against Apple – Rent-a-patent model fails (FOSS Patents) (Ars Technica)

Impulse Technology – Impulse files suit against Nintendo and others alleging infringement of its patent for an “interactive system measuring physiological exertion” (Patent Arcade)

Intellectual Ventures – ALJ Gildea denies motion to disqualify counsel in Certain Dynamic Random Access Memory And NAND Flash Memory Devices (337-TA-803) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Intellectual Ventures – Regardless of prejudice, no amendment of prior art statement absent a showing of diligence as to individual references: Certain Dynamic Random Access Memory And NAND Flash Memory Devices (337-TA-803) (Docket Report)

Intellectual Ventures – No redaction for confidential or irrelevant material: Certain Dynamic Random Access Memory And NAND Flash Memory Devices (337-TA-803) (Docket Report)

Microunity Systems – Case should not be streamlined by “assigning an arbitrary limit on the number of asserted claims: Microunity Systems Engineering v Acer (Docket Report)

Motorola – Microsoft appeals unfavourable parts of ITC ruling in Motorola case to CAFC (FOSS Patents)

Motorola – Members of Congress write to ITC to express concern about potential Xbox ban (FOSS Patents) (Ars Technica)

Motorola – Intel and AT&T join the FTC, Apple, Microsoft, HP, Cisco, Nokia and others in opposing import bans over standard-essential patents in ITC matters brought by Motorola against Microsoft and Apple  (FOSS Patents) (FOSS Patents) (FOSS Patents) (FOSS Patents)

Speak For Yourself – App Store enigma: the patent holder, the developer, and the voiceless child (Ars Technica)

Technology Properties – ALJ Essex grants motions to terminate investigation in Certain Computers and Computer Peripheral Devices (337-TA-841) (ITC 337 Law Blog)


US Copyright

From gigabytes to petadollars: copyright math begets copyright currency (Ars Technica)

SOPA opponents unveil “Digital Bill of Rights” (Ars Technica)


US Copyright – Decisions

New Jersey affirms summary judgment of copyright and trade dress infringement: Tetris Holding v XIO Interactive (IP Spotlight)

7th Circuit grants summary judgment in “obvious fair use” case Brownmark Films v Comedy Partners (Recording Industry vs The People)


US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

DepositFiles – DepositFiles settles multi million dollar piracy lawsuit (TorrentFreak)

Megaupload – Retired judge joins fight against DoJ’s “outrageous” Megaupload seizures (Ars Technica)

Megaupload – US argues it shouldn’t have to give Megaupload user his legit files; says users should sue Megaupload or its hosting service (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)


US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Bethesda – Bethesda and Interplay settle “Fallout”  trademark dispute (Patent Arcade)

XYZ Media – Golf app maker sues US Golf Association in Seattle for unfair competition (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

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