Online Global Week in Review 15 October 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:

Music industry fails in High Court bid to force 3 strikes on ISP: EMI Records (Ireland) Limited v. Eircom Limited (TorrentFreak) (1709 Blog) (IPKat) (Recording Industry vs. The People)

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

Impossibly simple solution to the mobile telecom patent lawsuit jungle (IP Think Tank)

Internet access and human rights highlighted alongside UN Human Rights Council (IP Watch)

Global – Copyright

Copyright trolls in technology (IPblog)

Is Google’s caching copyright infringement?: US – Field v Google; India position (Spicy IP)

Copyright 2.0 show: includes – EFF sues Righthaven and calls it a troll; Anti-Piracy law firm hit with bomb threat (PlagiarismToday)

Will the ebook kill the book? (TechnoLlama)

The Economist on the state of the music industry (Michael Geist)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Applications for ‘There’s an App’ (IPKat)

Global – Patents

Broad patents, big settlements: are we living in strange times? (PatLit)


ACTA conclusion leaves flexibility for made-in-Canada approach (Michael Geist)

Protecting protection is nothing new – Bill C-32(IP Osgoode)

Locking out lawful users: Michael Geist’s collection of essays – ‘From ‘Radical Extremism’ to ‘Balanced Copyright’: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda’ (IP Osgoode) (Michael Geist)

Can copyright bill survive with all its kinks? (Michael Geist)

Contempt of court: Compounding a trademark and copyright breach: 9038-3746 Quebec Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation (Canadian Trademark Blog)


Meizu and Apple fight over iPhone IP – this one’s pretty obvious (China Hearsay)

COICA and China: Bad US copyright policy makes for even worse Chinese law (Public Knowledge)


Graphic user interfaces: expressions in any form of a computer program? – AG’s opinion published – Bezpečnostní softwarová asociace – Svaz softwarové ochrany (1709 Blog)

Behind the scenes of G 003/08 – computer implemented inventions (Innovationpartners)

A tale of two airlines – Ryanair domain name dispute (IPKat)

The cometh … for your copyright (IPKat)


Music industry fails in High Court bid to force 3 strikes on ISP: EMI Records (Ireland) Limited v. Eircom Limited (TorrentFreak) (1709 Blog) (IPKat) (Recording Industry vs. The People)


BREIN and Usenet portal face off in court over legality (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Party leader and anti-piracy boss clash in twitter fight (TorrentFreak)

Lawyer: BREIN anti-piracy spy uploaded pirated movie to Usenet (TorrentFreak)


Pirate Bay Appeal Day 6 & 7: Is piracy hurting music sales? (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

Politician tied up in Warez scene piracy investigation (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

Police repeat OiNK mistake, Mulve accusation ‘conspiracy to defraud’ (TorrentFreak)

United States

US Patents

The mobile patent battleground in boxes and arrows (IP Whiteboard)

Red Hat argues against software patents in response to USPTO’s request for guidelines after Bilski (Maier & Maier )

Frenzy over Facebook’s US 7,809,805 (IPBiz)

US Patents – Decisions

District Court E D Texas: Apple ordered to pay $625.5M damages over patent infringement: Mirror Worlds LLC v. Apple Inc (IP Osgoode)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple gets three multi-touch patents on 12 Oct 2010 (IPBiz)

Apple – Motorola bites Apple for infringement of smartphone patents (Patentology)

Broadcom – Broadcom and Global Locate file enforcement complaint in Certain GPS Devices (337-TA-602) (ITC Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update)

Microsoft – Microsoft licenses Palm tech from patent troll Acacia (ArsTechnica)

Motorola – Motorola Mobility files new 337 complaint regarding Certain Wireless Communication Devices Portable Music and Data Processing Devices (ITC Law Blog)

Richtek – ALJ Luckern rules on motion for sanctions in Certain DC-DC Controllers (Inv. No. 337-TA-698) (ITC Law Blog)

Thomson Licensing SAS – Commission institutes investigation 337-TA-74 in Certain Liquid Crystal Display Devices, Including Monitors, Televisions, and Modules, and Components Thereof (ITC 337 Update)

Webvention – Rollover image on your website? That will be $80,000 (please) (ArsTechnica)

US Copyright

US anti-P2P law firms sue more in 2010 than RIAA ever did (ArsTechnica)

MPAA: Piracy will always be with us (TorrentFreak)

The COICA: A proposed online infringement ‘crack down’ (IP Osgoode)

CBC bans use of Creative Commons music on podcasts (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright)

Improving access to the public domain: the public domain mark (Creative Commons)

Gates Foundation announces $20M for Next Generation Learning Challenges; CC BY required for grant materials (Creative Commons)

Minecraft: Lawsuit minefield? (Public Knowledge)

Leading anti-piracy outfit DtecNet sold to US fraud and brand protection firm (TorrentFreak)

US Copyright – Decisions

EFF asks Ninth Circuit Appeals Court to review dangerous ‘first sale’ decision Vernor v Autodesk (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

First Time Videos LLC – Copied pleadings show there’s no honor among antipiracy lawyers (ArsTechnica)

Georgia State University – Georgia on my… oh nevermind – Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Sage sue GSU for allegedly allowing students to make electronic copies without payment to publishers (1709 Blog)

Google – Inflatable giant gorilla attacks Google (for copyright infringement): Scherba v. Google (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Ohio Democratic Party – Copyright battle in Ohio Gov race over use of clip to expose ‘steelworker’ as actor (Copyrights & Campaigns) (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

US Copyright Group – Copyright, meet trademark – Media Copyright Group files declaratory judgement suit over use of USCG (Las Vegas Trademark Attorney) (ArsTechnica)

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