Online Global Week in Review 18 March 2011 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: Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator releases report on IP enforcement legislative recommendations – wants illegal streaming to be a felony (Public Knowledge) (1709 Blog) (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (Patently-O)

Australia: iiNet proposes piracy mitigation, detection and punishment framework (TorrentFreak) (ArsTechnica)

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

Be satisfied with status quo (no. 28 in our list of IP mistakes) (IP Think Tank)

Updated list of ‘warning sites’ now available (Class 46)

Global – Copyright

Copyright system must ‘adapt or perish,’ WIPO Director says (IP Watch)

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 187 – includes: iiNet defeats AFACT in Australia; LimeWire settles one of its cases (Plagiarism Today)

SSRC’s ‘Media Piracy in Emerging Economies’ report puts piracy in perspective (TorrentFreak) (ArsTechnica) (ArsTechnica)

5 changes making content tracking more difficult (PlagiarismToday)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

IP enforcement permeates ICANN, US internet policy (IP Watch)

Global – Patents

Patent trolls fatten up on vaguely worded patents (ArsTechnica)


iiNet issues ‘Encouraging Legitimate use of Online Content’ report proposing an alternative piracy mitigation, detection and punishment framework (TorrentFreak) (ArsTechnica)

Following AFACT v iiNet, Internet industry formulates copyright code of conduct (TorrentFreak)

Secret Australian piracy report revealed and debunked (TorrentFreak)


Bill C-32 and digital locks: An uneasy balance (IP Osgoode)

Supreme Court of Canada – A watched pot never boils: SOCAN v Bell (Excess Copyright)

How pirates stole Lola: Ellen Seidler explains the intricacies of online theft at CMW 2011 (IP Osgoode)

Canadian Music Week 2011: Marketing artists in a digitized music industry (IP Osgoode)


Online infringement and ISP liability (IP Dragon)

On licensing your software to China (China Law Blog)


Israel tech transfers announce deal with Google (The IP Factor)


District Court of The Hague: PS3 seizures lifted:  LG v Sony (EPLAW) (IPKat)

United States

US Patents

Patent drafting: Defining computer implemented processes (Patent Law Practice Center)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – ALJ Bullock grants motion to reopen proceedings in Certain Mobile Communications and Computer Devices (337-TA-704) (ITC Law Blog)

FlashPoint Technology Inc – ALJ Luckern grants motion for summary determination on economic prong of domestic industry requirement in Certain Electronic Imaging Devices (337-TA-726) (ITC Law Blog)

HTC – ALJ Bullock rules on motions to compel in Certain Portable Electronic Devices and Related Software (337-TA-721) (ITC Law Blog)

Intellectual Ventures – Xilinx requests reexamination of IV’s ‘669 patent: Intellectual Ventures v Altera et al (Reexamination Alert)

LG Electronics – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-764) regarding Certain Digital Televisions (ITC Law Blog)

Microsoft – Shifting weight of evidence versus shifting burden of proof: Microsoft v. i4i pending before Supreme Court (Patently-O)

Neutral Tandem – Defendant cannot show knowledge of prior art necessary for inequitable conduct: Neutral Tandem v Peerless Network (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog)

Sony Corporation – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-765) regarding Certain Display Devices, Including Digital Televisions and Monitors (ITC Law Blog)

US Copyright

Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator releases report on IP enforcement legislative recommendations – wants illegal streaming to be a felony (Public Knowledge) (1709 Blog) (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (Patently-O)

Tech industry blasts Obama Administration, says legitimate anti-counterfeiting efforts being ‘hijacked’ (IP Watch) (ArsTechnica)

Congress told that Internet data caps will discourage piracy (ArsTechnica)

US Copyright – Decisions

Revoking an implied nonexclusive copyright license – E D Texas decision on summary judgment in Nearstar v Waggoner (Property, intangible)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Google’s the largest torrent search engine, isoHunt tells Court: MPAA v isoHunt (TorrentFreak)

OpenMind Solutions – EFF urges Judge to reject dangerous new copyright troll strategy: OpenMind Solutions v. Does (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Sony – Judge gives Sony access to PS3 hacker’s PayPal records (ArsTechnica)

WPIX – Preliminary injunction granted in SDNY: internet retransmissions of television broadcasts infringing: WPIX, Inc. v. ivi, Inc (Copyright Litigation Blog)

US Trademarks & Domain Names

Silicon Valley Congresswoman: Web seizures trample due process (and break the law) (ArsTechnica)

5 Reasons why the US domain seizures are unconstitutional (TorrentFreak)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

9th Circuit: Keywords. Trademarks. Hike!  Network Automation, Inc. v. Advanced System Concepts, Inc (Likelihood of Confusion)

Jury awards damages against web designer/SEO/host on contributory trademark infringement theory: Roger Cleveland v. Prince (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Twitter – Twitter suspends Twitdroid and Uber Twitter alleging trademark infringement (Trademark Blog of the Trademark Lawyer’s Mind)

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