Online Global Week in Review 2 July 2010 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

District Court S D New York: Viacom loses $1 billion copyright infringement battle against YouTube (Spicy IP) (Managing IP) (Copyrights and Campaigns) (Mallesons) (IP Whiteboard)

Supreme Court: ‘business method’ and software patents OK (ArsTechnica) (IAM)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

.xxx domain appears headed for internet (IP Watch)

Global – Patents

High technology entrepreneurs and the patent system (IP Osgoode)

Fighting trolls with fire (PatLit)

‘Damaging to culture’, online library smashed by police (TorrentFreak)


Bill C-32 – An anticipatory requiem for what we’ll lose (IP Osgoode)

Doctorow on the making of C-32 (Michael Geist)

Balanced copyright for Canada details begin to emerge (Michael Geist)

Protest on C-32 held in Calgary (Michael Geist)

NDP MP Denise Savoie on C-32: Concerned with digital locks, supports fair dealing (Michael Geist)

Appropriation Art on C-32: Needs amendments (Michael Geist)

Unlocked iPhones could herald true mobility (Michael Geist)


Baidu is first victim of new tort liability law (China Hearsay)

Google China’s issues and the party’s anniversary (China Vortex)

For 1 billion speakers, domain names officially go Chinese (ArsTechnica)

Any WTO issues with China’s new technology export subsidies? (China Hearsay)

Google stops Hong Kong auto-redirect as China plays hardball (ArsTechnica)

Court doubts legitimacy of ShareConnector shutdown (TorrentFreak)


Estonian domain name registration gets ‘ee-sier’ (Class 46)


Ms Neelie Kroes defending open standards (IP:JUR)

EU action alert! Urge your MEP to take a stand for internet freedom (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Finnish BitTorrent admins receive 680,000 Euro fine (TorrentFreak)

Rival ISPs team up in Court to fight Pirate Bay Block (TorrentFreak)


‘No evidence’ anti-piracy group hacked FTP server (TorrentFreak)

Swedish ISP blocks The Pirate Bay following injunction (TorrentFreak)

United States
US General

Steps to ‘Internet-proof’ your cease and desist letter (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US General – Decisions

California Court of Appeal clarifies what constitutes ‘use’ of a trade secret in software context: Silvaco Data Systems v. Intel Corp. (IP Law Blog)

US Patents – Decisions

Supreme Court: ‘business method’ and software patents OK (ArsTechnica) (IAM)

District Court N D Illinois: False marking complaint must allege specific facts showing intent to deceive: Simonian v. Cisco Systems, Inc. (Docket Report)

ITC issues final determination of no violation in certain cold cathode fluorescent lamp inverter circuits (337-TA-666) brought by O2 Micro (ITC Law Blog)

ITC: Initial determination on claim construction in certain mobile telephones and wireless communication devices featuring digital cameras (337-TA-703) (ITC Law Blog)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – ALJ Gildea denies Nokia’s motion for order to show cause in certain electronic devices (337-TA-701) (ITC Law Blog)

Apple – ALJ Luckern sets procedural schedule for investigation and for Markman proceeding in certain electronic devices with multi-touch enabled touchpads and touchscreens (337-TA-714) brought by Elan against Apple (ITC Law Blog)

eInstruction – eInstruction files new 337 complaint regarding certain collaborative system products (ITC Law Blog)

Rambus – ITC requests further briefing on patent exhaustion in certain semiconductor chips (337-TA-661) (ITC Law Blog) (ITC Law Blog)

WhitServe – IP portfolio management company targets law firms in patent infringement suit: WhitServe LLC v. Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aranoff LLP et al. (Docket Report) (271 Patent Blog)

US Copyright

5 minutes with Harold Feld: ‘Coulton-gate’ or copyrights are complicated (Public Knowledge)

A conversation with Cory Doctorow: How copyright threatens democracy (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge)

Shameless plug: Ars talks P2P lawsuits on NPR (ArsTechnica)

What ASCAP doesn’t understand (Public Knowledge)

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court S D New York: Viacom loses $1 billion copyright infringement battle against YouTube (Spicy IP) (Managing IP) (Copyrights and Campaigns) (Mallesons) (IP Whiteboard)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

IsoHunt – IsoHunt tells Court that MPAA’s filter is needless censorship (TorrentFreak)

NinjaVideo – Fed-busted movie site informed of investigation months ago (TorrentFreak)

US Copyright Group – Judge orders user-friendly notices for Does targeted by USCG suits (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (ArsTechnica) (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (TorrentFreak)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

District Court S D New York: Payment service providers may be liable for counterfeit website sales: Gucci v. Frontline (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

No extensions allowed – California District Court finds that non-functional use of file extension may be trade marked: Autodesk, Inc. v Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp.(JIPLP)

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