Online Global Week in Review 20 May 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:

Hargreaves Review on Intellectual Property and Growth released (BLOG@IP::JUR) (Michael Geist) (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law) (IPKat) (Ars Technica) (Techno Llama) (IP Whiteboard) (1709 Copyright Blog) (IAM) (IP Watch) (Class 99) (Out-Law) (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 – General

Microsoft splurges with $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype (IP Osgoode)

Prolific ‘spokesman’ for Anonymous leaves the hacker group (Ars Technica)


Global – Copyright

A big week for copyright (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law)

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 194: U.S. Congress introduces follow up to COICA; LimeWire founder admits he was ‘wrong’ on copyright (Plagiarism Today)


Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

WIPO goes to bat for trademark owners at ICANN (IP Watch)


Global – Patents

Is Intellectual Ventures making a big move to snare Apple as a licensee? UPDATED (IAM)

Revealed – the full list of Intellectual Ventures investors (IAM) (Patently-O)



Amazon’s 1-click in Australia: Telstra Corporation Limited v, Inc (ipwars)

A lamp lens too far – validity and infringement in a crowded space: 5th decision under ‘new’ Designs Act LED Technologies v Roadvision (ipwars)

New case prints the test for copyright in compilations: Dynamix Supples Pty Ltd v Tonnex International Pty Ltd (IP Whiteboard)



Forget the iPod tax, Canadian copyright collective demanding memory card tax (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright) (Excess Copyright)

When an iPad App infringes copyright (IPblog)

WIPO reports on draft treaties on Audiovisual Performances and on Broadcasting Organizations (IP Osgoode)

Restrictive copyright plays into music industry myths (Michael Geist)

CanLII seeks to defend legal research as fair dealing: SOCAN v. Bell (Michael Geist)

‘Canada’s piracy rate is at an all time low’(Michael Geist)



Not IP as such, but still important to IP-ers: Case C-375/09 Prezes Urzędu Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów v Tele 2 Polska sp. z o.o., now Netia SA. (IPKat)

Challenge to Apple’s EU trademark on ‘App Store’ (IP Watch) (IPKat)

New EU-industry agreement against counterfeits (IP Watch)



France halts “three strikes” IP address collection after data leak (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)



BGH: Bread crumbs navigation is not patentable (IPKat)



Sholay scores interim victory in landmark ‘ringtones’ litigation: Sholay v Vodafone (Spicy IP)


United Kingdom

Hargreaves Review on Intellectual Property and Growth released (BLOG@IP::JUR) (Michael Geist) (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law) (IPKat) (Ars Technica) (Techno Llama) (IP Whiteboard) (1709 Copyright Blog) (IAM) (IP Watch) (Class 99) (Out-Law) (Out-Law) (IPKat)

Scottish file-sharing conviction dismays OiNK and FileSoup lawyer (TorrentFreak)


United States

US General

PK in the Know Podcast – COICA (Public Knowledge)

Sounding the alarm: Return of US legislation against global ‘rogue’ websites (IP Watch)

Google boss: We’ll fight anti-piracy blocking laws (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)


US Patents – Decisions

CAFC affirms dismissal of false marking case without leave to amend: Juniper Networks, Inc. v. Shipley (Gray on Claims)

The Rambus Opinions: CAFC rules on the ‘reasonable forseeability’ of litigation: Micron Technology, Inc. v. Rambus Inc; Hynix Semiconductor Inc. v. Rambus Inc (Patently-O) (IAM)

District Court New Jersey: Formatting and transmitting data does not satisfy Bilski machine or transformation test: Glory Licensing v Toys’R’Us (Docket Report)

District Court E D Texas: When are products ‘reasonably similar’ to the accused products?: Stambler v., Inc., et. al. (


US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – ALJ Rogers issues initial determination in Certain Digital Imaging Devices and Related Software (337-TA-717) (ITC Law Blog)

Apple – Apple, Nike motion to stay denied by Judge Wilken (WHDA)

HTC – ALJ Bullock rules on motion to supplement notice of prior art in Certain Portable Electronic Devices and Related Software (337-TA-721) (ITC Law Blog)

Lodsys – Patent troll shakes down iPhone app programmers (ArsTechnica) (Ars Technica) (TechnoLlama)

Microsoft – Awaiting a burdensome decision by the Supreme Court: Microsoft v. i4i (Patent Law Practice Center)

Ogma – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-773) regarding Certain Motion-Sensitive Sound Effects Devices and Image Display Devices (ITC Law Blog)

RIM – RIM challenge of two SimpleAir Patents, among the Reexamination Requests Filed Week of May 9, 2011 (WHDA)

Vertical Computer Systems – Earlier-filed action warrants transfer of venue from The Eastern District of Texas, but only as to parties involved in earlier-filed action: Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. v. Interwoven, Inc., et. al. (Docket Report)


US Copyright

Most traffic on the Internet is legal (Innovationpartners)

Senate bill gives feds power to order piracy site blacklisting – PROTECT IP Act (ArsTechnica)

RIAA-backed warrantless search bill advances in California (Ars Technica)

New bill upgrades unauthorized Internet streaming to a felony – S. 978 (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak)

Vagueness about ‘Pirate’ domain seizures disturbs US politicians (TorrentFreak)


US Copyright – Decisions

District Court S D New York – Google’s universal digital library dream is shattered: Authors Guild v Google (jiplp)


US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps – RIAA v the cloud: faces subpoena over pre-release music (Ars Technica)

LimeWire – LimeWire settles with record labels for $105 million (1709 Blog) (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (1709 Blog)

Righthaven – Class-action lawsuit targets Righthaven’s “extortion litigation” (Ars Technica)


US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

District Court W D Wisconsin: Relative search results placement doesn’t support trademark injunction: Martha Elizabeth v. Scripps Networks Interactive (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

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