Online Global Week in Review 20 Nov 2009 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:
US Court to decide on amended Google Book settlement (IP Watch) (EFF) (EFF) (EFF) (EFF) (Public Knowledge) (IP Osgoode) (Creative Commons)
Beijing Number One Intermediate People’s Court rules Microsoft violates Chinese companies IP rights in case over fonts (China Hearsay) (China Law Blog) (PC World)
The Pirate Bay tracker shuts down for good (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)

Global – General
Note to TechDirt: Google is completely dependent on IP (IAM)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names
Internet Governance Forum, Egypt (IP Watch) (Ars Technica) (IP Watch)
Six registries to offer non-Latin domains (Managing IP)
ICANN announces approval of internationalized country code top level domains (IP Osgoode) (Australian Trade Marks Law Blog)
Tweeter brand naming for sale; Twitter users notice (The Product Naming Blog)

AFACT v iiNet: Safe harbor protection intact, says iiNet; Tiny bits of BitTorrent transfers aren’t illegal (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

Brazil launches public consultation on internet matters (IP tango)

Canadian Telco ownership rules from by-gone era – trade mark confusion creeps into web site content (Michael Geist)
Kindle coming to Canada – but who provides the wireless? (Michael Geist)

Beijing Number One Intermediate People’s Court rules Microsoft violates Chinese companies IP rights in case over fonts (China Hearsay) (China Law Blog) (PC World)
China domain name scams. Just move along… (China Law Blog)
Using web based evidence in China courts – and then some. (China Law Blog)

Czech Republic
Czech Arbitration Court wants to speed up UDRP process (Managing Intellectual Property)

Finland, Spain bringing 1Mbps broadband to everyone (Ars Technica)

More on IPCom and its litigation with HTC in Germany (IAM)

Google Book settlement – Indian government protests… finally (Spicy IP)
Cybersquatting gets sharp rap from INDRP Arbitration: Bloomberg finance wins (Spicy IP)

Swedish internet traffic recovers after initial IPRED scare (TorrentFreak)
Hollywood takes OpenBitTorrent’s ISP to Court (TorrentFreak)

The Pirate Bay tracker shuts down for good (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)
Iconic Pirate Bay ship logo hijacked by private company (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)
It’s nice to have a guaranteed monopoly: complaint against domain name registrar Switch’s wins preliminary victory before Commercial Court of Zurich (Class 46)

United Kingdom
Digital Economy Bill due for release 20 November (IPKat) (EFF) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)
EWHC: Anti-suit injunction keeps copyright suit out of the US courts: Skype v Joltid & Ors (1709 Copyright Blog)
Davenport Lyons / Digiprotect leaked documents reveal anti-piracy cash operation (TorrentFreak)
Criminal Division Court of Appeal: ‘Substantial’ a difficult word says court – appeal against criminal conviction for selling modchips to enable users to play counterfeit games: Gilham v R (The 1709 Copyright Blog) (

United States
US Patents
Strategies for traversing 35 U.S.C. § 101 rejections of software-based method claims in light of In re Bilski (FoundPersuasive)

US Patents – Decisions
District Court E D Texas: Computerised business method patent fails Bilski test under 35 USC 101: H&R Block Tax Services v Jackson Hewitt Tax Services Inc (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog) (Patently-O)
District Court N D Illinois: Internet archive website is admissible evidence in touchscreen keyboard patent case: SP Techs, LLC v Garmin Int’l, Inc (Chicago IP Litigation Blog)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps
Microsoft – Ancora settles patent litigation with Microsoft (Washington State Patent Law Blog)
Volomedia – EFF tackles bogus podcasting patent – and we need your help (EFF)

US Copyright
MC Hammer: STOP…. the music piracy crackdown (TorrentFreak)
But how much does piracy really cost? (IP finance)
Warner Bros. thinks P2P gets unfairly vilified (TorrentFreak)
Verizon to forward RIAA warning letters (but that’s all) (Ars Technica)
Ethics leaks spur House bill banning P2P apps on .gov PCs (Ars Technica)
Stopping the ACTA juggernaut (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Copyright, climate, the Chamber of Commerce and ACTA – a few more connections (Public Knowledge)
Hollywood wants to own your outputs (and that’s a good idea) (Ars Technica)

US Copyright – Decisions
District Court Oregon: Setback for malicious prosecution lawsuit against RIAA – judge finds labels had reasonable basis for original legal action: Tanya Andersen v Atlantic Recording Corporation (Ars Technica)
Federal judge extends injunction against (Ars Technica)
Federal judge rules Psystar guilty of copyright infringement and violating DMCA anti-circumvention rules in connection with selling Mac OS X on non-Apple machines (Ars Technica)
Reorganising subsidiaries? Pay me again for that software! – Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit decision in Cincom Systems v Novelis (IP Frontline)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps
Google – US Court to decide on amended Google Book settlement (IP Watch)
Google book search settlement revised: no reader privacy added (EFF)
Google – Google Book search settlement 2.0 – evaluating access (EFF)
Google – Google Book Search settlement 2.0 – evaluating competition (EFF)
Google – Google Book Search settlement 2.0 – evaluating the pros and cons (EFF)
Google – Google Book Search settlement 2.0 – first impressions on orphan works (Public Knowledge) (IP Osgoode)
Google – CC and the Google Book Settlement (Creative Commons)
US Chamber of Commerce – The Yes Men: Clever parody or fraudulent opportunism? (IP Osgoode)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions
9th Circuit remands cybersquatting case to Western District: Lahoti v Vericheck (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

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