Online Global Week in Review 22 January 2010 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

UK: OiNK admin Alan Ellis found not guilty! (1709 Copyright Blog) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Managing IP) (TorrentFreak)

Google v China (Ars Technica) (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Ars Technica) (China Law Blog) (IP Dragon) (China Hearsay) (China Hearsay) (China Hearsay)

Global – Copyright

Video of Google DC ACTA debate posted online (Michael Geist)

Music Biz: piracy our ‘climate change’, governments must act! (Ars Technica)

DECE and the war of ownership (Public Knowledge)

Google book search and the future of books in cyberspace (IP Osgoode)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

ICANN rapid response consultation: don’t be caught out (IPKat)

Internet Governance 2010: Future of the IGF: competition among institutions (IP Watch)

IP for your business: Protecting your brand on Twitter and stopping twitter squatters (IP Litigation Blog)


Submissions on Canada-EU trade deal: eBay Canada warns against overbroad IP provisions (Michael Geist)

Robertson v Thomson – January 18, 2010 class action deadline likely to be extended (concerns claim for unauthorised inclusion of articles by freelance writers in certain databases) (Excess Copyright)


Google v China (Ars Technica) (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Ars Technica) (China Law Blog) (IP Dragon) (China Hearsay) (China Hearsay) (China Hearsay)

Microsoft warns of IE bug used in Chinese attacks on Google (Ars Technica)

WTO adopts appellate body report on US-China film distribution dispute (IP Watch)

Google ready to apologize but implies there’s no reason to apologize in book scanning dispute (IP Dragon)

Green light for individual domain name registrations (China Hearsay)

Youku suddenly gets religion on IP protection? Not exactly. (China Hearsay)

IFPI spokesman Jesper Bay calls it quits (TorrentFreak)

Europe’s second Pirate MP still not in office (TorrentFreak)

EU okays proprietary Oracle’s acquisition of open source MySQL (IP Watch)

OHIM: Medion wins this round in ‘life’ dispute with Nokia (Class 46)
Who pays for private copies? (1709 Copyright Blog)

ECJ’s Infopaq judgment – a substantial change? (1709 Copyright Blog)


Hadopi: strike-one (Excess Copyright)

France and the right to forget (IP Osgoode)


Mother who banned file-sharing still held responsible (TorrentFreak)

Russia can be protected forever! (Class 46)

Cybersquatters beware! Courts may not be stopping at the statutory compensation limit anymore (Class 46)


Singapore Court holds that DVR’s infringe copyright (IP Osgoode)


Running P2P site can be a criminal offence, rules Spanish court (1709 Copyright Blog)


Music sales increase in Sweden for first time since 2000 (TorrentFreak)

ISP stands up for torrent site owner’s privacy (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay’s ipredator VPN opens to the public (TorrentFreak) (1709 Copyright Blog)

United Kingdom

OiNK admin Alan Ellis found not guilty! (1709 Copyright Blog) (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica) (Managing IP) (TorrentFreak)

EWHC (Pat) finds’s cellular phone technology patents invalid in its dispute with Nokia (EPLAW) (IPKat) (IPKat)

UK Government launches open data initiative (Michael Geist) (Creative Commons)

Oxford University bans Spotify for P2P use (TorrentFreak)

Offline infringement and consumer attitudes: turning back the tide or building a new future? – SABIP report ‘Changing Attitudes & Behaviours in the ‘Non-Internet’ Digital World and their Implications for Intellectual Property’ (IPKat) (1709 Copyright Blog)

United States
US General

United States moves to promote internet freedom, ‘knowledge commons’, response to controversy (IP Watch) (China Hearsay) (China Hearsay)

US General – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Microsoft – Lawsuit accusing Microsoft of misleading consumers to install WGA update will go ahead but not as a class action (Ars Technica)

US Patents – Decisions

District Court E D Texas: Google acquisitions are relevant determining reasonable royalty: Function Media, LLC v Google, Inc et al (Docket Report)

District Court E D Texas: Motion to strike new invalidity theories granted-in part; defendant cannot ‘reserve the right’ to assert new combinations: Realtime Data v Packeteer, Inc (

BPAI rejects claims related to ‘computer implemented method for estimating liability in an accident’ under In re Nuijten: Ex parte Wahlbin (GRAY On Claims)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple files ITC complaint against Nokia in latest battle round (IPKat) (ITC Law Blog)

Eastman Kodak Company – ALJ Charneski grants motion to terminate the investigation as to LG respondents in certain mobile telephones (337-TA-663) ITC Law Blog)

Eastman Kodak Company – Kodak files patent infringement complaint with ITC against Apple and RIM over image preview technology (IPKat) ( (ITC Law)

FotoMedia: Shutter closing on massive photo-sharing patent suit: (Prior Art)

Toshiba – Toshiba files new 337 patent infringement complaint against Wistron regarding certain notebook computer products (ITC Law Blog)

US Copyright

Groups tell FCC copyright enforcement shouldn’t be part of net neutrality (Public Knowledge)

MPAA and RIAA seek net neutrality copyright loophole (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

EMI puts a stop to sharing for OK Go on YouTube (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Michael Geist) (Copyfight)

CNET reports Verizon terminating subscriber access following repeat infringement claims (Michael Geist) (Public Knowledge) (Ars Technica)

Comcast’s BitTorrent settlement excludes pirates (TorrentFreak)

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court N D California: Open source licensor prevails on summary judgment motions: Jacobsen v. Katzer. (IP Frontline)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Is Apple’s iSlate naming changing to iPad? (Name Wire)

Google – Do Androids dream of trade mark law? Nexus One – who owns the IP rights? (IP Whiteboard)

FrangranceNet – Keyword ad and product shots case survives motion to dismiss – FragranceNet v. FragranceX (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)



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