Online Global Week in Review 23 July 2010 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:

Pirate ISP – Swedish Pirate Party members launch anonymous, log-free ISP (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (1709 Blog)

Software patent ban moves closer in on New Zealand (IAM) (Patentology)


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

OECD sees new angle on innovation for growth, social challenges (IP Watch)

Thoughts on the WordPress/Thesis debate (PlagiarismToday)

Thinking about open design (IP finance)

Global – Copyright

Using Google similar images search to find infringing logos (Class 46)

Panel: copyright needed in music, but should benefit musicians (IP Watch)

Creators ask Google for help protecting content (PlagiarismToday)

The stock photo industry’s massive copyright campaign (PlagiarismToday)

Who owns the news? (ipwars)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Another reason to be careful with your domains (PlagiarismToday)

Rapidshare takes over domain names of trademark abusers (TorrentFreak)


Global – Patents

What do you think about software patents? (Patentology)

The patent system and it’s problem of scaling (IP:JUR)

Patenting by Entrepreneurs: The Berkeley Patent Survey – Parts 1, II & III (Patently-O) (Patently-O) (Patently-O)



eIFL releases report on Open Content (Afro-IP)



Brazil’s discussion on copyright law reform – Response to the digital era? (IP Watch)

Fansubbing site fakes ICE bust to protest media reporting (TorrentFreak)



Canadian Independent Music Association laments absence of three strikes (Michael Geist)

The privacy policy paradox – census and copyright contrasted (Excess Copyright) (Michael Geist)

Open access submission to Digital Economy Strategy Consultation (Michael Geist)

Federal Court of Appeal rules that ISPs are not ‘broadcasters’ (IP Osgoode)



Beijing High Court: Guidance on the of hearing of internet copyright cases (China Law Blog)



France’s three strikes law hasn’t brought any penalties (Michael Geist)



Japanese BitTorrent user avoids virus, but not the police (TorrentFreak)



Court bans The Pirate Bay from the Netherlands (TorrentFreak)

Dutch ISPs don’t have to censor The Pirate Bay (TorrentFreak)


New Zealand

Software patent ban moves closer in on New Zealand (IAM) (Patentology)



New .pt rules now in force (Class 46)



Pirate ISP – Swedish Pirate Party members launch anonymous, log-free ISP (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (1709 Blog)

Police to receive evidence against ‘large scale’ file-sharers (TorrentFreak)

Anti-piracy group accused of blackmailing teen file-sharers (TorrentFreak)


United Kingdom

UK music head set for seat in the House of Lords (TorrentFreak)

How will ACTA affect UK copyright law? (TechnoLlama)


United States

US General

eBay venue selection clause upheld in Texas: In re eBay, Inc (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)


US Patents – Decisions

Judicial economy and risk of inconsistent claim constructions warrant transfer of venue from Easter District of Texas: U.S. Ethernet Innovations, LLC v. Acer, Inc., et. al. (Docket Report)


US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – ALJ Charneski issues public version of order disqualifying complainants’ counsel in certain personal data and mobile communications devices (337-TA-710) (ITC Law Blog)

Cognex Group – ALJ Charneski issues initial determination in machine vision investigation in favor of respondents : Certain Machine Vision Software, Machine Vision Systems, And Products Containing Same (ITC 337 Update) (ITC Law Blog)

Kodak – ALJ Luckern issues public version of initial determination on claim construction in certain mobile telephones and wireless communication devices featuring digital cameras (337-TA-703) (ITC Law Blog)

NTP – Why has NTP gone on the attack now? – NTP to sue Microsoft, Google, Apple, Motorola and others for infringement of patents relating to wireless email transmissions (IAM)

XPRT Ventures – eBay sued over payment system patents (TechnoLlama)

US Copyright

Escalating the war on piracy: domain names – ‘Operation In Our Sites’ (TechnoLlama)

Record industry mocked again as the cost of fan actions are made public (1709 Blog)

US caves on anti-circumvention rules in ACTA (Michael Geist)


US Copyright – Decisions

Truthy more protectable than truth – decision concerning unprotectible raw data converted into ‘final values’: Banxcorp v Costco (Trademark Blog)

Online video publisher learns why you should register your copyrights early: LTVN v. Odeh ((Technology & Marketing Law Blog)


US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

US Copyright Group – Thousands more BitTorrent users to be sued in the US (TorrentFreak)


US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Daily Caller – Cybersquatting – Mr. Olbermann, please retain me (Trademark Blog)

Petroliam Nasional BerhadOwner of Petronas Twin Towers files in rem cybersquatting action against Petroliam Nasional Berhad v. (Las Vegas Trademark Attorney)



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