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Online Global Week in Review 24 December 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:

Spain rejects ‘US influenced’ copyright bill (1709 Copyright Blog) (EFF) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

Tessera wins at CAFC – eBay factors irrelevant to ITC exclusion orders: Spansion et al v ITC, Tessera (IPBiz) (Patents Post-Grant) (ITC 337 Update)

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

Calls at UN for an international body to prevent Internet control (IP Watch)

Patent ‘expert’ opinion on reasons for Google tender offer for Groupon reveals fundamental problems with IP professionals (IP Asset Maximizer Blog)

The technology of plagiarism and plagiarism detection (Plagiarism Today)

Global – Copyright

TVO planning free digital archive (Michael Geist)

Mastercard may cut off file sharing sites over piracy (Ars Technica)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Brands, micro-trends, status and online communities (IPKat)

Study – Hotels benefit when distributors reference the Hotel’s trademark in keyword ad copy (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)


The Liberals and the iTax (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright)

Supreme Court grants leave to hear SOCAN iTunes ‘previews’ case (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright)

Canadian education faces technology tipping point (Michael Geist)


Parallel universe Shenzhen: Where the iPads run on Android (IP Dragon)


EU Commission on FRAND (IP finance)

Google and EPO tie up patent deal (IP Whiteboard)

ECJ rules on Czech GUIs: Case C‑393/09 Bezpečnostní softwarová asociace – Svaz softwarové ochrany v Ministerstvo kultury (IPKat)

ECJ rules on scope of fair compensation for private copying exceptions: Padawan SL v Sociedad General de Authores y Editores de España (SGAE) Case C-467/08 (JIPLP)


Patentability of method/process claims- Application of recent US case law to the Indian Patent Act section 3(k) (Spicy IP)


Ireland joins copyright review queue (IPKat)


Court dismisses ShareConnector case citing faulty evidence (TorrentFreak)

New Zealand

NZ Patent Office issues Draft Guidelines on Computer-Implemented Inventions (Patentology)


Spain rejects ‘US influenced’ copyright bill (1709 Copyright Blog) (EFF) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

Major file-sharing sites go dark to protest anti-download law (TorrentFreak)


Pirate Bay Supreme Court appeal ‘should consider ISP liability’ (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

EWHC (TCC): Judge applies One in a Million principle against cybersquatter: Lifestyle Management Ltd v Frater (IPKat)

Record labels blame Google for piracy, hint at censorship (TorrentFreak)

BPI: 1.2 billion illegal music downloads in 2010 a record (Ars Technica)

Judge orders hearing to deal with all ACS:Law file-sharing cases (TorrentFreak)

United States

US General

Shaping digital rights – 2010 trend watch update: Congress (EFF)

Shaping digital rights – 2010 trend watch update: Books and newspapers (EFF)

US Patents – Decisions

CAFC: Joint patent infringement requires agency relationship or contractual obligation: Akamai Technologies v Limelight Networks (IP Spotlight) (Patently-O)

CAFC: ‘process’ for rendering halftone image does not disqualify as abstract idea: Research Corporation v Microsoft (EPLAW)

CAFC: Licensing/standing issue: WIAV v Motorola et al (IPBiz)

Tessera wins at CAFC – eBay factors irrelevant to ITC exclusion orders: Spansion et al v ITC, Tessera (IPBiz) (Patents Post-Grant) (ITC 337 Update)

District Court E D Texas: Plaintiff’s verdict in SynQor v Artesyn ( (

District Court C D California: No divided infringement where step performed by third party is part of non-limiting preamble: Ronald A Katz Technology Licensing L P v. Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc et al (Docket Report)

District Court C D California: For divided infringement, proof of agency not required to establish ‘direction and control’: Ronald A Katz Technology Licensing L P v. Ameren Corporation et al (Docket Report)

Two more CAFC venue opinions – In re Acer; In re Vistaprint ( (Patently-O)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Acer – All 3G “licenses-out and cross-licenses” deemed discoverable as potentially relevant to industry practice and valuation: SPH America v Acer (Docket Report)

Adobe Systems – Motion challenging sufficiency of plaintiff’s repleaded indirect infringement allegations denied: Eolas Tech. v Adobe Systems et al (

Analog Devices – ALJ Rogers issues initial determination of s 337 violation in Certain MEMS Devices (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Apple – ALJ Rogers grants partial termination in Certain Digital Imaging Devices and Related Software based on Apple’s withdrawal of claims (ITC 337 Update)

Data Storage Network – ALJ Charneski grants motion to terminate investigation in Certain Data Storage Products based on withdrawal of complaint (ITC 337 Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update)

Disney – Patent application for projector systems and methods for producing digitally augmented, interactive cakes (IPBiz)

Elan Microelectronics – Certain Electronic Devices with Multi-Touch Enabled Touchpads and Touchscreens terminated as to claim 10 of asserted patent (ITC 337 Update)

Funai – ITC modifies limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders following CAFC decision in Vizio v ITC (ITC 337 Update)

Interval Research – Patent maps of Paul Allen’s Interval Research lawsuit patents (IP Vision)

Microsoft – Previewing likely arguments in Microsoft v i4i (IPEG)

Motorola – ITC institutes investigation regarding Certain Gaming and Entertainment Consoles (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Novell – 882 Novell patents now shared by Microsoft, Apple, EMC and Oracle (Ars Technica)

OnLive – OnLive’s US 7,849,491 a video game industry changer? (IPBiz) (IPBiz)

Pioneer – ALJ Charneski issues initial determination of no s 337 violation in Certain Multimedia Display and Navigation Devices (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Samsung – Initial determinations granting summary determination that Alpine and D-Link respondents have met the importation requirement in Inv. No. 337-TA-685 (ITC 337 Update)

Samsung – Order denying respondent’s motion for summary determination that the asserted claims are not infringed or are invalid for indefiniteness – Certain Flash Memory and Products Containing Same (ITC 337 Update)

US Copyright

Undue process: how Uncle Sam seized BitTorrent domain names (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

MPAA/RIAA lobbied extensively in favour of domain seizures (TorrentFreak)

Google unveils new copyright plan (IP Whiteboard)

MPAA copyright compliance letters – coming to a Higher Education Institution near you (IP Osgoode)

Creative Commons files comments in U.S. Department of Commerce’s Inquiry on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Internet Economy (Creative Commons)

US Copyright – Decisions

9th Circuit’s mixed opinion in Glider/WoW bot case: MDY v Blizzard (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (Techno Llama)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Adult Copyright Company – Judge blocks copyright trolls in porn-downloading lawsuits (EFF) (Ars Technica)

Google – Chilling Effects supporters fight back against Perfect 10 challenge (EFF) (Ars Technica)

isoHunt – isoHunt continues legal fight to thwart MPAA censorship (TorrentFreak)

Viacom – Viacom round-up: Still complaining about YouTube even as they profit from it (EFF)

US Trademarks & Domain Names

COICA, trademark ‘McCarthyism’ and hype (Likelihood of Confusion)

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