Online Global Week in Review 24 Feb 2012 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:

UK: High Court rules Pirate Bay operators and users guilty of copyright infringement: Dramatico Entertainment & Ors v British Sky Broadcasting & Ors (Out-Law) (The 1709 Blog) (IPKat) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)


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 – Patents

Will RPX members take up the Alcatel-Lucent offer? (Tangible IP)

RPX members – Tangible IP lists 92 of the reported 112 (Tangible IP)

Article One collaborates with Thomson Reuters on LTE research (Patent Quality Matters)



SABAM charged with copyright fraud, embezzlement, money laundering (TorrentFreak)



Telecom and Tech Coalition calls on government to stop microSD card levy (Michael Geist)

Copyright Board refuses SOCAN interim tariff application filed June 13, 2011 (Excess Copyright)



Apple loses iPad infringement suit in Guangdong: Is it time to panic yet? (China Hearsay)

Shanghai court hears iPad dispute: A quick Q&A (China Hearsay)

Trademark dispute may cause Apple iPad export ban in China (IP Solutions Blog)

Apple may be saved in China by circumstances that usually help local IP infringers (IAM)



Court orders ISP to block Grooveshark (TorrentFreak)



CJEU rules against filtering (again): SABAM v Netlog (TechnoLlama) (EFF) (Innovationpartners)

Apple brought formal EU antitrust complaint against Motorola Mobility over FRAND abuse (FOSS Patents)

After Apple, Microsoft also files an EU antitrust complaint against Motorola Mobility over FRAND abuse (FOSS Patents) (Ars Technica)



Pirate Bay ISP block challenged for censoring lawful content (TorrentFreak)



Hadopi enters first round of the “third strike” phase (The 1709 Blog)



German Constitutional Court confirms BGH’s ‘AnyDVD’ copyright decision (IPKat)

Apple v Motorola in the EPO and Germany – patentability of user interface features (Patently-O)



Calcutta High Court orders ISPs to block (Spicy IP)


New Zealand

Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom granted bail, barred from Internet (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)


United Kingdom

EWHC (Pat) finds IPCom’s patent EP1 018 849 B1 (UK) invalid and not essential to any of the major telecommunications standards: Nokia v IPCom (IPKat)

It pays to scam, as typosquatters carry on after adverse ruling from PhonepayPlus Tribunal (IPKat) (Out-Law)

EWHC (Ch) rules Pirate Bay operators and users guilty of copyright infringement: Dramatico Entertainment & Ors v British Sky Broadcasting & Ors (Out-Law) (The 1709 Blog) (IPKat) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

Digital Copyright Exchange – What’s the big idea? (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law)

Branson wins right to own porn web address featuring his name (Out-Law)

UK Police Agency SOCA takes over popular music site RnBXclusive (EFF)


United States

US Patents

Stable pricing in patent sales, no let up in US litigation despite reform, says RPX CEO (IAM)

Rockstar getting ready to roll … DoJ closes down antitrust investigation into acquisition of Nortel patents (IAM)


US Patents – Decisions

ITC dismisses HTC’s first complaint against Apple: final ruling consistent with initial determination: Certain Portable Electronic Devices and Related Software (FOSS Patents) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

ITC: ALJ Essex grants Microsoft’s motion for summary determination of Barnes & Noble’s patent misuse defense in Certain Handheld Electronic Computing Devices (337-TA-769) (ITC 337 Law Blog)


US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Cypress Semiconductor – ALJ Bullock issues claim construction order in Certain Static Random Access Memories (337-TA-792) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Freescale – District Court Judge in Texas doubts Constitutionality of automatic stay provision set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 1659: Freescale v Vizio (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Google – Google acquires Cuil patent applications (SEO by the Sea)

Hynix Semiconductor – ALJ Gildea grants in part non-party Round Rock Research’s motion to quash subpoena in Certain Dynamic Random Access Memory and NAND Flash Memory Devices (337-TA-803) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Mondis Technologies – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-828) regarding Certain Video Displays (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Oracle – Once again, confusion and misinformation about Oracle’s damages claims against Google abound (FOSS Patents)

Pragmatis – Pragmatis files new 337 complaint against AUSTek, RIM, Samsung, regarding Certain Consumer Electronics (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Sandisk – Retaining in-state negotiating agent creates sufficient contacts to exercise personal jurisdiction over patentee: Sandisk v. Round Rock (Docket Report)

Skype – Skype challenges to three eidos communications patents among the reexamination requests filed week of February 13, 2012 (WHDA)


US Copyright

Domain name seizures: The end of the dotcom dominance? (TechnoLlama)

Is the OPEN Act a more viable alternative to SOPA? (Silicon Valley Software Law Blog)


US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Astrolabe – EFF wins protection for time zone database – Astrolabe v Olson dismissed, Astrolabe agrees to ‘covenant not to sue’ (EFF)

First Time Videos – Shared downloading of a movie makers joinder: First Time Videos v Does 1-76 (Chicago IP Litigation Blog)

Google – Google COULD face record industry competition lawsuit (The 1709 Blog)

Hard Drive Productions – Does and don’ts, rights and wrongs: US pornography goes to court (IPKat)

IBM – Litigation between SCO and IBM to resume (Ars Technica)

Kenny Rogers – Kenny Rogers accuses Capitol Records of failing to account for digital music sales (Recording Industry vs The People)

MegaUpload – Feds seize $50 million in Megaupload assets, lodge new charges (Ars Technica)

Third Degree Filmas – Florida judge halts 27 copyright troll cases – attorney caught practicing law without a license? (EFF) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

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