Online Global Week in Review 26 Nov 10 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:

Senate Judiciary Committee approves S. 3804 COICA (The Domains) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (IPKat) (Copyhype) (Spicy IP) (Public Knowledge) (The Volokh Conspiracy)

CJEU considers ‘logistical hub’ for fakes in Nokia hearing: C-495/09 (Class 46) (IPKat) (Afro-IP)

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

Twitter patent strategy, China innovation and trolls – 4 November 2010 podcast (Think IP Strategy)

Pirate Parties use influence to halt Anonymous’ Operation Payback (TorrentFreak)

Legal implications of app development (

Should WIPO lead creation of a global repertoire database? (IP Watch)

Creative Commons reporting from the International Open Government Data Conference (Creative Commons)

WIPO Director General visits Beijing, addresses international copyright forum (WIPO)

Global – Copyright

If Thomas Aquinas considered the copyright implications of Firesheep and Blacksheep (Internet Cases)

Panellists: Copyright law’s ‘Byzantine maze’ stalling new business models (IP Watch)

Is Witcher 2 DRM-free to lure in pirates? (TorrentFreak)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

UDRP not suitable to obtain domain name originally registered with your consent – WIPO domain name decision in Red Bull GmbH v. Roy Kenneth Nabben (Class 46)

The Beatles and Apple finally come together (IP Osgoode)

Global – Patents

Microsoft pays $450 million for 882 Novell patents (IAM)

Samsung’s IV hook-up gives it more freedom to operate – UPDATED: and HTC signs up too (IAM)

The ‘major semiconductor company’ that has just sold Acacia a DRAM patent portfolio (IAM)

Mallun Yen hooks up with RPX (IAM)


Anti-Mafia unit conducts melodramatic Warez piracy raid (TorrentFreak)


Clement’s digital economy strategy speech (Michael Geist)

The false link between locks and levies (Michael Geist)

Digital locks, circumvention and the copyright reforms proposed by Bill C-32 (IP Osgoode)

Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance concerned with C-32’s digital lock rules (Michael Geist)

‘When copyright Bill C-32 passes, I will automatically become a criminal’ – digital locks (Michael Geist)

Business method patents: The state of the art after the decision (IP Osgoode)


Heroic victory for action figures – dispute over (IP tango)


CJEU considers ‘logistical hub’ for fakes in Nokia hearing: C-495/09 (Class 46) (IPKat) (Afro-IP)

EFF calls on European Commission to protect Internet users’ rights by requiring court order before ISP takedowns (EFF)


travel.indiatimes v. indiatimestravel – classic instance of cybersquatting (Spicy IP)

Indian police arrest 4 member BitTorrent Gang (TorrentFreak)


Pirates attack, two injured: blu-ray and 3D DVDs (IP tango)


Dutch artists groups propose full legalisation of P2P (Michael Geist) (TorrentFreak)

‘Copyright owners better off in a regime that allows downloading from illegal sources’ – Court of Appeal of The Hague decisions in ACI et al. v Stichting de Thuiskopie and FTD v. Eyeworks (1709 Copyright Blog)


Madrid court confirms YouTube’s host status – Telecinco v YouTube (JIPLP)


GO OGLE domain name action: retrial ordered (Class 46)

United Kingdom

P2P lawyers facing discipline for demanding cash from innocents (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

Ryanair wins domain name dispute over ‘’ (IP Whiteboard)

EWHC: may not be broadcasting – but it might be communicating: ITV Broadcasting v TV Catchup (1709 Copyright Blog)

Internet infringement – you place or mine, or both? – Football Dataco v Sportradar (1709 Copyright Blog)

Digital Economy Act goes to judicial review (IP Osgoode)

United States

US General

‘Trends in Internet Law’ talk slides (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US Patents – Decisions

USPTO denies Microsoft’s second request to re-examine i4i patent (Patents Post-Grant)

ITC modifies Initial Determination and terminates investigation in Certain Machine Vision Software (337-TA-680) brought by Cognex against MVTec and others (ITC 337 Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update)

Apple gets partial win in case alleging copyright infringement by iPhone app – District Court W D Washington decision in Stewart v Apple (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-750) against Motorola regarding Certain Mobile Devices And Related Software (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Data Network Storage – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-748) regarding Certain Data Storage Products (ITC 337 Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update)

Motorola – Motorola mobility files new 337 complaint against Microsoft regarding certain gaming and entertainment consoles (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Overland Storage – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-746) regarding Certain Automated Media Library Devices (ITC 337 Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update)

Rovi – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-747) regarding Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide And Parental Controls Technology (ITC 337 Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update)

Samsung – ALJ Charneski denies motions by Spansion and Samsung for summary determination concerning validity in Certain Flash Memory (ITC 337 Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update) (ITC 337 Update)

Samsung – ALJ Charneski grants Samsung motion for summary determination that Spansion meets importation requirement (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Samsung – Samsung Electronics terminated from investigation – In the Matter of Certain Semiconductor Products Made by Advanced Lithography Techniques and Products Containing Same (ITC 337 Update)

Thomson Licensing – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-749) regarding Certain LCD Devices (ITC 337 Law Blog)

US Copyright

Senate Judiciary Committee approves S. 3804 COICA (The Domains) (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak) (IPKat) (Copyhype) (Spicy IP) (Public Knowledge) (The Volokh Conspiracy)

COICA – Senator: Web censorship bill a ‘bunker-busting cluster bomb’ (Ars Technica)

US Copyright – Decisions

Jury gives Oracle $1.3 billion in copyright damages from SAP (Ars Technica)

FilmOn streaming TV site temporarily shut down by court (PlagiarismToday) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Anderson, Tanya – Lawyer wants ‘Goliath verdict’ against RIAA in abuse trial (Ars Technica)

Gawker – Gawker removes leaked Sarah Pail book excerpts (PlagiarismToday)

Ivi – Ivi toes ‘secondary transmission’ line (Ars Technica)

LimeWire – Manhunt! LimeWire, RIAA both search for ‘Pirate Edition’ creator (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

Microsoft – Microsoft embraces first wave of Kinect innovation (EFF) (Michael Geist)

MP3Tunes – MP3Tunes safe harbor challenge a legal test for cloud storage (Ars Technica)

RapGodFathers – Music linking site raided by Dept of Homeland Security/ Immigration & Customs Enforcement (TorrentFreak)

Syfert, Graham – Hurt Locker makers sue lawyer who helped ‘BitTorrent’ defendants (TorrentFreak)

Universal Music Corp – Disclosure of the Substance of privileged communications via email, blog, and chat results in waiver: Lenz v. Universal (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US Copyright Group – ‘Put up or shut up’ time for US Copyright Group (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

US Copyright Group – Class action lawsuit challenges Bittorent lawsuit factory’s business model (Internet Cases)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

District Court E D Virginia: Awards domain holder common law trademark right & orders registrar to return domains: Weitzman v Lead Networks (The Domains)

District Court N D Texas: Wildcarding subdomains is ok; reverse domain name hijacking isn’t: Goforit v. Digimedia (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Facebook – Facebook is thankful to the Trademark Office as they get awarded a trademark on ‘Face’ (The Domains) (IPBiz)

Facebook – Lamebook and Facebook enter into First Amendment naming dispute (Name Wire) (IP Whiteboard)

Nintendo – Can it still be on like Donkey Kong – TM app for ITS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG (IP Law Blog)

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