Online Global Week in Review 27 Nov 09 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Get ready for the .eu IDN landrush on 9 December, midnight! (Class 46) (IPKat) (Managing Intellectual Property)

Digital Economy Bill introduced (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law) (Ars Technica) (Michael Geist) (The 1709 Copyright Blog) (TorrentFreak) (Michael Geist)

Global – General

iNDA – Non-disclosure agreement iPhone app (iPhone J.D.) (ipwars)

Global – Copyright

Convergence survey lifts lid on attitudes to paying for IP content (IP finance)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Internationalised domain names on the fast track (Canadian Trademark Blog)

Corporación Habanos sees its UDRP claim for go up in smoke (IPKat)

iPhone app developer loses domain name arbitration before WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre: GmbH v. Alan Lin (IPblog)


AFACT v iiNET: Epic BitTorrent copyright case concludes (TorrentFreak)


900,000th .at domain registered (Class 46)


isoHunt files new statement of claim against CRIA (Michael Geist) (TorrentFreak)

David Canton on digital copyright reform – ‘three strikes is not a palatable solution’ (Michael Geist)

Billy Bragg on music and copyright (Michael Geist)


Will China create the next Silicon Valley? (China Law Blog)


European Commission: No 3 strikes without judicial oversight (TorrentFreak)

Opposition mounts in Europe to three-strikes proposals (Michael Geist)

Get ready for the .eu IDN landrush on 9 December, midnight! (Class 46) (IPKat) (Managing Intellectual Property)

EU files responses to ACTA Internet Chapter (Michael Geist)

EU telecom package to enter into force in December (IP Watch)


Delhi High Court on jurisdiction where cause of action lies in worldwide web: Banyan Tree case (Spicy IP)


Israel Court rejects fair use claims of newspaper, Yedioth Achronot, in reviewing internet content (The IP Factor)


Mininova deletes all infringing torrents and goes ‘legal’ (TorrentFreak)


Update on the Cyrillic domain names (Class 46)


P2P sites’ injunctions overturned, anti-piracy group fined (TorrentFreak)


Pirate Bay battles to assert IP rights in its logo (Class 46) (IPKat)

Swedes start buying music – are anti P2P laws working? (Ars Technica)

United Kingdom

EWHC (Ch): Virgin Media boxes safe (for now): Gemstar v Virgin Media (IPKat)

ACS:Law plans to file thousands of P2P demand letters (Michael Geist) (TorrentFreak)

Digital Economy Bill introduced (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law) (Ars Technica) (Michael Geist) (The 1709 Copyright Blog) (TorrentFreak) (Michael Geist)

Digital Economy – if you hate the bill, you’ll love the petition (The 1709 Copyright Blog)

Selling mod chips is a copyright offence (Innovationpartners)

United States
US General

A look at Twitter’s updated privacy policy (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US General – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Microsoft – Microsoft settles trade secrets case against former employee Miki Mullor and Ancora (IPKat) (Arstechnica)

US Military – Military wins small battle in war against counterfeit chips: DOJ announces California man pleads guilty to trafficking counterfeit computer chips to US military (Ars Technica)

US Patents

A carrot to cite prior art, better than the poison pill of inequitable conduct?: Microsoft v Lucent (IP Frontline) (IP Frontline)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

McAfee – Motion to transfer venue to Minnesota denied: Deep Nines v McAfee (

Network Solutions – Motion to transfer granted as to California defendants – denied as to new Texas defendants (

Vizio – Federal Circuit to hear oral argument in Vizio appeal 10 December (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Volomedia – EEF fight Volomedia’s podcasting patent (Innovationpartners)

US Copyright

DVD customers are not DVD pirates (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Lady GaGa earns slightly more from Spotify than piracy (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

Selectable output control: MPAA v The Public (Public Knowledge)

MPAA to FCC: critics of video blocking are lying (Ars Technica)

Citizen copyright monitors – whistleblowing single user software use on multiple computers (ISinIP)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps – The curious case of the psychoacoustic Beatles’ tracks (1709 Copyright Blog)

Google – Court date set for Google Book case (IP Watch) (IPKat)

Microsoft – Microsoft issues takedown notices to multiple websites hosting COFEE (Ars Technica)

US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Dazzlesmile – Dazzlesmile brings ‘sue the world’ lawsuit against ad agency, competitor and search engines Dazzlesmile, LLC v. Epic Advertising, Inc (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Morningware – Keyword advertising lawsuit survives motion to dismiss: Morningware v Hearthware (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

OpBiz – OpBiz, owner of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, gets temporary restraining order against domain name OpBiz v Unister (Las Vegas Trademark Attorney)


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