Online Global Week in Review 28 May 2010 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

District Court C D California permanently enjoins IsoHunt, Fung (Copyrights & Campaigns) (TorrentFreak)

Irish ISP and major music labels ready to disconnect pirates (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)

Global – Copyright

WIPO launches online forum on access to copyrighted works by visually impaired (WIPO) (1709 Copyright Blog)

How much to pay for a music download? (ipwars)

News Corp. flabbergasted anyone could oppose ‘three strikes’ (Ars Technica)

Newzbin resurrected? Code leak presages Newzbin Two (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

Steps brand owners can take to deal with brandjacking on social networks (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Applying for ‘dot brand’ TLDs (Trademark Blog)

Twitter may allow competitors to purchase trademarks as keywords for sponsored tweets (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Newzbin and Newzxxx domains have new Seychelles-based owner (TorrentFreak)

Global – Patents

How much should you invest in patents? (IP finance)

Salesforce CEO accuses Microsoft of being a Patent Troll (Tangible IP) (Tangible IP)

‘Progress’ article looking at delicate balance between proprietary and open source models for development and adoption of computer software (IPKat)


ICANN – refusing registration for domain names ending in the Cyrillic letters .бг as too similar to .br – used in the Latin alphabet for Brazil (IPKat)


Federal Court of Appeal gives a broad interpretation to ‘Research’ for fair dealing (IP Osgoode)

Bryan Adams gets private PM audience to jam and lobby on copyright (Michael Geist)

Tony Chapman at Canada 3.0: Canada’s starring role as global launch lab (IP Osgoode)

DMCA-style reforms: ‘Not a reasonable policy to foster innovation or respect for copyright’ (Michael Geist)

Lawyers launch copyright class action against Thomson Reuters (Michael Geist)

Can file extensions be trade-marked? – US court says no in Autodesk, Inc. v. Dassault Systemes Solidworks Corp. What about in Canada? (IPblog)


Supreme Court rules Pirate Bay must stay blocked (TorrentFreak)


Patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions – opinion G3/08 of EPO Enlarged Board (ipeg)(IP Osgoode)


German Supreme Court software patent decision ‘not a landmark ruling’ says expert (IAM)

Court decision means ‘all software ideas are now potentially patentable’ in Germany (IAM)

Flooding Germany with software patents? (Tangible IP)


Irish ISP and major music labels ready to disconnect pirates (TorrentFreak) (Ars Technica)

Hollywood lands triple strike on Pirate Bay, OpenBitTorrent (TorrentFreak)

Free speech: trade mark rights 6:0 (Class 46)

United Kingdom

Law firm asks alleged file-sharers to incriminate themselves (TorrentFreak)

United States
US General

District appeals court rules customers of company who misappropriate trade secrets are not themselves liable: Silvaco Data Systmes v Intel (IPKat)

Second life: intellectual property and virtual property are not the same thing (1709 Copyright Blog)

US Patents – Decisions

District Court E D Texas: Think twice before filing a motion to stay pending re-examination: Parallel Networks, LLC v. Microsoft Corp (Orange Book Blog)

Second Circuit stays hot news injunction: Barclays v. (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

The Value of IP – CAFC agrees to en banc review in TiVo litigation (Maier & Maier)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple faces patent suits over iTunes Store, Safari, Mac OS X (Ars Technica)

FlashPoint – FlashPoint files new 337 complaint against Nokia, RIM, HTC, and LG regarding certain electronic imaging devices (ITC Law Blog)

Microsoft – A tale of trolls and false clouds: Microsoft v (PatLit)

Nokia – The third act: Apple v Nokia (ipeg)

US Copyright

Free Software Foundation: Apple’s iTunes Store terms of service at odds with GPL (Ars Technica)

Week in tech: quantum teleportation and Axis of P2P Evil edition (Ars Technica)

Should Customs decide what’s a circumvention device? (Public Knowledge)

Seriously, we’re exactly like Google! isoHunt makes its case (Ars Technica)

1 down, 5 to go? isoHunt neutered by US judge (Ars Technica)

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court S D California: Preliminary injunction denied against Filesharer despite specific knowledge of infringements: Perfect 10 v Rapidshare (Copyright Litigation Blog) (Ars Technica)

District Court S D New York: MobiTV victory over ASCAP for delivery of video to cell phones: In re Application of MobiTV, Inc. (Copyright Litigation Blog)

District Court C D California permanently enjoins IsoHunt, Fung (Copyrights & Campaigns) (TorrentFreak)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

David Byrne – David Byrne sues Charlie Crist over use of ‘Road to Nowhere’ in campaign video (Copyrights & Campaigns)

Facebook – EFF weighs in: Facebook v. Power Ventures (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Whitney Harper – Peer to peer defendant seeks Supreme Court review of ‘innocent infringer’ ruling (Copyrights & Campaigns)

Worldwide Film Entertainment – Anonymous accused Bittorrent user moves to quash subpoena using real name: Worldwide Film Entertainment, LLC v. Does 1-749 (Internet Cases)

YouTube – YouTube/Viacom suit gets nasty (ArsTechnica) (IPKat)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

Life may be ‘Rad’ but this trademark lawsuit isn’t: District Court C D California decision in Williams v. (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

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