Online Global Week in Review 29 January 2010 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court: IFPI loses ‘deep-linking’ case against Baidu (TorrentFreak) (IP Dragon) (Ars Technica) (China Hearsay)

District Court Minnesota slashes ‘monstrous’ P2P award by 97% to $54,000: Capitol Records Inc. et al v Jammie Thomas-Rasset (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Michael Geist) (IPKat)

Global – Copyright

Online music sales up but overall sales decline – Discussion of IFPI’s Digital Music Report 2010 (Managing IP) (TorrentFreak)

‘Piracy isn’t killing music’ Radiohead guitarist says (TorrentFreak)

How to: Thrive as a musician without suing your fans (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Evil librarians – online book piracy (Copyfight) (Copyfight)

What the copyright industry might learn from the domain name industry (Domain Name)

Copyright + commonsense scheme? Maybe so… (Copyfight)

iPhone pirate app software nuked over legal concerns (TorrentFreak)


Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

WIPO orders transfer of 1,519 domain names to hotel operators (IP Spotlight)

Global – Patents
RPX signs up Microsoft and other software heavyweights (IAM)

Remote storage digital video recorders in Australia (IP Osgoode)


The National Film Board’s open success story (Michael Geist)

Estimating the cost of three-strikes and you’re out system (Michael Geist)


Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court: IFPI loses ‘deep-linking’ case against Baidu (TorrentFreak) (IP Dragon) (Ars Technica) (China Hearsay)

Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court:  Strong Well found at fault and ordered to pay RMB350000 to Microsoft over installation of pirated software on the computers it sold (China Blawg) infringes intellectual property of both Google and Baidu (IP Dragon)

China to US: shut up about ‘so-called Internet freedom’ (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica)

Continued discussion of Google threat to pull out of China (Patent Agent in Hong Kong) (China Hearsay) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Secure IPR essential for China’s growth (IP Osgoode)

Chinese MacBook Air knockoffs: better than the real thing? (IP Dragon)

EliteBits private BitTorrent tracker raided (TorrentFreak)


Ecuador has a new data act (IP tango)



EU has doubts as ISP rolls out DPI for copyright enforcement (Ars Technica)

Microsoft flogs cloud computing in Europe (Intellectual Property Watch)

BitTorrent spammers chosen to spy on French pirates (TorrentFreak)


South Koreans are world’s No.2 music pirates, or are they? (TorrentFreak)



In conjunction with anti-piracy outfit LANVA, Microsoft sues prominent BitTorrent tracker for $43m (TorrentFreak)


INDECOPI inspecting genuine use of software in local businesses (IP tango)

United Kingdom

UK cross party motion tabled on ACTA (Michael Geist)

Oldest BitTorrent site knocked down, but not out (TorrentFreak)

Anti-piracy scheme: ‘A scam & legal blackmail’ say UK Lords (TorrentFreak)

UK piracy letter campaign ‘nets innocents’ (Michael Geist)

‘The answer to the machine is the machine’ – or in the Digital Economy Bill? (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law)

United States
US General

iSlate, iTablet, IP! – Public reveal and protecting IP rights (Patent Arcade) (IPblog)

US Patents – Decisions

District Court E D Texas: Marshall jury finds for defendant Google – no infringement and patents invalid: Function Media v. Google (

BPAI finds particular machine: Ex Parte Moyer (12:01 Tuesday)

ITC: Initial determination finding violation of section 337 in investigation concerning semiconductor chips following complaint by Rambus against NVIDIA, Asustek, and others (ITC 337 Law Blog)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple receives iPad patent on eve of launch date (Daily Dose of IP)

Cognex – ITC terminates investigation of Amistar concerning certain machine vision software following settlement between the parties (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Konami – Konami and Harmonix file joint motion to stay proceedings in dispute over hammer-on technology (Patent Arcade)

LottoTron – LottoTron files a complaint against eleven Costa Rican entities alleging infringement of patent covering ‘computerised lottery wagering system’: LottoTron Inc v SBG Online Casino (Patent Arcade)

Motorola – Motorola files new 337 complaint against Research in Motion concerning allegedly patent infringing wireless communication system server software, wireless handheld devices and battery packs (ITC Law Blog)

Nokia – ITC institutes investigation concerning importation of mobile phones, portable music players and computers allegedly infringing Nokia patents; Apple identified as respondent (ITC Law Blog) (ITC Law Blog)

Rambus – Rambus and Samsung settle all legal claims for a cool $900 million (IPKat)

TiVo – Microsoft accuses TiVo of infringing patented video and programming display technology (brandchannel)

US Copyright

2010 State of the Net Three Strikes panel – what MPAA and RIAA don’t want you to know (Public Knowledge) (TorrentFreak)

Protestors: iPad is nothing more than a golden calf of DRM (Ars Technica)

Hulu, New York Times take bold steps by charging for content (Brand Channel)

FCC’s net neutrality plan would permit blocking of BitTorrent (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court Minnesota slashes ‘monstrous’ P2P award by 97% to $54,000: Capitol Records Inc. et al v Jammie Thomas-Rasset (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Michael Geist) (IPKat)

District Court N D Georgia: Facebook user agreement upheld in copyright infringement lawsuit over third party app: Miller v Facebook (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

RIAA – Department of Justice oppose motion by Tenenbaum to have damages reduced (Copyfight)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

District Court N D California: File extensions cannot be trademarks: Autodesk, Inc. v. Dassault Systemes Solidworks Corp (Internet Cases)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – iPad v iPad – Fujitsu’s Jan 2002 filing for IPAD for ‘handheld computing device for wireless networking in a retail environment’ (Trademark Blog)

HTC – Potential trademark dispute brewing between HTC and ShoreTel over their taglines, respectively ‘Quietly Brilliant’ and ‘Brilliantly Simple’ (Name Wire)


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