Online Global Week in Review 3 June 2011 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:

Hargreaves Report calls for the modernization of the UK’s IP Regime (IP Osgoode) (IPKat) (Patent Law Practice Center) (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law) (Public Knowledge)

eG8: IT industry sends mixed message (IP Watch) (ArsTechnica) (ipwars)

Sen. Ron Wyden places a “hold” on the PROTECT IP Act (ArsTechnica) (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (ArsTechnica) (Public Knowledge)


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

eG8: IT industry sends mixed message (IP Watch) (ArsTechnica) (ipwars)


Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

‘Unstoppable’: new ICANN gTLD draft guide released (Class 46)

Should the UDRP be reformed? Don’t go there, says WIPO (IPKat)


Global – Copyright

Is Google a ‘rogue’ website? (Excess Copyright)


Global – Patents

Microsoft joins pre-emptive patent protection program (ArsTechnica)

Microsoft’s licensing powerplay shows why Google needs those Nortel patents (IAM)

Does Microsoft make more from licensing its Android IP to HTC than from Windows for Mobile? (Tangible IP)

Micron cuts a big deal with Intellectual Ventures (IAM)



APO: CardinalCommerce credited with patent win over Visa: Visa Inc. v CardinalCommerce Corporation (Patentology)



Canadian Recording Industry Association – Massive copyright class action settlement approved: Record labels to pay $50 million (Michael Geist)

PCC’s proposed memory card levy sparks debate on use and cost (IP Osgoode) (Excess Copyright)

Access Copyright Responds: So much for getting the facts straight and why the situation is likely to get worse for Access Copyright (but not necessarily for authors) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

The economics behind Access Copyright (Michael Geist)

Access Copyright stops pay-per-use digital licensing (Michael Geist)



Ballmer: Piracy costs Microsoft 95% of potential Chinese revenue (ArsTechnica)

Expropriation risk in China: How much should we worry about the Alipay transfer? (China Hearsay) (China Hearsay)



Music industry sues ISP to censor The Pirate Bay (TorrentFreak)



Arrested file-sharing admins face jail, $700,000 fines (TorrentFreak)



Copyright licenses in the cloud (Spicy IP)



The Pirate Bay: Five years after the raid (TorrentFreak)

Police raid ‘excellent’ private BitTorrent tracker, admins arrested (TorrentFreak)


United Kingdom

Hargreaves Report calls for the modernization of the UK’s IP Regime (IP Osgoode) (IPKat) (Patent Law Practice Center) (Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law)

Hargreaves Report – Beyond lobbynomics, or the competitive advantage of easy licensing (Public Knowledge)

LOCOG prepares to take on AdWords (IPKat)

BT and TalkTalk will appeal High Court Digital Economy Act ruling (

File-sharer sentenced to 3 years probation, cognitive therapy (TorrentFreak)

Fastpasstv shuts down after U.K. arrest (TorrentFreak)


United States

US General

Sen. Ron Wyden places a “hold” on the PROTECT IP Act (ArsTechnica) (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (ArsTechnica) (Public Knowledge)

Google Wallet spurs trade-secrets lawsuit from PayPal (ArsTechnica)


US Patents – Decisions

CAFC: Vendors and DJ Standing: Arris Group, Inc. v. British Telecommunications PLC (Patently-O) (Intellectual Property and Tech Law Reports)

CAFC refuses to dismiss appeal following settlement: TiVo Inc. v. EchoStar Corp. (PatLit)

CAFC affirms-in-part, vacates-in-part, and remands in Tessera Appeal (2010-1176) (ITC Law Blog) (IPBiz)


US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Samsung tries to gain access to unannounced next-gen Apple devices (ArsTechnica) (IPBiz)

CAO Group – In LED patent suit CAO Group protects its Dynasty (Green Patent Blog)

Lodsys – Lodsys files suit against 7 app developers (6 Apple devs, 1 Android dev) in E D Texas (TechnoLlama) (ArsTechnica) (Ars Technica)

McKesson Technologies – CAFC grants en banc review in  McKesson Technologies Inc. v. Epic Systems Corp. (Patent Docs) (Patently-O)

Nokia – ITC decides to review in part initial determination in Certain Electronic Devices (337-TA-701) (ITC Law Blog)

Spansion – ALJ Rogers rules on motions regarding discovery, summary determination, and expert reports in Certain Flash Memory Chips (337-TA-735) (ITC Law Blog)

Uniloc – Special status conference indicates no need for new procedures in Uniloc cases – not a ‘Hobson’s Choice’ (

X2Y – X2Y files new 337 complaint regarding Certain Microprocessors (ITC Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update)

Zenith Electronics LLC – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-774) regarding Certain Electronic Devices Having a Digital Television Receiver (ITC Law Blog)


US Copyright

Big Media tramples on constitutional rights to protect antiquated business model – California state law bill SB 550 (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Copyright Law vs. Copyright Expectations – Funnyjunk-The Oatmeal dispute(Public Knowledge)


US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

IO Group, Inc – U.S. P2P lawsuit shows signs of a ‘Pirate Honeypot’: IO Group, Inc., v. Does 1-50 Inclusive (TorrentFreak)

USCG – Anti-piracy groups send 3.6 million file-sharing cash demands (TorrentFreak)


US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino – Golden Nugget continues campaign against cybersquatters (Las Vegas Trademark Attorney)

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