Online Global Week in Review 4 February 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:

Copyright troll gives up in porn-downloading case Mick Haig Productions v Does 1 – 670 (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (TorrentFreak) (ArsTechnica) (Plagiarism Today)

US Customs begins pre-Super Bowl online mole-whack (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (Freedom to Tinker) (TorrentFreak) (Public Knowledge) (ArsTechnica)

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

Coping in the cloud, Microsoft style (IAM)

Global – Copyright

Extremists on both sides means piracy war goes on forever (TorrentFreak)

Bing on Google charge: ‘It’s not like we actually copy anything’ (IPBiz)

Where have all the music pirates gone? (ArsTechnica)

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 183: includes : ACS: Law calls it quits; UFC sues Justin.TV; Movie Studio asks file sharers to turn themselves in (Plagiarism Today)

Why mass copyright lawsuits must stop (Plagiarism Today)

MPAA, BREIN take down more torrent sites; Internet barely notices (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)

Global – Patents

100 years of innovation at IBM (Securing Innovation)


Nortel bonds (IP finance)

Canadians speaking out on Bill C-32: Only five days left (Michael Geist)

More Canadians speak out on Bill C-32, deadline today (Michael Geist)

Canadian Federation of students releases C-32 position paper (Michael Geist)

AUCC post C-32 position paper: Focus on fair dealing and digital locks (Michael Geist)


Assertion of Huawei’s IP rights: A lesson for China-outbound investors (China Law Insight)

China’s video file sharing sites and the drop in IP Infringement: Who’s responsible? (China Hearsay)

Blacklist system to monitor copyright (Plagiarism Today)

China’s online video providers struck by PRC copyright enforcement and a shifting market are forced to transform (China Law Insight)


P2P site operator appears in French file-sharing ‘show trial’ (TorrentFreak)


TV channel uses ‘Torrentz’ name to beat piracy (TorrentFreak)


Trade secrets, data privacy and Blackberry (IP Komodo Dragon)


Internet piracy boosts Anime sales, study concludes (TorrentFreak)

United States

US Patents

IBM and the art of arbitrary application of abstractness (12:01 Tuesday)

Apple’s US 7,874,021, high tactility glove system (IPBiz)

US Patents – Decisions

CAFC note on incorporating information by reference: Fifth Generation Computer Corp v IBM (non precedential) (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Intel – Computer chipmakers, Intel and NVIDEA call a truce, set terms (IP Osgoode)

Microsoft – EFF urges Supreme Court to crack down on bad patents: Microsoft v i4i (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Sony – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-758) regarding certain mobile telephones and modems against LG (ITC Law Blog) (ITC Law Blog)

VS Technologies – ‘Troll’ targets Twitter (Patentology) (IP Whiteboard)

US Copyright

100,000 P2P users sued in US mass lawsuits (TorrentFreak)

3D printing Settlers of Catan is probably not illegal: Is this a problem? (Public Knowledge)

As ‘digital theft’ grows, can the content empire strike back? (1709 Blog)

US Customs begins pre-Super Bowl online mole-whack (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (Freedom to Tinker) (TorrentFreak) (Public Knowledge)

Senator: domain name seizures ‘alarmingly unprecedented’ (ArsTechnica)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – iTunes films bust copyright laws: Russian films sold without copyright holder permission (Plagiarism Today)

Hermeris – Web host may be liable for removing only 1 of 3 websites operated by its customer: Hermeris v. Brandenburg (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Hosting Services – Another copyright owner sent a defective takedown notice and faced 512(f) liability: Rosen v. HIS (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

ivi – Web site that rebroadcasts TV should be allowed to operate, groups tell NY court : WPIX et al v ivi (Public Knowledge)

Mick Haig Productions – Copyright troll gives up in porn-downloading case (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (TorrentFreak) (ArsTechnica) (Plagiarism Today)

Perfect 10 – Megaupload targeted in multi-million dollar lawsuit (TorrentFreak)

Sony – Sony granted temporary restraining order against PS3 hacker (ArsTechnica)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

US Judge finds cause of action for contributory cyber squatting: Microsoft v Shah (IP Whiteboard)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Google me this II – Google’s trademark challenges (Likelihood of Confusion)

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