Online Global Week in Review 4 June 2010 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

C-32 – Canada’s new copyright bill (Ars Technica) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright) (Michael Geist) (TorrentFreak)

Can the trademark &R&E&I&F&E&N& give right to registration of The CJEU ruling is out: Internetportal und Marketing GmbH v Richard Schlicht (Domain Name / Nom de Domaine!) (IPKat)

Global – General
Apple and open and closed systems: podcast (opencontentlawyer)
Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names
Dot ‘brand’ TLDs (ipwars)
Global – Patents

Micron, NPEs and the suspicion of hypocrisy (IAM)

An NPE is born (IAM)


‘Canadian DMCA’ defends DRM, legalizes DVRs (Ars Technica)

Bill C-32: Long-awaited copyright reform plan flawed but fixable (Michael Geist)

Bill C-32: The day after media coverage (Michael Geist)

Bill C-32: Liberals, NDP both focus on C-32 digital lock provisions (Michael Geist)

Bill C-32: An unofficial user guide to this afternoon’s copyright bill (Michael Geist)

Bill ‘C-32’ redux? (Excess Copyright)

Clement’s tweeting on C-32: A new kind of public engagement (Michael Geist)

Third time the charm? Canada tries new copyright bill again (TorrentFreak)

Battle of the balanced copyright sites (Michael Geist)


Why Steve Ballmer’s comments about China IP aren’t very important (China Hearsay)

Chinese domain name to be used in July (China IP Magazine)

BitTorrent site admin hit with $262K ‘bill’ by anti-piracy group (TorrentFreak)

Can the trademark &R&E&I&F&E&N& give right to registration of The CJEU ruling is out: Internetportal und Marketing GmbH v Richard Schlicht (Domain Name / Nom de Domaine!) (IPKat)


German Supreme Court widens the door for software patents (ipeg)


IRMA strongarms mobile ISPs to disconnect file-sharers (TorrentFreak)

Eircom users to face Dtecnet scrutiny (1709 Copyright Blog)


Publishing locations of pirate movies is the same as hosting them – Movie studio wins lawsuit against Dutch Usenet community (TorrentFreak)


OpenBitTorrent Tracker returns after Hollywood shutdown (TorrentFreak)


Big Media has trouble collecting Pirate Bay fines (TorrentFreak)

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

United Kingdom

UK ‘three strikes’ rules could snare libraries, coffee shops (Ars Technica)

United States
US General

IP in trade agreements: How the USTR can begin to end industry domination (Public Knowledge)

Pot, kettle, black? Microsoft voices concerns over Google – FCC’s Future of Media in the Digital Age inquiry (Ars Technica)

Threats, bullying and big: ‘Once you are big you are not cute anymore’ – discussion of Google ‘monopoly’ in online search (IP ADR Blog)

US Patents – Decisions

CAFC issues opinion in Vizio appeal – ITC final determination affirmed-in-part, reversed-in-part, remanded (ITC Law Blog)

CAFC affirms district court’s judgments of noninfringement in Okor v Atari Games Corp et al (Patent Arcade)

District Court W D Arkansas: Incorporation in forum state shortly before filing patent infringement lawsuit ‘has the appearance of forum shopping’ and provides no basis for retaining venue: Shared Memory Graphics, LLC v. Apple Inc. et al. (Docket Report)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Elan – ALJ Luckern orders Markman hearing in Certain Electronic Devices with Multi-Touch Enabled Touchpads and Touchscreens concerning dispute between Elan and Apple (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Funai – ALJ Charneski grants motion to terminate investigation in certain digital televisions based on settlement and licensing agreements between Funai and Vizio (ITC 337 Law Blog)

General Patent Corporation – GPC settles all patent lawsuits with Verizon (IP Frontline)

Harmonix – Harmonix v Konami close to settlement (Patent Arcade)

Microsoft – Backweb announces resolution of litigation with Microsoft (The IP Factor)

Research in Motion – ALJ Essex grants motion to terminate investigation as to RIM in Certain Authentication Systems based on settlement between Prism and RIM (ITC 337 Law Blog)

S3 Graphics – S3 Graphics files new 337 complaint against Apple regarding certain electronic devices with image processing systems (ITC 337 Law Blog)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Universal Music Group – EFF fights for your right to resell CDs in Monday hearing (EFF)

US Copyright Group – The RIAA? Amateurs. Here’s how you sue 14,000+ P2P users (Ars Technica) (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

US Copyright Group – Hurt Locker makers sue 5000 BitTorrent users (TorrentFreak) (IP Whiteboard) (TorrentFreak)

US Copyright Group – ACLA, EFF seek to ‘sever’ gigantic P2P lawsuits (Ars Technica) (EFF)

US Copyright Group – Handwritten legal filings can’t stop P2P lawsuit juggernaut (Ars Technica)

US Copyright Group – Time Warner Cable ‘a good ISP for copyright infringers’ (Ars Technica)

US Copyright Group – ‘I’ve never heard of Far Cry,’ says P2P defendant (Ars Technica)

Viacom – ‘YouTube is UsTube’: Creators step in to defend YouTube (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Zynga – Court scales back Zynga’s attempts to learn about anonymous Mafia Wars infringers (Internet Cases)

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