Online Global Week in Review 4 March 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:

LG obtains preliminary injunction from District Court of The Hague, barring import of Sony’s PS3 game consoles (IPKat) (IP Whiteboard) (PatLit)

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

The IBM and Samsung deal, Cultural IP, Pocahontas and Robert Burns – IP Think Tank podcast, 10 Feb 11 (IP Think Tank)

RPX IPO, Google v Microsoft, WIPO scams and Shamnad strikes – IP Think Tank podcast, 27 Jan 11 (IP Think Tank)

Global – Copyright

PK In the Know podcast including: DMCA notice that shook the 3D printing world (Public Knowledge)

The problem with detecting translated plagiarism (Plagiarism Today)

Birth of the Google Art project (Excess Copyright)

Pros and cons: piracy and the culture flat rate (1709 Copyright Blog)


Should piracy punishments scale to the quality of the copy? (TorrentFreak)


Australian court denies appeal in landmark ISP liability case (TechnoLlama) (LawFont) (1709 Copyright Blog)

Australia considers new digital lock exceptions (Michael Geist)


Update: Canadian keyword advertising (

International Music Score Library Project faces renewed pressure from European publishers (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright)

Online agreements and forum selection – Hudye Farms v Canadian Wheat Board (

Bill C-32: A lifeline for a dying industry? (IP Osgoode)

CRIA continues fight against Industry Canada sponsored P2P study (Michael Geist)

Statscan releases latest sound recording economic data (Michael Geist)

Warner Music mutes MP Angus’ radio documentary on Youtube (Michael Geist)

CRIA breaks from creator groups and Indy labels on iPod levy (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

Liberal MP Dan McTeague emerges as unofficial CRIA spokesperson (Michael Geist)


Protecting out-licensed IP from a competitor takeover – Huawei and Motorola (IP Think Tank)

Piracy and the Movie Biz. Are we moving towards an equilibrium? (China Hearsay)

USTR names names: Baidu & Taobao singled out for IP infringement (China Hearsay)

Proview accuses Apple of infringing its ‘ipad’ trademark (China Law Insight)


BitTorrent admin ‘fined’, despite anti-piracy group law-breaking and blunders (TorrentFreak)

Anti-piracy outfit suffers huge DDoS attack, blames Usenet users (TorrentFreak)

70% of the public finds piracy socially acceptable (TorrentFreak)


Sony’s Playstation 3 stopped at the European Border (Tangible IP)


LG obtains preliminary injunction from District Court of The Hague, barring import of Sony’s PS3 game consoles (IPKat) (IP Whiteboard) (PatLit)

Hosting company: Anti-pirates stole $138,000 in kit & hijacked our email (TorrentFreak)


Portuguese government creates honeypot to combat piracy (TorrentFreak)


Pirate Bay documentary gets government funding (TorrentFreak)


RPost files patent infringement complaints in US and Switzerland against Swiss Post (IPBiz)

United Kingdom

Court drops FileSoup BitTorrent case, administrators walk free (TorrentFreak) (1709 Copyright Blog)

Who owns your voicemails? Phone-hacking Steve Coogan and Andy Gray (1709 Copyright Blog)

United States

US Patent Reform

Tech industry unhappy with US Patent Reform Bill (IP Watch)

US Patents

The US could end up hurting its own companies as a result of the Huawei 3Leaf decision (IAM)

Computer software patents in the US (Tangible IP)

From Marconi to Microsoft: The rise and fall of the ‘25 percent rule’ for determining damages from patent infringement (ipeg)

Paul Allen’s NPE is the focus of a new Article One study (IAM)

US Patents – Decisions

District Court N D Illinois: ‘Willful and intentional’ evidence fabrication leads to $1M fine & default judgment: Rosenthal Collins Group, LLC v. Trading Techs. Int’l, Inc (Chicago IP Litigation Blog) (Docket Report)

District Court N D Illinois: Court will not apportion costs to prevailing party based upon how much of the case was won: Trading Techs. Int’l, Inc. v. eSpeed, Inc. (Chicago IP Litigation Blog)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Google and Microsoft team up to battle geotagging patent troll, Geo-Tag (ArsTechnica)

Intellectual Ventures – Challenges to two more Intellectual Venture patents, among the reexamination requests filed week of 2/21/11 (Patent Law Practice Center)

Microsoft – ALJ Essex sets 17 Month Target Date in Certain Game Devices (337-TA-757) (ITC Law Blog)

Microsoft – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-761) against TiVo regarding Certain Set-Top Boxes (ITC Law Blog)

Motiva – ALJ Rogers grants motion for summary determination of no domestic industry in Certain Video Game Systems and Controllers (Inv. No. 337-TA-743) (ITC Law Blog)

Panasonic – ALJ Charneski grants notion to terminate investigation in Certain Large Scale Integrated Circuit Semiconductor Chips (337-TA-716) (ITC Law Blog)

Pioneer – ITC decides to review in part initial determination in Certain Multimedia Display and Navigation Devices and Systems (337-TA-694) (ITC Law Blog)

Samsung – ALJ Charneski issues initial determination in Certain Flash Memory (337-TA-685) (ITC Law Blog)

Trading technologies – Court denies motion to consolidate sixteen pending cases: Rosenthal Collins Group, LLC v. Trading Techs. Int’l, Inc (Chicago IP Litigation Blog)

Whitserve – Computer Packages appeals judgment following jury verdict finding wilful infringement and rejecting invalidity claims: Whitserve LLC v Computer Packages, Inc (PATracer)

US Copyright

Illegal TV streamers, here’s how the Feds will hunt you down (ArsTechnica)

‘No lobbying,’ says senator before taking movie biz lobby job (ArsTechnica)

US government targets large BitTorrent sites and trackers (TorrentFreak)

US Copyright – Decisions

Over 40,000 does dismissed in copyright troll cases (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

CP Productions – Random defendant outlawyers P2P attorney, gets lawsuit tossed (ArsTechnica)

Righthaven – Media Bloggers Association files amicus brief (Likelihood of Confusion)

US Copyright Group – Far Cry P2P defendant pens a heartfelt ‘not guilty’ plea (ArsTechnica)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

Savvy Louisiana ruling on metatags: Southern Snow v. Snowizard (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Dervaes Institute – Riding the fences of the ‘Urban Homestead’: Trademark complaints and misinformation lead to improper takedowns (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

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