Online Global Week in Review 4 Sept 09 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Google granted US design patent for its home page (IP Watchdog) (Patently-O) (Lenz Blog) (The Invent Blog) (PHOSITA)

Global – Copyright

Coca-Cola using CC on Facebook (Creative Commons)

Global – Trade Marks and Domain Names

WIPO orders MakeMyTrip to transfer the domain to Tata (Spicy IP)

Lacoste vs LaCoste in WIPO domain name case (Class 46)

Proactive registrations can save money (Canadian Trademark Blog)

Global – Patents

Discussion about Microsoft’s Horacio Gutierrez comments on global patent system (IAM) (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog) (Lenz Blog)

How computer-automated inventing is revolutionising law – Q&A with author of ‘The Genie in the Machine’ (IP Watchdog)

Antigua and Barbuda pushes debate on implementing WTO TRIPS cross-retaliation (Intellectual Property Watch)


Concern over delay in launch of .cm (Managing Intellectual Property)


Visible Government launches crowdsourcing initiative to draft copyright consultation submission on crown copyright (Michael Geist)

Six ways to simplify Canadian copyright revision and WIPO ratification (Excess Copyright)

Copyright consultation in the Peterborough pasture (Excess Copyright)

Edmonton and Quebec copyright roundtables (Michael Geist)

American Federation of Musicians demand NDP apology for supporting balanced copyright (Michael Geist)

Copyright reform and consumer rights (Michael Geist)

CCER argues for technology neutrality in copyright reform (Michael Geist)

Project Gutenberg Canada’s copyright reform recommendations (Michael Geist)

Cory Doctorow on Canadian copyright reform (Michael Geist)

Geczy on copyright reform (Michael Geist)

Globe on the push for an iPod levy (Michael Geist)

Tucows speaks out on copyright (Michael Geist)

Pirate Party on the copyright balance (Michael Geist)

ITBusiness hosts copyright debate (Michael Geist)


Business Software Alliance supports three-strikes but with appeals process and judicial support (Ars Technica)


Eircom Pirate Bay blockade takes effect (TorrentFreak)


BREIN’s Tim Kuik admits he’s using laptop confiscated from ‘hacker’ (TorrentFreak)


New anti file-sharing initiative ‘Share – Do Not Steal’ (TorrentFreak)


Pirate Bay appeal scheduled for November (TorrentFreak)

Political parties criticise law forcing Pirate Bay blackout (TorrentFreak)

Pirate Bay buyer has car and motorcycle repossessed (TorrentFreak)


Swiss DRP: some notable cases (Class 46)

United Kingdom

eBay pulls a rabbit out of the bag, but it could have been so much better; Skype IP ownership issues (IAM) (Tangible IP)

YouTube resolves UK licensing row (Managing Intellectual Property)

Paul McCartney and Elton John on three-strikes proposal: ‘Expensive, illogical, and extraordinarily negative’ (Michael Geist) (EFF)

Comment on UK IPO’s press release ‘Partnership – The key to protecting the creative industries’ (IPKat)

Mandelson article in the Times regarding illegal file-sharing (1709 Copyright Blog)

United States
US General

Psystar, fined $5K, files Snow Leopard suit in Florida (Ars Technica)

US Patents

Open isn’t risk free… just ask Microsoft: i4i v Microsoft (IP Think Tank)

Software patents: there’s no ‘baby’ in this ‘bathwater’ – Bilski v Doll (Ars Technica)

Timothy B Lee’s article on software patents re-animates old arguments (Innovationpartners)

US Patents – Decisions

Federal judge finds DISH in contempt for continuing to infringe on TiVo’s DVR-related patents while injunction in force – ordered to pay another $200 million in damages (Ars Technica)

District Court E D Texas: Summary judgment of infringement as to Hyundai’s redesigned websites: Hyundai Motor America v Clear with Computers, LLC (

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Google granted design patent for its home page (Lenz Blog) (IP Watchdog) (Patently-O) (The Invent Blog) (PHOSITA)

Microsoft – Microsoft files appeal brief in CAFC; stay of injunction granted?: Microsoft v i4i (IPKat) (IP Watchdog) (Patently-O) (Washington State Patent Law Blog)

US Copyright

When pirates become copyright cash cows (TorrentFreak)

Can copyright save the newspaper industry? (IPKat)

US Copyright – Decisions

Who owns Unix? SCO rises like a phoenix out of the ashes of the Appeal Court (IP finance)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Google – Court extends deadline to file objections and amicus briefs in Google book settlement case; Amazon files objection (1709 Copyright Blog) (Ars Technica)

Google – Discussion of Google book privacy policy (EFF) (Lenz Blog)

Google – Discussion of Google book deal (IP Osgoode) (Innovationpartners)

RIAA – Jammie Thomas slams $1.92 million P2P verdict as ‘arbitrary’ (Ars Technica)

RIAA – RIAA continues to squeeze Tenenbaum, wants injunction (Ars Technica)

US Trademarks

Trade mark for ‘Twitter’ but not for ‘Tweet’ (IPKat)

US Trade Marks – Decisions

9th Circuit reverses and remands dismissal of two of three trade mark claims in case concerning domain names: Wyatt Technology Corp v Smithson (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

$32M Louis Vuitton judgment shows limits of ISP safe harbors (Ars Technica)

US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Fidelity – Fidelity sues for copyright infringement and trade dress in software (The Trademark Blog)



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