Online Global Week in Review 7 May 2010 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Prime Minister’s Office issues the order: Canadian DMCA bill within six weeks (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (TorrentFreak)

USTR’s Special 301 report – Canada in ‘Priority Watch List’ again (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica)


Global – Copyright

Twitter suspends accounts of torrent sites (TorrentFreak)


Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

First Arabic domains join internet (IP Watch)


Global – Patents

FOSS – Engaging to clear out bad patents is a good thing (Patent Quality Review Blog)

Removable features of operating systems (IPKat)

Pre and Pixi smartphones to go to Hewlett-Packard (IP finance)



Are Google and Groggle really similar? (ZDNet)

Survey: Hollywood won’t compete with piracy until it’s gone (TorrentFreak)



Brazil’s proposed Internet regulation – an update (that’s actually good news) (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)



Major Bulgarian BitTorrent sites targeted by police (TorrentFreak) (TorrentFreak)



IFPI calls out the wrong country in Recording Industry in Numbers 2010 report (Michael Geist)

USTR’s Special 301 report – Canada in ‘Priority Watch List’ again (Michael Geist) (Excess Copyright) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica)

Prime Minister’s Office issues the order: Canadian DMCA bill within six weeks (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist) (TorrentFreak)

Writers Guild of Canada: Levy on all distribution and storage points (Michael Geist)



Being on FRANDly terms with friendly trolls (IP finance)



Germany violating Berne Convention – Court decision concerning Google Image Search (Lenz Blog)

Federal Supreme Court upholds Microsoft’s European patent relating to data process system for long file names: Docket No. X. ZR 27/07 (EPLAW)

Appeals Court: Düsseldorf: RapidShare doesn’t need to filter user uploads (Ars Technica) (TorrentFreak)



Tales from decrypt dept – guest post on s 65A Copyright Amendment Bill (Spicy IP)


BREIN wants Usenet provider to start filtering (TorrentFreak)

File-sharers are content industry’s ‘largest customers’ (Ars Technica)


United Kingdom

Gmail settlement reached (Class 46)


United States
US General

Slide to unlock: Apple’s trade secrets (IPblog)

Universities, Congress push open access research law (Ars Technica)

Apple iPhone OS compiler policy may lead to antitrust probe (Ars Technica)

PS3 owners sue Sony over removal of features (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

US Patents – Decisions

District Court N D Illinois: Questioning de novo claim construction review: Trading Techs. Int’l, Inc v eSpeed, Inc (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog)

ITC: Public version of initial determination issued in investigation regarding semiconductor chips (complaint by Rambus against ASUS, NVIDIA and others) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – If authentic, new email from Steve Jobs has indicated Apple and Microsoft could be preparing to challenge validity of open-source video codecs (ZDNet)

MobileMedia – MobileMedia’s unusual patent infringement campaign (The Prior Art)

Quanta Computer – At injunction time, Ricoh gets the troll treatment (The Prior Art)

US Copyright

Songwriters: piracy ‘dwarfs bank robbery,’ FBI must act (Ars Technica)

AT&T wants 3 strikes tribunal, government website blacklist (Ars Technica)

Rightsholders tire of takedown Whac-A-Mole, seek government help (Ars Technica)

Fox News, Rupert Murdoch… All Pirates (TorrentFreak)


US Copyright – Decisions

2nd Circuit: Copyright infringement trumps anonymity and First Amendment: Arista Records v Doe 3 (Copyright Litigation Blog) (The Trademark Blog) (Recording Industry vs The People)

District Court Minnesota: Judge tosses $2 million jury verdict for downloading 24 songs as ‘simply shocking’: Capitol Records Inc v Thomas-Rasset (Copyright Litigation Blog)


US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Agence France-Presse – Agence France-Presse claims Twitter’s Terms of Use authorize its use of photographs posted to TwitPic: Agence France-Presse v. Morel (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

Google – Google asks California judge to declare that it is not liable for copyright infringement, simply by linking to copyright-infringing works on RapidShare (1709 Copyright Blog)

Universal Music Group – Amici urge 9th Circuit to reverse UMG v Veoh case; RIAA, NBCU, PROs and WLF weigh in (Copyrights & Campaigns)


US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

District Court E D Virginia dismisses Rosetta Stone’s Adwords lawsuit against Google (Las Vegas Trademark Attorney) (IPKat)

TTAB reverses 2(d) refusal, finds PANTECH BREEZE and BREEZE ACCESS too different for wireless products: In re Pantech Co, Ltd (not precedential) (TTABlog)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

S H Inc – Is ‘Law Society’ generic for bar associations? (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)


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