Online Global Week in Review 8 Apr 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:

District Court E D Texas: $625 million verdict against Apple set aside because sale of accused computer software does not establish direct infringement of method claims: Mirror Worlds v Apple (Docket Report) (ArsTechnica) ( (Reexamination Alert)

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

10 internet rights and principles launched (TechnoLlama)

Global – Copyright

Why is it rocket science that laws should apply online too? (TorrentFreak)

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 189 – includes Washington judge ok’s mass P2P lawsuits (Plagiarism Today)

Global – Trade Marks & Domain Names

WIPO says cybersquatting filings sharply up, watches ICANN’s domain name expansion (IP Watch) (WIPO)

Coming to their Sensis: of Aussies, scams and the yellow peril: WIPO UDRP case Sensis Pty Ltd., Telstra Corporation Limited v Yellow Page Marketing B.V (IPKat)

Global – Patents

Google bids for Nortel portfolio (Tangible IP)


Liberals first out with their digital economy strategy (Michael Geist) (Michael Geist)

CBA canvassed issues on IPS liability in now dead Bill C-32 (IP Osgoode)

Wall busting Canadian gets C&D letter from ‘NYT’ (Excess Copyright)

SCC active in IP: Leave to appeal granted in major internet cases: ESAC v SOCAN; Rogers v SOCAN (IP Osgoode)


Writers versus Baidu: Does Baidu ‘know’ what it is doing? (IP Dragon)

Taking the IP high road: Baidu faces the music (China Hearsay)

Youku takes the IP high road (China Hearsay)

ZTE vs. Ericsson: Let the patent games begin (China Hearsay)


Key music industry lawyer now EU copyright chief (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak)

Microsoft tries whacking Google with European antitrust stick (ArsTechnica) (IPKat)


Exploit turns anti-piracy agency site into The Pirate Bay (TorrentFreak)


BGH – Art exhibitions in an online archive (IPKat)


TV site sued for linking to completely legal videos (TorrentFreak)


An Israel trademark decision as mad as a hatter: Red Hat VS Start Com (IP Factor)


Japan’s earthquake didn’t even slow BitTorrent use (ArsTechnica)

Libya Libyan (Afro-IP)


The Pirate Bay tops 5 million registered users (TorrentFreak)

United Kingdom

Documents in need of translation: a word of wisdom: Gemstar- Tvguide International Inc & Others v Virgin Media Ltd & Another (PatLit)

Ref’s net penalty decider – Jacob LJ asks  ECJ whether an uploader of infringing content is liable in his country, where the content is viewed, or both in Football Dataco v Sportradar (1709 Blog)

United States

US Patent Reform

Intel on patent reform (IPBiz)

US Patents – Decisions

District Court E D Texas: $625 million verdict against Apple set aside because sale of accused computer software does not establish direct infringement of method claims: Mirror Worlds v Apple (Docket Report) (ArsTechnica) ( (Reexamination Alert)

District Court Connecticut: Permanent injunction requires specific evidence of irreparable injury: WhitServe LLC v. Computer Packages, Inc., et. al. (Docket Report)

ITC: No violation of Nokia’s patents by Apple: Inv. No. 337-TA-701 in Certain Electronic Devices, Including Mobile Phones, Portable Music Players, and Computers (ITC 337 Update)

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – ALJ Charneski denies motion for summary determination of no unenforceability in Certain Personal Data and Mobile Communications Devices (Inv. No. 337-TA-710) (ITC Law Blog)

Flashpoint – ALJ Luckern grants motions to terminate investigation as to Nokia and RIM and redact settlement terms in Certain Electronic Imaging Devices (337-TA-726) (ITC Law Blog)

Google – Google’s $900 million Nortel gambit (IAM)

HTC – ALJ Bullock Grants HTC’s motion for summary determination that it satisfies the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement in Certain Portable Electronic Devices and Related Software (337-TA-721) (ITC Law Blog)

Kodak – Kodak’s new business model may stand or fall by final ITC decision (IAM) (Reexamination Alert) (IP finance)

LG Electronics – ALJ Bullock sets 18 month target date in Certain Digital Televisions (337-TA-764) (ITC Law Blog)

Nintendo – ITC reviews and vacates initial determination granting motion for summary determination of no domestic industry in Certain Video Game Systems and Controllers (Inv. No. 337-TA-743) (ITC Law Blog)

Panasonic Respondents – ALJ Luckern grants motion to terminate investigation as to certain respondents, patents, and claims in Certain Integrated Circuits (337-TA-709) (ITC Law Blog) (ITC Law Blog)

S3G – ALJ Gildea grants motion to preclude and strike in Certain Electronic Devices with Image Processing Systems (337-TA-724) (ITC Law Blog) (ITC Law Blog)

Samsung – ALJ Charneski issues public version of initial determination in Certain Flash Memory and Products Containing Same (337-TA-685) (ITC Law Blog)

Sony – ALJ Charneski sets 17 month target date and procedural schedule in Certain Display Devices, Including Digital Televisions and Monitors (337-TA-765) (ITC Law Blog)

US Copyright

Mass copyright litigation roundup: Positive trend for due process? (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Why the US needs to blacklist, censor pirate websites – Ars interview with Daniel Castro (ArsTechnica)

 ‘Operation in Our Sites’ moves ahead (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

‘Operation in Our Sites’ will continue seizing domains (TorrentFreak)

Operation in our sites – US Government’s ‘Pirate’ domain seizures failed miserably (TorrentFreak)

KickassTorrents ditches .com domain over seizure worries (TorrentFreak)

Public Knowledge proposes changes to key copyright laws – takedown procedures, ‘incidental’ copies, digital music licensing (Public Knowledge)

Music industry will force licenses on Amazon Cloud Player – or else (ArsTechnica)

Wolverine uploader pleads guilty, set to see out 2011 in jail (TorrentFreak)

US Copyright – Decisions

District Court N D Illinois: Judge administers another beatdown to P2P lawyer, severs cases (ArsTechnica)

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Arista – Court holds that prior awards against primary infringers do not bar award against secondary infringer: Arista v Limewire (Recording Industry vs. The People)

Fox – Fox gearing up for fight with Time Warner over iPad TV streaming (ArsTechnica)

Google – Life after Google Books (non)settlement – a speculative post (1709 Blog)

MPAA – Hotfile files to dismiss in pivotal MPAA vs Cyberlocker lawsuit (TorrentFreak)

MPAA – Movie studios sue DVD streaming site Zediva (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak)

Sony – Joel Tenebaum file-sharing case heard at 1st Circuit Court of Appeal: RIAA v. Joel Tenebaum (TorrentFreak) (Recording Industry vs. The People) (Recording Industry vs The People)

Viacom – YouTube should not be required to use software filters, Public Knowledge tells Court: Viacom v YouTube (Public Knowledge) (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Decisions

District Court N D Georgia: Trademark owner gets injunction against keyword ad campaign that generated no sales for the advertiser: v. Six C Consulting, Inc. (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)

District Court Massachusetts – A good tacking decision: Boathouse Group, Inc. v. TigerLogic Corp (Property, intangible)

TTAB deems FREEDEMOGRAPHICS.COM generic for … guess what? (TTABlog)

US Trade Marks & Domain Names – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Apple – Apple gets go-ahead to move against unauthorized accessory makers: Apple v eForCity et al (ArsTechnica)

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