Online Global Week in Review 8 July 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:

With $4.5 billion bid, group led by Apple and Microsoft claims Nortel patents (Prior Art) (Spicy IP) (IAM) (Tangible IP) (Tangible IP) (Tangible IP) (PatLit) (IPOsgoode)

Police raid Spanish copyright society in embezzlement case (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (Michael Geist) (1709 Blog)


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

OECD holds ground on strong IP internet policy principles (IP Watch)

‘Can IP be protected in the Internet Age?’ Panel recap from Russian Economic Development Conference (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)


Global – Copyright

PK In the Know Podcast – including: IP protection surrounding attempts to 3D print a cube from the movie Super 8 (Public Knowledge)

It’s back: WIPO Broadcasting Treaty returns from the grave (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Unlicensed: Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player illegal? (ArsTechnica)

Ask Ars: will iTunes Match be used to chase down music pirates? (ArsTechnica)


Global – Patents

With $4.5 billion bid, group led by Apple and Microsoft claims Nortel patents (Prior Art) (Spicy IP) (IAM) (Tangible IP) (Tangible IP) (Tangible IP) (PatLit) (IPOsgoode)

Canadian Industry Minister asks whether the Investment Canada Act could apply to Nortel sale (Tangible IP)

Ontario Superior Court rules on ways to recover domain names: South Simcoe Railway Heritage Corporation v Wakeford (JIPLP)



CRIA targets fair dealing: Tells Supreme Court new restrictions needed on user rights: SOCAN v Bell (Michael Geist)

The Netflix fear: Competition (but not the competition you might think) (Michael Geist)



Richard Stallman urges rejection of anti-piracy web blocking (TorrentFreak)



First ever Scottish ‘anti-camcorder’ piracy conviction (TorrentFreak)



Police raid Spanish copyright society in embezzlement case (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak) (Michael Geist) (1709 Blog)


United Kingdom

Motion Picture Association asks High Court to force BT to cut off access to alleged copyright-infringing website, Newzbin (

Newzbin speaks out on MPA High Court blocking action (TorrentFreak)

BitTorrent admin continues fight against police abuse (TorrentFreak)


United States

US Patents

Microsoft v. i4i revisited (Patent Law Center)


US Patents – Decisions

District Court E D Texas: Claim reciting software ‘engine’ does not invoke § 112 ¶ 6 and does not require disclosure of algorithm to perform engine’s functions: Stragent, LLC, et. al. v. Amazon.Com, Inc., et. al. (Docket Report)

District Court N D California: What does “cover” mean in a patent assignment clause?: Openwave v Myriad France (Property, intangible)

ITC issues final determination of no violation by Apple in Certain Electronic Devices with Multi-Touch Enabled Touchpads and Touchscreens (337-TA-714) (ITC Law Blog)


US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

A10 Networks – Thirteen Brocade patents among the targets of reexamination requests filed week of 27 June 2011 (WHDA)

Apple – Apple files new 337 complaint regarding Certain Electronic Digital Media Devices (ITC Law Blog)

Apple – Samsung files new 337 complaint regarding Certain Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music and Data Processing Devices, and Tablet Computers (ITC Law Blog)

Cablevision – ALJ Gildea issues public version of ID on violation in Digital Set-Top Boxes Investigation (ITC 337 Update)

Eastman Kodak – ITC reverses-in-part and remands initial determination in Certain Mobile Telephones and Wireless Communication Devices Featuring Digital Cameras (337-TA-703) (ITC Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update)

Flashpoint – ALJ Luckern grants motion to terminate investigation as to LG Electronics respondents in Certain Electronic Imaging Devices (337-TA-726) (ITC Law Blog)

Google – Oracle v. Google Android update: PTO issues non-final rejection of Oracles’s patent no. 6,125,447 (WHDA)

Honeywell International – ITC institutes investigation (337-TA-783) regarding Certain GPS Navigation Products (ITC Law Blog)

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur – US entrepreneur, Mandana D Farhang, accuses ITT KGP of stealing technology (Spicy IP)

Linex Technologies Inc – ALJ Bullock sets procedural schedule in Certain Wireless Communication Devices and Systems (337-TA-775) (ITC Law Blog)

Nintendo – Nintendo faces suit over 3DS: Tomita Technologies USA LLC v. Nintendo Co. (Patent Arcade)

ObjectVideo – ObjectVideo files new 337 complaint regarding Certain Video Analytics Software, Systems (ITC Law Blog)

S3G – ALJ Gildea issues initial determination in Certain Electronic Devices with Image Processing Systems (337-TA-724) (ITC Law Blog)

Samsung – Samsung drops (one) Apple patent countersuit (ArsTechnica)

VS Technologies – Twitter’s ‘terms of service’ do not dictate venue for patent infringement claim: VS Technologies v. Twitter, Inc. (Docket Report) (IPblog)


US Copyright

Dozens of law professors: PROTECT IP Act is unconstitutional (ArsTechnica)

‘Pirate’ admins sweat as ICE reveal extradition criteria (TorrentFreak)

Google settlements as a genre: an holistic approach and the hippo in the bath tub (1709 Blog)


US Copyright – Decisions

District Court Nevada: Righthaven defendant awarded $3,800 in attorneys’ fees: Righthaven v. Leon (Technology & Marketing Law Blog) (ArsTechnica)

District Court N D Illinois severs 800 doe defendants in copyright suit: Millennium TGA, Inc. v. Does 1-800 (Chicago IP Litigation Blog)


US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

CNET –  ‘Massive infringement’ case against CNET dropped (ArsTechnica) (TorrentFreak)

Microsoft – EFF files amicus brief in support of Datel in case against Microsoft: Datel Holdings Ltd. v. Microsoft Corporation (Patent Arcade)

Righthaven – Newspaper chain fights for copyright troll’s survival (ArsTechnica)

Square Enix – new case: Deus Ex preview leaked: Square Enix Limited v. Does 1-15 (Patent Arcade)

Viacom – Blindsided! Will U.S. Supreme Court patent ruling on willful blindness determine standard for red-flag knowledge under DMCA? (1709 Blog)

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