IP in the News Archive – 2011
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Australia wants to outlaw logos on cigarette packs and force them to be sold in plain dark-olive packaging, carrying health warnings instead of company logos.
The CRTC has discussed the possibility of a “code of conduct” governing the industry now that it has become more integrated.
After a day of mediation, a settlement was reached that allows the tattoo to remain in the film both in the theatre and in the future DVD release.
Under the Bayh-Dole Act, institutions are not given the automatic “unilateral” right to inventions created by academics if the research received federal funding, the Court ruled.
ICANN announced guidelines on new web addresses, by which URLs ending in almost any word can be purchased, including in a company’s brand name.
The BlackBerry maker is alleged to have used Dolby’s audio compression technologies in smartphones and tablets without a licence.
The DJs removed the photographer credit from a picture taken of them. The Third Court of Appeals ruled this was a circumvention of the DMCA, previously only read to address automated systems like DRM.
The auction for over 6,000 Nortel patents has been delayed until June 27 due to significant interest in the technology portfolio.
The project aims to store a physical copy of all books to settle disputes about the fidelity of digital versions and to serve as security given an uncertain future for digital storage.
The EU’s Council of Ministers are backing the extension of criminal sanctions for making tools that can be used for hacking.
The author’s son and grandson’s application to regain control of the copyrights to Steinbeck’s work is invalidated due to an agreement his third wife made.
The UK Treasury proposes that corporations pay 10% on profits derived from patents instead of the standard 28%, as an incentive for companies to develop new inventions.
iCloud Communications, offering VoIP solutions for businesses, has filed an infringement suit stating they have owned the mark since 2005.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission says it wants ISPs to block websites that violate copyright laws, including The Pirate Bay.
The US Supreme court rules against Microsoft’s argument that a defendant should not be required to prove “by clear and convincing evidence” that a plaintiff’s patent is invalid.
The company says it will satisfy concerns regarding a feature that automatically recognizes faces and suggests users “tag” their friends.
The technology allows content owners to trace back the source of pirated content by embedding information into audio and video files.
Origami artists from Spain, Italy, Japan and the US have alleged that artist Sarah Morris merely coloured in copies of their intricate origami representations of animals, birds and insects.
For $24.95 per year, iTunes Match will scan users’ hard drives and match them with authorised tracks in Apple’s iTunes library, raising concerns about whether it is “music pirate amnesty”.
The consultation enables customers to discuss the way cable and telephone companies charge independent ISPs and shape the upcoming CRTC hearing on the issue.
A new report finds that too many patents, industrial designs and copyrights are falling into government hands without proper justification.
The US Supreme Court threw out Stanford University’s claim against Roche Holding AG; a setback for universities but a victory for those companies who collaborate with them.
Regulators are concerned that the bidding for 6,000 patents being sold by the bankrupt Nortel could be used to quash competition.
The way the Internet is used across the world and in “virtually every aspect of modern human life” makes it an unprecedented force says the report.
In the throne speech, the newly elected Conservative majority vows to introduce a new digital economy strategy.
The patent describes an infrared sensor that stops people from illegally recording concerts or movies.
Pfizer filed suit against Watson to prevent commercialization of Watson’s drug prior to the expiration of a Pfizer patent in 2019.
“One Tough Cookie” owner feels that upcoming reality show “Tough Cookies” will confuse customers.
The goal is to clearly identify for users videos that can be shared, edited and remixed.
The plaintiff accusing CBS of profiting from piracy only lists six files that the site helped pirate.
The US Supreme Court rules that actual knowledge of an existing patent is needed to prove induced patent infringement.
Teva will be able to continue selling generic versions of the epilepsy drug under a licence from Pfizer.
German Internet Industry Association argues that such monitoring and legal action has seen decreased online piracy in the country by 20% since 2008.
EA brought a motion to dismiss a claim from the original creator of the game in 1988, arguing his contributions to the current game are not copyrightable expression but instead methods, processes and algorithms.
A review website is launched that allows experts in science and technology to comment on patent applications with the intention of improving the quality of patents.
A $50-million settlement has been approved in a copyright infringement suit against Canadian record labels Sony, EMI, Universal and Warner for unpaid royalties.
Soon to be decided lawsuit may explain where the line is drawn for copyright infringement in reality TV.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has set a June 21 deadline for comments regarding the extent to which the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board should take part in settlement negotiations between parties.
A California judge found in favour of Corbis Corporation, a company that licences the rights to millions of photos, including those of celebrities.
As part of on-going patent and trade-mark dispute between the two companies, Samsung says Apple’s lawyers agreed to a reciprocal disclosure.
23 Finnish record labels filed for the court to order a telecommunications company to prevent access to the website.
A court has ruled that a New York company may pursue claims of infringement of its patent for software that allows people to access social networks on mobile phones.
Names, addresses and vehicle ID numbers were taken from the company’s e-commerce websites for Honda and Acura.
The Commission wants to make it possible to digitize material without requiring consent from the unknown copyright owner.
The US International Trade Commission suggests that Cablevision violated a Verizon-owned patent related to the cable box’s ability to connect to the Internet.
New York Stock Exchange has demanded that news site The Talking Points Memo take down photos of the floor of the stock exchange.
Two former Paypal executives are accused of bringing Paypal trade secrets with them in their move to Google to work on Google Wallet.
The CRTC looks to receive data and comments on the impact that OTT programming has on Canadian broadcasting.
The Act would allow the US Department of Justice to stop search engines and ISPs from sending traffic to websites accused of copyright infringement.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement seizes domain names of websites used to sell counterfeit goods as part of the fifth phase of “Operation In Our Sites”.
Owner of Popsicle trade-mark sues Canadian business over their Bonesicle dog treat, as Unilever claims it owns the rights to all uses of “sicle”.
Disney abandoned the application out of deference to new applications submitted by the Navy.
To compete with Netflix, users will be able to upload DVDs to Flixster to access wherever and whenever.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has opened the first ever e-G8 forum in Paris.
Customer names, email and encrypted passwords may have been taken from a company website. No credit card information was taken.
The EU’s Privacy and Communications Directive comes into force on 26 May 2011.
“We…are now in the process of ‘joining the flock,'” said Iain Dodsworth, TweetDeck’s chief executive and founder.
“With about 75,000 people having named Ryan Giggs on Twitter it’s obviously impractical to imprison them all,” said UK MP John Hemming.
The suit was filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose by the Human Rights Law Foundation for the Falun Gong.
Toyota is setting up a service so drivers can interact with their cars in a way that’s similar to posting on Facebook or Twitter.
Biofuel made from the camelina flower will help to power two of the six jets as they perform at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, USA.
An inquiry found reports of comments made in Parliament that set out to contravene injunctions may be in contempt of court.
Apple is said to have acquired the iCloud.com domain name for its new services in online file storage and streaming music and video services.
The Federal Court of Appeal is hearing the case on the Federal government overruling the CRTC decision that Globalive was not Canadian enough.
The rich pricing at $45 a share is raising fears that investors are buying into an overpriced sector.
Eight New Yorkers are suing, accusing the search engine of conspiring with China to censor pro-democracy speech.
Several thousand marched in Istanbul on Sunday protesting internet filtering rules set to take effect in August.
The EU Parliament called on the EU Commission to work actively on a treaty proposal of the World Blind Union.
A joke book written by the father of a toddler is No. 1 on Amazon.com’s bestseller list a month before its release, despite a pirated copy of the book being widely circulated.
The report recommends legalising format shifting of music and films, but does not to support the US concept of “fair use”.
An omnibus crime bill focuses on information disclosure, mandated surveillance technologies, and new police powers.
Netflix movies and TV shows account for nearly 30% of traffic during peak evening hours.
The company is trying to trademark the name, Seal Team 6, through the US Patent and Trademark Office.
The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) has filed with the Copyright Board of Canada a proposal to collect levies on the sale of blank audio recording media.
Google allowed rogue online pharmacies to advertise on its site in violation of its own advertising policies.
Wayne Chang’s claim is based on a “memorandum of understanding that gave him a 15% share” of the Winklevoss’ company.
European Court of Human Rights rejected former F1 President’s suit seeking to require news providers to notify the people they write about.
He stated that Wikipedia will post details on people using super-injunctions if the information appears in reliable foreign newspapers.
Samsung and Acer will start selling notebook computers running the new Chrome operating system on June 15.
Google Inc.’s lucrative online advertising system is facing a US Justice Department investigation.
Microsoft is buying Skype for $8.5 billion dollars cash in the largest acquisition ever by the US computer software giant.
The solicitor who made money by accusing computer users of illegal file sharing has been fined £1,000.
Google launched an invitation-only test version of an online music service, which allows users to store up to 20,000 songs for use on various devices.
Apple and Google executives will be questioned by a congressional panel on how location-tracking may violate users’ rights.
Teva Canada’s leave to appeal was granted. It had unsuccessfully challenged Pfizer’s erectile dysfunction drug patent in Federal Court.
The draft bill would prohibit companies from tracking children on the internet, restrict online marketing and require the ability to remove kids’ personal information already online.
CBS is being sued for copyright infringement, as one of its websites, CNET, distributed P2P programs such as Limewire.
The CRTC expects 100% of the Canadian population to have high-speed Internet service by mid-decade.
China announced a new State Internet Information Office to unify the squabbling agencies that oversee the Chinese Internet.
Records about artwork stolen during World War II will be on an international database so items can be traced.
Medical Justice provides a contract for doctors to ask their patients to sign. Under the contract, the doctor owns copyright in a patient’s online review and can ask an ISP to remove it.
Cyber crooks were using “expected lures” in messages to dupe people into clicking on links booby-trapped with malicious software.
Judges in the U.S. and Canada signed off on rules that will govern the June 20 sale of the collection of some 6,000 patents.
The CBC transmitted East Coast election results for a few minutes violating the Elections Act.
The Canada Elections Act forbids any “premature transmission of results” until the last polls have closed in every electoral district in the country.
“‘Truth, justice and the American way’ – it’s not enough anymore,” Superman says, “The world is too small, too connected.”
With his tweets, Sohaib Athar became “the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.”
The cables contained detailed assessments by US embassy officials in Ottawa of Harper, Ignatieff, and others.
Twitter feeds will be buzzing. Photos will be uploading. Websites will be serving up live streams of the royals.
The Privacy Commissioner is currently looking into the matter and seeking information from Sony.
“With 17 million Canadians on Facebook, we thought that we’d conduct a social experiment[…]”
Automated programs (“bots”) are rampant on Twitter and on the leaders’ lists of followers.
The Ministry of the Attorney General temporarily shut down www.ontariocourts.ca after being hacked by a group called “Turkish defacers.”
Online activists in Syria have succeeded in getting amateur film footage out of the country despite the security crack-down.
The ruling could spur a flood of claims against other Linux users and spell trouble for the open-source movement.
Sony has blamed an “external intrusion”, saying it has to add security measures and strengthen the system’s infrastructure.
Authorities were alerted to the Facebook posts via an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip.
The jury rejected Mattel Inc.’s claims that it owns the copyright to Bratz dolls and instead awarded MGA Entertainment Inc. more than $88 million for misappropriation of trade secrets.
The patent lawsuits, filed in South Korea, Japan and Germany, involve infringement of up to five patents.
Imagine living in a country where you could face a maximum $25,000 fine, or up to five years in prison, for “tweeting” about election results.
The DOJ said the original deal would have jeopardized the ability of open-source software, such as Linux, to compete in server, desktop and mobile operating systems.
There are 10 Pirate party candidates running in five provinces on a platform that focuses on copyright and protection of property.
The retention of search term histories has long been a point of contention in debates over digital privacy.
A UK Court has decided to press ahead with a hearing on wasted costs.
Research In Motion Ltd. is considering a bid that would top Google Inc.’s $900 million offer.
Parents allege that Apple lets minors purchase virtual goods in app games without parental approval.
The FBI targeted a malware program called Coreflood, which allowed cybercriminals to take over unsuspecting computers and record key strokes.
If Google expels you for breaking copyright laws, an online class at YouTube’s Copyright School can get you back in.
Nortel warns that the distribution of billions of dollars to creditors and other stakeholders could be significantly delayed.
There are problems with the Conservatives saying the Liberals, NDP and Bloc support a $75 iPod tax…
Tasini claims that he and other writers were not paid appropriately for their work, filed suit in a New York US District Court, and is seeking class action status.
The bill follows a Senate hearing in which the Obama administration called for legislation to protect consumer privacy.
In Germany, Italy and Spain, the former telco monopolies have sought increases of as much as 25 percent over three years in their wholesale access charges.
A federal appeals court ruled that the brothers cannot back out of a settlement they signed with the company in 2008, now worth about $200 million
‘The House of Representatives approved a measure on Friday that would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from regulating how Internet service providers manage their broadband networks.
American discount department chain Target Corp. will seek an injunction to block the Canadian company that owns the Fairweather womenswear chain from using the name “Target Apparel” in its stores.
The question is why Harper’s version was targeted and not others on the site — including one featuring former US president Bill Clinton.
Yahoo is planning to appeal an Italian court’s ruling that it should remove links leading to a pirated Iranian movie from its search index.
The French Association of Internet Community Services (ASIC) is fighting requirements to keep web users’ personal data for a year and hand it over to authorities if demanded.
The law would require websites to not monitor the actions of web surfers on computers, smartphones, tablets and any other internet devices.
A company with ties to the actor applied to trademark 22 of his catchphrases, including “Duh, Winning,” ”Vatican Assassin,” ”Tiger Blood” and “Rock Star From Mars.”
A US federal judge has overturned a federal jury’s order that Apple Inc. pay $625.5 million in damages, thereby dismissing one of the largest-ever patent infringement verdicts.