The Managing IP team was busy
producing a daily newsletter at the INTA annual meeting in Hong
Kong in the past week. You can download the newsletters here.
Below is a selection of
intellectual property stories attracting attention on the
internet that were not covered on www.managingip.com (see the bottom of this
blog post for the top stories published by Managing IP this
Apple and Google on Friday
announced they have
called a cease fire
on all patent litigation between the two firms. According to
Bloomberg, the two companies have filed about 20 lawsuits
against each other in the US and Europe.
A joint statement revealed the
agreement also includes some collaboration on reform, but also
stressed the limits of the deal.
"Apple and Google have agreed to
dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between
the two companies," said a joint statement from the firms.
"Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some
areas of patent reform. The agreement does not include a cross
Google inherited a lot of patent
litigation cases when it bought Motorola Mobility, including a
portfolio of about 17,000 patents, for $12 billion in 2012.
Google in January agreed a deal to sell Motorola Mobility to
Lenovo for $2.91 billion, but will keep most of the
A copyright troll?
A website for erotic movies has been
revealed as the biggest filer of copyright litigation in the
New Yorker article this week
revealed that the owners of website X-art had filed
more than 1,300 copyright infringement lawsuits in the past
year – accounting for more than a third of all US
copyright infringement lawsuits.
Colette and Brigham Field, owners of
Malibu Media, hit back at a falling subscriber base by suing
people they accused of stealing their movies on the internet.
The company now averages more than three suits a day. The
article revealed that defendants have included an elderly women
and a former lieutenant governor. Malibu Media identifies its
litigation target by IP address firstly, which can lead to
confusion over the particular person infringing
Some people quoted in the article
compare the lawsuits to an "extortion scheme". However, one
judge is quoted as defending the suits as legitimate copyright
enforcement. "Malibu [Media] is not what has been referred to
… as a 'copyright troll,’" Michael Baylson,
a US district judge, wrote. "Rather, Malibu is an actual
producer of adult films and owns valid copyrights."
A German court has
ruled that Jesus Christ
does not hold copyright for works published in his name,
according to The Guardian.
A regional court in
Frankfurt this week ruled that Helen Schucman should be
regarded as the legal author of a book that she claimed Jesus
dictated to her in a series of dreams. New Christian Endeavour
Academy had published extracts from A Course in Miracles,
published in 1975, on its website. The association believed
that it could do this because Schucman, who died in 1981, did
not consider herself the author of the work. A ruling in a New
York court in 2003 declared the work was in the public
"For many there is no
doubt that Jesus of Nazareth is the author of the course and
that copyright law therefore doesn't apply to his work," the
However, the US-based
Foundation for Inner Peace believed it inherited the copyright
for the book and disagreed with its publication by the
Germany-based New Christian Endeavour Academy. The German court
agreed, arguing that authorship is not determined by an
author’s mental state but by the "actual process
failed this week in
its efforts to convince the US District Court for the Eastern
District of Texas to dismiss a patent infringement lawsuit by
Judge Rodney Gilstrap decided
that a subsidiary of Rockstar had standing to sue. He also
ruled against Samsung’s argument that one of the
seven charges of patent infringement should be dismissed on the
grounds of unpatentability.
Rockstar, a consortium backed by
Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson and Sony, filed the suits in
Texas last October against seven companies, including Samsung
lucky for reform?
The mark-up of Senator Patrick
Leahy’s Patent Transparency and Improvements Act
has been scheduled for a sixth time. Discussion over the patent
reform bill is
scheduled for Thursday May 22.
Observers could be forgiven for
being sceptical. The mark-up of the bill in the Senate
Judiciary Committee has been delayed five times already. The
issue of fee shifting has been a particularly big sticking
most-recent delay of the mark-up came after the US Supreme
Court announced two decisions changing the interpretation of
when a patent case is so exceptional that fees can be shifted.
This raised hopes that reform could now proceed.
IP published the following articles this week, available to
subscribers and trialists:
concerned about Oracle v Google
US Federal Circuit
rules Dolly the Sheep ineligible for patent
Interview: Amy Yang
of Procter & Gamble
USPTO wants to
lower most trademark filing fees
diverting from the script
inching towards the Madrid Protocol
How luxury culture
will shape the law
US courts in
"disarray" over irreparable harm
Develop your online
"scientific" to improve Registry
INTA and HKIPD sign
China IP - the
Concern over plain
New gTLDs discussed
at INTA Annual Meeting
Mexico off to a
good start with Madrid
Digital Asia: is
your brand Internet-ready?
authorities in China to prosecute IP
Xu, Jaguar Land Rover
INTA Annual Meeting
to return to Asia in 2020
Trademarks "Hong Kong-style"
Africa gears up for
Japan looks to
provide protection for non-traditional
Looking for the wow
factor in designs
INTA and QBPC sign
Stark, INTA President
Asia’s rise means for brands
António Campinos, president of
changes taking place in Canada and Asia
Tan Avance of Sweetyet
WTO appoints plain
China’s new Trademark Law
improves brand protection
Sanz de Acedo, INTA’s CEO
Time to widen the
different about INTA this year?
litigation up 12.4%, with trolls the top 10
Is the next big
Chinese brand coming?
Did SCOTUS clear
the way for patent reform? Don’t hold your