is a selection of intellectual property stories attracting
attention on the internet in the past week that were not
covered on www.managingip.com
(see the bottom of this blog post for the top stories published
by Managing IP this week).
talks of a cease fire between the two electronics giants,
Apple has requested a
retrial of the California case in which a jury ordered
Samsung to pay it $119.5 million in damages for infringing two
of its patents. Apple also filed a permanent injunction to stop
Samsung using the patents it was found to have
been seeking $2.2 billion in the case in which
Samsung was found to have infringed two of four patents
being disputed as well as another patent that Judge Lucy Koh
had already ruled was infringed. Apple for its part was
found to have infringed one Samsung patent and told to pay
damages of $158,400.
Florian Mueller, a prominent
blogger who has been watching the case closely, said Judge Koh
is unlikely to be swayed by Apple’s arguments that
the trial was prejudiced.
"She may make some minor
adjustments to the verdict, and then she'll let the parties
appeal the unfavorable parts of the ruling to the Federal
said in a blog post.
"Thereafter, there may be a retrial – but in the
meantime the parties will probably settle because this
litigation has become a waste of resources."
Domain owners rush In Da
New domain name .club has taken
the number one spot of all the new generic top-level domain
After a New York launch party last week, hosted by rapper 50
Domains, the company operating the new gTLD,
announced more than 60,000 new .club web addresses were
registered in under three weeks of general
At the New York event 50 Cent launched a new fan site at www.50inda.club. When .club
went live on May 7, more than 32,000 domain names sold in the
first 24 hours, making it the biggest debut of any new generic
up and down week
Shares in IP monetization company Spherix surged and then
plummeted this week.
After closing at $1.51 on Friday May 23 before the Memorial Day
holiday, shares closed at $2.97 Tuesday and $3.46 Wednesday
– a 130% increase in two days. However, much of this
increase was wiped out Thursday and Friday, with the shares
closing at $2.07 and then $1.93.
reason for the spike in share
price? Senator Patrick Leahy
pulling his patent reform bill off the table.
Shperix’s management was very pleased with this
turn of events. "The
removal of this bill from the Senate Judiciary Committee
schedule should remove some of the uncertainty
which has been clouding our industry," said Spherix
Anthony Hayes. "Spherix is committed to responsibly protecting
the patents it owns, and we remain eager to work with companies
large and small to reach fair agreements."
Hayes would have been less
pleased to see his share price slump again. This was prompted
by the firm
announcing a registered direct
offering of preferred stock.
All of this is a far cry
from the $21.70 share price the firm was enjoying in August
last year, a fact that also led to an
investigation from a law
firm this week.
Marines get tough on trade
The New York Times reported
Marines had been to the USPTO 68 times in the past year to
get trade marks on products including Guadalcanal sweatshirts,
the Tip of the Spear newsletter, and "Pain is Weakness Leaving
the Body" water bottles.
comparison, the Marines registered only one trade mark in 2003
and four in 2008. This began to pick up in 2010 and the first
half of 2011 when the Marines registered nine trade
killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011, Disney tried to get a
trade mark on the "SEAL Team Six" name. This prompted the Navy
to hit back and get trade marks on the phrases "SEAL team" and
noted that many servicemen and women had returned from action
and set up small businesses, causing a big spike in people
using military branding to sell goods and services in 2012 and
we’ve been in two wars in 10 years,
we’ve had a lot of patriotism," the New York Times
quoted Philip Greene, the Marines’ trade mark
counsel, as saying. "A lot of people are getting out of the
service, saying, 'I want to go into business.’ "
He said the "unpleasant part of my job" is saying no to someone
wanting to show their patriotism in branding.
The article added
that the marines had collected $5.4 million in trade mark
licensing fees since 2009.
Disney thaws on
has begun to worry less about copyright infringement,
according to an article on salon.com this week – "or
at least a little bit", the article said.
firm’s Frozen film has become a phenomenon among
girls – especially for the song Let It Go –
and has also sparked many parodies online. The article said
there is anecdotal evidence that Disney has realized that the
same people who buy soundtracks, DVDs and merchandise are the
same people who make and share potentially infringing YouTube
"Although Disney once
viewed YouTube with alarm, the company now seems to realise
that fan-created content — even in cases where that
content is generating revenue that is not captured by Disney
— is cross-promotional marketing that money
can’t buy," the article said.
IP published the following stories this week, available to
subscribers and trialists:
USPTO to open
Denver satellite office on June 30
UK reveals orphan
Mayer Brown adds
11-lawyer team from Steptoe & Johnson
Tay & Partners
adds new IP Partner
Hong Kong IPD
appoints new director
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Learn to optimise
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Looking forward to
the International IP Enforcement Summit, London, June