2021

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Google Features YTS and 123movies as “Best Movie Websites”

TorrentFreak

To help hundreds of millions of people find what they search for, Google has implemented some nifty features over the years. In addition to providing a list of web results, Google often shows related questions and popular topics, which should make it easier to discover new content. These features are based on algorithms that are not always aware of the intricate nuances of today’s web.

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A Split Develops: Can Artificial Intelligence Invent Stuff?

JD Supra Law

There is a split developing in the world over whether artificial intelligence software (AI) can be listed as an inventor on a patent application. A recent U.S. district court decision illustrates the consistent position taken in the U.S. In September 2021, the district court held that there was “overwhelming evidence” that Congress defined the term inventor in the Patent Act to include only natural persons.

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The WIPO Files I: the quest to protect user rights

Kluwer Copyright Blog

For most of its existence, international copyright policy at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has focused on the creation and harmonization of exclusive rights. This state of play was only disrupted in 2004, when Chile first proposed to WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) that it explore the issue of limitations and exceptions (L&Es).

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The ‘Restoring America Invents Act’ Would Open the Floodgates for Patent Owner Harassment

IP Watchdog

The much discussed, but previously unreleased, Restoring America Invents Act has finally been made public. The bill was submitted by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in what he described late last week as an attempt to reverse the reforms of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) made by former USPTO Director Andrei Iancu. Leahy promised to take aim at discretionary denials of inter partes review (IPR) and post grant review (PGR) challenges, which he did, among many other things.

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Software Composition Analysis: The New Armor for Your Cybersecurity

Speaker: Blackberry, OSS Consultants, & Revenera

Software is complex, which makes threats to the software supply chain more real every day. 64% of organizations have been impacted by a software supply chain attack and 60% of data breaches are due to unpatched software vulnerabilities. In the U.S. alone, cyber losses totaled $10.3 billion in 2022. All of these stats beg the question, “Do you know what’s in your software?

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Book review: Performing Copyright: Law, Theatre and Authorship

The IPKat

As a previous drama student herself (who'd have guessed it!), this Kat was delighted to review Performing Copyright: Law, Theatre and Authorship by Dr Luke McDonagh (Assistant Professor of Law at LSE Law School). This is the first academic monograph that solely considers the relationship between UK copyright law and historical and contemporary theatre.

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New Primer on the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

In summer 2018, I wrote a short primer on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) soon after its passage. That primer proved to be quite popular, and I posted annual updated versions in summer 2019 and 2020. The passage of the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) in November 2020 necessitated a complete revamp. However, I needed some recovery time to get past the pain of California voters’ bad decision, plus carefully parsing the CPRA is one of life’s joyless tasks that begs for p

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Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and copyright

WIPO Magazine

This year, NFTs (non-fungible token), the latest hype in the world of distributed ledgers and cryptocurrencies, have taken the art and tech worlds by storm. But what are the implications for copyright, if any?

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What is Your Preferred Method for Attacking Functional Claims?

Patently-O

by Dennis Crouch. VoIP-Pal.com, Inc. v. Apple, Inc. , No. 20-1809 (Supreme Court 2021). VoIP-Pal sued Apple for infringing its U.S. Patent Nos. 9,537,762; 9,813,330; 9,826,002; and 9,948,549. Apple filed four petitions for for inter partes review, but all four were denied by the PTAB. Judge Koh then dismissed the infringement case in Apple’s favor–finding that all asserted claims were directed to ineligible subject matter.

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SAS v. WPL Litigation is of Great Importance to the Smallest Creators

The Illusion of More

Software companies SAS Institute of the U.S. and World Programming, Ltd. (WPL) of the UK have been litigants for more than a decade. By all accounts, WPL presents as a bad actor which lazily cloned SAS’s world-class analytics software. But before weighing the facts necessary to consider claims of IP infringement, the Federal Circuit Court […].

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Webinar on ‘Trade Secret and Access to Medicine’ by CUSAT and TWN [September22]

SpicyIP

We’re pleased to inform you that the DPIIT IPR Chair of the Inter University Centre for IPR Studies at the Cochin University of Science and Technology and the Third World Network are jointly organizing a free webinar on “Trade Secret and Access to Medicine ” on September 22, 2021. For further details, please see the announcement below: Trade Secret and Access to Medicine.

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IPO Diversity in Innovation Toolkit

Women and diverse employees have the technical skill and knowledge, yet their contributions are not patented at the same rate as those of their male counterparts.This toolkit can help organizations move the needle on achieving gender parity in innovation.

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“The Pirate Bay Can’t Be Stopped ,” Co-Founder Says

TorrentFreak

This year, The Pirate Bay officially reached adulthood, which is quite an achievement considering the immense legal pressure it has faced over the years. The site was launched in 2003 under the wings of the now-disbanded pro-culture organization “Piratbyrån”, which is Swedish for Bureau of Piracy. The group was formed by political activists and hackers in the same year.

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US Court Rules Artificial Intelligence Systems Are Not 'Inventors'

JD Supra Law

On September 2, 2021, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) motion for summary judgement, finding that an artificial intelligence (AI) system cannot be named as an inventor on a patent.

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EFF Dealt Another Blow in Attempt to Strike Down Section 1201 of the Copyright Act

Copyright Alliance

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has received another defeat in its long-running lawsuit challenging the constitutionality under the First Amendment of the anti-circumvention and anti-trafficking provisions of section 1201 of […]. The post EFF Dealt Another Blow in Attempt to Strike Down Section 1201 of the Copyright Act appeared first on Copyright Alliance.

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Government Must Reform the ITC to Keep Pace with Innovation and Curb Trolls

IP Watchdog

In 2001, six years before the iPhone appeared, a futurist named Ray Kurzweil wrote that humankind would cram 20,000 years of technological progress into the century that had just begun. There were skeptics, but today any of the world’s six billion smartphone subscribers can read his essay on their devices practically any time, any place they choose.

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CJEU confirms that partial designs may be protected as unregistered designs (but conditions apply)

The IPKat

The Court of Justice of the European Union last week issued its preliminary ruling in C-123/20 Ferrari. In it, the CJEU confirmed that an Unregistered Community Design under Regulation 6/2002 may vest in a partial design (which the CJEU defines as “a section of the ‘whole’ that is the product”). The request for preliminary ruling arose from a dispute between Ferrari and Mansory Design, currently pending before the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof).

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Announcing the 2021 Edition of My Internet Law Casebook

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

I’m pleased to announce the 2021 edition of my Internet Law casebook, Internet Law: Cases & Materials. If I counted editions, this would be the 12th edition. The book is available as a PDF at Gumroad for $10, as a Kindle ebook for $9.99, and in hard copy at Amazon for $20. [The hard copy comes with a free PDF on request; and shipping should be free on Amazon Prime.

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Research Exceptions in Comparative Copyright Law

Kluwer Copyright Blog

Promoting research and access to its products has always been a core purpose of copyright law, often expressed in limitations and exceptions for research uses. Recent legal scholarship has examined the need for copyright exceptions for text and data mining (TDM) methodologies, and the doctrines recently enacted to achieve this purpose. Empirical scholarship has highlighted the positive impact on scholarship of copyright exceptions for TDM and of more “open” exceptions for research uses.

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Trademarks in outer space: supporting the off-world economy

WIPO Magazine

As private companies like Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and Blue Origin signal a shift from space exploration to commercialization, is the time ripe to re-visit trademarks and other intellectual property rights in space?

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Venue Mandamus Petitions Continue to Flow to the Federal Circuit

Patently-O

by Dennis Crouch. We’ve been writing a lot about venue and mandamus petitions at the Federal Circuit. The cases continue to flow to the court, and will continue so long as appellate panels continue to entertain them. In October 2021, 10 new mandamus petitions were filed to the Federal Circuit in patent cases. 22-100 In re: Overhead Door Corporation (E.D.

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Why the Digital Services Tax Act Violates Canada’s OECD Commitment to a Tax Moratorium

Michael Geist

The Canadian government’s decision to move ahead with the Digital Services Tax Act, legislation that will take effect in 2024 should the international agreement at the OECD fail to materialize by that date, is problematic for reasons that extend beyond sparking a trade battle with the United States and potentially leading to billions in tariffs on Canadian goods and services.

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Call for Applications: Research Assistants – IPR Chair at NALSAR, Hyderabad [Apply by August 25]

SpicyIP

We’re pleased to inform you that NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad is inviting applications for two research assistants for the IPR Chair Project. The deadline for applications is August 25, 2021. For further details, please see the announcement below: Advertisement for Recruitment for Research Assistants – IPR Chair. Logo of NALSAR, Hyderabad.

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Sci-Hub Founder: Academic Publishers Are the Real Threat to Science, Not Sci-Hub

TorrentFreak

By offering free access to millions of ‘paywalled’ research papers, Sci-Hub is often described as “The Pirate Bay of Science”. The site is used by researchers from all over the world, to access papers they otherwise have a hard time accessing. For some, the site is essential to do their work. The major academic publishers such as Elsevier, Wiley, and American Chemical Society are not happy with the rogue research library.

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Artificial Intelligence as the Inventor of Life Sciences Patents?

JD Supra Law

The question whether an artificial intelligence (“AI”) system can be named as an inventor in a patent application has obvious implications for the life science community, where AI’s presence is now well established and growing. For example, AI is currently used to predict biological targets of prospective drug molecules.

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What’s in the Box? Counterfeits and Online Marketplaces

The Illusion of More

In March, Senators Durbin and Cassidy introduced the INFORM Consumers Act, legislation meant to provide us with greater transparency when shopping through large online marketplaces, which is to say Amazon. In a co-authored editorial in Roll Call, the senators state: It is well documented that third parties are selling massive amounts of counterfeit, stolen and […].

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The U.S. Patent System and Quantum Cryptography: An Awkward Relationship

IP Watchdog

Quantum computing continues to gain traction as an emerging technology, with potentially far-reaching and dangerous applications in the United States and worldwide. However, there are some applications for the technology which have not yet passed theoretical muster. In other words, the case for quantum advantage cannot be made by reference to known mathematical algorithms.

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General Court rules that shape of Guerlain's Rouge G lipstick case can be registered as a trade mark

The IPKat

Can the shape of a lipstick case function as an indicator of commercial origin? The answer is yes when such case is the iconic and immediately recognizable (at least to lipstick lovers!) one of Rouge G de Guerlain : Today, also the General Court did agree in its judgment in T-488/20 Guerlain [currently only available in French]. The judgment (correctly) reverses the earlier, contrary decision of the EUIPO First Board of Appeal ( 2292/2019-1 ).

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Cable News Shows Are Defamation-Free Zones–OANN v. Maddow

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

This lawsuit involves the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Based on a story from the Daily Beast , Maddow ran a segment claiming that an OANN employee was on the Kremlin’s payroll, concluding that OANN “really literally is paid Russian propaganda.” OANN didn’t take kindly to this assertion and sued Maddow and others for defamation. Maddow sought an anti-SLAPP motion to strike, which the district court granted.

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Complete Guide to Crowdfunding For Business

Legal Zoom

If you have an entrepreneurial dream, crowdfunding may help you make it come true. Learn what's involved and how to succeed in our handy guide.

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In the Courts: Australian Court finds AI systems can be “inventors”

WIPO Magazine

In a world first, a judge of the Federal Court of Australia has found that artificial intelligence is capable of being an “inventor” for the purposes of the Australian patent regime. Find out more about Justice Beach’s decision.

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Trademark: Uggs are generic in Australia, Can I import them without a license from UGG®?

Patently-O

by Dennis Crouch. In Australia, the term “ugg boots” refers to a general style of sheepskin shoe with the fleece turned in for warmth. It is a generic term, and not a trademark – in Australia. And, there are dozens of companies that make and sell ugg boots in that country, including Australian Leather Pty. Ltd. The original name “ugh” came from 1970s surfer Shane Stedman who has been quoted as saying “We called them Ughs because they were ugly.” UGG i

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13 Spooky Copyright Cases, Just in Time for Halloween

Copyright Lately

The only thing scarier than a slasher flick is a lawsuit. Here are some of the greatest copyright horror stories, featuring such classics as “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Halloween,” “Dracula,” “Ghostbusters” and … a creepy McDonalds character? It’s Halloween time again! The good news is after the holiday was effectively ruined last year, we’re more or less back in business in 2021.

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Sun Pharma v. Cipla: Madras HC Rejects COVID as an Excuse for Passing Off

SpicyIP

An image of a packet containing Cipla’s Duolin Repsule (Image from here ). We are pleased to bring you a guest post by Kedar Ganesh Dhargalkar. Kedar is a fourth year BLS LLB student at the Adv. Balasaheb Apte College of Law in Mumbai. Sun Pharma v. Cipla: Madras HC Rejects COVID as an Excuse for Passing Off. Kedar Ganesh Dhargalkar. In the recent case of Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. v.

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Twitch Users Can Now ‘Stream’ Movies & TV Shows Without Fear of DMCA Strikes

TorrentFreak

The idea that regular internet users could find themselves regularly concerned at the thought of being targeted by a copyright complaint would’ve been dismissed as scare tactics just a few short years ago. But. In 2021, the reality is all too clear. With the rise of social media platforms and user-generated content sites, the lowliest of netizens can find themselves tripping over copyright law and with the potential to lose valuable accounts, it’s something to take seriously.

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UCB, Inc. v. Actavis Labs. UT, Inc.

JD Supra Law

Case Name: UCB, Inc. v. Actavis Labs. UT, Inc., Civ. No. 19-474-KAJ, 2021 WL 1880993 (D. Del. Mar. 26, 2021) (Jordan, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Neupro® (rotigotine); U.S. Patent No. 10,130,589 (“the ’589 patent”).

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YouTube Copyright Transparency Report: Overblocking is real

Kluwer Copyright Blog

Image via YouTube. For anyone interested in the discussions about automated content filtering, Christmas came early this week: On Monday YouTube published the first edition of its Copyright Transparency Report. The report that covers copyright enforcement actions on the platform for the period from January to June of this year provides much needed insights into how YouTube’s various copyright management systems function.

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