Week’s news headlines – September 1st, 2017

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Showtime files copyright suit against Mayweather-McGregor livestreaming sites
A great deal of hype and publicity has been building in the days leading up to the boxing match taking place on Saturday, August 26th between professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC champion Conor McGregor

Bill Nye files suit against Disney, Buena Vista for millions in underreported licensing payments
William Sanford Nye, better known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, introduced many young children to science topics during the show’s five-year run during the mid-1990s and for years afterward during syndication

Australian government issues response to copyright proposals
The Australian government has thrown its weight behind extending protections for users of orphan works, but stopped short of backing a fair use exception



CAFC’s finding of patent invalidity in Prism case against T-Mobile undoes $30M damages award in separate action against Sprint
On August 8th, a memorandum opinion entered in the District of Nebraska overturned a jury verdict award of more than $30 million handed to Omaha, NE-based intellectual property licensing firm Prism Technologies LLC back in June 2015

The duplicitous nature of Unified Patents statements about patent owners
Recently the co-founder of Unified Patents, Shawn Ambwani, has gone to LinkedIn to complain about something said in an article here on

Patent Searches: A Great Opportunity for Inventors to Focus on What is Unique
For most inventors a patent search should be the first step in the patent application process. The reason is simple

Federal Circuit affirms patent owner victory of lost profits, enhanced damages
Georgetown owns a patent directed to a system and method for inspecting railroad tracks using digital technology

Bank Of America apresenta 9 pedidos de patente baseados em Blockchain
O US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) publicou no final de agosto de 2017 nove pedidos de patentes adicionais relacionados à tecnologia Blockchain apresentados pelo Bank of America

Hytera step ups Motorola patent infringement battle
The radio company filed an infringement suit at the US District Court for the District Court of Ohio yesterday, August 28, accusing Motorola of infringing three patents in the “intelligent audio” range of devices, which adjust volume based on background noise and other variables

Trump to nominate Irell & Manella partner as USPTO
US President Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate Andrei Iancu as director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to replace Michelle Lee, who left the post in June

Federal Circuit delivers boost to US Postal Service
The US Postal Service (UPS) has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a lawsuit brought against it by a company claiming that ‘return to sender’ technology infringed its patent

Delaware Patent suit pits top two players in U.S. electronic voting machines against each other
On Monday, August 21st, Omaha, NE-based voting machine firm Election Systems & Software filed a patent infringement suit against election product company Dominion Voting Systems of Toronto, Ontario

Beware Conditional Limitations when Drafting Patent Claims
Buried in the claim language, conditional limitations may be a vulnerability in an otherwise valuable claim

Sharp asks ITC to investigate Hisense as patent agreement sees prices fall
In July, Sharp filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York claiming Chinese company Hisense had infringed US patent numbers  9,148,874 and 9,258,074, relating to technology that allows TVs to connect to the internet

International report – Revised CRI guidelines and patentability of algorithms
The patentability of computer-related inventions (CRIs) has long been a fervently discussed issue worldwide

Australian government will push for abolition of second-tier patent and inventive step reform
Over the weekend, Australia’s government responded to a lengthy list of IP system reforms proposed last year by the country’s Productivity Commission, a top policy advisory body

Federal Circuit says U.S. government is a ‘person’, can file CBM to challenge patents
Yesterday the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Return Mail, Inc. v. United States Postal Service, which upheld the invalidity of all challenged claims in a covered business method (CBM) challenge decided by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

It’s time to talk about a longer patent term in America
The entire premise of an intellectual property system is that an individual will give up some of her rights (i.e., the right to keep the innovation secret) in exchange for government recognition of the right to enforce a property right

Gary Shapiro takes self-righteous stand against patent trolls despite obvious bias in favor of infringers
It is unfortunately very easy to come across offensive screed regarding the U.S. patent system which does far more to confuse the mainstream opinion of the nation’s current patent law environment than it does in actually informing readers about the real issues in play

Cardozo School of Law Seeks Director, Cardozo/Google Project for Patent Diversity
The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University, with the support of a $200,000 grant from Google, is launching The Cardozo/Google Project for Patent Diversity with the goal of becoming the go-to destination for female and underrepresented entrepreneurs to secure patent rights

‘Patent troll’ pays company it sued in ‘landmark’ case
The CEO of Russian cyber security company Kaspersky Lab has revealed a “landmark” victory against a “patent troll” after forcing it to pay him to end litigation that it had started

Licensing profits from recent IBM patent purchase will go to shareholders, not Big Blue, Finjan CEO confirms
It may be a depressed market for patent assets generally, but Finjan’s recent deal with IBM seemingly bucks that trend



New Balance wins largest verdict ever for foreign plaintiff in Chinese trademark suit
In late August, news media outlets were reporting that Boston, MA-based athletic shoe and apparel company New Balance had won a victory in a trademark infringement case which the company had filed in China

Smashburger feels the heat over ‘triple double’ burger
The case was filed at the US District Court for the Central District of California on Monday, August 28

Rubik’s Cube owner looks to solve trademark problem
Rubik’s Brand, which produces the toy—made by Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik in 1974—accused Duncan Toys of creating products that “copy and emulate the distinctive appearance” of the Rubik’s Cube despite having minor changes

Battle over Uber name reaches US district court
A cloud computing company called Uber has asked the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida to enjoin taxi-hailing company Uber (Uber Tech) from using the Uber name, claiming it infringes its trademark

America innovates most when government stands behind a stable property rights regime
Approximately ten years after receiving his patent, still not yet having been elected President of the United States, Lincoln delivered his second speech on discoveries and inventions 


Domain Name

Who is the Boss: Legal protection of domain names in Ukraine
According to Ukrainian regulations, there may be several owners for one mark

Brandsight boosts team with MarkMonitor and Lecorpio hires
Corporate domain name registrar Brandsight has hired Matt Serlin from MarkMonitor and Elisa Cooper from Lecorpio

FC Barcelona win domain name transfer from Dubai resident
FC Barcelona may have been criticised for their transfer policy this summer, but they did have some luck with transfers at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center


Intellectual Property

IPOS partners with Deloitte to strengthen Singapore’s IP position
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and Deloitte have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together on solidifying Singapore’s position as an IP and innovation hub

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