This Week in IP Enforcement

The Pirate Bay Must Be Blocked By UK ISPs, Court Rules (BBC)
The High Court ruled that UK internet service providers must block file-sharing site The Pirate Bay and prevent their users from accessing the site.

U.S. Names China, Dozen Other Countries On Intellectual Property Watch List (Chicago Tribune)
The U.S. Trade Representative’s office again put China and Russia on its annual list of countries with the worst records of preventing the theft of copyrighted material and other intellectual property, while dropping Malaysia and Spain.

ICANN To Notify Domain Applicants Of Data Breaches (Reuters)
ICANN will notify domain name applicants next week whether their applications for new domain names could have been viewed by competitors as a result of a software bug.

How Hollywood Convinced California’s Senate To Pass A Bill Increasing Piracy Damages (The Hollywood Reporter)
An obscure case last year involving two men convicted for intending to sell thousands of counterfeit CDs and DVDs challenged the value of damages from piracy. California law on calculating restitution is now on the verge of changing what pirates owe.

IP Lawyers Praise Targeting Of Counterfeit Imports (The National Law Journal)
An interim rule of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012) will allow the agency to share such information as product serial numbers, universal product codes, and stock keeping unit numbers with trademark owners so the rights owners can help the agency identify counterfeit goods.

Copyright Case In Oracle vs. Google Goes To Jury (Reuters)
Jurors began deliberating about whether Google violated Oracle’s copyright on parts of the Java programming language in a high stakes trial over smartphone technology in which Oracle is seeking roughly $1 billion from Google in copyright damages.


Keith Kupferschmid is General Counsel and SVP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA.

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