U.S. Supreme Court To Decide Whether Software Can Be Patented (Reuters)
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide a question of key importance to the software industry by considering what kind of computer-related processes are eligible for patent protection.
U.S. Court Questions Google Defense Against Oracle Over Android (Reuters)
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington closely questioned Google’s claim that Oracle does not enjoy copyright protection over certain parts of the Java programming language.
Once Piracy Havens, China’s Internet Video Websites Turn Police (Reuters)
China’s biggest Internet video company, Youku Tudou, once a haven for illicit content, now employs a dozen piracy investigators, highlighting how China’s online video industry is courting higher advertising revenues and better relations with foreign media firms by cracking down on illegal content.
European Commission Launches Consultation On EU Copyright Modernization(Intellectual Property Watch)
The European Commission announced the launch of a public consultation on modernization of European Union copyright rules as part of a larger process to review and update the region’s copyright laws.
Michelle Lee Named USPTO Deputy Director (Intellectual Property Watch)
Michelle Lee has been named the new deputy director of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and in the absence of a director at USPTO, she will also serve as acting director. Lee is currently director of the USPTO Silicon Valley satellite office.
House Bill Raises Bar For Suits Over Patents (The New York Times)
The House overwhelmingly passed a patent reform bill, known as the Innovation Act, that would force companies bringing patent-infringement lawsuits to disclose information about who ultimately owns a patent and would benefit from a settlement, and to specify how a patent is being violated.
Russia Amends Anti-Piracy Law To Specify Procedure For Blocking Illegal Content(The Hollywood Reporter)
New amendments to the Russian anti-piracy law clearly stipulate a procedure for blocking websites carrying illegitimate content, making hosting providers and website owners equally responsible for restricting access to disputed materials.
Keith Kupferschmid is General Counsel and SVP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA. Follow Keith on Twitter at @keithkup and sign up for the Intellectual Property Roundup weekly newsletter here.