President Calls for Patent Reform in SOTU (The Hill)
President Obama repeated his calls for patent reform during his State of the Union address, calling on Congress to “pass a patent reform bill that allows our businesses to stay focused on innovation, not costly and needless litigation.”
Court: Google Infringed Patents, Must Pay 1.36% of Adwords Revenue (Ars Technica)
Vringo, a tiny company that purchased some patents from Lycos in 2011 and then used those patents to sue Google, has been awarded a 1.36% running royalty on US-based revenue from Google’s Adwords.
U.S. Justice Department Files Lawsuits Over Counterfeit Apps (PCWorld)
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed its first lawsuits over counterfeit smartphone apps, charging four men who now face up to five years each in prison. The defendants are accused of conspiring to copy Android apps and distributing more than a million copies through their online markets.
India Undermining IPR: US Chamber of Commerce (Business Standard)
Unveiling the 2014 global IP index by its Global Intellectual Property Center, the US Chamber of Commerce accused India of allowing the deterioration of the intellectual property climate in the country, and asked the Obama administration to enforce IP rights.
New App Rewards Consumers For Reporting Counterfeits (ABC)
A new app called “uFaker” allows consumers to report counterfeit products and earn rewards like online discounts.
Dutch Court Finds Pirate Bay Block Ineffective, Ends It (Computerworld)
The Court of Appeals in The Hague lifted a block on The Pirate Bay in the Netherlands because the measure was ineffective and disproportionate for two ISPs.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Set Up Companies to Protect ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ (Metro)
Prince William established the firm APL Anglesey, and Kate set up CE Strathearn, in order to protect their intellectual property rights.
Three-Strikes Laws Don’t Stop Piracy, Researchers Say (Torrent Freak)
New findings published by U.S. and French researchers show that the “strikes” systems designed to warn and punish P2P file-sharers do not stop or even reduce piracy.
Judge Issues Devastating Ruling Against Online Copyright Crusaders (Business Insider)
Washington District Judge Robert Lasnik ruled that IP addresses are not individuals, and that a suspected Internet pirate should not be prosecuted solely because his computer’s IP address was identified.
Teens’ Photo Feed is a Viral Hit- and a Copyright Conundrum (GigaOM)
A popular Twitter account run by two teenagers publishes historical photos and is delighting its nearly million followers, but also raising questions of how to define artistic ownership and attribution in an age of ubiquitous images.
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.