Intellectual Property Roundup

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U.S. Copyright Office is Taking Comments about How Well the DMCA is Working (Ars Technica)
The U.S. Copyright Office issued a Notice of Inquiry to assess the operation of Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  This provision prohibits the circumvention of technological measures designed to prevent unauthorized access to copyrighted works, and forbids people from trafficking in technologies designed to crack those measures.


Business Leaders Announce Support for TPP (The Hill)
More groups are coming out in a show of support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership which include  Business Roundtable.  Many groups are still urging the Administration to fix any remaining issues in certain parts of the agreement, even pertaining to intellectual property rights.

2016 Copyright outlook: Fair Use Takes Center Stage (Bloomberg BNA)
As the fair-use suit against Google Books continues, perhaps onward to the Supreme Court, Google says it will pay legal fees of individuals who fight what it perceives as unfair video takedown notices by copyright holders through its video streaming service, YouTube. Now, many are calling for legislative clarification of the limits of the fair-use doctrine.

Automakers are Beating Silicon Valley When it Comes to Driverless-Car Patents (Business Insider)
While much focus has been placed on Silicon Valley companies such as Google on the development of autonomous cars, the reality is that automakers are beating Silicon Valley when it comes to driverless-car patents.  In fact, the leading company holding patents on this technology is Toyota.


Apple Patent Highlights an iMessage Payment Service (Forbes)
Apple may be integrating a payment service on its iMessage platform which will likely be tied to Apple Pay.  The patent that shows this reveals Apple’s money transfer service will also be integrated into emails, phone calls, and calendar invitations.


Christopher Christopher Mohr is General Counsel and VP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA.