May 6, 2016
IP Flow Links – SCOTUS To Hear Cheerleading Copyright Infringement Suit
May 6, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Hi folks, here’s your roundup of the week’s intellectual property news:
- The US Supreme Court agreed to hear a copyright suit brought by Varsity Brands Inc, one of the largest U.S. makers of cheerleader uniforms, against Star Athletica LLC accusing the company of infringing on its designs.
- A Chinese court ruled against Apple in a trademark infringement lawsuit it filed against Xintong Tiandi, a company that makes leather products including iPhone cases, allowing it to continue to use “iPhone” on its goods.
- The US Trade Commission launched an investigation into seven smartphone companies including Sony and Samsung for patent infringement in a complaint brought by Singapore company Creative Technology.
- The Office for the US Trade Representative released their Special 301 Report on the global state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement. Read our take on it here.
- A judge ruled that some of Jawbone’s patents were invalid, dealing a blow to their infringement lawsuit against Fitbit.
- Immersion Technologies has brought a lawsuit against Apple claiming that 3D Touch and Force Touch, in the MacBook and the iPhone 6s, infringe on Immersion’s patents.
- Apple agreed a $24.9 million settlement to resolve a long running patent dispute over voice technology Siri with Dynamic Advances. Read our take on it here.
- Google and Honeywell settled their patent infringement lawsuit over thermostats produced by Nest labs/
- NVIDIA and Samsung settled all their patent infringement lawsuits for an undisclosed amount.
- SCOTUS also agreed to hear SCA Hygeine’s petition over whether laches may be used as a defense to patent infringement.
- Luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo filed a lawsuit against former Los Angeles Rams football quarterback Vince Ferragamo for trademark infringement for using “Ferragamo” at his winery.
- Restaurant chain Arby’s agreed to stop using the slogan “Eat Your Bourbon” after they were sued by the US’s only “soy sauce microbrewery” Bourbon Barrel Foods.
- Two Android piracy group leaders who ran unauthorized App stores Applanet and SnappzMarket respectively pleaded guilty to copyright infringement charges.
- The European Commission brought an antitrust complaint against Google accusing the company of abusing its dominant position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile operators and by promoting its services and apps. Read our take on it here.
- Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) TPG, Optus, Telstra and M2 announced their refusal to front the costs for blocking pirate sites as required by the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015.
- A Finnish court ruled that the pirate streaming site Kickass Torrents must be blocked by the country’s seven largest ISPs.