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IP Flow Links – Toyota, BMW, Honda & Volkswagen Investigated By ITC On Patent Infringement Claims

Feb. 10, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Good morning folks, here is your IP news update for the week:

  • Toyota, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen, among others, are being investigated by the US International Trade Commission on patent infringement charges by Advanced Silicon Technologies in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The disputed patents relate to car infotainment systems, among others.
  • An East Texas jury awarded VirnetX $625 million in damages in its patent infringement suit against Apple. VirnetX claimed that Apple’s Facetime application infringed upon its patented technology. Apple has since countered with a motion for mistrial.
  • PayPal began declining payments from companies made via VPN and SmartDNS services, claiming that these methods may facilitate copyright infringemen by allowing users to bypass copyright restrictions.
  • The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is considering whether all hyperlinks found on web pages should be checked for linking to material that could consitute copyright infringement.
  • Fox has been successful in its trademark infringement battle over the use of “Empire” as the name of its popular tv show in a lawsuit brought by record label and publishing company Empire Distribution.
  • A California court dismissed a copyright infringement case broughton behalf of a selfie-taking monkey with the aim of forcing Wikimedia to takedown his selfies. PETA had brought a suit on behalf of the animal claiming that he is an “author” as defined under the Copyright Act and therefore can assert its rights.
  • A German court ruled that Youtube could not be held responsible for copyright infringement actions on the part of its users.
  • A coalition of Dutch film companies has demanded the government pay just under $1.4 billion in damages. The coalition claims that the government is responsible for unlawful streaming due to its relaxed piracy legislation.

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