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Voltage Pictures to sue Canadians for copyright infringement


Voltage Pictures, maker of Oscar-winning movie The Hurt Locker, has filed a court order requesting the names and details of thousands of Canadian internet users who have allegedly downloaded the company’s films.

BPI poised to sue the Pirate Party


The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is planning to sue the UK Pirate Party for failing to remove a proxy server that provides access to the Pirate Bay.

Study warns brands about gTLD consumer confusion


Brand owners must effectively educate consumers about their new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) in order to combat the “inevitable” confusion that they will create, a study has shown.

Complaint filed over gTLD trademark meetings


The ombudsman at the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has received a complaint about two recent meetings covering rights protection under the generic top-level domain (gTLD) programme.

New gTLD applicants await raffle draw


Applicants can buy their tickets for ICANN’s gTLD ‘prioritisation draw’ until 19.00 GMT on December 17, two hours before the raffle begins.

USPTO invalidates ‘Steve Jobs patent’


The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has invalidated Apple’s ‘Steve Jobs’ smartphone patent, but the decision is not final and the company can file a response.

IP Summit: React steps up online anti-counterfeiting efforts


Anti-counterfeiting organisation React has this year helped online auction sites and law enforcement officials to close down around 500,000 forums selling counterfeit goods.

WIPO data reveal China tops global patent filings


China’s State Intellectual Property Office has overtaken the US Patent and Trademark Office to become the most prolific patent office in the world, according to a report published by the World Intellectual Property Office.

IP Summit: Microsoft attorney urges rights owners to prepare now for gTLDs


Rights owners should begin developing their enforcement strategies for protecting their marks in the new generic top-level domain space, Microsoft attorney Russell Pangborn has warned.

IP Summit: brands must be wary of aggressive social media policies


Brands must think carefully before taking action against alleged infringers on social media websites, a panel warned at the IP Summit in Alicante.

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