Bloomberg – BusinessWeek.com: The maker of a very popular line of foam footwear has won its case against foreign imitations according to a recent piece by Susan Decker and Tian Huang. Details of this patent victory can be found in Crocs Wins Appeal in Patent Claims Over Copycat Shoes (Update3):
TechDirt.com: Should Canadians stop "Buy American" pressure by promising to implement US-style copyright laws? That's a good question and one that Mike Masnick hopes to address in his topical piece, US Lobbyist: If Canada Just Implemented US-Style Copyright Law, US Would Drop 'Buy American' Provisions. He writes:
The Christian Science Monitor: In a recent opinion piece authors David K. Levine and Michele Boldrin proclaim that "empirical evidence shows that IP does not promote innovation and that, unlike ordinary property, it is detrimental to the social good."
The New York Times – BITS Column: Michael Arrington's special project, the Crunchpad, has taken on new life as the company he accuses of stealing the IP behind the touchscreen web-browsing computer decides to go it alone. Claire Cain Miller provides further details in her topical piece, The CrunchPad Is Resurrected as the Joo Joo. She reports:
IPWatchdog.com: As the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen looms large, one IP pundit tackles the thorny issue of global warming and the fallacy behind it. Said pundit also questions the benefits of first world nations sharing their hard-won intellectual property in order to help developing nations reduce their carbon footprints. From Gene Quinn's topical piece on these contentious issues, Say NO to Patent Sharing in Wake of Global Warming Fraud:
IPWatchdog.com: Common sense is a somewhat indeterminate thing but it seems that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has nailed down a more exact test as to what can, or cannot, be found common sense. Gene Quinn weighs in on a recent CAFC judgment:
BBC News: The Queen's speech last month introduced the idea to the British public that there might be some large changes to content protection and intellectual property laws and was soon followed by the announcement of the Digital Economy Bill. Many portions of the bill's proposed changes to current IP laws in Great Britain were to be expected but one section in the legislation gave many cause for concern: Clause 17. Jonathan Fildes fills us in on why Clause 17 is raising the red flag for Commonwealth citizens and big industry players alike:
MichaelGeist.ca: Even Canadians are on the "down-with-ACTA" bandwagon and since they're not known for being a particularly rowdy bunch, there must be something to it, eh? Maple-leafer Michael Geist offers up a north-of-the-border viewpoint on the exposed secrets of an attempt by the US to foist their intellectual property laws on the innocents of the world: