This Week in Intellectual Property, March 18th

This Week in Intellectual Property, March 18th

Rent Check

A jury sided with Qualcomm in its patent infringement case against Apple. The Court’s decision to use monetary damages could be a road map for how policymakers should reform the patent system.

 

News and Commentary

The fight over Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive is set to heat up. The European Parliament is holding a plenary debate on it on March 26.

The US Patent Office has issued new guidance relating to the issuing of new patents. The EFF argues that two parts of the guidance, which would strictly define “abstract ideas” and remove the two-step test, are out of line with the Supreme Court decision in Alice.

Florian Mueller breaks down how ongoing anti-trust cases against Qualcomm in the US could affect them globally. The Korea Free Trade Commission could be the next group pursuing criminal charges against the chip makers.

The Association for Accessible Medicines is starting a support campaign for the CREATES Act, which is aimed at increasing competition in the pharmaceuticals industry. It would end the rules that big companies use to stop generic alternatives from being developed.

The Supreme Court recently ruled that copyright owners have to receive registration before they can sue for infringement, reversing the previous standard of simply needing to have applied for the copyright. The Hollywood Reporter wrote about why the Authors Guild was against this decision.

Deidre Nanse McCloskey, writing for Reason, explains why we shouldn’t be so concerned with Chinese IP theft. Not only do the ridiculously long monopoly periods not introduce added incentives to invent, but consumers benefit when foreign competition is introduced to challenge US monopolies.

Youtube creaters are getting creative with their strategies to avoid copyright infringement. Instead of using copyrighted music in their videos, they are signing their own, terrible, a capella versions of the songs.

A Utah-based company, VidAngel, was found guilty of copyright infringement in a case involving almost every major California Studio. The company purchases movies and then allows parents to apply censoring filters to them for a small fee.

The Director of the USPTO appeared before a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary committee last week. You can find the transcript here.

Morgan Reed explains why the FTC shouldn’t settle with Qualcomm in their ongoing dispute. As their business strategies have gotten less successful, Qualcomm has increasingly relied on anti-competitive practices that hurt global consumers, and any FTC settlement would only encourage them to continue.

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