AIPLA Virtual Water Cooler - Weekly Webinar Series
July 2 to 23, 2020
AIPLA Virtual Water Cooler
Join us every Thursday in July at 3 pm eastern/ noon pacific at the "Water Cooler".
AIPLA knows that working from home is a 'big' change, as are many of our "normal" life events at the moment. Many people are feeling alone - some are by themselves, others aren't but are still missing their office comradery. That’s why AIPLA’s Committee on the Profession is inviting you to join us around the virtual water cooler for a 15-minute break each Thursday in July at 3 pm Eastern/noon Pacific.
In advance of each session we'll pose an issue to start the discussion – and we promise, it won't be something as complex as patent eligibility or orphaned copyrighted works – but who knows where it will go. Mostly, this is an opportunity to say hello to people you may (or may not) know for a few minutes, and see IP colleagues much as you would at the office water cooler.
To attend simply register, which we are doing simply so no one gets Zoom-bombed (and yes, Zoom fatigue could well tie into one of the topics). This is free and open both to AIPLA members and non-members interested in IP (feel free to share this invite to others in IP), but sorry, you'll have to bring your own water.
Copyright Office Further Extends Certain Timing Provisions Due to COVID-19
July 14, 2020The Copyright Office is further extending the temporary adjustments to certain timing provisions under the Copyright Act for persons affected by the COVID-19 national emergency.
Toyota Fails to Revive Patent on Fingerprint-Reducing Coating
July 13, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on July 10, 2020, affirmed the invalidation of Toyota Motor Corp.’s patent on a coating for reducing the appearance of fingerprints on touchscreen displays. Toyota Motor Corp. v. Reactive Surfaces Ltd., Fed. Cir., No. 18-1906, unpublished 7/10/20.
YouTube Can’t Be Forced to Fully Identify Piracy Culprits in EU
July 10, 2020Google’s Youtube cannot be required to hand over the IP addresses, telephone numbers, or email addresses of its users who have uploaded copyright-infringing films to its platform, the Court of Justice of the European Union held on July 9, 2020. C‑264/19, Constantin Film Verleih GmbH v YouTube LLC and Google Inc., 2020 E.C.R.
Patent Owner History of Abusive Suits Mandates New Fees Look
July 9, 2020The Federal Circuit on July 1, 2020, said that a Florida federal court failed to properly consider a patent owner’s history of frivolous litigation when it denied a request for attorneys’ fees from the owner’s latest target. Elec. Commc’n Techs LLC v. ShoppersChoice.com LLC, Fed. Cir., No. 19-2087, 7/1/20.
Unaltered Password Dooms Copyright Claims for Drilling Company
July 8, 2020The Fifth Circuit on June 2, 2020, ruled that Digital Drilling Data Systems can’t pursue copyright claims against a competitor that scraped data from a program built using an open source database, because the program wasn’t effectively secured, and the copied program wasn’t substantially similar. Digital Drilling Data Syst. v. Petrolink Serv. Inc., 5th Cir., No. 19-20116, 7/2/20.