Archive for January, 2006

Dedicated Patent Courts

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

In today’s Globe and Mail there is an article entitled “An idea worth patenting: dedicated patent courts” which discusses the lack of specialized patent courts and the current moves in the U.S. and Europe to create such dedicated courts.

The problem in cases of patent litigation, according to the article, is that “[j]uries are often […]

Red Cross Emblem in Video Games

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Via the Video Game Law Blog. Apparently the Canadian Red Cross has started a bit of a campaign to curb the use of the Red Cross emblem in video games.

In a January 30, 2006 letter addressed to Mr. Chris Bennett (one of the authors of the Video Game Law Blog), the Canadian Red […]

Patently Absurd

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

A lengthy article in yesterday’s Globe & Mail, entitled Patently Absurd, provides a detailed account of the RIM v NTP BlackberryTM / patent battle, the history and current status. It also provides some personal insights into the inventors on either side of this dispute.

Patent Lawsuit over Helicopter Logging

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

The Globe & Mail reports today about a retired helicopter pilot (Mr. Philip Jarman) suing a number of coastal logging firms in British Columbia, over a system that is now widely used to cherry pick old-growth trees from challenging terrain.

After having a quick search through the patent database, it looks like Mr. Jarman is the […]

Sam Bulte’s Comments Create Controversy

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

I’ve been staying out of the whole Sam Bulte / copyright lobby fundraiser controversy, mainly because I feel that Michael Geist has done an excellent job covering this and also because it is more of a political issue, rather than legal one.

Now, however, it appears that Ms. Bulte has resorted to a bit of name […]

U.S. Supreme Court may consider BlackBerry case

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

As blogged about in an earlier posting, Research in Motion (RIM) has requested that the U.S. Supreme Court hear its appeal from the Federal Circuit’s decision (which last year was decided in NTP’s favor).

Today, GCN.com (Government Computer News) reports that the U.S. high court will hold a conference to consider this petition and […]

Government Employees caught with MP3 files

Monday, January 9th, 2006

The Vancouver Sun reports that music-loving federal tax collectors in B.C. used Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) computer servers to store and share more than 800 MP3 files.

According to an internal investigation report obtained by The Vancouver Sun, “[t]he possession of MP3 files can potentially cause a storage burden on CRA networks as well as the […]

Sony Canada Facing Class Action Law Suits

Friday, January 6th, 2006

Via Michael Geist, who noted that Sony’s Canadian arm is now facing several class action law suits arising from the rootkit issue - in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

As most readers probably know, Sony used a particular rootkit (i.e. Extended Copy Protection) as a technological protection measures on audio CD’s; so as to prevent illegal […]

Clearing the way for Google’s GMAIL

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

In an earlier posting I noted that Google’s Canadian trade-mark application for GMAIL ran into a little bit of a difficulty - because the Canadian Trade-marks Office sent off an Examiner’s Report. I speculated that the Examiner’s Report would have cited the earlier filed application by Gossamer Threads Inc. (also for GMAIL and in […]