• A court rejects a Massachusetts attorney’s attempt to hold Ripoff Report liable for a review after the plaintiff received a default judgment against the third party user who posted the review which rewarded the plaintiff copyright assignment to the post. The plaintiff used this reward to pursue a copyright infringement action against the website.


  • The Sixth Circuit affirms the recovery of e-discovery costs related to copying a hard drive in Colosi v. Jones Lang LaSalle Amers. Inc. The court rejected the plaintiffs reliance on Race Tires American  v. Hoosier Racing Tires Corp.
  • Paypal enters into a $7.7 million settlement with the US Treasury Department for allegedly processing payments to people in countries under sanction as well as to a man involved in the nuclear weapons black weapon.


  • USPTO hosts its Patent Quality Summit last weekend to discuss its pillars of patent quality.
  • Philip Morris and Eli Lily bring ISDS actions against Australia and Canada seeking enforcement of certain patent and trademark rights that were denied by the courts in this countries.
  • Russ Sifler sworn in as new Deputy Director of USPTO.
  • European Patent Office revokes Apple’s rubber banding patent (over scroll bounce) in a proceeding brought by Google before the Opposition Division.

Privacy & Cybersecurity

  • Online dating app Grindr is held not liable for an underage threesome in an action brought by a nonuser who is being prosecuted for sex with a minor. The court held that the action was preempted by 47 U.S.C. 230 which exempts online services for liability from third party content.
  • 9th Circuit affirms the trial court’s order in favor of IMDb in the action by Junie Hoang alleging IMDb improperly used personal information to find out her real age and post it publicly.
  • UN Human Rights Commission appoints a special rapporteur on right to privacy.


  • The NCAA expresses concerns over Indiana’s new religious freedom law that would allow some businesses to refuse service to members of the LGBT community.


  • Australia passes law requiring telcos and ISPs to store metadata for all customers for two years to aid law enforcement efforts.
  • Chairman Wheeler defends FCC rulemaking confronted with several challenges by ISP providers.
  • A bipartisan budget amendment expressing support for some form of net neutrality rule making was unanimously adopted in the Senate.


  • The Supreme Court rules that TTAB decisions may have preclusive effect when the issues before the TTAB are materially the same as those before the district court.


  • United Talent Agency becomes more aggressive in pursuing claims for unpaid commissions. The agency recently filed four lawsuits against former clients, including one for over $100,000 against David Nicksay, executive producer of “Step Up” sequels.
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