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FORMULA ONE RACING AND IP PROTECTION

First posted on spicyip.com on 04.08.2014 Some time back, one of our readers had asked us to provide some information on Formula One (F1) racing and patents.  This post provides a background on the elements of a F1 car, and patenting in the F1 industry.  To better explain the concept, this post will cover two aspects in great detail in the F1 car where patenting would be a natural choice. Currently, there is little evidence of large scale patenting in F1 racing.  This may change going forward due to several cases of espionage being detected at the highest levels in F1 racing. Background: It would be an understatement to state that modern F1 car’s are extremely complex machines.  F... Continue reading

DISTRIBUTED INFRINGEMENT ISSUES UNDER US PATENT LAW DECIDED – LESSONS FOR INDIA?

First posted on spicyip.com on 06.06.2014 It seems that patent law decisions by the Supremes are the flavour for the month of June.  Our Supremes issued the decision in the Enercon matter and Aparajitha had posted about it here.  The US Supreme Court also issued two patent law decisions this week covering distributed infringement (Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies) and on indefiniteness analysis – i.e. level of support in specification for the claims (Nautilus v. BioSig).  I shall be covering the Limelight decision in this post and the Nautilus decision separately. Facts: Akamai Technologies, Inc., is the exclusive licensee of a patent that claims a method of delivering ele... Continue reading

TAKING DOWN WEBSITES HOSTING INFRINGING CONTENT

First posted on spicyip.com on 30.05.2014 Last week, popular torrent tracking website torrentz[dot]eu was in news after the UK Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) got the domain name suspended.  Surely, to the disappointment of the right holders, the site was back online the next day.  The site’s Polish registrar restored the domain name’s server (“DNS”) entries after Torrentz’ legal team pointed out that the suspension was unlawful.  This post analyzes the legal issues behind such actions and provides a contextual background for the same.  In conclusion, because domain names providers are accredited by the ICANN, the resolution of disputes is governed by the ICANN rule... Continue reading