The Patent Litigation Weekly column took a hiatus last week as I worked on IPLB's annual patent litigation survey and an upcoming cover story. To hold over readers, here's some interesting copyright & patent reading from the past week:
- News companies filed an amicus brief denouncing a judge's order in the "Catcher in the Rye" copyright case, saying she didn't take proper note of the First Amendment before enjoining publication: "Here a book was banned on the basis of a two-hour hearing with no witnesses."
- When The Prior Art last checked in on mystery inventor Gregory Bender, he and his lawyer had filed patent-infringement lawsuits against 28 companies. Now it's up to 37 defendants in 24 different suits, and Judge William Alsup has declined to relate the cases, despite the request of Bender's lawyer.
- Zusha Elinson on the advantages and disadvantages of joint defense groups in patent lawsuits. (free reg. required)
Update 8/11/09: To clarify, Judge Alsup's order told the parties that it may be possible to coordinate hearings on claim construction and invalidity issues, but infringement issues will remain separate.