A TPA extra edition--our mix of IP-related notes from this week:
- PatentFreedom, the patent defense consultancy run by Dan McCurdy, first talked to us about its database of NPEs (patent trolls) when the firm launched almost a year ago. Now, PatentFreedom is offering some of the basics from its database to the public--interesting stuff. Take a look, via Against Monopoly.
- French reject "three-strikes" law that would ban copyright infringers from the Internet. Lots of artists and content-side lawyers thought this one was going to pass. Not this time. Via Wired.com.
- Big Verdict: Mintz Levin won a $388 million patent infringement verdict against Microsoft for a case brought on behalf of a small California outfit, Uniloc. But will it stick?
- Big Verdict II: W.L. Gore & Associates (of Gore-Tex fame) must pay out $410 million to medical device company C.L. Bard. Via The Am Law Litigation Daily. Gore will appeal.
- Big Verdict III: A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge has ordered NASA to pay a 1.25 percent royalty to Boeing because an aluminum alloy it used to build the space shuttle infringes Boeing patents. Damages still being briefed but looks like 9 digits. Seattle Times via IPO News, and The Am Law Daily.
- EFF senior attorney Fred Von Lohmann asks if President Obama violated copyright law when he gave an iPod to Queen Elizabeth.
- U.K. newspaper The Guardian showcases 15 years of anti-piracy videos.
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