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BlackBerry Defeats Patent Claims in US District Court

On April 7, 2014, a US federal District Court jury ruled in favour of BlackBerry and dismissed the patent infringement claims put forward by NXP BV, a Dutch company specializing in semiconductors. Having commenced the suit in April 2012, NXP was claiming that certain design, data transmission and other characteristics of BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets infringed upon NXP’s patents....

Court Rules Telus must Reimburse Texting Fees

The Quebec Superior Court has ruled on a class-action suit against Telus, finding that the introduction of a text message charge amounted to a unilateral change to Telus’ customer contracts.  The 15 cent charge applied to each incoming text message, and affected over 175,000 customers.  Prior to introducing the charge, Telus notified its customers and offered alternate service bundles that...

Facebook ‘Like’ Considered Harassment

A Councillor for the seaside town of Margate, in the district of Thanet in East Kent, England, is facing criminal charges for conspiracy to harass for ‘liking’ a post on Facebook. The charges stem from a dispute amongst town members about a proposed Tesco supermarket development in the town.  Locals are divided on the issue of whether the new development would help to enhance Margate’s...

Google Seeks to Trademark “Glass” in US

The United States’ Patent and Trade-mark Office has withheld its approval of the proposed trademark, GLASS, which Google has sought to register for use in connection with its Google Glass product. Google has responded to the USPTO’s objections in an approximately 2,000 page document. The main objections of the USPTO include the likelihood of confusion with other trademark registrations (which...

OSFI ‘Checks In’ with Banks in the Wake of the Heartbleed Bug

In the wake of the Heartbleed Bug scare, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (“OSFI”) has been communicating with Canadian banks to ensure that they are managing any potential exposures.  The Heartbleed bug is a flaw in OpenSSL, the open-source encryption standard used by the majority of websites to transmit data that users want to keep secure. Although a fix has been...

European Court of Justice Says ISPs can be Ordered to Block Access

In the decision of UPC Telekabel Wien GmbH v Constantin Film Verleih GmbH and Wega Filmproduktionsgesellschaft mbH, dated March 27, 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union has held that national courts can order internet service providers to block customers’ access to copyright-infringing websites. The case was initially referred to the Court of Justice by Austria’s Supreme Court,...

Yahoo UK Exploring Move to Ireland to Escape UK Surveillance Program

Yahoo UK (“Yahoo”) has announced plans to move its center of European operations to Ireland in order to limit its exposure to United Kingdom (“UK”) surveillance efforts. It was recently revealed that the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters, a British intelligence agency, collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of...

Viacom and Google Settle Their Differences OverYouTube

In 2007, Viacom commenced legal action against Google, owner of YouTube, over the prevalence of Viacom’s copyrighted material uploaded to YouTube. Now, seven years later, the parties have agreed to settle the dispute out of court. Though the settlement is confidential, reports indicate that neither party paid any money as part of the settlement. Since the dispute commenced, the growth of...