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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

16 January 2018

U.S. COPYRIGHT OFFICE FURTHER EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS ON SECURE TEST REGISTRATION

In a Federal Register notice published today, the Copyright Office announced that it is extending until 2 April 2018 the deadline for comments on interim rules regarding secure tests. A secure test is “a nonmarketed test administered under supervision at specified centers on specific dates, all copies of which are accounted for and either destroyed or returned to restricted locked storage following each administration.” The interim rules, from June and November of 2017, address the special procedure for examining the tests and the establishment of a new group registration option.

IP IN THE MASS MEDIA

Irish Court Orders ISPs to Block Websites Facilitating Widespread Copyright Infringement

Yesterday the Irish Times reported that Ireland’s Commercial Court ordered several of the country’s major internet service providers to block a number of websites found to facilitate widespread copyright infringement by enabling users to illegally download and stream films and television shows. The suit against the ISPs was brought by the Motion Picture Association.

BBC Argues Geoblocking Defense in Copyright Suit on The Cosby Show

Last Friday the Hollywood Reporter reported on a suit brought in California by Carsey-Werner Company against the BBC and Sugar Films Limited for infringing its copyright in The Cosby Show by using unauthorized clips from the show in the documentary Bill Cosby: Fall of an American Icon. The BBC and the film company argue that no infringement could have occurred in the U.S. due to geoblocking.


Law & Advocacy

Friday, February 21, 2014

2014 USPTO BUDGET WILL ALLOW HIRING, SATELLITE OFFICES

During the quarterly meeting of the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), Chief Financial Officer TONY SCARDINO reported that the 2014 appropriations bill signed in January funds the USPTO at $3.024 billion – $90.8 million above the fiscal 2013 enacted level and $238.3 million above the fiscal 2013 sequestration level. The budget will allow the USPTO to hire 1,000 patent examiners and 63 administrative patent judges and provides funding related to opening satellite offices in San Jose, Denver, and Dallas. Projected 2014 spending is estimated at $2.948 billion. The White House will release its fiscal 2015 budget on March 4.


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