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House Subcommittee Examines Digital Goods Tax Bill

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 - The Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law held a hearing Monday on a bill that would define limits on taxes for virtual goods and services on the Internet. The proposed legislation, known as the “Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011” aims to “promote neutrality, simplicity, and fairness in the taxation of digital goods and digital services.” The legislation would restrict taxing authority to the jurisdiction of the customer's tax address. Keep Reading

Intellectual Property Breakfast Club Examines IP Enforcement

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2011 - The Intellectual Property Breakfast Club last week featured a keynote address by Erik Barnett, Assistant Deputy Director at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and subsequent panel with industry experts, taking a closer look at administration recommendations to expand the scope of IP laws and increase certain penalties for infringement. Barnett's keynote focused on "Operation In Our Sites," an ICE initiative that focuses on stopping Internet counterfeiting and piracy. The initiative seizes U.S.-based sites that provide illegal content via the web. Critics allege that the seizures deprive domain registrants of due process.

Intellectual Property Enforcement: Where Does the Law Need to be Updated?

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LightSquared to Launch Nationwide Wholesale LTE Network

WASHINGTON May 13, 2011 – The New America Foundation gathered key industry experts on Thursday to discuss whether satellite spectrum should be reclassified so that it can be used for the expansion of terrestrial mobile broadband. With the spectrum crunch that many experts anticipate, many industry experts are calling for the reclassification of the satellite spectrum to be used for the expansion of mobile broadband. Rather than wholly reclassify the spectrum, LightSquared uses their mobile satellite spectrum holdings to deploy a nationwide Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network with both terrestrial and satellite components. Keep Reading

Sallet: Broadband Changes Traditional Value Chain

WASHINGTON May 11, 2011 - Former Director of the Office of Policy & Strategic Planning of the Department of Commerce under President Clinton, Jonathan Sallet, presented a new way to look at the traditional value chain with respect to broadband Tuesday at a congressional briefing presented by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. Sallet presented the value chain not as a chain at all, but rather as a circle. Keep Reading

House Subcommittee Scrutinizes Possible Domain Name Expansion

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2011 - The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet held a hearing Wednesday to investigate the possible effects of expanding Internet domain names beyond the traditional suffixes like .com and .net to potentially anything a registrant could type. The subcommittee probed plans by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to expand the generic top level domains (gTLDs) beyond the set menu of familiar suffixes like .org and .gov. The proposed new regime could comprise either an expanded menu of choices or an open door for registrants to create a suffix of their choosing, such as .google or .microsoft. Keep Reading

U.S. Trade Representative Issues Annual Report On IP Infringement Abroad

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2011 - The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its annual Special 301 report on Monday, outlining the effectiveness of trade partners in combating infringement of the rights of U.S. intellectual property holders. The U.S. claims 18 million American jobs dependent upon intellectual property. The sector also represents the largest source of export revenue for the U.S. Keep Reading

5 Questions With: Gerard Pannekoek On Trading Patents

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2011 -- Gerard Pannekoek is President and CEO of the Intellectual Property Exchange International (IPXI), a company set to launch the first financial exchange focused on intellectual property rights. The Chicago-based company was created in 2008 and is currently looking to launch its initial public offering (IPO) between the summer and early 2011. In late 2010, IPXI recruited Pannekoek, who was then retired, based on his prior experience as president and chief operating officer of another start-up, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) which traded emission credits. Keep Reading

Intellectual Property Breakfast Club Tackles The Costs Of Global Piracy

WASHINGTON April 13, 2011- Broadband Breakfast gathered key industry experts to discuss the costs of global piracy at its monthly Intellectual Property Breakfast Tuesday morning. “It’s quite difficult to accurately measure the true level of global piracy, and it’s even harder to determine what the costs to the overall economy are,” explained Director of International Affairs and Trade for the U.S. Government Accountability Office Loren Yager.

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BroadbandBreakfast.com Hosts Intellectual Property Club Breakfast on Quantification of IP Piracy – Tuesday, April 12th, Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2011 – The internet and intellectual propertynews and events service BroadbandBreakfast.com will hold its April 2011 Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event, “The Costs of Global Intellectual Property Piracy: How Can the Phenomenon Be Empirically Quantified?” on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011. Keep Reading

Dodd Addresses Movie ‘Theft’ In First Speech as MPAA Chief

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 - Harkening to the days of the director, Cecil B. DeMille, CEO and Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd, delivered his first talk as chief of the organization to theater owners in Las Vegas about the importance of preventing movie theft. Theft from individuals surreptitiously recording movies in theaters and distributing them either in hard copy or on the internet represents the greatest threat to one of the strongest sectors of the American economy, claimed the former Connecticut Senator. Keep Reading

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New York Judge Rejects Google Books Settlement

SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2011 -- A federal judge in New York City has rejected the expansive amended settlement agreement between Google, U.S. authors and publishers more than a year after the court heard from a wide variety of interested parties in hearings on the fairness of the settlement of a class action lawsuit. Keep Reading

Obama Administration to the Supremes: Judges Should Defer to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Expertise

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2011 -- The Obama Administration told the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday that federal judges should trust the procedures undertaken at the United States Patent and Trademark Office to ensure that any patents that they approve are valid, and thus uphold a strict legal standard that is currently used by juries to decide whether a piece of key evidence presented during litigation is sufficient to invalidate disputed patents. The case pits technology giant Microsoft against i4i Limited Partnership, a small consulting company in Toronto, Canada. Keep Reading

Patent Reform Passes Senate; Bill Headed to House

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2011 - The Senate passed a bill Tuesday evening that would significantly reform the U.S. patent system for the first time in nearly 60 years. The bill will now go to the House for consideration. The Senate passed the America Invents Act - formerly the Patent Reform Act of 2011 - by an overwhelming majority of 95-5. Congress has failed to pass comprehensive patent reform in each of the last four Congresses. Keep Reading

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