Pennie & Edmonds, 120 year old patent and trademark firm, will close December 31. Many but not all lawyers will be scooped up by Jones Day. Via NY Lawyer.
Note to Pennie clients: Time to consider more cost-effective portfolio management alternatives?
Cyber-squatter John Zuccarini has pled guilty to 49 counts under the Truth in Domain Names Act, as well as to possession of child pornography. Story here.
Abstact of paper on “Site Finder and Internet Governance” by Prof. Jonathan Weinberg.
PTO Director James Rogan has announced his resignation. Story here. Send in your nominations.
Herald Tribune article reporting that Louisiana Tax Court has ruled against Geoffrey Inc., Intellectual Property holding company for Toys R Us, holding that Geoffrey owes Lousiana $800,000 in taxes attributable to trademark royalties. More coverage here.
This article from The Register suggests that the issue of who should run the DNS has been taken off the table at the upcoming World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva this week, gratning ICANN a reprieve. Previous reports had suggested that there was a strong movement to move administration from ICANN to the International Telecommunications Union.
If you Google MPAA today, the first hit is this article indicating that Judge Mukasey in the Southern District of NY has ruled that the MPAA may not block independent filmmakers from sending out screening copies. MPAA had wanted the prohibition so as to cut down on film piracy. Additional coverage from Marketwatch here.
The second hit is this press release from Internetmovies.com. The MPAA’s anti-piracy Ranger software had indicated that the third installment of Lord of the Rings, which won’t be released December 17, had been offered by Internetmovies.com since March 2001 (sic). The release indicates that the MPAA, in sending a DMCA letter, could not have held a good faith belief that it was offering an infringing copy a year before the film was completed.
Linus Torvalds, Linux originator, on GPL, from Groklaw here. Note: The references to “The Darl” are to Darl McBride, CEO of SCO, and villain of this piece.