Intellectual Property Roundup

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Senate Judiciary Committee Votes in Favor of Passage of an Amended Defend Trade Secrets Act (Lexology)
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the passage of an amended version of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.

U.S. Department of Commerce Recommends Amendments to Statutory Damages Provisions in Copyright Act (US Patent and Trademark Office)
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force recommended amendments to copyright law to provide guidance and flexibility to courts in awarding statutory damages.

Google files patent for drone ‘delivery receptacle’ (Reuters)
Google filed for a patent  for a “delivery receptacle” designed to take packages from an “aerial delivery device” for deposit to a secure location.  This shows follow-through on a plan Google has had since 2012 for package delivery.

Newegg sues patent troll that dropped its case (Ars Technica)
After non-practicing entity, Minero Digital dropped its suit against Newegg where it was trying to exact royalty payments on USB hubs, Newegg filed its own suit asking a judge to rule that its subsidiary Rosewill’s products do not infringe on Minero Digital’s patents.

Youtube Wins Another Round in German Copyright Tussle (Fortune)
The higher regional court of Munich rejected German music performing rights society, GEMA’s claim for damages of $1.75 million siding with YouTube in a copyright infringement case.  This judgement upheld a preveious ruling which said YouTube is just a host for uploaded video.

Christopher Christopher Mohr is General Counsel and VP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA.