Intellectual Property Roundup

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Senate Easily Passes Trade Secrets Bill (The Hill)
On Monday, the Senate passed  the Defend Trade Secrets Act on a 87-0 vote which would provide damages for U.S. companies affected by IP theft.

Coalition of Artists, Music Groups Call for US Congress to Reform Digital Millenium Copyright Act (Tech Times)
The Recording Industry Association of America is asking Congress to reform the DMCA. RIAA is claiming that parts of the law are “obsolete, dysfunctional, and harmful.”

$85 million patent verdict, largest ever against Google, Wiped Out on Appeal (Ars Technica)
An East Texas jury ordered Google to pay $85 million to a patent troll company called SimpleAir.  Since then, a panel of three judges from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal circuit held that Google did not actually infringe.

ACA Seeks Help with Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Broadcasting & Cable)
The American Cable Association filed comments with the Copyright Office regarding DMCA safe harbors.  ACA is concerned that the Repeat Infringer Liability condition is “beyond the technical and financial capability of many smaller and mid-sized providers.”

Sony Music Files Fraud Lawsuit Against Rdio Executives Over Pandora Deal (The Hollywood Reporter)
Sony Music is alleging that it was defrauded  of millions of dollars by the on demand service, Rdio when it came to an agreement with Pandora and filed for bankruptcy.

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