IP Industry Roundup: Week of April 25, 2019

Paypal Prepared for Ransomware Attacks

Terrible ransomware attacks have brought businesses to their knees and devastated individuals. These viruses take over a computer or network, encrypting all data and holding it hostage. The only way for a business or individual to regain access to their computer and data, and therefore prevent leaking important private information, is to pay off the ransomer with cryptocurrency.

Paypal has found it in their best interests to curtail these attacks, and has filed a patent that can detect the beginnings of a ransomware attack and put a halt to it. The patent does so by either halting the encryption process or quickly shuffling all data away into a more secure location. It sounds like a great idea, but the question is if it will be sufficient, or will ransomware hackers find ways to get around it?

Hawaiians Defend their Culture Against Chicago Restaurant

Remember how Zimbabweans were unhappy about Disney’s trademark of the phrase “Hakuna Matata”? Now Hawaiians are getting upset about the usage of their culture in a trademark owned by a Chicago restaurant. The restaurant Aloha Poke serves Hawaiian style food and has been expanding across American recently. They have decided to trademark their name, and are enforcing the trademark, and that includes against Hawaiians! The company has filed against a Hawaiian Poke shop in Hawaii, claiming trademark infringement, and Hawaiians, including lawmakers, are quite upset about it. “Aloha” is a traditional greeting in Hawaii, while “Poke” is a style of food. To Hawaiians, these two terms go together naturally and it would be as if someone tried trademarking “Hello Burger” in the mainland. The restaurant claims that it is not the words they have trademarked but the logo style.

Is Comcast About to Disappoint Customers More?

The cable company Comcast is known to be hated by many of its customers, many of whom are stuck using their services due to a lack of alternative, but now customers may have more reason to be fuming at the cable company. Rovi, owned by TiVo, recently won a patent infringement complaint against Comcast, forcing the company to halt their remote recording service. Now, Rovi is going up against Comcast again, this time filing a patent complaint stating Comcast’s cloud and multi-room DVR services use Rovi’s patents.

If Rovi wins the case, Comcast is going to be in a lot of trouble with customers. Customers are already enraged at the sudden loss of remote recording, which came with no cut in price, and another service loss will be devastating.

Chinese Nationals Ousted from US Cancer Center

The MD Anderson Cancer Center has removed three of its researchers stating potential IP theft concerns. The cancer center was notified of five employees who were potentially stealing research for Chinese research centers by the National Institute of Health. Of the five, two resigned and another was fired. The other two are still being investigated.

This comes during a period in which there are rising concerns among US research and development centers of IP theft from abroad.


The controversial Copyright Directive is under fire after the major PDF hosting service Scribd installed automated filters that removed the Mueller Report from the website. The filters believed the content of the report to have been copyrighted and flagged them for removal. For many, this is evidence that the new copyright laws will infringe upon freedom of speech.

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