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Other Barks & Bites for Friday, April 2: GAO Report Shows No Federal Government Patent Rights in Remdesivir, Second Circuit’s Warhol/Prince Ruling Limits Fair Use Doctrine, and Ex-USPTO Director Iancu Rejoins Irell & Manella

This week in Other Barks & Bites: Senators Tillis and Leahy urge the appointment of several key IP officials, including USPTO Director, before World IP Day; former USPTO Director Andrei Iancu rejoins his former firm Irell & Manella in their IP litigation practice; a trademark trends report published by Dechert LLP shows China accounting for 25% of the record number of U.S. trademark applications filed in 2020; TSMC announces plans to invest $100 billion over three years to increase chip manufacturing; the Second Circuit issues a ruling finding that Andy Warhol’s silkscreen prints of music legend Prince was not a fair use of the copyrighted photo; the Fourth Circuit vacates a nearly $100 million trademark verdict against Walmart for an improper jury instruction on willfulness; and the GAO issues a report showing that $162 million in federal funding for clinical trials of remdesivir gave rise to no patentable inventions owned by the U.S. government.

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