This week in Other Barks & Bites: Google’s General Counsel authors a blog post calling for reforms to the U.S. patent system; Smartflash files a lawsuit against the USPTO to compel the agency’s compliance with FOIA; the CJEU turns down a challenge from the government of Poland to Article 17 of the EU Copyright Directive; Apple issues its quarterly earnings report showing that the consumer tech giant earned a record $97.3 billion in revenues; the U.S. Supreme Court denies a petition for writ asking the nation’s highest court to solve a circuit split on the substantial similarity test under copyright law; China’s IP administration announces that the first round of lawsuits under China’s drug patent linkage law have concluded; and more.

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