This week in Other Barks & Bites: Senators Thom Tillis and Patrick Leahy introduce a bill to improve patent examination and quality, while Tillis’ office also releases a draft bill on Section 101 patent eligibility; the Ninth Circuit reverses a district court’s summary judgment ruling that the unauthorized use of photos of a lake in Death Valley was a fair use; Amazon will acquire robotics firm iRobot for $1.7 billion; the Seventh Circuit nixes antitrust claims against AbbVie after finding nothing improper with the company’s large number of patents covering Humira; the Eleventh Circuit affirms a lower court’s decision to strike an actual damages claim in a trademark case against Monster Energy as a discovery sanction; the bipartisan PLAN for Broadband Act is introduced to develop a cohesive national strategy for broadband infrastructure; and the USITC begins a formal enforcement proceeding against The Chamberlain Group after finding violations of Section 337 for patent infringement.

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