Other Barks & Bites for Friday, December 11: Tillis Bill Would Make Illegal Streaming a Felony; PTAB Rule Changes Eliminates Presumption Favoring IPR Petitioners; FTC Files Antitrust Suit Against Facebook; EPO Study Shows Exponential Growth of ‘4IR’ Tech

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the FTC files an antitrust suit against Facebook in U.S. district court over monopolistic business acquisitions and anticompetitive conditions on software developers; the EPO releases a report on Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technology trends; the CJEU nixes a 2016 licensing agreement between Paramount and EU regulators because of its impact on contractual rights of third party licensees; the USPTO publishes a final rule eliminating a presumption in favor of IPR petitioners when a genuine issue of material fact is created by patent owner testimony; Senator Tillis proposes a legislative draft creating prison sentences for illegal streaming that is expected to be passed in next week’s omnibus spending bill; shares of Ericsson stock drop after the company files a U.S. patent suit against Samsung; the Federal Circuit finds abuse of discretion in a lower court’s refusal to transfer disputed Japanese patents to their rightful inventor; and the CNIPA issues administrative penalties against a regional trademark agency in China that forged documents to solicit business.

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