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Other Barks & Bites for Friday, December 18: WIPO Report Shows Drop in Global Patent App Filings, Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of RICO Claims Against Google, and CNIPA Issues First Batch of Guiding Administrative Cases

This week in Other Barks & Bites: China’s IP administration issues a first batch of guiding administrative cases for IP enforcement; the EU’s highest court finds that EU law prohibits copying the shape of protected designations of origin products when that copying misleads consumers; the Ninth Circuit affirms the dismissal of racketeering charges filed against Google over that company’s appropriation of an inventor’s architecture software platform; WIPO’s annual IP indicators report shows that global patent application filings are down owing in large part to fewer filings from Chinese residents; the USPTO delays its trademark fee adjustment for international applications under the Madrid Protocol until late February; and a German court rules that YouTube does not have to give identifying information of individuals allegedly uploading copyright-protected content to its video platform.

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