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Other Barks & Bites for Friday, December 4: FTC Issues Hatch-Waxman Patent Settlement Report, Germany Approves Unified Patent Court and Bipartisan Entrepreneurship Bill Introduced in Congress

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the Federal Circuit affirms the PTAB’s finding that a prior art reference was publicly available before the filing date of a patent deemed obvious in light of that prior art; the Next Generation Entrepreneurship Corps Act is introduced into Congress to create a competitive fellowship program for U.S. entrepreneurs; the USPTO and India’s IP department sign a memorandum of understanding on collaborative examination and protection activities; the Federal Trade Commission’s Hatch-Waxman patent settlement report finds a low number of anticompetitive settlement agreements; Germany’s legislature approves a draft ratification bill for the Unified Patent Court; Amazon expands its IP Accelerator program for small- and medium-sized businesses throughout Europe; Chinese patent filing statistics show that Baidu owns the most AI patents of any Chinese company; and Hewlett Packard Enterprise announces plans to relocate its global headquarters from San Jose to Spring, Texas, near Houston.

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