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Other Barks & Bites for Friday, February 5: CAFC Strikes Down PTAB’s ‘Marked Deviation’ From IPR Petition; Fourth Circuit Rules on Appropriate Defense to Lanham Act Claims; and FTC Settles Action Against Zoom

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the Federal Circuit vacated a PTAB ruling that invalidated patent claims over prior art on different grounds than those asserted by the petitioner; the CJEU finds that a German state treaty prohibiting regional advertisements in national TV networks may violate EU law; the Fourth Circuit holds that laches and not a statute of limitations is the appropriate defense against unfair competition claims filed under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act; Kia Motors continues to explore potential business partnerships for a $3 billion investment into developing a car with Apple; Japan announces that it will amend its rules surrounding fair use to address copyright infringement posed by paid cosplayers; Home Depot faces a patent lawsuit over the sale of various LED products; and the FTC settles an enforcement action against Zoom over claims that the company mislead consumers about its data security practices.

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