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Other Barks & Bites for Friday, January 15: Copyright Office Issues Final Rule on Unmatched Musical Works Under MMA, $1 Billion Copyright Verdict Against Cox Communications Upheld, USPTO Publishes Report on China IP Filings

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the USPTO issues a report on the impacts of non-market forces encouraging larger numbers of bad-faith patent and trademark applications from China; IBM tops the list of U.S. patent recipients for the 28th-straight year; Judge Gilstrap issues a “late” stay in a patent case after the USPTO grants ex parte reexamination requests from Cisco; the Copyright Office issues a final rule on digital music providers obligations on royalty reporting to qualify for limited liability under the Music Modernization Act; China’s IP administration reports that copyright industries contribute more than 7% of the nation’s GDP; Judge O’Grady denies post-trial motions filed by Cox Communications, affirming a $1 billion verdict against the cable provider for copyright infringement; and TSMC announces plans to invest up to $28 billion in capital expenditures during 2021 to improve its advanced chipmaking capabilities.

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