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Other Barks & Bites for Friday, January 22: Iancu and Peter Step Down from USPTO, CJEU Asked Whether Preliminary Injunction Standard Burdens Patent Owners, SCOTUS Denial Leaves Invalidation of Idenix Genus Patent Claims Untouched

This week in Other Barks & Bites: an industry group representing French news publishers and Google reached a first-of-its-kind agreement on a copyright licensing framework for republishing news snippets online; USPTO Director Andrei Iancu and Deputy Director Lisa Peter announce their intention to step away from the agency during the Biden Administration; President Biden designates Jessica Rosenworcel to serve as acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission; BlackBerry’s patent settlement with Facebook helps shares of that company increase by as much as $20 per share; the FCC’s annual broadband report shows that the digital divide is decreasing for rural Americans who had lacked access to 4G LTE mobile communications; the Supreme Court strikes down a petition for certiorari filed by Idenix seeking to overturn the Federal Circuit’s invalidation of genus claims for Section 112 enablement issue; and the Court of Justice of the European Union is asked whether German law on preliminary injunctions in infringement proceedings is unduly burdensome on patent owners.

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