This week in Other Barks & Bites: The U.S. Senate holds a cloture vote on Tiffany Cunningham, who is expected to be confirmed to the bench of the Federal Circuit next week; the Federal Circuit clarifies the particularity with which patent infringement claims must be plausibly alleged to survive a motion to dismiss; the European Patent Office Enlarged Board of Appeal says videoconference may be used for oral proceedings even without the parties’ consent during “a general emergency”; an Advocate General at the CJEU finds that copyright monitoring obligations within the Digital Single Market do not infringe rights to freedom of expression and information; Senators Tom Cotton and Thom Tillis renew a call for the U.S. Department of Commerce to answer questions regarding President Biden’s support of the TRIPS patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines; Huawei and Verizon reach a settlement of mobile communications patent litigation; Google is served with a $593 million fine from French regulators after violating the terms of a copyright agreement with news publishers; and the Canadian government issued a set of national security guidelines designed to protect university research and intellectual property from foreign theft.

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