This week in Other Barks & Bites: USPTO Director Vidal announces Federal Register notice on duty of disclosure requirements as Senate Judiciary advances a bill to create a USPTO-FDA interagency task force on drug patents; Senator Thom Tillis tells IAM that he will introduce patent eligibility legislation soon; the Federal Circuit affirms an attorneys’ fees award for forum shopping of patent infringement claims to avoid an adverse Section 101 ruling; both houses of Congress pass major semiconductor production legislation in the CHIPS and Science Act; the Sixth Circuit affirms the dismissal of trade secret claims related to a patent application filed covering a hydraulic actuator invention; Big Tech giants Apple and both post beats on quarterly earnings reports; the Federal Trade Commission files a lawsuit against Meta Platforms to prevent that company’s acquisition of VR firm Within Unlimited; the District of Delaware enters a ruling invalidating Xifaxan patent claims, sending Bausch Health stock down by about 50%; and the Senate Commerce Committee votes to advance the nomination of Dr. Arati Prabhakar to serve as the Director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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