This week in Other Barks & Bites: a Fact Sheet announcing a Biden Administration Executive Order on competition policy includes measures aimed at cracking down on perceived anti-competitive practices across a number of IP industries; the attorneys general of 36 states and the District of Columbia file an antitrust suit against Google over its practices surrounding the Google Play Store; the EU’s highest court rules that sound marks must cause consumers to recall the commercial origin of a product to be registered as a trademark; the Ninth Circuit issues a divided opinion on whether trademark claims between family members within an Indian incense enterprise must be settled through arbitration; the USPTO launches a patent eligibility study after a request from several U.S. Senators; Softbank pays $1.6 billion USD for the perpetual rights to Yahoo’s branding and technology in Japan; and the Federal Circuit grants another writ of mandamus transferring another Ikorongo patent suit out of Western Texas and into Northern California.

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