This week in Other Barks & Bites: Senator Thom Tillis announces he will co-chair the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus; a local business news outlet reports that the United States Patent and Trademark Office could be downsizing its office space footprint in Northern Virginia; a Lex Machina report shows that Judge Albright’s docket covered nearly 20% of all patent cases filed during 2020; Johnson & Johnson gets an important regulatory approval to sell its COVID-19 vaccine in the EU; Facebook moves to dismiss the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust suit for failing to state a plausible claim under the Sherman Act; the IDEA Act is reintroduced into Congress to provide authority for the voluntary collection of demographic data from U.S. patent applicants; the EU’s highest court rules that copyright owners can prevent their works from being embedded on third-party websites by employing technological protective measures against framing; and the Federal Circuit affirms a patent examiner’s rejection of Stanford University patent claims covering personalized healthcare methods as unpatentable subject matter under Section 101.

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