This week in Other Barks & Bites: USIJ’s letter to President Biden urges him to select a USPTO Director who understands the important role of IP in driving the U.S. economy; the Federal Circuit affirms the dismissal of breach of contract claims against the U.S. Army over its disapproval of requests to use its trademarks; the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Arthrex regarding the unusual nature of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board; WIPO releases statistics showing that China led the world in international Patent Cooperation Treaty filings for 2020; Delaware’s Supreme Court tosses a $57 million damages award for GSK after finding an implied covenant not to collect royalties for disclaimed patents; the Copyright Office issues supplemental rules regarding certain reporting requirements under the Music Modernization Act; and General Motors and LG Chem are reportedly exploring plans to build a second EV battery factory in the United States.

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