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Other Barks & Bites for Friday, May 7: FTC Issues Report to Congress on Repair Restrictions, SCOTUS Calls for Solicitor General Brief in American Axle and USPTO Seeks to Hire Hundreds of Patent Examiners

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announces a hiring initiative to fill hundreds of patent examiner positions at its Alexandria headquarters; Samsung and Ericsson enter a global cross-license agreement ending all patent litigation between the two companies; the FTC issues a report to Congress finding scant evidence to support justifications for copyright protecting measures on software and other repair restrictions; IBM announces the creation of a new 2-nm semiconductor that will have widespread industry applications; the Federal Circuit affirms a Rule 60(b)(3) ruling setting aside an injunction for patent infringement after the patent owner’s expert witness misrepresented knowledge of invalidating prior art; the Supreme Court asks the U.S. Solicitor General to file a brief on the Section 101 issues involved in American Axle; and Register Perlmutter tells the House Judiciary Committee that she believes Section 512 of the DMCA needs fine-tuning for better balance between online platforms and rightsholders.

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