This week in Other Barks & Bites: the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office launches COVID-19-related initiatives, including a prioritized examination pilot program and an online licensing platform; the U.S. Supreme Court weighs legal arguments in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office v. in an historic teleconference hearing; the Copyright Office issues rules on secure test registrations and electronic filing of compulsory license royalty claims; an SEC filing by Peloton shows nearly $50 million in litigation expenses after settling a major music copyright case; Thomson Reuters files copyright lawsuit over legal research copying; the TTAB enters a precedential decision affirming an examiner’s rejection of a mark including a simulation of the U.S. flag; and global stock markets show some life on optimism of easing COVID-19-related restrictions while the U.S. reports its worst-ever month of job losses.

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