This week in Other Barks & Bites: the Federal Circuit issues a partial remand asking the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) to analyze the distinctiveness of the “BROOKLYN BREW SHOP” trademark; the Copyright Royalty Board finalizes its ratemaking determination for statutory licenses on digital performances of sound recordings; China’s IP administration issues draft regulations that would allow foreign patent agencies to open representative offices in China; a joint communiqué between ministers from the EU and Africa committed to increasing COVID-19 vaccine production without mention of a waiver of IP obligations under TRIPS; the U.S. government is found liable for more than $100 million in damages for infringing an airport security checkpoint tray system patent; the Ninth Circuit finds that an Arizona state law protecting consumer personal data collected by car dealerships did not conflict with the Copyright Act; the EUIPO extends Bayer’s EU patent rights for Xarelto until 2026; and Microsoft becomes the world’s most valuable company after Apple’s disappointing earnings report lowers its market cap.

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