This week in Other Barks & Bites: Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim tells the IEEE that an Obama-era letter from the Department of Justice on the standard setting organization’s patent policies has been misinterpreted to the detriment of innovation; a California entertainment lawyers group asks the Supreme Court to solve a circuit split on the copyrightability of fictional characters; the Patent Trial and Appeal Board denies an inter partes review petition from Apple under the NHK-Fintiv discretionary denial factors being challenged by Apple and Google in a district court case; the Trademark Modernization Act moves out of the House Judiciary Committee by a voice vote; a collection of trade associations representing creative industries across the EU criticize the European Commission’s implementation of last year’s Copyright Directive; and the Ninth Circuit affirms a district court ruling that the Broadway musical Jersey Boys didn’t copy any protectable elements from a biography of The Four Seasons.

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