The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office requests public comment on the burdens of maintaining utility patents for which fees must be paid periodically after the patent is granted. With a focus on reducing paperwork and respondent burden, the office directs attention to the time and financial burdens of meeting the information collection requirements of the rules for patent maintenance fees. Comments are requested by November 7, 2011.

The Food and Drug Administration announces a public conference for the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry titled “FDA/Xavier University Global Outsourcing Conference.” Scheduled for October 3-5, 2011, on the Cincinnati, Ohio, campus of Xavier University, this event will bring together FDA officials, global regulators and industry experts to address topics such as managing global complex supply chains and improving outsourced product quality.