U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius delegates authority to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine whether clinical trial information was not submitted to the Clinical Trial Registry and Results Data Bank as required by law or “was submitted but is false or misleading in any particular.” FDA will provide the responsible party with an opportunity to remedy non-compliance.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office launch the early publication of a classification system intended to “speed the patent granting process for applications to both Offices. The Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system and finalized CPC definitions are now available in advance of the January 1, 2013, official launch.” The system involves a common classification system for technical documents in certain patent applications for use by both offices in the patent granting process.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is implementing a law school patent pilot program through which participants “may file an application for a pro bono client of the law school clinic and that applicant’s application may be advanced out of turn (accorded special status) for examination.” Each school would be allotted up to two applications to be examined out of term per semester, and the total number of applications to be examined out of turn is limited to 64 per year.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office extends to October 22, 2012, the public comment period “regarding possible adjustments to trademark application filing fees.” The initial notice of inquiry appeared in the August 16, 2012, issue of the Federal Register.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office extends to November 5, 2012, the public comment period “regarding a potential legislative change to amend the first filing deadline for Affidavits or Declarations of Use or Excusable Nonuse under Sections 8 and 71 of the Trademark Act. The change would require Congress to amend the Trademark Act, and the USPTO is interested in receiving public input on whether and why such an amendment is or is not favored.” The initial request for public comment appeared in the August 16, 2012, issue of the Federal Register.