The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) agrees to participate in a pilot program to test an enhanced framework for the Patent Prosecution Highway. Participating countries include Australia, Canada, Finland, Japan, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

USPTO requests comments by September 6, 2011, on its plan to review existing significant regulations in response to Executive Order 13563. USPTO’s plan is included in the Department of Commerce’s “Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules.”

USPTO issues a proposed rule that would adjust “certain patent fee amounts for fiscal year 2012 to reflect fluctuations in the Consumer Price Index”; most fees would increase 2.3 percent. Comments are requested by July 27, 2011.  

USPTO releases the third edition of the “Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure” and requests that recommendations to improve its form or content be submitted via e-mail.