The Federal Trade Commission releases a report examining the effect that “patent trolls,” or “patent assertion entities” in agency-speak, have on competition. The report recommends improvements to policies and procedures and mechanisms for courts to improve patent law remedies.

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office announces a pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway with the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property. This work-sharing program is designed to expedite examination and improve patent quality.

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) co-hosts a women’s entrepreneurship symposium with the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce for Friday, March 11, 2011, in honor of Women’s History Month. Government leaders, including U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and newly appointed USPTO Deputy Director Teresa Stanek Rea, were scheduled to address symposium participants.