Initial Patent Applications, 10897-10903 [2017-03124]

Download as PDF 10897 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 31 / Thursday, February 16, 2017 / Notices TABLE 7—ESTIMATED NUMBERS AND PERCENTAGE OF STOCK THAT MAY BE EXPOSED TO LEVEL B HARASSMENT Species Authorized Level B takes Steller sea lion (Eumatopias jubatus) wDPS .............................................................................. Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) South Kodiak stock ........................................................................ Harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) Gulf of Alaska stock ..................................................... Dall’s porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli) Alaska stock ...................................................................... Killer whale (Orcinus orca): Eastern North Pacific Alaska Resident stock ....................................................................... Eastern North Pacific Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Islands, and Bering Sea stock ................... Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae): Central North Pacific Stock .................................................................................................. Western North Pacific Stock ................................................................................................ 480 48 24 42 42 ........................ ........................ 6 ........................ ........................ Based on the analysis contained herein NMFS finds that small numbers of marine mammals will be taken relative to the populations of the affected species or stocks. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Impact on Availability of Affected Species for Taking for Subsistence Uses Alaska Natives have traditionally harvested subsistence resources in the Kodiak area for many hundreds of years, particularly Steller sea lions and harbor seals. No traditional subsistence hunting areas are within the project vicinity, however; the nearest haulouts and rookeries for Steller sea lions and harbor seals are the Long Island, Cape Chiniak, and Ugak Island haul-outs and the Marmot Island rookery, many miles away. These locations are, respectively 4, 13, 25 and 28 nautical miles distant from the project area. Since all project activities will take place within the immediate vicinity of the transient float site, the project will not have an adverse impact on the availability of marine mammals for subsistence use at locations farther away. No disturbance or displacement of sea lions or harbor seals from traditional hunting areas by activities associated with the transient project is expected. No changes to availability of subsistence resources will result from transient float replacement project activities. The City contacted the Alaska Harbor Seal Commission and the Steller sea lion Commission. Neither Commission had concerns about the impacts of this activity on native Alaska subsistence hunts. Endangered Species Act (ESA) There are two marine mammal species that are listed as endangered under the ESA with confirmed or possible occurrence in the study area: The western North Pacific (WNP) DPS and Mexico DPS of humpback whale and the western DPS of Steller sea lion. The project location is also within critical habitat of two major Steller sea VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:05 Feb 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 lion haulouts closest to the project area: Long Island and Cape Chiniak, which are approximately 4.6 nautical miles (8.5 kilometers) and 13.8 nautical miles (25.6 kilometers) away from the project site, respectively. There are no rookeries within 20 miles of the project location. The NMFS Alaska Regional Office Protected Resources Division issued a Biological Opinion on February 7, 2017 under Section 7 of the ESA, on the issuance of an IHA to the City under section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA by the NMFS Permits and Conservation Division. The Biological Opinion concluded that the action is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of western DPS Steller sea lions or the Mexico DPSs of humpback whales, and is not likely to destroy or adversely modify western DPS Steller sea lion critical habitat. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) NMFS prepared an EA and analyzed the potential impacts to marine mammals that would result from the City’s construction project. A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was signed in February 2017. A copy of the EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is available upon request (see ADDRESSES). Dated: February 13, 2017. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03139 Filed 2–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office Initial Patent Applications ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request. PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Stock Abundance estimate Percentage of total stock (%) 49,497 19,199 31,046 83,400 0.97 0.25 0.08 0.05 2,347 587 1.79 7.16 10,103 1,107 0.06 0.54 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an information collection: Initial Patent Applications. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 17, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0032 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records Management Division Director, Office of the Chief Information Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313– 1450 • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to the attention of Raul Tamayo, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272– 7728; or by email at raul.tamayo@ uspto.gov. Additional information about this collection is also available at http:// www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract The USPTO is required by Title 35 of the United States Code, including 35 U.S.C. 131, to examine applications for patents. The USPTO administers the patent statutes through various rules in Chapter 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations, including 37 CFR 1.16 through 1.84. Each patent applicant must provide sufficient information to allow the USPTO to properly examine the application to determine whether it meets the criteria set forth in the patent statues and regulations for issuance as a E:\FR\FM\16FEN1.SGM 16FEN1 10898 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 31 / Thursday, February 16, 2017 / Notices patent. For example, the patent statutes and regulations require that an application for patent include the following information: (1) a specification containing a description of the invention and at least one claim defining the property right sought by the applicant; (2) a drawing(s) or photograph(s), where necessary, for an understanding of the invention; (3) an oath or declaration signed by the applicant; and (4) a filing fee. The following types of patent applications are covered under the present information collection: • New original utility, plant, design, and provisional applications, • Continuation/divisional applications of international applications, • Continued prosecution applications (design), and • Continuations/divisionals and continuation-in-part applications of utility, plant, and design applications. In addition, the present collection covers petitions to accept an unintentionally delayed priority or benefit claim, petitions under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA)) to accept a filing by other than all of the inventors or a person not the inventor, petitions under 37 CFR 1.6(g) to accord an application under 37 CFR 1.495(b) a receipt date, and papers filed under 37 CFR 1.41(c), 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA), 1.48(d), 1.53(c)(2), and 1.53(c)(2) (pre-Patent Law Treaty (PLT) (AIA)) (the particular items covered under this collection are identified in more detail at Table 1 below). Most applications for patent, including new utility, design, and provisional applications, can be submitted to the USPTO through EFS– Web. EFS–Web is the USPTO’s system for electronically filing of patent correspondence and is accessible via the Internet on the USPTO Web site. The Legal Framework for EFS-Web, available at http://www.uspto.gov/patents/ process/file/efs/guidance/ Newlegalframework.jsp, provides a listing of patent applications and documents permitted to be filed via EFS–Web and patent applications and documents not permitted to be filed via EFS–Web. There are 69 forms in this collection. This total incudes versions of the inventor’s oath and declaration forms that were created to comply with the changes resulting from the AIA, e.g., forms AIA/01, AIA/02, etc., as well as pre-AIA versions of the oath and declaration forms, e.g., forms SB/01, SB/ 02, etc., and foreign language translations of the oath and declaration forms, e.g., forms AIA/01CN, SB/02CN, etc. Items in this collection that do not have forms associated with them include the petitions and the papers filed under 37 CFR 1.41(c), 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA), 1.48(d), 1.53(c)(2), and 1.53(c)(2) (pre-PLT (AIA)). II. Method of Collection By mail, hand delivery, or facsimile (except that, in accordance with 37 CFR 1.6(d), the items covered under this collection that may be submitted by facsimile are limited to the petitions and the papers filed under 37 CFR 1.41(c), 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA), 1.48(d), 1.53(c)(2), and 1.53(c)(2) (pre-PLT (AIA))). Most of these items can also be submitted through EFS-Web. III. Data OMB Number: 0651–0032. Form Number(s): PTO/SB/01, 01A, 02, 02A, 02B, 02CN, 02DE, 02ES, 02FR, 02IT, 02JP, 02KR, 02LR, 02NL, 02RU, 02SE, 03, 03A, 04, 06, 07, 14 EFS–Web, 16, 16 EFS–Web, 17, 29, 29A, and 101– 110. This collection also includes the following AIA forms: PTO/AIA01 through AIA04, AIA08 through AIA11, AIA14 and 15, AIA18 and 19, and AIA01CN and 01DE, 01ES, 01FR, 01IT, 01JP, 01KR, 01NL, 01RU, 01SE, 02CN, 02DE, 02ES, 02FR, 02IT, 02JP, 02KR, 02NL, 02RU, and 02SE. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other for profits; not-for-profits institutions; and the Federal Government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 470,403 responses per year. The USPTO estimates that approximately 130,313 of these responses will be from small entities. This estimate reflects a 25% small entity responses rate for all items in the collection, except for designrelated items in the collection, for which a 50% small entity response rate is estimated. The USPTO also estimates that 406,995 of the responses will be filed electronically. Estimated Time Per Response: The USPTO estimates that it takes the public approximately 30 minutes to 40 hours (0.50 to 40 hours) to complete this information, depending on the complexity of the request. This includes the time to gather the necessary information, prepare the application, petition, or paper submission, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. The USPTO calculates that, on balance, it takes the same amount of time to complete these steps and submit items to the USPTO, whether the applicant submits in paper form or electronically. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 12,776,282 hours per year. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $5,238,275,620 per year. The USPTO expects that all of the information in this collection will be prepared by an attorney. Using the professional hourly rate of $410 for attorneys in private firms, the USPTO estimates that the total respondent cost for this collection is $5,238,275,620 per year. TABLE 1—TOTAL HOURLY BURDEN asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1 ............. 1 ............. 2 ............. 3 ............. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated time for response (hours) Item Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden hours Rate ($/hr) Estimated annual burden (a) IC # (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) Original New Utility Applications—No Application Data Sheet. Electronic Original New Utility Applications—No Application Data Sheets. Original New Plant Applications—No Application Data Sheet. Original New Design Applications—No Application Data Sheet. 19:05 Feb 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 40 300 12,000 $410 $4,920,000.00 40 13,700 548,000 410 224,680,000.00 9 300 2,700 410 1,107,000.00 7 100 700 410 287,000.00 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\16FEN1.SGM 16FEN1 10899 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 31 / Thursday, February 16, 2017 / Notices TABLE 1—TOTAL HOURLY BURDEN—Continued 3 ............. 4 ............. 4 ............. 5 ............. 6 ............. 6 ............. 7 ............. 7 ............. 8 ............. 8 ............. 9 ............. 10 ........... 10 ........... 11 ........... 11 ........... 12 12 13 14 14 15 15 ........... ........... ........... ........... ........... ........... ........... 16 ........... 16 ........... 17 ........... 17 ........... 18 ........... asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 19 ........... VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated time for response (hours) Item Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden hours Rate ($/hr) Estimated annual burden (a) IC # (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) Electronic Original Design Applications—No Application Data Sheet. Original New Utility Applications—Application Data Sheet. Electronic Original New Utility Applications—Application Data Sheet. Original New Plant Applications—Application Data Sheet. Original New Design Applications—Application Data Sheet. Electronic New Design Applications—Application Data Sheet. Continuation/Divisional of an International Application. Electronic Continuation/Divisional of an International Application. Utility Continuation/Divisional Applications ............... Electronic Utility Continuation/Divisional Applications. Plant Continuation/Divisional Application ................. Design Continuation/Divisional Application .............. Electronic Design Continuation/Divisional Applications. Continued Prosecution Applications—Design (Request Transmittal and Receipt). Electronic Continued Prosecution Applications—Design (Request Transmittal and Receipt). Utility Continuation-in-Part Applications .................... Electronic Utility Continuation-in-Part Applications ... Plant Continuation-in-Part Applications .................... Design Continuation-in-Part Applications ................. Electronic Design Continuation-in-Part Applications Provisional Application for Patent Cover Sheet ....... Electronic Provisional Application for Patent Cover Sheet. Petition to Accept Unintentionally Delay Priority/ Benefit Claim. Electronic Petition to Accept Unintentionally Delayed Priority/Benefit Claim. Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other Than all the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor. Electronic Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other Than all the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor. Petition under 37 CFR 1.6(g) to According the Application under 37 CFR 1.495(b) a Receipt Date. Papers filed under the following: .............................. 1.41(c) or 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA)—to supply the name or names of the inventor or inventors after the filing date without a cover sheet as prescribed by 37 CFR 1.51 (c)(1) in a provisional application.. 1.48(d)—for correction of inventorship in a provisional application.. 1.53 (c)(2) or 1.53(c)(2) (pre-PLT (AIA))—to convert a nonprovisional application filed under 1.53(b) to a provisional application filed under 1.53(c). 19:05 Feb 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 7 3,200 22,400 410 9,184,000.00 40 5,400 216,000 410 88,560,000.00 40 265,600 10,624,000 410 4,355,840,000.00 9 1,100 9,900 410 4,059,000.00 7 900 6,300 410 2,583,000.00 7 42,800 299,600 410 122,836,000.00 4 200 800 410 328,000.00 4 10,800 43,200 410 17,712,000.00 4 4 1,500 73,500 6,000 294,000 410 410 2,460,000.00 120,540,000.00 3 1 1 200 100 2,900 600 100 2,900 410 410 410 246,000.00 41,000.00 1,189,000.00 1 20 20 410 8,200.00 1 880 880 410 360,800.00 20 20 5 3 3 18 18 300 13,300 1 20 830 4,000 184,000 6,000 266,000 5 60 2,490 72,000 331,200 410 410 410 410 410 410 410 2,460,000.00 109,060,000.00 2,050.00 24,600.00 1,020,900.00 29,520,000.00 135,792,000.00 1 100 100 410 41,000.00 1 3,400 3,400 410 1,394,000.00 1 1 1 410 4410 1 50 50 410 20,500.00 0.50 1 1 410 410.00 0.75 200 150 $410 $61,500.00 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\16FEN1.SGM 16FEN1 10900 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 31 / Thursday, February 16, 2017 / Notices TABLE 1—TOTAL HOURLY BURDEN—Continued Estimated time for response (hours) Item 19 ........... Total Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden hours Rate ($/hr) Estimated annual burden (a) IC # (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) Electronic Papers filed under the following: ............. 1.41(c) or 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA)—to supply the name or names of the inventor or inventors after the filing date without a cover sheet as prescribed by 37 CFR 1.51 (c)(1) in a provisional application.. 1.48(d)—for correction of inventorship in a provisional application.. 1.53 (c)(2) or 1.53(c)(2) (pre-PLT (AIA))—to convert a nonprovisional application filed under 1.53(b) to a provisional application filed under 1.53(c). 0.75 6,300 470,403 ................................................................................... Estimated Total Annual Non-hour Respondent Cost Burden: $1,195,268,438.53. There is no maintenance, operation, capital start-up, or recordkeeping costs associated with this information collection. However, this collection does have annual (non-hour) costs in the form of postage and drawing costs, as well as filing fees. Although the USPTO prefers that the items in this collection be submitted electronically, the items may be submitted by mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPTO estimates that the average cost for sending a patent application by Priority Mail Express® will be $19.99 and that up to 14,441 may be mailed to the USPTO, resulting in $288,675.59 in the postage costs. 4.725 12,776,282 The USPTO estimates that the petitions and other papers covered under this collection, if submitted by mail, will be sent by first-class mail; a postage rate of $0.94. The USPTO estimates that up to 301 submissions may be mailed per year, thus resulting in $282.94 in first-class mailing costs. Patent applicants can submit drawings with the applications covered under this collection. As a basis for estimating the drawing costs, the USPTO expects that all applicants will have their drawings prepared by patent illustration firms. Estimates for the drawings can vary greatly, depending on the number of figures that need to be produced, the total number of pages for the drawings, and the complexity of the drawings. Because there are many variables involved, the USPTO is using the average of the cost ranges found for $410 $1,937,250.00 $5,238,275,620.00 the application drawings to derive the estimated cost per sheet that is then used to calculate the total drawing costs. The utility, plant, and design continuation and divisional applications use the same drawings as the initial filings, so they are not included in these totals. The continuation-in-part applications may use some of the same drawings as the initial applications and some new drawings may be submitted, so those numbers are included in these estimates. The drawings for the continued prosecution applications also are included in the drawing cost totals. The USPTO estimates that total drawing costs is $608,610,280. The break-down of costs for utility, design, plant, and provisional drawings is broken down in table 2 below. TABLE 2—DRAWING COST TO RESPONDENTS IC # Item asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Utility Application Drawings .................... Design Application Drawings .................. Plant Application Drawings (Photographs). Provisional Application Drawings ............ Total Drawing Costs ............................... In this collection, there is also an annual (non-hour) cost burden in the way of filing fees. Many of the fees had previously been housed within VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:05 Feb 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 Drawing cost amounts ($) (b) Estimated annual response (a) 298,800 47,120 1,601 $1,150.00 1,930.00 680.00 $343,620,000.00 90,941,600.00 1,088,680.00 150,400 497,921 1,150.00 172,960,000.00 608,610,280.00 information collection 0651–0072 (America Invents Act Section 10 Patent Fee Adjustments), but these fees have been returned to this collection. The PO 00000 Frm 00030 Drawing totals (c) (a) × (b) Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 total estimated filing costs for this collection is $586,369,200 and is detailed in table 3 below. E:\FR\FM\16FEN1.SGM 16FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 31 / Thursday, February 16, 2017 / Notices 10901 TABLE 3—TOTAL NON-HOUR RESPONDENT COST Estimated annual response (a) IC # Item 1, 4 ......................... Basic Filing fee—Utility (Paper Filing— Also Requires Non-Electronic Filing Fee Under 1.16(t)) (large entity). Basic Filing fee—Utility (Paper Filing— Also Requires Non-Electronic Filing Fee Under 1.16(t)) (small entity). Basic Filing fee—Utility (Paper Filing— Also Requires Non-Electronic Filing Fee Under 1.16(t)) (micro entity). Utility Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (large entity). Utility Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (small entity). Utility Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (micro entity). Utility Search Fee (large entity) .............. Utility Search Fee (small entity) .............. Utility Search Fee (micro entity) ............. Utility Examination Fee (large entity) ...... Utility Examination Fee (small entity) ..... Utility Examination Fee (micro entity) ..... Basic Filing Fee—Plant (large entity) ..... Basic Filing Fee—Plant (small entity) ..... Basic Filing Fee—Plant (micro entity) .... Plant Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (large entity). Plant Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (small entity). Plant Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (micro entity). Plant Search Fee (large entity) ............... Plant Search Fee (small entity) .............. Plant Search Fee (micro entity) .............. Plant Examination Fee (large entity) ...... Plant Examination Fee (small entity) ...... Plant Examination Fee (micro entity) ..... Basic Filing Fee—Design (large entity) .. Basic Filing Fee—Design (small entity) .. Basic Filing Fee—Design (micro entity) Basic Filing Fee—Design (CPA) (large entity). Basic Filing Fee—Design (CPA) (small entity). Basic Filing Fee—Design (CPA) (micro entity). Design Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (large entity). Design Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (small entity). Design Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (micro entity). Design Search Fee (large entity) ............ Design Search Fee (small entity) ........... Design Search Fee (micro entity) ........... Design Examination Fee (large entity) ... Design Examination Fee (small entity) ... Design Examination Fee (micro entity) .. Provisional Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (large entity). 1, 4 ......................... 1, 4 ......................... 1, 4 ......................... 1, 4 ......................... 1, 4 ......................... 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... 2, 5 ......................... 2, 5 ......................... 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... 3, 6 ......................... 3, 6 ......................... 3, 6 ......................... 3, 6 ......................... asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 3, 6 ......................... 3, 6 ......................... 3, 6 ......................... 3, 6 ......................... 3, 6 ......................... 3, 6 ......................... 3, 6 ......................... 15 ........................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:05 Feb 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00031 Totals (c) (a) × (b) Amount (b) 235,200 140.00 11,270,000.00 17,000 70.00 1,190,000.00 13,500 400.00 5,400,000.00 6,500 200.00 1,300,000.00 160 100.00 16,000.00 233,900 79,600 16,700 234,900 80,000 16,800 570 580 10 0 600.00 300.00 150.00 720.00 360.00 180.00 180.00 90.00 45.00 400.00 140,340,000.00 23,880,000.00 2,505,000.00 169,128,000.00 28,800,000.00 3,024,000.00 102,600.00 52,200.00 450.00 0.00 0 200.00 0.00 0 100.00 0.00 570 575 10 560 570 10 20,100 17,900 4,700 550 380.00 190.00 95.00 580.00 290.00 145.00 180.00 90.00 45.00 180.00 216,600.00 109,250.00 950.00 324,800.00 165,300.00 1,450.00 3,618,000.00 1,611,000.00 211,500.00 99,000.00 340 90.00 30,600.00 30 45.00 1,350.00 115 400.00 46,000.00 60 200.00 12,000.00 1 100.00 100.00 20,400 18,000 4,600 20,200 17,800 4,600 4,300 Sfmt 4703 $65,856,000.00 80,500 Fmt 4703 $280.00 120.00 60.00 30.00 460.00 230.00 115.00 400.00 2,448,000.00 1,080,000.00 138,000.00 9,292,000.00 4,094,000.00 529,000.00 1,720,000.00 E:\FR\FM\16FEN1.SGM 16FEN1 10902 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 31 / Thursday, February 16, 2017 / Notices TABLE 3—TOTAL NON-HOUR RESPONDENT COST—Continued Estimated annual response (a) IC # Item 15 ........................... Provisional Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (small entity). Provisional Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (micro entity). Provisional Application Filing Fee (large entity). Provisional Application Filing Fee (small entity). Provisional Application Filing Fee (micro entity). Surcharge—Late Filing Fee, Search Fee, Examination Fee, Inventor’s Oath or Declaration, or Application Filed Without at least One Claim or by Reference (large entity). Surcharge—Late Filing Fee, Search Fee, Examination Fee, Inventor’s Oath or Declaration, or Application Filed Without at least One Claim or by Reference (small entity). Surcharge—Late Filing Fee, Search Fee, Examination Fee, Inventor’s Oath or Declaration, or Application Filed Without at least One Claim or by Reference (micro entity). Surcharge—Late Provisional Filing Fee or Cover Sheet (large entity). Surcharge—Late Provisional Filing Fee or Cover Sheet (small entity). Surcharge—Late Provisional Filing Fee or Cover Sheet (micro entity). Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other Than all the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor (large entity). Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other Than all the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor (small entity). Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other Than all the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor (micro entity). Electronic Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other Than the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor (large entity). Electronic Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other Than the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor (small entity). Electronic Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other Than the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor (micro entity). Petition under 37 CFR 1.6(g) to accord the Application under 37 CFR 1.495(b) a Receipt Date. Each Independent Claim in Excess of Three (large entity). Each Independent Claim in Excess of Three (small entity). Each Independent Claim in Excess of Three (micro entity). Each Claim in Excess of 20 (large entity). Each Claim in Excess of 20 (small entity). 15 ........................... 15 ........................... 15 ........................... 15 ........................... 16 ........................... 16 ........................... 16 ........................... 16 ........................... 16 ........................... 16 ........................... 17 ........................... 17 ........................... 17 ........................... 17 ........................... 17 ........................... 17 ........................... asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 18 ........................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:05 Feb 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00032 Totals (c) (a) × (b) Amount (b) 4,600 100.00 13,500.00 56,100 260.00 14,586,000.00 68,800 130.00 8,944,000.00 30,000 65.00 1,950,000.00 86,400 140.00 12,096,000.00 38,200 70.00 2,674,000.00 4,500 35.00 157,500.00 1,800 60.00 108,000.00 2,700 30.00 81,000.00 3,000 15.00 45,000.00 1 200.00 200.00 1 100.00 100.00 1 50.00 50.00 38 200.00 7,600.00 9 100.00 900.00 3 50.00 150.00 1 0.00 0.00 55,100 420.00 23,142,000.00 20,500 210.00 4,305,000.00 1,900 105.00 199,500.00 362,900 80.00 29,032,000.00 199,400 Sfmt 4703 920,000.00 135 Fmt 4703 200.00 40.00 7,976,000.00 E:\FR\FM\16FEN1.SGM 16FEN1 10903 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 31 / Thursday, February 16, 2017 / Notices TABLE 3—TOTAL NON-HOUR RESPONDENT COST—Continued IC # Estimated annual response (a) Item Totals (c) (a) × (b) Amount (b) Each Claim in Excess of 20 (micro entity). Multiple Dependent Claim (large entity) Multiple Dependent Claim (small entity) Multiple Dependent Claim (micro entity) Total Filing Fee 12,600 20.00 252,000.00 1,200 800 90 780.00 390.00 195.00 936,000.00 312,000.00 17,550.00 ................................................................. 2,102,690 ........................................ 586,369,200.00 The USPTO estimates that the total annual (non-hour) respondent cost burden for this collection in the form of postage costs, drawing costs, and filing fees is estimated to be approximately $1,164,394,638.53 per year. IV. Request for Comments Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the USPTO’s request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, e.g., the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: February 9, 2017. Rhonda Foltz, Office of Information Management Services Director, OCIO, United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2017–03124 Filed 2–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P quarterly filings. (See charts below for the closing date for each report). FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION [Notice 2017–04] Unauthorized Committees (PACs and Party Committees) Filing Dates for the Kansas Special Election in the 4th Congressional District Federal Election Commission. Notice of filing dates for special election. AGENCY: ACTION: Kansas has scheduled a Special General Election on April 11, 2017, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 4th Congressional District vacated by Representative Mike Pompeo. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special General Election on April 11, 2017, shall file a 12-day Pre-General Report, and a 30-day Post-General Report. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elizabeth S. Kurland, Information Division, 999 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20463; Telephone: (202) 694–1100; Toll Free (800) 424–9530. 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Additional disclosure information in connection with the Kansas Special Election may be found on the FEC Web site at http://www.fec.gov/info/report_ dates.shtml. Disclosure of Lobbyist Bundling Activity Principal campaign committees, party committees and Leadership PACs that are otherwise required to file reports in connection with the special elections must simultaneously file FEC Form 3L if they receive two or more bundled contributions from lobbyists/registrants or lobbyist/registrant PACs that aggregate in excess of $17,900 during the special election reporting periods. (See charts below for closing date of each period.) 11 CFR 104.22(a)(5)(v), (b). 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 31 (Thursday, February 16, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 10897-10903]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-03124]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

 Patent and Trademark Office


Initial Patent Applications

ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as 
required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a 
proposed extension of an information collection: Initial Patent 
Applications.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 17, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-
0032 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records Management Division Director, 
Office of the Chief Information Officer, United States Patent and 
Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to the attention of Raul Tamayo, Senior Legal 
Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, United States Patent 
and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by 
telephone at 571-272-7728; or by email at raul.tamayo@uspto.gov. 
Additional information about this collection is also available at 
http://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The USPTO is required by Title 35 of the United States Code, 
including 35 U.S.C. 131, to examine applications for patents. The USPTO 
administers the patent statutes through various rules in Chapter 37 of 
the Code of Federal Regulations, including 37 CFR 1.16 through 1.84. 
Each patent applicant must provide sufficient information to allow the 
USPTO to properly examine the application to determine whether it meets 
the criteria set forth in the patent statues and regulations for 
issuance as a

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patent. For example, the patent statutes and regulations require that 
an application for patent include the following information:

(1) a specification containing a description of the invention and at 
least one claim defining the property right sought by the applicant;
(2) a drawing(s) or photograph(s), where necessary, for an 
understanding of the invention;
(3) an oath or declaration signed by the applicant; and
(4) a filing fee.

    The following types of patent applications are covered under the 
present information collection:
 New original utility, plant, design, and provisional 
applications,
 Continuation/divisional applications of international 
applications,
 Continued prosecution applications (design), and
 Continuations/divisionals and continuation-in-part 
applications of utility, plant, and design applications.

    In addition, the present collection covers petitions to accept an 
unintentionally delayed priority or benefit claim, petitions under 37 
CFR 1.47 (pre-Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA)) to accept a filing 
by other than all of the inventors or a person not the inventor, 
petitions under 37 CFR 1.6(g) to accord an application under 37 CFR 
1.495(b) a receipt date, and papers filed under 37 CFR 1.41(c), 
1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA), 1.48(d), 1.53(c)(2), and 1.53(c)(2) (pre-Patent 
Law Treaty (PLT) (AIA)) (the particular items covered under this 
collection are identified in more detail at Table 1 below).
    Most applications for patent, including new utility, design, and 
provisional applications, can be submitted to the USPTO through EFS-
Web. EFS-Web is the USPTO's system for electronically filing of patent 
correspondence and is accessible via the Internet on the USPTO Web 
site. The Legal Framework for EFS-Web, available at http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/file/efs/guidance/Newlegalframework.jsp, 
provides a listing of patent applications and documents permitted to be 
filed via EFS-Web and patent applications and documents not permitted 
to be filed via EFS-Web.
    There are 69 forms in this collection. This total incudes versions 
of the inventor's oath and declaration forms that were created to 
comply with the changes resulting from the AIA, e.g., forms AIA/01, 
AIA/02, etc., as well as pre-AIA versions of the oath and declaration 
forms, e.g., forms SB/01, SB/02, etc., and foreign language 
translations of the oath and declaration forms, e.g., forms AIA/01CN, 
SB/02CN, etc. Items in this collection that do not have forms 
associated with them include the petitions and the papers filed under 
37 CFR 1.41(c), 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA), 1.48(d), 1.53(c)(2), and 
1.53(c)(2) (pre-PLT (AIA)).

II. Method of Collection

    By mail, hand delivery, or facsimile (except that, in accordance 
with 37 CFR 1.6(d), the items covered under this collection that may be 
submitted by facsimile are limited to the petitions and the papers 
filed under 37 CFR 1.41(c), 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA), 1.48(d), 1.53(c)(2), 
and 1.53(c)(2) (pre-PLT (AIA))). Most of these items can also be 
submitted through EFS-Web.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-0032.
    Form Number(s): PTO/SB/01, 01A, 02, 02A, 02B, 02CN, 02DE, 02ES, 
02FR, 02IT, 02JP, 02KR, 02LR, 02NL, 02RU, 02SE, 03, 03A, 04, 06, 07, 14 
EFS-Web, 16, 16 EFS-Web, 17, 29, 29A, and 101-110. This collection also 
includes the following AIA forms: PTO/AIA01 through AIA04, AIA08 
through AIA11, AIA14 and 15, AIA18 and 19, and AIA01CN and 01DE, 01ES, 
01FR, 01IT, 01JP, 01KR, 01NL, 01RU, 01SE, 02CN, 02DE, 02ES, 02FR, 02IT, 
02JP, 02KR, 02NL, 02RU, and 02SE.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other for 
profits; not-for-profits institutions; and the Federal Government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 470,403 responses per year. The 
USPTO estimates that approximately 130,313 of these responses will be 
from small entities. This estimate reflects a 25% small entity 
responses rate for all items in the collection, except for design-
related items in the collection, for which a 50% small entity response 
rate is estimated. The USPTO also estimates that 406,995 of the 
responses will be filed electronically.
    Estimated Time Per Response: The USPTO estimates that it takes the 
public approximately 30 minutes to 40 hours (0.50 to 40 hours) to 
complete this information, depending on the complexity of the request. 
This includes the time to gather the necessary information, prepare the 
application, petition, or paper submission, and submit the completed 
request to the USPTO. The USPTO calculates that, on balance, it takes 
the same amount of time to complete these steps and submit items to the 
USPTO, whether the applicant submits in paper form or electronically.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 12,776,282 hours 
per year.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $5,238,275,620 per 
year. The USPTO expects that all of the information in this collection 
will be prepared by an attorney. Using the professional hourly rate of 
$410 for attorneys in private firms, the USPTO estimates that the total 
respondent cost for this collection is $5,238,275,620 per year.

                                                              Table 1--Total Hourly Burden
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                                                                                    Estimated                 Estimated
                                                                                     time for    Estimated      annual                  Estimated annual
                     IC #                                      Item                  response      annual       burden    Rate ($/hr)        burden
                                                                                     (hours)     responses      hours
                                                                                           (a)          (b)  (a) x (b) =          (d)    (c) x (d) = (e)
                                                                                                                     (c)
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1.............................................  Original New Utility                        40          300       12,000         $410      $4,920,000.00
                                                 Applications--No Application
                                                 Data Sheet.
1.............................................  Electronic Original New Utility             40       13,700      548,000          410     224,680,000.00
                                                 Applications--No Application
                                                 Data Sheets.
2.............................................  Original New Plant Applications--            9          300        2,700          410       1,107,000.00
                                                 No Application Data Sheet.
3.............................................  Original New Design Applications--           7          100          700          410         287,000.00
                                                 No Application Data Sheet.

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3.............................................  Electronic Original Design                   7        3,200       22,400          410       9,184,000.00
                                                 Applications--No Application
                                                 Data Sheet.
4.............................................  Original New Utility                        40        5,400      216,000          410      88,560,000.00
                                                 Applications--Application Data
                                                 Sheet.
4.............................................  Electronic Original New Utility             40      265,600   10,624,000          410   4,355,840,000.00
                                                 Applications--Application Data
                                                 Sheet.
5.............................................  Original New Plant Applications--            9        1,100        9,900          410       4,059,000.00
                                                 Application Data Sheet.
6.............................................  Original New Design Applications--           7          900        6,300          410       2,583,000.00
                                                 Application Data Sheet.
6.............................................  Electronic New Design                        7       42,800      299,600          410     122,836,000.00
                                                 Applications--Application Data
                                                 Sheet.
7.............................................  Continuation/Divisional of an                4          200          800          410         328,000.00
                                                 International Application.
7.............................................  Electronic Continuation/                     4       10,800       43,200          410      17,712,000.00
                                                 Divisional of an International
                                                 Application.
8.............................................  Utility Continuation/Divisional              4        1,500        6,000          410       2,460,000.00
                                                 Applications.
8.............................................  Electronic Utility Continuation/             4       73,500      294,000          410     120,540,000.00
                                                 Divisional Applications.
9.............................................  Plant Continuation/Divisional                3          200          600          410         246,000.00
                                                 Application.
10............................................  Design Continuation/Divisional               1          100          100          410          41,000.00
                                                 Application.
10............................................  Electronic Design Continuation/              1        2,900        2,900          410       1,189,000.00
                                                 Divisional Applications.
11............................................  Continued Prosecution                        1           20           20          410           8,200.00
                                                 Applications--Design (Request
                                                 Transmittal and Receipt).
11............................................  Electronic Continued Prosecution             1          880          880          410         360,800.00
                                                 Applications--Design (Request
                                                 Transmittal and Receipt).
12............................................  Utility Continuation-in-Part                20          300        6,000          410       2,460,000.00
                                                 Applications.
12............................................  Electronic Utility Continuation-            20       13,300      266,000          410     109,060,000.00
                                                 in-Part Applications.
13............................................  Plant Continuation-in-Part                   5            1            5          410           2,050.00
                                                 Applications.
14............................................  Design Continuation-in-Part                  3           20           60          410          24,600.00
                                                 Applications.
14............................................  Electronic Design Continuation-in-           3          830        2,490          410       1,020,900.00
                                                 Part Applications.
15............................................  Provisional Application for                 18        4,000       72,000          410      29,520,000.00
                                                 Patent Cover Sheet.
15............................................  Electronic Provisional                      18      184,000      331,200          410     135,792,000.00
                                                 Application for Patent Cover
                                                 Sheet.
16............................................  Petition to Accept                           1          100          100          410          41,000.00
                                                 Unintentionally Delay Priority/
                                                 Benefit Claim.
16............................................  Electronic Petition to Accept                1        3,400        3,400          410       1,394,000.00
                                                 Unintentionally Delayed Priority/
                                                 Benefit Claim.
17............................................  Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-             1            1            1          410               4410
                                                 AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other
                                                 Than all the Inventors or a
                                                 Person not the Inventor.
17............................................  Electronic Petition Under 37 CFR             1           50           50          410          20,500.00
                                                 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a
                                                 Filing by Other Than all the
                                                 Inventors or a Person not the
                                                 Inventor.
18............................................  Petition under 37 CFR 1.6(g) to           0.50            1            1          410             410.00
                                                 According the Application under
                                                 37 CFR 1.495(b) a Receipt Date.
19............................................  Papers filed under the following:         0.75          200          150         $410         $61,500.00
                                                1.41(c) or 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA)--
                                                 to supply the name or names of
                                                 the inventor or inventors after
                                                 the filing date without a cover
                                                 sheet as prescribed by 37 CFR
                                                 1.51 (c)(1) in a provisional
                                                 application..
                                                1.48(d)--for correction of
                                                 inventorship in a provisional
                                                 application..
                                                1.53 (c)(2) or 1.53(c)(2) (pre-
                                                 PLT (AIA))--to convert a
                                                 nonprovisional application filed
                                                 under 1.53(b) to a provisional
                                                 application filed under 1.53(c).

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19............................................  Electronic Papers filed under the         0.75        6,300        4.725         $410      $1,937,250.00
                                                 following:.
                                                1.41(c) or 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA)--
                                                 to supply the name or names of
                                                 the inventor or inventors after
                                                 the filing date without a cover
                                                 sheet as prescribed by 37 CFR
                                                 1.51 (c)(1) in a provisional
                                                 application..
                                                1.48(d)--for correction of
                                                 inventorship in a provisional
                                                 application..
                                                1.53 (c)(2) or 1.53(c)(2) (pre-
                                                 PLT (AIA))--to convert a
                                                 nonprovisional application filed
                                                 under 1.53(b) to a provisional
                                                 application filed under 1.53(c).
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    Total.....................................  .................................  ...........      470,403   12,776,282  ...........  $5,238,275,620.00
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    Estimated Total Annual Non-hour Respondent Cost Burden: 
$1,195,268,438.53.
    There is no maintenance, operation, capital start-up, or 
recordkeeping costs associated with this information collection. 
However, this collection does have annual (non-hour) costs in the form 
of postage and drawing costs, as well as filing fees.
    Although the USPTO prefers that the items in this collection be 
submitted electronically, the items may be submitted by mail through 
the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPTO estimates that the 
average cost for sending a patent application by Priority Mail 
Express[supreg] will be $19.99 and that up to 14,441 may be mailed to 
the USPTO, resulting in $288,675.59 in the postage costs.
    The USPTO estimates that the petitions and other papers covered 
under this collection, if submitted by mail, will be sent by first-
class mail; a postage rate of $0.94. The USPTO estimates that up to 301 
submissions may be mailed per year, thus resulting in $282.94 in first-
class mailing costs.
    Patent applicants can submit drawings with the applications covered 
under this collection. As a basis for estimating the drawing costs, the 
USPTO expects that all applicants will have their drawings prepared by 
patent illustration firms. Estimates for the drawings can vary greatly, 
depending on the number of figures that need to be produced, the total 
number of pages for the drawings, and the complexity of the drawings. 
Because there are many variables involved, the USPTO is using the 
average of the cost ranges found for the application drawings to derive 
the estimated cost per sheet that is then used to calculate the total 
drawing costs.
    The utility, plant, and design continuation and divisional 
applications use the same drawings as the initial filings, so they are 
not included in these totals. The continuation-in-part applications may 
use some of the same drawings as the initial applications and some new 
drawings may be submitted, so those numbers are included in these 
estimates. The drawings for the continued prosecution applications also 
are included in the drawing cost totals.
    The USPTO estimates that total drawing costs is $608,610,280. The 
break-down of costs for utility, design, plant, and provisional 
drawings is broken down in table 2 below.

                                                          Table 2--Drawing Cost to Respondents
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                                                                                  Estimated  annual      Drawing  cost  amounts  Drawing  totals (c) (a)
                    IC #                                    Item                     response (a)               ($) (b)                   x (b)
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                                              Utility Application Drawings...                  298,800                $1,150.00          $343,620,000.00
                                              Design Application Drawings....                   47,120                 1,930.00            90,941,600.00
                                              Plant Application Drawings                         1,601                   680.00             1,088,680.00
                                               (Photographs).
                                              Provisional Application                          150,400                 1,150.00           172,960,000.00
                                               Drawings.
                                              Total Drawing Costs............                  497,921                                    608,610,280.00
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    In this collection, there is also an annual (non-hour) cost burden 
in the way of filing fees. Many of the fees had previously been housed 
within information collection 0651-0072 (America Invents Act Section 10 
Patent Fee Adjustments), but these fees have been returned to this 
collection. The total estimated filing costs for this collection is 
$586,369,200 and is detailed in table 3 below.

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                                                         Table 3--Total Non-Hour Respondent Cost
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                                                                                   Estimated annual
                    IC #                                    Item                     response (a)              Amount (b)          Totals (c) (a) x (b)
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1, 4........................................  Basic Filing fee--Utility                        235,200                  $280.00           $65,856,000.00
                                               (Paper Filing--Also Requires
                                               Non-Electronic Filing Fee
                                               Under 1.16(t)) (large entity).
1, 4........................................  Basic Filing fee--Utility                         80,500                   140.00            11,270,000.00
                                               (Paper Filing--Also Requires
                                               Non-Electronic Filing Fee
                                               Under 1.16(t)) (small entity).
1, 4........................................  Basic Filing fee--Utility                         17,000                    70.00             1,190,000.00
                                               (Paper Filing--Also Requires
                                               Non-Electronic Filing Fee
                                               Under 1.16(t)) (micro entity).
1, 4........................................  Utility Application Size Fee--                    13,500                   400.00             5,400,000.00
                                               for Each Additional 50 Sheets
                                               That Exceeds 100 Sheets (large
                                               entity).
1, 4........................................  Utility Application Size Fee--                     6,500                   200.00             1,300,000.00
                                               for Each Additional 50 Sheets
                                               That Exceeds 100 Sheets (small
                                               entity).
1, 4........................................  Utility Application Size Fee--                       160                   100.00                16,000.00
                                               for Each Additional 50 Sheets
                                               That Exceeds 100 Sheets (micro
                                               entity).
1, 4........................................  Utility Search Fee (large                        233,900                   600.00           140,340,000.00
                                               entity).
1, 4........................................  Utility Search Fee (small                         79,600                   300.00            23,880,000.00
                                               entity).
1, 4........................................  Utility Search Fee (micro                         16,700                   150.00             2,505,000.00
                                               entity).
1, 4........................................  Utility Examination Fee (large                   234,900                   720.00           169,128,000.00
                                               entity).
1, 4........................................  Utility Examination Fee (small                    80,000                   360.00            28,800,000.00
                                               entity).
1, 4........................................  Utility Examination Fee (micro                    16,800                   180.00             3,024,000.00
                                               entity).
2, 5........................................  Basic Filing Fee--Plant (large                       570                   180.00               102,600.00
                                               entity).
2, 5........................................  Basic Filing Fee--Plant (small                       580                    90.00                52,200.00
                                               entity).
2, 5........................................  Basic Filing Fee--Plant (micro                        10                    45.00                   450.00
                                               entity).
2, 5........................................  Plant Application Size Fee--for                        0                   400.00                     0.00
                                               Each Additional 50 Sheets That
                                               Exceeds 100 Sheets (large
                                               entity).
2, 5........................................  Plant Application Size Fee--for                        0                   200.00                     0.00
                                               Each Additional 50 Sheets That
                                               Exceeds 100 Sheets (small
                                               entity).
2, 5........................................  Plant Application Size Fee--for                        0                   100.00                     0.00
                                               Each Additional 50 Sheets That
                                               Exceeds 100 Sheets (micro
                                               entity).
2, 5........................................  Plant Search Fee (large entity)                      570                   380.00               216,600.00
2, 5........................................  Plant Search Fee (small entity)                      575                   190.00               109,250.00
2, 5........................................  Plant Search Fee (micro entity)                       10                    95.00                   950.00
2, 5........................................  Plant Examination Fee (large                         560                   580.00               324,800.00
                                               entity).
2, 5........................................  Plant Examination Fee (small                         570                   290.00               165,300.00
                                               entity).
2, 5........................................  Plant Examination Fee (micro                          10                   145.00                 1,450.00
                                               entity).
3, 6........................................  Basic Filing Fee--Design (large                   20,100                   180.00             3,618,000.00
                                               entity).
3, 6........................................  Basic Filing Fee--Design (small                   17,900                    90.00             1,611,000.00
                                               entity).
3, 6........................................  Basic Filing Fee--Design (micro                    4,700                    45.00               211,500.00
                                               entity).
3, 6........................................  Basic Filing Fee--Design (CPA)                       550                   180.00                99,000.00
                                               (large entity).
3, 6........................................  Basic Filing Fee--Design (CPA)                       340                    90.00                30,600.00
                                               (small entity).
3, 6........................................  Basic Filing Fee--Design (CPA)                        30                    45.00                 1,350.00
                                               (micro entity).
3, 6........................................  Design Application Size Fee--                        115                   400.00                46,000.00
                                               for Each Additional 50 Sheets
                                               That Exceeds 100 Sheets (large
                                               entity).
3, 6........................................  Design Application Size Fee--                         60                   200.00                12,000.00
                                               for Each Additional 50 Sheets
                                               That Exceeds 100 Sheets (small
                                               entity).
3, 6........................................  Design Application Size Fee--                          1                   100.00                   100.00
                                               for Each Additional 50 Sheets
                                               That Exceeds 100 Sheets (micro
                                               entity).
3, 6........................................  Design Search Fee (large                          20,400                   120.00             2,448,000.00
                                               entity).
3, 6........................................  Design Search Fee (small                          18,000                    60.00             1,080,000.00
                                               entity).
3, 6........................................  Design Search Fee (micro                           4,600                    30.00               138,000.00
                                               entity).
3, 6........................................  Design Examination Fee (large                     20,200                   460.00             9,292,000.00
                                               entity).
3, 6........................................  Design Examination Fee (small                     17,800                   230.00             4,094,000.00
                                               entity).
3, 6........................................  Design Examination Fee (micro                      4,600                   115.00               529,000.00
                                               entity).
15..........................................  Provisional Application Size                       4,300                   400.00             1,720,000.00
                                               Fee--for Each Additional 50
                                               Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets
                                               (large entity).

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15..........................................  Provisional Application Size                       4,600                   200.00               920,000.00
                                               Fee--for Each Additional 50
                                               Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets
                                               (small entity).
15..........................................  Provisional Application Size                         135                   100.00                13,500.00
                                               Fee--for Each Additional 50
                                               Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets
                                               (micro entity).
15..........................................  Provisional Application Filing                    56,100                   260.00            14,586,000.00
                                               Fee (large entity).
15..........................................  Provisional Application Filing                    68,800                   130.00             8,944,000.00
                                               Fee (small entity).
15..........................................  Provisional Application Filing                    30,000                    65.00             1,950,000.00
                                               Fee (micro entity).
16..........................................  Surcharge--Late Filing Fee,                       86,400                   140.00            12,096,000.00
                                               Search Fee, Examination Fee,
                                               Inventor's Oath or
                                               Declaration, or Application
                                               Filed Without at least One
                                               Claim or by Reference (large
                                               entity).
16..........................................  Surcharge--Late Filing Fee,                       38,200                    70.00             2,674,000.00
                                               Search Fee, Examination Fee,
                                               Inventor's Oath or
                                               Declaration, or Application
                                               Filed Without at least One
                                               Claim or by Reference (small
                                               entity).
16..........................................  Surcharge--Late Filing Fee,                        4,500                    35.00               157,500.00
                                               Search Fee, Examination Fee,
                                               Inventor's Oath or
                                               Declaration, or Application
                                               Filed Without at least One
                                               Claim or by Reference (micro
                                               entity).
16..........................................  Surcharge--Late Provisional                        1,800                    60.00               108,000.00
                                               Filing Fee or Cover Sheet
                                               (large entity).
16..........................................  Surcharge--Late Provisional                        2,700                    30.00                81,000.00
                                               Filing Fee or Cover Sheet
                                               (small entity).
16..........................................  Surcharge--Late Provisional                        3,000                    15.00                45,000.00
                                               Filing Fee or Cover Sheet
                                               (micro entity).
17..........................................  Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-                       1                   200.00                   200.00
                                               AIA) to Accept a Filing by
                                               Other Than all the Inventors
                                               or a Person not the Inventor
                                               (large entity).
17..........................................  Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-                       1                   100.00                   100.00
                                               AIA) to Accept a Filing by
                                               Other Than all the Inventors
                                               or a Person not the Inventor
                                               (small entity).
17..........................................  Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-                       1                    50.00                    50.00
                                               AIA) to Accept a Filing by
                                               Other Than all the Inventors
                                               or a Person not the Inventor
                                               (micro entity).
17..........................................  Electronic Petition Under 37                          38                   200.00                 7,600.00
                                               CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a
                                               Filing by Other Than the
                                               Inventors or a Person not the
                                               Inventor (large entity).
17..........................................  Electronic Petition Under 37                           9                   100.00                   900.00
                                               CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a
                                               Filing by Other Than the
                                               Inventors or a Person not the
                                               Inventor (small entity).
17..........................................  Electronic Petition Under 37                           3                    50.00                   150.00
                                               CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a
                                               Filing by Other Than the
                                               Inventors or a Person not the
                                               Inventor (micro entity).
18..........................................  Petition under 37 CFR 1.6(g) to                        1                     0.00                     0.00
                                               accord the Application under
                                               37 CFR 1.495(b) a Receipt Date.
                                              Each Independent Claim in                         55,100                   420.00            23,142,000.00
                                               Excess of Three (large entity).
                                              Each Independent Claim in                         20,500                   210.00             4,305,000.00
                                               Excess of Three (small entity).
                                              Each Independent Claim in                          1,900                   105.00               199,500.00
                                               Excess of Three (micro entity).
                                              Each Claim in Excess of 20                       362,900                    80.00            29,032,000.00
                                               (large entity).
                                              Each Claim in Excess of 20                       199,400                    40.00             7,976,000.00
                                               (small entity).

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                                              Each Claim in Excess of 20                        12,600                    20.00               252,000.00
                                               (micro entity).
                                              Multiple Dependent Claim (large                    1,200                   780.00               936,000.00
                                               entity).
                                              Multiple Dependent Claim (small                      800                   390.00               312,000.00
                                               entity).
                                              Multiple Dependent Claim (micro                       90                   195.00                17,550.00
                                               entity).
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    Total Filing Fee........................  ...............................                2,102,690  .......................           586,369,200.00
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    The USPTO estimates that the total annual (non-hour) respondent 
cost burden for this collection in the form of postage costs, drawing 
costs, and filing fees is estimated to be approximately 
$1,164,394,638.53 per year.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the USPTO's request for OMB approval. All comments 
will become a matter of public record.
    Comments are invited on:
(a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether 
the information shall have practical utility;
(b) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including 
hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information;
(c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
(d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, e.g., the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology.

    Dated: February 9, 2017.
Rhonda Foltz,
Office of Information Management Services Director, OCIO, United States 
Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2017-03124 Filed 2-15-17; 8:45 am]
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