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Download as PDF 13358 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 50 / Wednesday, March 15, 2006 / Notices restrictions at § 648.94(b)(6). The EFP would also exempt the vessels from the possession and landing restrictions for the NE skate complex fishery at § 648.322(c). Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope of the exempted fishing activity would be prohibited. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 10, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–3703 Filed 3–14–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office [Docket No. PTO–C–2006–0016] Public Advisory Committees United States Patent and Trademark Office. ACTION: Notice and request for nominations. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: On November 29, 1999, the President signed into law the Patent and Trademark Office Efficiency Act (the ‘‘Act’’), Pub. L. 106–113, Appendix I, Title IV, Subtitle G, 113 Stat. 1501A– 572, which, among other things, established two Public Advisory Committees to review the policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with respect to patents, in the case of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and with respect to trademarks, in the case of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, and to advise the Director on these matters. The USPTO is requesting nominations for three (3) members to each Public Advisory Committee for terms of three years that begin from date of appointment. DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before May 8, 2006. ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to submit nominations should send the nominee’s ´ resume to Chief of Staff, Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Post Office Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia, 22313–1450; by electronic mail to: PPACnominations@uspto.gov for the Patent Public Advisory Committee or TPACnominations@uspto.gov for the Trademark Public Advisory Committee; or by facsimile transmission marked to the Chief of Staff’s attention at (571) 273–0464. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:27 Mar 14, 2006 Jkt 208001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief of Staff by facsimile transmission marked to her attention at (571) 273– 0464, or by mail marked to her attention and addressed to the Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Post Office Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia, 22313–1450. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Committees’ duties include: • Advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on matters relating to policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the USPTO relating to patents and trademarks, respectively; and • Within 60 days after the end of each fiscal year: (1) Prepare an annual report on matters listed above; (2) transmit a report to the Secretary of Commerce, the President, and the Committees on the Judiciary of the Senate and the House of Representatives; and (3) publish the report in the Official Gazette of the USPTO. Members of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary of Commerce for three (3)-year terms. Advisory Committees The Public Advisory Committees are each composed of nine (9) voting members who are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce (the ‘‘Secretary’’). The Public Advisory Committee members must be United States citizens and represent the interests of diverse users of the USPTO, both large and small entity applicants in proportion to the number of such applications filed. The Committees must include members who have ‘‘substantial backgrounds and achievement in finance, management, labor relations, science, technology, and office automation.’’ 35 U.S.C. 5(b)(3). In the case of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, at least twenty-five (25) percent of the members must represent ‘‘small business concerns, independent inventors, and nonprofit organizations,’’ and at least one member must represent the independent inventor community. 35 U.S.C. 5(b)(2). Each of the Public Advisory Committees also includes three (3) non-voting members representing each labor organization recognized by the USPTO. Procedures and Guidelines of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees Each newly appointed member of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees will serve for a term of PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 three years from date of appointment. As required by the Act, members of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees will receive compensation for each day while the member is attending meetings or engaged in the business of that Advisory Committee. The rate of compensation is the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay in effect for level III of the Executive Schedule under section 5314 of title 5, United States Code. While away from home or regular place of business, each member will be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by Section 5703 of Title 5, United States Code. The USPTO will provide the necessary administrative support, including technical assistance for the Committees. Applicability of Certain Ethics Laws Members of each Public Advisory Committee shall be special Government employees within the meaning of Section 202 of Title 18, United States Code. The following additional information includes several, but not all, of the ethics rules that apply to members, and assumes that members are not engaged in Public Advisory Committee business more than sixty days during each calendar year: • Each member will be required to file a confidential financial disclosure form within thirty (30) days of appointment. 5 CFR 2634.202(c), 2634.204, 2634.903, and 2634.904(b). • Each member will be subject to many of the public integrity laws, including criminal bars against representing a party, 18 U.S.C. 205(c), in a particular matter that came before the member’s committee and that involved at least one specific party. See also 18 U.S.C. 207 for post-membership bars. A member also must not act on a matter in which the member (or any of certain closely related entities) has a financial interest. 18 U.S.C. 208. • Representation of foreign interests may also raise issues. 35 U.S.C. 5(a)(1) and 18 U.S.C. 219. Meetings of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees Meetings of each Advisory Committee will take place at the call of the Chair to consider an agenda set by the Chair. Meetings may be conducted in person, electronically through the Internet, or by other appropriate means. The meetings of each Advisory Committee will be open to the public except each Advisory Committee may, by majority vote, meet in executive session when considering personnel, privileged, or other confidential matters. Nominees must also have the ability to participate in E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 50 / Wednesday, March 15, 2006 / Notices Committee business through the Internet. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Procedures for Submitting Nominations ´ Submit resumes for nomination for the Patent Public Advisory Committee and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee to: Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, utilizing the addresses provided above. Dated: March 6, 2006. Jon W. Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. E6–3707 Filed 3–14–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Request for Public Comments on Commercial Availability Request under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) March 9, 2006. Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA). ACTION: Request for public comments concerning a request for a determination that a certain combed and ring spun yarn cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner under the AGOA. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: On March 6, 2006 the Chairman of CITA received a petition from Shibani Inwear alleging that a certain combed and ring spun yarn, of a 92 percent cotton/ 8 percent cashmere blend, comprised of 2/32 Nm resulting in a 16 Nm yarn size, classified in subheading 5205.42.00.20 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. The petition requests that men’s knit sweaters made of such yarn be eligible for preferential treatment under the AGOA. CITA hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether such yarn can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be submitted by March 30, 2006 to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3001, United States Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20230. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:27 Mar 14, 2006 Jkt 208001 Anna Flaaten, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3400. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: Section 112(b)(5)(B) of the AGOA; Presidential Proclamation 7350 of October 2, 2000; Section 1 of Executive Order No. 13191 of January 17, 2001. BACKGROUND: The AGOA provides for quota- and duty-free treatment for qualifying textile and apparel products. Such treatment is generally limited to products manufactured from yarns and fabrics formed in the United States or a beneficiary country. The AGOA also provides for quota- and duty-free treatment for apparel articles that are both cut (or knit-to-shape) and sewn or otherwise assembled in one or more beneficiary countries from fabric or yarn that is not formed in the United States, if it has been determined that such fabric or yarn cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. In Executive Order No. 13191, the President delegated to CITA the authority to determine whether yarns or fabrics cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner under the AGOA and directed CITA to establish procedures to ensure appropriate public participation in any such determination. On March 6, 2001, CITA published procedures that it will follow in considering requests. (66 FR 13502). On March 6, 2006 the Chairman of CITA received a petition from Shibani Inwear alleging that a certain combed and ring spun yarn, of a 92 percent cotton/ 8 percent cashmere blend, comprised of 2/32 Nm resulting in a 16 Nm yarn count, classified in subheading 5205.42.00.20 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), for use in men’s knit sweaters, cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. This petition is requesting quota- and duty-free treatment under the AGOA for apparel articles that are both cut, or knit-to-shape, and sewn or otherwise assembled in one or more AGOA beneficiary countries from such yarns. CITA is soliciting public comments regarding this request, particularly with respect to whether this yarn can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Also relevant is whether other yarns that are supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner are substitutable for this PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13359 yarn for purposes of the intended use. Comments must be received no later than March 30, 2006. Interested persons are invited to submit six copies of such comments or information to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, room 3100, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20230. If a comment alleges that this yarn can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner, CITA will closely review any supporting documentation, such as a signed statement by a manufacturer of the yarn stating that it produces the yarn that is the ‘‘subject of the request, including the quantities that can be supplied and the time necessary to fill an order, as well as any relevant information regarding past production. CITA will protect any business confidential information that is marked ‘‘business confidential’’ from disclosure to the full extent permitted by law. CITA generally considers specific details, such as quantities and lead times for providing the subject product as business confidential. However, information such as the names of domestic manufacturers who were contacted, questions concerning the capability to manufacture the subject product, and the responses thereto should be available for public review to ensure proper public participation in the process. If this is not possible, an explanation of the necessity for treating such information as business confidential must be provided. CITA will make available to the public nonconfidential versions of the request and non-confidential versions of any public comments received with respect to a request in room 3100 in the Herbert Hoover Building, 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20230. Persons submitting comments on a request are encouraged to include a nonconfidential version and a nonconfidential summary. Philip J. Martello, Acting Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc.06–2507 Filed 3–10–06; 3:24 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–DS E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No. PTO-C-2006-0016]


Public Advisory Committees

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office.

ACTION: Notice and request for nominations.

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SUMMARY: On November 29, 1999, the President signed into law the Patent 
and Trademark Office Efficiency Act (the ``Act''), Pub. L. 106-113, 
Appendix I, Title IV, Subtitle G, 113 Stat. 1501A-572, which, among 
other things, established two Public Advisory Committees to review the 
policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees of the United States 
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with respect to patents, in the 
case of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and with respect to 
trademarks, in the case of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, and 
to advise the Director on these matters. The USPTO is requesting 
nominations for three (3) members to each Public Advisory Committee for 
terms of three years that begin from date of appointment.

DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on 
or before May 8, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to submit nominations should send the 
nominee's resum[eacute] to Chief of Staff, Office of the Under 
Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the 
USPTO, Post Office Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia, 22313-1450; by 
electronic mail to: PPACnominations@uspto.gov for the Patent Public 
Advisory Committee or TPACnominations@uspto.gov for the Trademark 
Public Advisory Committee; or by facsimile transmission marked to the 
Chief of Staff's attention at (571) 273-0464.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief of Staff by facsimile 
transmission marked to her attention at (571) 273-0464, or by mail 
marked to her attention and addressed to the Office of the Under 
Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the 
USPTO, Post Office Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia, 22313-1450.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Committees' duties include:
     Advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual 
Property and Director of the USPTO on matters relating to policies, 
goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the USPTO relating to 
patents and trademarks, respectively; and
     Within 60 days after the end of each fiscal year: (1) 
Prepare an annual report on matters listed above; (2) transmit a report 
to the Secretary of Commerce, the President, and the Committees on the 
Judiciary of the Senate and the House of Representatives; and (3) 
publish the report in the Official Gazette of the USPTO.
    Members of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees are 
appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary of Commerce for 
three (3)-year terms.

Advisory Committees

    The Public Advisory Committees are each composed of nine (9) voting 
members who are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce (the 
``Secretary''). The Public Advisory Committee members must be United 
States citizens and represent the interests of diverse users of the 
USPTO, both large and small entity applicants in proportion to the 
number of such applications filed. The Committees must include members 
who have ``substantial backgrounds and achievement in finance, 
management, labor relations, science, technology, and office 
automation.'' 35 U.S.C. 5(b)(3). In the case of the Patent Public 
Advisory Committee, at least twenty-five (25) percent of the members 
must represent ``small business concerns, independent inventors, and 
nonprofit organizations,'' and at least one member must represent the 
independent inventor community. 35 U.S.C. 5(b)(2). Each of the Public 
Advisory Committees also includes three (3) non-voting members 
representing each labor organization recognized by the USPTO.

Procedures and Guidelines of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory 
Committees

    Each newly appointed member of the Patent and Trademark Public 
Advisory Committees will serve for a term of three years from date of 
appointment. As required by the Act, members of the Patent and 
Trademark Public Advisory Committees will receive compensation for each 
day while the member is attending meetings or engaged in the business 
of that Advisory Committee. The rate of compensation is the daily 
equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay in effect for level III of 
the Executive Schedule under section 5314 of title 5, United States 
Code. While away from home or regular place of business, each member 
will be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of 
subsistence, as authorized by Section 5703 of Title 5, United States 
Code. The USPTO will provide the necessary administrative support, 
including technical assistance for the Committees.

Applicability of Certain Ethics Laws

    Members of each Public Advisory Committee shall be special 
Government employees within the meaning of Section 202 of Title 18, 
United States Code. The following additional information includes 
several, but not all, of the ethics rules that apply to members, and 
assumes that members are not engaged in Public Advisory Committee 
business more than sixty days during each calendar year:
     Each member will be required to file a confidential 
financial disclosure form within thirty (30) days of appointment. 5 CFR 
2634.202(c), 2634.204, 2634.903, and 2634.904(b).
     Each member will be subject to many of the public 
integrity laws, including criminal bars against representing a party, 
18 U.S.C. 205(c), in a particular matter that came before the member's 
committee and that involved at least one specific party. See also 18 
U.S.C. 207 for post-membership bars. A member also must not act on a 
matter in which the member (or any of certain closely related entities) 
has a financial interest. 18 U.S.C. 208.
     Representation of foreign interests may also raise issues. 
35 U.S.C. 5(a)(1) and 18 U.S.C. 219.

Meetings of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

    Meetings of each Advisory Committee will take place at the call of 
the Chair to consider an agenda set by the Chair. Meetings may be 
conducted in person, electronically through the Internet, or by other 
appropriate means. The meetings of each Advisory Committee will be open 
to the public except each Advisory Committee may, by majority vote, 
meet in executive session when considering personnel, privileged, or 
other confidential matters. Nominees must also have the ability to 
participate in

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Committee business through the Internet.

Procedures for Submitting Nominations

    Submit resum[eacute]s for nomination for the Patent Public Advisory 
Committee and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee to: Chief of 
Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and 
Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, utilizing 
the addresses provided above.

    Dated: March 6, 2006.
Jon W. Dudas,
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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