Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program, 29318-29319 [E6-7737]

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Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–7767 Filed 5–19–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent And Trademark Office Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request. SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the new information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104– 13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 21, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: E-mail: Susan.Brown@uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–00XX PPH Pilot Program comment’’ in the subject line of the message. Fax: 571–273–0112, marked to the attention of Susan Brown. Mail: Susan K. Brown, Records Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Architecture, Engineering and Technical Services, Data Architecture and Services Division, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450. Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to Robert J. Spar, Director, Office of Patent Legal PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Administration, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272–7700; or by e-mail at Bob.Spar@uspto.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program is being established between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO). This program will allow applicants whose claims are determined to be patentable in the office of first filing to have the corresponding application that is filed in the office of second filing be advanced out of turn for examination. At the same time, this program will allow the office of second filing to exploit the search and examination results of the office of first filing. The one-year pilot program will begin on July 3, 2006. In order to participate in this program, applicants must meet certain requirements. Some of the requirements are: (1) The U.S. application must validly claim foreign priority to the JPO application; (2) the JPO application must have at least one claim that was determined to be patentable; (3) all the claims in the U.S. application must be amended to sufficiently correspond to the patentable claims in the JPO application; (4) examination of the U.S. application has not begun; (5) applicant must submit copies of the JPO office actions and English translations thereof; and (6) applicant must file a petition to make special along with the required petition fee. This information collection includes one proposed form, Request for Participation in the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program Between the JPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20), which may be used by applicants to request participation in the pilot program and to ensure that they meet the program requirements. II. Method of Collection Requests to participate in the PPH pilot program must be submitted by fax to the Office of the Commissioner for Patents (571–273–0125) to ensure that the request is processed in a timely manner. The USPTO will consider alternative methods of submission under this program after the one-year pilot period is concluded. III. Data OMB Number: 0651–00XX. Form Number(s): PTO/SB/20. Type of Review: New collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other for- E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 29319 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 98 / Monday, May 22, 2006 / Notices profits; not-for-profit institutions; farms; the Federal Government; and state, local or tribal governments. Estimated Number of Respondents: 500 responses per year. Estimated Time Per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public approximately two hours (2.0 hours) to gather the necessary information, prepare the form, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 1,000 hours per year. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $304,000 per year. The USPTO expects that the information in this collection will be prepared by attorneys. Using the professional rate of $304 per hour for associate attorneys in private firms, the USPTO estimates that the respondent cost burden for this collection will be approximately $304,000 per year. Item Estimated time for response Request for Participation in the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program Between the JPO and the USPTO. 2.0 hours ..... 500 1,000 Total ........................................................................................................................................ ..................... 500 1,000 Estimated Total Annual Non-hour Respondent Cost Burden: $65,000 per year. There are no capital start-up, maintenance, postage, or recordkeeping costs associated with this collection. However, this collection does have annual (non-hour) costs in the form of filing fees. The filing fee for a request to participate in the PPH pilot program is $130 under 37 CFR 1.17(h), and up to 500 filings are expected per year. Therefore, the total non-hour respondent cost burden for this collection is estimated to be $65,000 per year. IV. Request for Comments cchase on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES 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. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: May 16, 2006. Susan K. Brown, Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Architecture, Engineering and Technical Services, Data Architecture and Services Division. [FR Doc. E6–7737 Filed 5–19–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:16 May 19, 2006 Jkt 208001 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [No. DoD–2006–OS–0084] Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Office of the Secretary, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of Defense has submitted to OMB for clearance, the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by June 21, 2006. Title and OMB Number: Commercial Solicitation on DoD Installation; OMB Control Number 0704–TBD. Type of Request: New. Number of Respondents: 15. Responses per Respondent: 1. Annual Responses: 15. Average Burden per Response: 2.27 hours. Annual Burden Hours: 34. Needs and Uses: No person has authority to enter upon a DoD installation to transact personal commercial solicitation without meeting specific requirements. This information collection is necessary to ensure established annual procedures for DoD registration for the sale of insurance on U.S. military overseas installations are met. Insurers are required to submit a letter of application certifying that they meet all criteria. The letter received from the applicant’s provides information relative to the areas they intend to do business in and attest to agreement to satisfy application prerequisites. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Frequency: Annually. Respondent Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits. PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden hours OMB Desk Officer: Ms. Hillary Jaffe. Written comments and recommendations on the proposed information collection should be sent to Ms. Jaffe at the Office of Management and Budget, Desk Officer for DoD, Room 10236, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503. You may also submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by the following method: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. DoD Clearance Officer: Ms. Patricia Toppings. Written requests for copies of the information collection proposal should be sent to Ms. Toppings at WHS/ESD/ Information Management Division, 1777 North Kent Street, RPN, Suite 11000, Arlington, VA 22209–2133. Dated: May 10, 2006. Patricia L. Toppings, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 06–4717 Filed 5–19–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–M E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 98 (Monday, May 22, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 29318-29319]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-7737]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent And Trademark Office


Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program

ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part 
of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, 
invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this 
opportunity to comment on the new information collection, as required 
by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 21, 2006.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
    E-mail: Susan.Brown@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-00XX PPH Pilot 
Program comment'' in the subject line of the message.
    Fax: 571-273-0112, marked to the attention of Susan Brown.
    Mail: Susan K. Brown, Records Officer, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer, Architecture, Engineering and Technical Services, 
Data Architecture and Services Division, U.S. Patent and Trademark 
Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
    Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to Robert J. Spar, Director, Office of Patent Legal 
Administration, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, 
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-7700; or by e-mail 
at Bob.Spar@uspto.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program is being 
established between the United States Patent and Trademark Office 
(USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO). This program will allow 
applicants whose claims are determined to be patentable in the office 
of first filing to have the corresponding application that is filed in 
the office of second filing be advanced out of turn for examination. At 
the same time, this program will allow the office of second filing to 
exploit the search and examination results of the office of first 
filing. The one-year pilot program will begin on July 3, 2006.
    In order to participate in this program, applicants must meet 
certain requirements. Some of the requirements are: (1) The U.S. 
application must validly claim foreign priority to the JPO application; 
(2) the JPO application must have at least one claim that was 
determined to be patentable; (3) all the claims in the U.S. application 
must be amended to sufficiently correspond to the patentable claims in 
the JPO application; (4) examination of the U.S. application has not 
begun; (5) applicant must submit copies of the JPO office actions and 
English translations thereof; and (6) applicant must file a petition to 
make special along with the required petition fee.
    This information collection includes one proposed form, Request for 
Participation in the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program 
Between the JPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20), which may be used by 
applicants to request participation in the pilot program and to ensure 
that they meet the program requirements.

II. Method of Collection

    Requests to participate in the PPH pilot program must be submitted 
by fax to the Office of the Commissioner for Patents (571-273-0125) to 
ensure that the request is processed in a timely manner. The USPTO will 
consider alternative methods of submission under this program after the 
one-year pilot period is concluded.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-00XX.
    Form Number(s): PTO/SB/20.
    Type of Review: New collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-

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profits; not-for-profit institutions; farms; the Federal Government; 
and state, local or tribal governments.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 500 responses per year.
    Estimated Time Per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public approximately two hours (2.0 hours) to gather the necessary 
information, prepare the form, and submit the completed request to the 
USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 1,000 hours per 
year.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $304,000 per year. 
The USPTO expects that the information in this collection will be 
prepared by attorneys. Using the professional rate of $304 per hour for 
associate attorneys in private firms, the USPTO estimates that the 
respondent cost burden for this collection will be approximately 
$304,000 per year.

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                                                                                     Estimated       Estimated
                     Item                         Estimated time for  response        annual       annual burden
                                                                                     responses         hours
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Request for Participation in the Patent        2.0 hours........................             500           1,000
 Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program
 Between the JPO and the USPTO.
                                                                                 -------------------------------
    Total....................................  .................................             500           1,000
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    Estimated Total Annual Non-hour Respondent Cost Burden: $65,000 per 
year. There are no capital start-up, maintenance, postage, or 
recordkeeping costs associated with this collection. However, this 
collection does have annual (non-hour) costs in the form of filing 
fees. The filing fee for a request to participate in the PPH pilot 
program is $130 under 37 CFR 1.17(h), and up to 500 filings are 
expected per year. Therefore, the total non-hour respondent cost burden 
for this collection is estimated to be $65,000 per year.

IV. Request for Comments

    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.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or 
included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: May 16, 2006.
Susan K. Brown,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer, 
Architecture, Engineering and Technical Services, Data Architecture and 
Services Division.
 [FR Doc. E6-7737 Filed 5-19-06; 8:45 am]
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