2010 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Reviews of the Philippines and Thailand: Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment, 69519-69520 [2010-28435]

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[FR Doc. 2010–28506 Filed 11–10–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–24–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 2010 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Reviews of the Philippines and Thailand: Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Request for written submissions from the public. AGENCY: Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242) requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. (The provisions of Section 182 are commonly referred to as the ‘‘Special 301’’ provisions of the Trade Act.) The USTR is required to determine which, if any, of these countries should be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. In addition, USTR has created a ‘‘Priority Watch List’’ and ‘‘Watch List’’ under Special 301 provisions. Placement of a trading partner on the Priority Watch List or Watch List indicates that particular problems exist in that country with respect to IPR protection, enforcement, or market access for persons relying on intellectual property. Countries placed on the Priority Watch List are the focus of increased bilateral attention concerning the problem areas. In the 2010 Special 301 Report (http://www.ustr.gov), USTR announced mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:23 Nov 10, 2010 Jkt 223001 that, in order to monitor progress on specific IPR issues, Out-of-Cycle Reviews would be conducted for the Philippines and Thailand. USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning any act, policy, or practice that is relevant to the decision regarding whether the Philippines and Thailand should be identified under Section 182 of the Trade Act. DATES: Submissions from the general public must be received on or before 10 a.m. on Friday, December 10, 2010. Foreign governments who choose to make written submissions may do so on or before 10 a.m. on Friday, December 17, 2010. ADDRESSES: All comments should be sent electronically to http:// www.regulations.gov, [docket number USTR–2010–0035]. Submissions should contain the term ‘‘2010 Special 301 Outof-Cycle Review’’ in the ‘‘Type comment & Upload file’’ field on http:// www.regulations.gov. Jared Ragland, Director, Intellectual Property and Innovation, Office of the United States Trade Representative, at (202) 395–4510. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act, USTR must identify those countries that deny adequate and effective protection for intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. Those countries that have the most onerous or egregious acts, policies, or practices and whose acts, policies, or practices have the greatest adverse impact (actual or potential) on relevant U.S. products are to be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, policies, or practices that are the basis of a country’s designation as a Priority Foreign Country are normally the subject of an investigation under the Section 301 provisions of the Trade Act. USTR may not identify a country as a Priority Foreign Country if that country is entering into good faith negotiations or making significant progress in bilateral or multilateral negotiations to provide adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights. In addition, USTR has created a ‘‘Priority Watch List’’ and ‘‘Watch List’’ under Special 301 provisions. Placement of a trading partner on the Priority Watch List or Watch List indicates that particular problems exist in that country with respect to IPR protection, enforcement, or market access for persons relying on intellectual property. Countries placed on the Priority Watch List are the focus PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 69519 of increased bilateral attention concerning the problem areas. USTR requests that, where relevant, submissions mention particular regions, provinces, States, or other subdivisions of a country in which an act, policy, or practice deserve special attention. Submissions may report positive or negative developments with respect to these entities. Requirements for Comments: Comments should include a description of the problems experienced by the submitter and the effect of the acts, policies, and practices on U.S. industry. Comments should be as detailed as possible and should provide all necessary information for assessing the effect of the acts, policies, and practices. Any comments that include quantitative loss claims should be accompanied by the methodology used in calculating such estimated losses. Comments must be in English. All comments should be sent electronically to http:// www.regulations.gov, [docket number USTR–2010–0035]. To submit comments to http:// www.regulations.gov, enter docket number [USTR–2010–0035] on the home page and click ‘‘search.’’ The site will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice by selecting ‘‘Notice’’ under ‘‘Document Type’’ on the left side of the searchresults page, and click on the link entitled ‘‘Submit a comment.’’ (For further information on using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on ‘‘How to Use This Site’’ on the left side of the home page). The http://www.regulations.gov site provides the option of providing comments by filling in a ‘‘Type comment & Upload file’’ field, or by attaching a document. It is expected that most comments will be provided in an attached document. If a document is attached, it is sufficient to type ‘‘See attached’’ in the ‘‘Type comment & Upload file’’ field. However, all submissions should contain the term ‘‘2010 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review’’ in the ‘‘General Comments’’ field. A person requesting that information contained in a comment submitted by that person be treated as confidential business information must certify that such information is business confidential and would not customarily be released to the public by the submitter. Confidential business information must be clearly designated as such, the submission must be marked ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ at the top and bottom of the cover page and each E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1 69520 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 218 / Friday, November 12, 2010 / Notices succeeding page, and should indicate using brackets the specific information which is confidential. Any comment containing business confidential information must be accompanied by a non-confidential summary of the confidential information. The nonconfidential summary will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection. USTR will maintain a docket on the 2010 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review, accessible to the public. The public file will include non-confidential comments received by USTR from the public, including foreign governments, with respect to the 2010 Special 301 Out-ofCycle Review. Public Inspection of Submissions: Comments will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection pursuant to 15 CFR 2006.13, except confidential business information exempt from public inspection in accordance with 15 CFR 2006.15. Comments may be viewed on the http://www.regulations.gov Web site by entering docket number [USTR– 2010–0035] in the search field on the home page. Stanford K. McCoy, Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and Innovation. [FR Doc. 2010–28435 Filed 11–10–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W1–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. AB 1065X] mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Indiana Southwestern Railway Co.— Abandonment Exemption—in Posey and Vanderburgh Counties, IN Indiana Southwestern Railway Co. (ISW) filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR part 1152 subpart F–Exempt Abandonments to abandon 17.2 miles of interconnecting rail lines extending between (1) milepost 227.5 at Poseyville, Ind., and milepost 240.2 near German Township, Ind. (approximately 12.7 miles); and (2) milepost 277.5 at Cynthiana, Ind., and milepost 282.0 at Poseyville, Ind. (approximately 4.5 miles). The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 47612, 47620, 47633, 47708, 47720, and 47725. ISW has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; (2) there is no overhead traffic on the line to be rerouted; (3) no formal complaint filed by a user of rail service on the line (or by a state or local government entity acting on behalf of such user) regarding cessation of service VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:23 Nov 10, 2010 Jkt 223001 over the line either is pending with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within the 2-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.7(c) (environmental report), 49 CFR 1105.11 (transmittal letter), 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper publication), and 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies) have been met. As a condition to this exemption, any employee adversely affected by the abandonment shall be protected under Oregon Short Line—Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). To address whether this condition adequately protects affected employees, a petition for partial revocation under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) must be filed. Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) has been received, this exemption will be effective on December 14, 2010, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues,1 formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2),2 and trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by November 22, 2010. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by December 2, 2010, with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to ISW’s representative: William A. Mullins, Baker & Miller PLLC, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20037. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. ISW has filed a combined environmental and historic report which addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment on the environment and historic resources. OEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by November 19, 2010. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing 1 The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) in its independent investigation) cannot be made before the exemption’s effective date. See Exemption of Out-of-Serv. Rail Lines, 5 I.C.C.2d 377 (1989). Any request for a stay should be filed as soon as possible so that the Board may take appropriate action before the exemption’s effective date. 2 Each OFA must be accompanied by the filing fee, which is currently set at $1,500. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to OEA (Room 1100, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423–0001) or by calling OEA, at (202) 245–0305. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339. Comments on environmental and historic preservation matters must be filed within 15 days after the EA becomes available to the public. Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or trail use/rail banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent decision. Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), ISW shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If consummation has not been effected by ISW’s filing of a notice of consummation by November 12, 2011, and there are no legal or regulatory barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically expire. Board decisions and notices are available on our website at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: November 4, 2010. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2010–28359 Filed 11–10–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2010–0246] Pipeline Safety: Request for Comments of a Previously Approved Information Collection Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comments. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information collection was published on September 1, 2010 (75 FR 53733). No comments were received. ADDRESSES: Send comments regarding the burden estimate, including SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 218 (Friday, November 12, 2010)]
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


2010 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Reviews of the Philippines and 
Thailand: Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade 
Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Request for written submissions from the public.

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SUMMARY: Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 
2242) requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to 
identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of 
intellectual property rights (IPR) or deny fair and equitable market 
access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. 
(The provisions of Section 182 are commonly referred to as the 
``Special 301'' provisions of the Trade Act.) The USTR is required to 
determine which, if any, of these countries should be identified as 
Priority Foreign Countries. In addition, USTR has created a ``Priority 
Watch List'' and ``Watch List'' under Special 301 provisions. Placement 
of a trading partner on the Priority Watch List or Watch List indicates 
that particular problems exist in that country with respect to IPR 
protection, enforcement, or market access for persons relying on 
intellectual property. Countries placed on the Priority Watch List are 
the focus of increased bilateral attention concerning the problem 
areas.
    In the 2010 Special 301 Report (http://www.ustr.gov), USTR 
announced that, in order to monitor progress on specific IPR issues, 
Out-of-Cycle Reviews would be conducted for the Philippines and 
Thailand. USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning 
any act, policy, or practice that is relevant to the decision regarding 
whether the Philippines and Thailand should be identified under Section 
182 of the Trade Act.

DATES: Submissions from the general public must be received on or 
before 10 a.m. on Friday, December 10, 2010. Foreign governments who 
choose to make written submissions may do so on or before 10 a.m. on 
Friday, December 17, 2010.

ADDRESSES: All comments should be sent electronically to http://www.regulations.gov, [docket number USTR-2010-0035]. Submissions should 
contain the term ``2010 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review'' in the ``Type 
comment & Upload file'' field on http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jared Ragland, Director, Intellectual 
Property and Innovation, Office of the United States Trade 
Representative, at (202) 395-4510.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act, 
USTR must identify those countries that deny adequate and effective 
protection for intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable 
market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property 
protection. Those countries that have the most onerous or egregious 
acts, policies, or practices and whose acts, policies, or practices 
have the greatest adverse impact (actual or potential) on relevant U.S. 
products are to be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, 
policies, or practices that are the basis of a country's designation as 
a Priority Foreign Country are normally the subject of an investigation 
under the Section 301 provisions of the Trade Act. USTR may not 
identify a country as a Priority Foreign Country if that country is 
entering into good faith negotiations or making significant progress in 
bilateral or multilateral negotiations to provide adequate and 
effective protection of intellectual property rights. In addition, USTR 
has created a ``Priority Watch List'' and ``Watch List'' under Special 
301 provisions. Placement of a trading partner on the Priority Watch 
List or Watch List indicates that particular problems exist in that 
country with respect to IPR protection, enforcement, or market access 
for persons relying on intellectual property. Countries placed on the 
Priority Watch List are the focus of increased bilateral attention 
concerning the problem areas.
    USTR requests that, where relevant, submissions mention particular 
regions, provinces, States, or other subdivisions of a country in which 
an act, policy, or practice deserve special attention. Submissions may 
report positive or negative developments with respect to these 
entities.
    Requirements for Comments: Comments should include a description of 
the problems experienced by the submitter and the effect of the acts, 
policies, and practices on U.S. industry. Comments should be as 
detailed as possible and should provide all necessary information for 
assessing the effect of the acts, policies, and practices. Any comments 
that include quantitative loss claims should be accompanied by the 
methodology used in calculating such estimated losses. Comments must be 
in English. All comments should be sent electronically to http://www.regulations.gov, [docket number USTR-2010-0035].
    To submit comments to http://www.regulations.gov, enter docket 
number [USTR-2010-0035] on the home page and click ``search.'' The site 
will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated 
with this docket. Find a reference to this notice by selecting 
``Notice'' under ``Document Type'' on the left side of the search-
results page, and click on the link entitled ``Submit a comment.'' (For 
further information on using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site, 
please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on 
``How to Use This Site'' on the left side of the home page).
    The http://www.regulations.gov site provides the option of 
providing comments by filling in a ``Type comment & Upload file'' 
field, or by attaching a document. It is expected that most comments 
will be provided in an attached document. If a document is attached, it 
is sufficient to type ``See attached'' in the ``Type comment & Upload 
file'' field. However, all submissions should contain the term ``2010 
Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review'' in the ``General Comments'' field.
    A person requesting that information contained in a comment 
submitted by that person be treated as confidential business 
information must certify that such information is business confidential 
and would not customarily be released to the public by the submitter. 
Confidential business information must be clearly designated as such, 
the submission must be marked ``BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL'' at the top and 
bottom of the cover page and each

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succeeding page, and should indicate using brackets the specific 
information which is confidential. Any comment containing business 
confidential information must be accompanied by a non-confidential 
summary of the confidential information. The non-confidential summary 
will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection.
    USTR will maintain a docket on the 2010 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle 
Review, accessible to the public. The public file will include non-
confidential comments received by USTR from the public, including 
foreign governments, with respect to the 2010 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle 
Review.
    Public Inspection of Submissions: Comments will be placed in the 
docket and open to public inspection pursuant to 15 CFR 2006.13, except 
confidential business information exempt from public inspection in 
accordance with 15 CFR 2006.15. Comments may be viewed on the http://www.regulations.gov Web site by entering docket number [USTR-2010-0035] 
in the search field on the home page.

Stanford K. McCoy,
Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and Innovation.
[FR Doc. 2010-28435 Filed 11-10-10; 8:45 am]
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