Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program, 40339-40341 [2011-17077]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 131 / Friday, July 8, 2011 / Notices Woman Creek, OH National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce has approved the ACE Basin, SC National Estuarine Research Reserve and Old Woman Creek, OH National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan Revisions. The revised management plan for the ACE Basin, SC National Estuarine Research Reserve outlines the administrative structure; the education, training, stewardship, and research programs of the reserve; and the plans for future land acquisition and facility development to support reserve operations. The objectives described in this plan address the most critical coastal issues in ACE Basin related to habitat conservation, water quality, community resilience, and public access. Since the last approved management plan in 1992, the reserve has become fully staffed; added a Coastal Training Program that delivers science-based information to key decision makers; and added significant monitoring of emergent marsh vegetation, water quality, and invasive species. In addition to programmatic and staffing advances, the reserve has constructed an interpretive center that houses educational exhibits, classrooms, offices, conference space, trails and dock with public access. A field station with lab facilities, research dock, and accommodations for visiting researchers has also been constructed. This management plan amends the boundary to include 4,687 acres of the Botany Bay Plantation located adjacent to the northeastern corner of Edisto Island in lower Charleston County, SC. South Carolina Budget and Control Board is the property owner and has a cooperative partnership with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to manage the Botany Bay Plantation as a Wildlife Management Area and Heritage Preserve property. The undeveloped coastal habitats of the plantation include maritime forest, coastal shrub, wetlands, tidal marshes and sand beaches. The property provides important habitat for numerous wildlife species, including critical nesting habitat for the Federally threatened loggerhead sea turtle and the state threatened least tern. The lands contain significant cultural resources and list several sites on the National Register of Historic Places. This management plan amends the boundary mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:52 Jul 07, 2011 Jkt 223001 by also removing 40,089 acres of private lands previously counted in error. In total, the ACE Basin Reserve includes 99,308 acres designated for long term research, education and stewardship. The revised management plan is available at: https://www.dnr.sc.gov/ marine/NERR/. The revised management plan for the Old Woman Creek, OH National Estuarine Research Reserve contains the collective vision, mission, goals, and objectives of the reserve; updates the reserve boundary; as well as outlines plans for facility use and development to support reserve operations. The objectives described in this plan address the most critical coastal issues of the reserve related to water quality (nonpoint source pollution), invasive species, habitat loss and regional ecosystem impacts of climate change. Since the last approved management plan in 2000, the reserve has all core staff; added a Coastal Training Program that delivers science-based information to key decision makers; and developed partnerships to continue to restore and protect land and waters in the Old Woman Creek watershed. In addition to programmatic and staffing advances, the reserve has completed construction of a new dormitory, boathouse, and administrative spaces. This management plan includes a boundary expansion of 2.2 acres. This land was incorporated with the state nature preserve in 2004 and is subject to all protection afforded by Ohio laws governing state nature preserves. The additional parcel is adjacent to the reserve’s southwestern boundary and consists of early successional habitat (e.g., various Cornus sp.) and will become an area dominated by mixed hardwoods. Incorporating these lands increases the size of the reserve to 573 acres. The revised management plan is available at: https:// www.oldwomancreek.org. Tina O’Connell at (301) 563–7107 or Laurie McGilvray at (301) 563–1158 of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Estuarine Reserves Division, 1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM5, 10th floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: June 24, 2011. Donna Wieting, Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2011–16971 Filed 7–7–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–M PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40339 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request. 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 continuing 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 September 6, 2011. SUMMARY: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • E-mail: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0058 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to Magdalen Greenlief, Office of the Associate Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272–8850; or by e-mail to Magdalen.Greenlief@uspto.gov. Additional information about this collection is also available at https:// www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program was originally established between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) on July 3, 2006. The USPTO and the JPO agreed at the November 2007 Trilateral Conference to fully implement the PPH program on a permanent basis starting on January 4, 2008. The USPTO entered into a PPH pilot program with the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) on September 4, 2007. Since then, additional PPH pilot programs have E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1 40340 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 131 / Friday, July 8, 2011 / Notices been established between the USPTO and the intellectual property offices of several other countries. Some of the pilot programs, such as those with Japan, Canada, and South Korea, have become permanent. The PPH program allows 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, the PPH program allows the office of second filing to exploit the search and examination results of the office of first filing, which increases examination efficiency and improves patent quality. The PCT–PPH pilot program is an expansion to the PPH program based on the framework of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Information collected for the PCT is approved under OMB control number 0651–0021. PPH agreements streamline the patent system by allowing patent examiners to avail themselves of the work product from other participating patent offices. Originally, the PPH program was limited to the utilization of search and examination results of national applications between cross filings under the Paris Convention. The newer PCT– PPH agreements have greatly expanded the potential of the PPH program by permitting participating patent offices to draw upon the positive results of the PCT work product from another participating office. The PCT–PPH pilot program uses international written opinions and international preliminary examination reports developed within the framework of the PCT, thereby making the PPH program available to a larger number of applicants. The forms in this collection allow participants to file a request in a corresponding U.S. application and petition to make the U.S. application special under the PPH or PCT–PPH program. The PPH forms collect similar data; however, there is a unique form for each participant. This collection includes forms for these current PPH programs with the USPTO: Japan Patent Office (JPO), United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO), European Patent Office (EPO), Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), Intellectual Property Office of Australia (IPAU), Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR), Russian Patent Office (ROSPATENT), Hungarian Patent Office (HPO), Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO), Austrian Patent Office (APO), and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI). This collection also includes forms for these upcoming PPH programs that are being planned with the USPTO: Israeli Patent Office, State Intellectual Property Office of the P.R.C. (SIPO), Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI), and the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO). This collection includes forms for these current PCT–PPH pilot programs with the USPTO: EPO, JPO, KIPO, APO, ROSPATENT, SPTO, IPAU, NBPR, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV), and in U.S. applications where the USPTO was the International Searching Authority (ISA) or International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA). This collection also includes forms for these upcoming PCT–PPH pilot programs that are being planned with the USPTO: CIPO, SIPO, and the Nordic Patent Institute (NPI). Requests to participate in the PPH programs must be submitted online using EFS-Web, the USPTO’s Webbased electronic filing system. III. Data OMB Number: 0651–0058. Form Number(s): PTO/SB/20AT/AU/ BR/CA/CN/DE/DK, PTO/SB/20EP/ES/ FI/HU/IL/JP/KR/MX/RU/SG/TW/UK, and PTO/SB/20PCT–AT/PCT–AU/PCT– CA/PCT–CN/PCT–EP/PCT–ES/PCT–FI/ PCT–JP/PCT–KR/PCT–RU/PCT–SE/ PCT–US/PCT–XN. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other forprofits; and not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,700 responses per year. The USPTO estimates that approximately 10% of these responses will be from small entities. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public approximately two hours to gather the necessary information, prepare the appropriate form, and submit a completed request to the USPTO. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 7,400 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $2,405,000. The USPTO expects that the information in this collection will be prepared by attorneys. Using the professional rate of $325 per hour for attorneys in private firms, the USPTO estimates that the total annual respondent cost burden for this collection will be approximately $2,405,000 per year. Estimated time for response (hours) Item mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. Method of Collection Request for Participation in the PPH Program Between the JPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/ 20JP) ........................................................................................................................................ Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the UKIPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20UK) ........................................................................................................................ Request for Participation in the PPH Program Between the CIPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/ 20CA) ....................................................................................................................................... Request for Participation in the PPH Program Between the KIPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/ 20KR) ....................................................................................................................................... Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the IPAU and the USPTO (PTO/ SB/20AU) ................................................................................................................................. Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the EPO and the USPTO (PTO/ SB/20EP) .................................................................................................................................. Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the DKPTO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20DK) ........................................................................................................................ Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the IPOS and the USPTO (PTO/ SB/20SG) ................................................................................................................................. Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the DPMA and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20DE) ........................................................................................................................ VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:52 Jul 07, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden hours 2 500 1,000 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 200 400 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 08JYN1 40341 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 131 / Friday, July 8, 2011 / Notices Estimated time for response (hours) Item Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the NBFR and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20FI) .......................................................................................................................... Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between ROSPATENT and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20RU) ........................................................................................................................ Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the HPO and the USPTO (PTO/ SB/20HU) ................................................................................................................................. Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the SPTO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20ES) ........................................................................................................................ Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the APO and the USPTO (PTO/ SB/20AT) .................................................................................................................................. Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the Israeli Patent Office and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20IL) ............................................................................................................ Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the IMPI and the USPTO (PTO/ SB/20MX) ................................................................................................................................. Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the SIPO and the USPTO (PTO/ SB/20CN) ................................................................................................................................. Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the INPI and the USPTO (PTO/ SB/20BR) ................................................................................................................................. Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the TIPO and the USPTO (PTO/ SB/20TW) ................................................................................................................................. Request for Participation in the PCT–PPH Pilot Program Between the EPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT–EP) ............................................................................................................... Request for Participation in the PCT–PPH Pilot Program Between the JPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT–JP) ............................................................................................................... Request for Participation in the PCT–PPH Pilot Program Between the KIPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT–KR) ............................................................................................................... Request for Participation in the PCT–PPH Pilot Program Between the APO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT–AT) ............................................................................................................... Request for Participation in the PCT–PPH Pilot Program Between the ROSPATENT and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT–RU) ................................................................................................. Request for Participation in the PCT–PPH Pilot Program Between the SPTO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT–ES) ............................................................................................................... Request for Participation in the PCT–PPH Pilot Program Between the IPAU and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT–AU) ............................................................................................................... Request for Participation in the PCT–PPH Pilot Program Between the CIPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT–CA) ............................................................................................................... Request for Participation in the PCT–PPH Pilot Program Between the NBPR and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT–FI) ................................................................................................................ Request for Participation in the PCT–PPH Pilot Program Between the PRV and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT–SE) ............................................................................................................... Request for Participation in the PCT–PPH Pilot Program Between the NPI and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT–XN) ............................................................................................................... Request for Participation in the PCT–PPH Pilot Program Between the SIPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT–CN) .............................................................................................................. Request for Participation in the PCT–PPH Pilot Program in a U.S. Application Where the USPTO was the ISA or IPEA (PTO/SB/20PCT–US) .............................................................. Totals .................................................................................................................................... Estimated Total Annual Non-hour Respondent Cost Burden: $0. There are no capital start-up, maintenance, or postage costs associated with this collection. This collection also has no filing fees or recordkeeping costs. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:52 Jul 07, 2011 Jkt 223001 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: July 1, 2011. Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–17077 Filed 7–7–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Estimated annual burden hours 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 2 100 200 ........................ 3,700 7,400 COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Additions Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. AGENCY: ACTION: Additions to the Procurement List. This action adds products and services to the Procurement List that will be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. SUMMARY: DATES: Sfmt 4703 Estimated annual responses E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM Effective Date: 8/8/2011. 08JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 131 (Friday, July 8, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 40339-40341]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17077]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office


Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) 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 continuing 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 September 6, 
2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     E-mail: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-
0058 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, Office of the 
Chief Information Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 
P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to Magdalen Greenlief, Office of the Associate 
Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, United States Patent and 
Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by 
telephone at 571-272-8850; or by e-mail to 
Magdalen.Greenlief@uspto.gov. Additional information about this 
collection is also available at https://www.reginfo.gov under 
``Information Collection Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program was originally 
established between the United States Patent and Trademark Office 
(USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) on July 3, 2006. The USPTO 
and the JPO agreed at the November 2007 Trilateral Conference to fully 
implement the PPH program on a permanent basis starting on January 4, 
2008.
    The USPTO entered into a PPH pilot program with the United Kingdom 
Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) on September 4, 2007. Since then, 
additional PPH pilot programs have

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been established between the USPTO and the intellectual property 
offices of several other countries. Some of the pilot programs, such as 
those with Japan, Canada, and South Korea, have become permanent.
    The PPH program allows 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, the PPH program allows 
the office of second filing to exploit the search and examination 
results of the office of first filing, which increases examination 
efficiency and improves patent quality. The PCT-PPH pilot program is an 
expansion to the PPH program based on the framework of the Patent 
Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Information collected for the PCT is approved 
under OMB control number 0651-0021.
    PPH agreements streamline the patent system by allowing patent 
examiners to avail themselves of the work product from other 
participating patent offices. Originally, the PPH program was limited 
to the utilization of search and examination results of national 
applications between cross filings under the Paris Convention. The 
newer PCT-PPH agreements have greatly expanded the potential of the PPH 
program by permitting participating patent offices to draw upon the 
positive results of the PCT work product from another participating 
office. The PCT-PPH pilot program uses international written opinions 
and international preliminary examination reports developed within the 
framework of the PCT, thereby making the PPH program available to a 
larger number of applicants.
    The forms in this collection allow participants to file a request 
in a corresponding U.S. application and petition to make the U.S. 
application special under the PPH or PCT-PPH program. The PPH forms 
collect similar data; however, there is a unique form for each 
participant. This collection includes forms for these current PPH 
programs with the USPTO: Japan Patent Office (JPO), United Kingdom 
Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), Canadian Intellectual Property 
Office (CIPO), Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO), European 
Patent Office (EPO), Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), 
Intellectual Property Office of Australia (IPAU), Intellectual Property 
Office of Singapore (IPOS), German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), 
National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR), Russian 
Patent Office (ROSPATENT), Hungarian Patent Office (HPO), Spanish 
Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO), Austrian Patent Office (APO), and 
the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI). This collection 
also includes forms for these upcoming PPH programs that are being 
planned with the USPTO: Israeli Patent Office, State Intellectual 
Property Office of the P.R.C. (SIPO), Instituto Nacional da Propriedade 
Industrial (INPI), and the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO).
    This collection includes forms for these current PCT-PPH pilot 
programs with the USPTO: EPO, JPO, KIPO, APO, ROSPATENT, SPTO, IPAU, 
NBPR, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV), and in U.S. 
applications where the USPTO was the International Searching Authority 
(ISA) or International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA). This 
collection also includes forms for these upcoming PCT-PPH pilot 
programs that are being planned with the USPTO: CIPO, SIPO, and the 
Nordic Patent Institute (NPI).

II. Method of Collection

    Requests to participate in the PPH programs must be submitted 
online using EFS-Web, the USPTO's Web-based electronic filing system.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-0058.
    Form Number(s): PTO/SB/20AT/AU/BR/CA/CN/DE/DK, PTO/SB/20EP/ES/FI/
HU/IL/JP/KR/MX/RU/SG/TW/UK, and PTO/SB/20PCT-AT/PCT-AU/PCT-CA/PCT-CN/
PCT-EP/PCT-ES/PCT-FI/PCT-JP/PCT-KR/PCT-RU/PCT-SE/PCT-US/PCT-XN.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profits; and not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,700 responses per year. The 
USPTO estimates that approximately 10% of these responses will be from 
small entities.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public approximately two hours to gather the necessary information, 
prepare the appropriate form, and submit a completed request to the 
USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 7,400 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $2,405,000. The 
USPTO expects that the information in this collection will be prepared 
by attorneys. Using the professional rate of $325 per hour for 
attorneys in private firms, the USPTO estimates that the total annual 
respondent cost burden for this collection will be approximately 
$2,405,000 per year.

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                                                                  Estimated time     Estimated       Estimated
                              Item                                 for response       annual       annual burden
                                                                      (hours)        responses         hours
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Request for Participation in the PPH Program Between the JPO and               2             500           1,000
 the USPTO (PTO/SB/20JP)........................................
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 UKIPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20UK)..............................
Request for Participation in the PPH Program Between the CIPO                  2             100             200
 and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20CA)....................................
Request for Participation in the PPH Program Between the KIPO                  2             200             400
 and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20KR)....................................
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 IPAU and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20AU)...............................
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 EPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20EP)................................
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 DKPTO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20DK)..............................
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 IPOS and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20SG)...............................
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 DPMA and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20DE)...............................

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Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 NBFR and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20FI)...............................
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between                     2             100             200
 ROSPATENT and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20RU)..........................
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 HPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20HU)................................
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 SPTO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20ES)...............................
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 APO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20AT)................................
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 Israeli Patent Office and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20IL)..............
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 IMPI and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20MX)...............................
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 SIPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20CN)...............................
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 INPI and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20BR)...............................
Request for Participation in the PPH Pilot Program Between the                 2             100             200
 TIPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20TW)...............................
Request for Participation in the PCT-PPH Pilot Program Between                 2             100             200
 the EPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT-EP)........................
Request for Participation in the PCT-PPH Pilot Program Between                 2             100             200
 the JPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT-JP)........................
Request for Participation in the PCT-PPH Pilot Program Between                 2             100             200
 the KIPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT-KR).......................
Request for Participation in the PCT-PPH Pilot Program Between                 2             100             200
 the APO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT-AT)........................
Request for Participation in the PCT-PPH Pilot Program Between                 2             100             200
 the ROSPATENT and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT-RU)..................
Request for Participation in the PCT-PPH Pilot Program Between                 2             100             200
 the SPTO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT-ES).......................
Request for Participation in the PCT-PPH Pilot Program Between                 2             100             200
 the IPAU and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT-AU).......................
Request for Participation in the PCT-PPH Pilot Program Between                 2             100             200
 the CIPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT-CA).......................
Request for Participation in the PCT-PPH Pilot Program Between                 2             100             200
 the NBPR and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT-FI).......................
Request for Participation in the PCT-PPH Pilot Program Between                 2             100             200
 the PRV and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT-SE)........................
Request for Participation in the PCT-PPH Pilot Program Between                 2             100             200
 the NPI and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT-XN)........................
Request for Participation in the PCT-PPH Pilot Program Between                 2             100             200
 the SIPO and the USPTO (PTO/SB/20PCT-CN).......................
Request for Participation in the PCT-PPH Pilot Program in a U.S.               2             100             200
 Application Where the USPTO was the ISA or IPEA (PTO/SB/20PCT-
 US)............................................................
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    Totals......................................................  ..............           3,700           7,400
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    Estimated Total Annual Non-hour Respondent Cost Burden: $0. There 
are no capital start-up, maintenance, or postage costs associated with 
this collection. This collection also has no filing fees or 
recordkeeping costs.

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: July 1, 2011.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-17077 Filed 7-7-11; 8:45 am]
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