Recording Assignments, 55880-55882 [2011-23078]

Download as PDF 55880 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 175 / Friday, September 9, 2011 / Notices within 120 days of publication of the preliminary results. The assessment of antidumping duties on entries of merchandise covered by this review and future deposits of estimated duties shall be based on the final results of this review. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Assessment Rates Upon issuance of the final results, the Department will determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review. The Department intends to issue assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the publication date of the final results of this review. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), we are calculating importer- (or customer-) specific assessment rates for the merchandise subject to this review. Where the respondent has reported reliable entered values, we calculate importer- (or customer-) specific ad valorem rates by aggregating the dumping margins calculated for all U.S. sales to each importer (or customer) and dividing this amount by the total entered value of the sales to each importer (or customer). Where an importer- (or customer-) specific ad valorem rate is greater than de minimis, we will apply the assessment rate to the entered value of the importers’/ customers’ entries during the POR, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1). Where we do not have entered values for all U.S. sales to a particular importer/customer, we calculate a perunit assessment rate by aggregating the antidumping duties due for all U.S. sales to that importer (or customer) and dividing this amount by the total quantity sold to that importer (or customer).65 To determine whether the duty assessment rates are de minimis, in accordance with the requirement set forth in 19 CFR 351.106(c)(2), we calculated importer- (or customer-) specific ad valorem ratios based on the estimated entered value. Where an importer- (or customer-) specific ad valorem rate is zero or de minimis, we will instruct CBP to liquidate appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties.66 Cash Deposit Requirements The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the final results of this administrative review for all shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date, as provided for by section 65 See 66 See 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1). 19 CFR 351.106(c)(2). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:58 Sep 08, 2011 Jkt 223001 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) For the exporters listed above the cash deposit rate will be that established in the final results of this review (except, if the rate is zero or de minimis, the cash deposit will be zero); (2) for previously investigated or reviewed Vietnam and non-Vietnam exporters not listed above that have separate rates, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the exporter-specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) for all Vietnam exporters of subject merchandise which have not been found to be entitled to a separate rate, the cash deposit rate will be the Vietnam-wide rate of $2.11 per kilogram; and (4) for all non-Vietnam exporters of subject merchandise which have not received their own rate, the cash deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the Vietnam exporters that supplied that non-Vietnam exporter. These deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. Notification to Interested Parties This notice serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this POR. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. We are issuing and publishing this determination in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: August 31, 2011. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. 2011–23154 Filed 9–8–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P appropriate appointing authority concerning such matters so as to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of these individuals. This notice lists the membership of the NIST PRB and supersedes the list published in Federal Register Vol. 75, No. 95, page 27708, on May 18, 2010. Delwin Brockett (C), Chief Information Officer, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, Appointment Expires: 12/31/ 13. Robert Dimeo (C), Director, NIST Center for Neutron Research, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, Appointment Expires: 12/31/12. Stella Fiotes (C) (alternate), Chief Facilities Management Officer, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, Appointment Expires: 12/31/12. Ellen Herbst (C), Senior Advisor for Policy and Program Integration, Office of the Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230, Appointment Expires: 12/31/2012. Nancy Potok (NC), Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Economics and Statistics Administration, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230, Appointment Expires: 12/31/2012. Sivaraj Shyam-Sunder (C) (alternate), Director, Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, Appointment Expires: 12/31/12. Dated: September 1, 2011. Willie E. May, Associate Director for Laboratory Programs. [FR Doc. 2011–23117 Filed 9–8–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office Recording Assignments DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology National Institute of Standards and Technology; Performance Review Board Membership The National Institute of Standards and Technology Performance Review Board (NIST PRB) reviews performance appraisals, agreements, and recommended actions pertaining to employees in the Senior Executive Service and ST–3104 employees. The Board makes recommendations to the PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 November 8, 2011. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1 55881 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 175 / Friday, September 9, 2011 / Notices You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • E-mail: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0027 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: http:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to Joyce R. Johnson, Manager, Assignment Division, Mail Stop 1450, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 703–756–1265; or by e-mail to Joyce.Johnson@uspto.gov. Additional information about this collection is also available at http://www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION I. Abstract This collection of information is required by 35 U.S.C. 261 and 262 for patents and 15 U.S.C. 1057 and 1060 for trademarks. These statutes authorize the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to record patent and trademark assignment documents, including transfers of properties (i.e. patents and trademarks), liens, licenses, assignments of interest, security interests, mergers, and explanations of transactions or other documents that record the transfer of ownership of a particular patent or trademark property from one party to another. Assignments are recorded for applications, patents, and trademark registrations. The USPTO administers these statutes through 37 CFR 2.146, 2.171, and 37 CFR part 3. These rules permit the public, corporations, other federal agencies, and Government-owned or Government-controlled corporations to submit patent and trademark assignment documents and other documents related to title transfers to the USPTO to be recorded. In accordance with 37 CFR 3.54, the recording of an assignment document by the USPTO is an administrative action and not a determination of the validity of the document or of the effect that the document has on the title to an application, patent, or trademark. Once the assignment documents are recorded, they are available for public inspection. The only exceptions are those documents that are sealed under secrecy orders according to 37 CFR 3.58 or related to unpublished patent applications maintained in confidence under 35 U.S.C. 122 and 37 CFR 1.14. The public uses these records to conduct ownership and chain-of-title searches. The public may view these records either at the USPTO Public Search Facilities or at the National Archives and Records Administration, depending on the date they were recorded. The public may also search patent and trademark assignment information online through the USPTO Web site. In order to file a request to record an assignment, the respondent must submit an appropriate cover sheet along with copies of the assignment documents to be recorded. The USPTO provides two paper forms for this purpose, the Patent Recordation Form Cover Sheet (PTO– 1595) and the Trademark Recordation Form Cover Sheet (PTO–1594), which capture all of the necessary data for accurately recording various assignment documents. These forms may be downloaded in PDF format from the USPTO Web site. Customers may also submit assignments online by using the Electronic Patent Assignment System (EPAS) and the Electronic Trademark Assignment System (ETAS), which are available through the USPTO Web site. These systems allow customers to fill out the required cover sheet information online using web-based forms and then attach the electronic assignment documents to be submitted for recordation. II. Method of Collection By mail, facsimile, hand delivery, or electronically to the USPTO. III. Data OMB Number: 0651–0027. Form Number(s): PTO–1594 and PTO–1595. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other forprofits; not-for-profit institutions; the Federal Government; and State, local or tribal governments. Estimated Number of Respondents: 481,826 responses per year. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public approximately 30 minutes (0.5 hours) to prepare and submit a patent or trademark assignment recordation request. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 240,914 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $55,651,134 per year. The USPTO expects that the information in this collection will be prepared by both attorneys and paralegals. Using the estimated rates of $340 per hour for attorneys in private firms and $122 per hour for paraprofessionals, the USPTO estimates that the average rate for respondents will be approximately $231 per hour. Therefore, the estimated total respondent cost burden for this collection will be approximately $55,651,134 per year. Estimated time for response (minutes) Item Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden hours 30 30 30 30 100,115 18,443 330,390 32,878 50,058 9,222 165,195 16,439 Totals .................................................................................................................................... mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Patent Recordation Form Cover Sheet (PTO–1595) .................................................................. Trademark Recordation Form Cover Sheet (PTO–1594) ........................................................... Electronic Patent Assignment System (EPAS) (PTO–1595) ...................................................... Electronic Trademark Assignment System (ETAS) (PTO–1594) ............................................... ........................ 481,826 240,914 Estimated Total Annual Non-hour Respondent Cost Burden: $37,829,474. This information collection has annual (non-hour) costs in the form of filing fees and postage costs. This collection has filing fees associated with submitting patent and VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:57 Sep 08, 2011 Jkt 223001 trademark assignment documents to be recorded. The filing fees for recording patent and trademark assignments are the same for both paper and electronic submissions. However, the filing cost for recording patent or trademark assignments varies according to the PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 number of properties involved in each submission. The filing fee for submitting a patent assignment as indicated by 37 CFR 1.21(h) is $40 per property for recording each document, while the filing fee for submitting a trademark assignment as E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1 55882 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 175 / Friday, September 9, 2011 / Notices indicated by 37 CFR 2.6(b)(6) is $40 for recording the first property in a document and $25 for each additional property in the same document. The USPTO estimates that the average fee for a patent assignment recordation request is approximately $80 and that the average fee for a trademark assignment recordation request is approximately $65. Therefore, this collection has an estimated total of $37,776,265 in filing fees per year. Estimated annual responses Item Average fee amount Estimated annual filing costs Patent Recordation Form Cover Sheet (PTO–1595) .................................................................. Trademark Recordation Form Cover Sheet (PTO–1594) ........................................................... Electronic Patent Assignment System (EPAS) (PTO–1595) ...................................................... Electronic Trademark Assignment System (ETAS) (PTO–1594) ............................................... 100,115 18,443 330,390 32,878 $80.00 65.00 80.00 65.00 $8,009,200 1,198,795 26,431,200 2,137,070 Totals .................................................................................................................................... 481,826 ........................ 37,776,265 Customers may incur postage costs when submitting a patent or trademark assignment request to the USPTO by mail. The USPTO expects that some assignment requests will be submitted by fax but that approximately 60,465 (51%) of the 118,558 paper assignment requests per year will be submitted by mail. The USPTO estimates that the average first-class postage cost for a mailed Patent or Trademark Recordation Form Cover Sheet submission is 88 cents, resulting in a total postage cost of $53,209 per year for this collection. The total (non-hour) respondent cost burden for this collection in the form of filing fees and postage costs is estimated to be $37,829,474 per year. 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 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: September 6, 2011. Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–23078 Filed 9–8–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:58 Sep 08, 2011 Jkt 223001 COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Addition Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Addition to the Procurement List. AGENCY: This action adds a product to the Procurement List that will be furnished by the nonprofit agency employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. DATES: Effective Date: 10/10/2011. ADDRESSES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, Jefferson Plaza 2, Suite 10800, 1421 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202–3259. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Briscoe, Telephone: (703) 603– 7740, Fax: (703) 603–0655, or e-mail CMTEFedReg@AbilityOne.gov. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Additions On 6/17/2011 (76 FR 35415–35417), the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled published notice of proposed addition to the Procurement List. The Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (Committee) operates pursuant to statutory and regulatory requirements. The Committee regulation at 41 CFR 51–2–4 states that for a commodity or service to be suitable for addition to the Procurement List each of the following criteria must be reviewed and determined satisfactory under Committee practice and procedure: Employment potential; nonprofit agency qualifications, capability, and level of impact on the current contractor for the commodity or service. The JavitsWagner-O’Day (JWOD) Act requires that projects added to the Procurement List PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 must be provided by qualified nonprofit agencies that employ people who are blind or severely disabled for not less than 75% of the direct hours required for the production or provision of products or services during each fiscal year. Comments were received from the incumbent contractor that currently provides powder laundry detergent to the Government. The incumbent contractor indicated that it has a long established policy of employing people with disabilities. He indicated that two of the eight individuals employed in fulfillment of this product are people with disabilities. The contractor advises that loss of this project could jeopardize the continued employment of the two employees with disabilities. Comments were also received from two other sources. Both sources voiced support for the contractor’s practice of hiring people with disabilities and asserted that the contractor should retain the opportunity to supply the product to the Government. The Committee applauds and encourages the actions of this contractor to hire people with disabilities who deserve the same opportunity as all Americans to work, earn income and be productive members of society. The AbilityOne Program, which the Committee administers, exists to provide employment for people who are blind or whose significant disabilities make them unable to obtain or maintain employment on their own. In the case of the specific project under consideration, people who are blind will provide the labor associated with filling the detergent containers, as well as packaging the product for sale and delivery. This will maximize employment for individuals with the most barriers to competitive employment. As the product offered under the AbilityOne Program exceeds recent biobased standards, it is also more likely to be purchased by Federal agencies in compliance with the E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 175 (Friday, September 9, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 55880-55882]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-23078]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office


Recording Assignments

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 November 8, 
2011.

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ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     E-mail: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-
0027 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: http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to Joyce R. Johnson, Manager, Assignment Division, 
Mail Stop 1450, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 
1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 703-756-1265; or by e-
mail to Joyce.Johnson@uspto.gov. Additional information about this 
collection is also available at http://www.reginfo.gov under 
``Information Collection Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

I. Abstract

    This collection of information is required by 35 U.S.C. 261 and 262 
for patents and 15 U.S.C. 1057 and 1060 for trademarks. These statutes 
authorize the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to 
record patent and trademark assignment documents, including transfers 
of properties (i.e. patents and trademarks), liens, licenses, 
assignments of interest, security interests, mergers, and explanations 
of transactions or other documents that record the transfer of 
ownership of a particular patent or trademark property from one party 
to another. Assignments are recorded for applications, patents, and 
trademark registrations.
    The USPTO administers these statutes through 37 CFR 2.146, 2.171, 
and 37 CFR part 3. These rules permit the public, corporations, other 
federal agencies, and Government-owned or Government-controlled 
corporations to submit patent and trademark assignment documents and 
other documents related to title transfers to the USPTO to be recorded. 
In accordance with 37 CFR 3.54, the recording of an assignment document 
by the USPTO is an administrative action and not a determination of the 
validity of the document or of the effect that the document has on the 
title to an application, patent, or trademark.
    Once the assignment documents are recorded, they are available for 
public inspection. The only exceptions are those documents that are 
sealed under secrecy orders according to 37 CFR 3.58 or related to 
unpublished patent applications maintained in confidence under 35 
U.S.C. 122 and 37 CFR 1.14. The public uses these records to conduct 
ownership and chain-of-title searches. The public may view these 
records either at the USPTO Public Search Facilities or at the National 
Archives and Records Administration, depending on the date they were 
recorded. The public may also search patent and trademark assignment 
information online through the USPTO Web site.
    In order to file a request to record an assignment, the respondent 
must submit an appropriate cover sheet along with copies of the 
assignment documents to be recorded. The USPTO provides two paper forms 
for this purpose, the Patent Recordation Form Cover Sheet (PTO-1595) 
and the Trademark Recordation Form Cover Sheet (PTO-1594), which 
capture all of the necessary data for accurately recording various 
assignment documents. These forms may be downloaded in PDF format from 
the USPTO Web site.
    Customers may also submit assignments online by using the 
Electronic Patent Assignment System (EPAS) and the Electronic Trademark 
Assignment System (ETAS), which are available through the USPTO Web 
site. These systems allow customers to fill out the required cover 
sheet information online using web-based forms and then attach the 
electronic assignment documents to be submitted for recordation.

II. Method of Collection

    By mail, facsimile, hand delivery, or electronically to the USPTO.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-0027.
    Form Number(s): PTO-1594 and PTO-1595.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profits; not-for-profit institutions; the Federal Government; and 
State, local or tribal governments.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 481,826 responses per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public approximately 30 minutes (0.5 hours) to prepare and submit a 
patent or trademark assignment recordation request.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 240,914 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $55,651,134 per 
year. The USPTO expects that the information in this collection will be 
prepared by both attorneys and paralegals. Using the estimated rates of 
$340 per hour for attorneys in private firms and $122 per hour for 
paraprofessionals, the USPTO estimates that the average rate for 
respondents will be approximately $231 per hour. Therefore, the 
estimated total respondent cost burden for this collection will be 
approximately $55,651,134 per year.

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                                                                  Estimated time     Estimated       Estimated
                              Item                                 for response       annual       annual burden
                                                                     (minutes)       responses         hours
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Patent Recordation Form Cover Sheet (PTO-1595)..................              30         100,115          50,058
Trademark Recordation Form Cover Sheet (PTO-1594)...............              30          18,443           9,222
Electronic Patent Assignment System (EPAS) (PTO-1595)...........              30         330,390         165,195
Electronic Trademark Assignment System (ETAS) (PTO-1594)........              30          32,878          16,439
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    Totals......................................................  ..............         481,826         240,914
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    Estimated Total Annual Non-hour Respondent Cost Burden: 
$37,829,474. This information collection has annual (non-hour) costs in 
the form of filing fees and postage costs.
    This collection has filing fees associated with submitting patent 
and trademark assignment documents to be recorded. The filing fees for 
recording patent and trademark assignments are the same for both paper 
and electronic submissions. However, the filing cost for recording 
patent or trademark assignments varies according to the number of 
properties involved in each submission.
    The filing fee for submitting a patent assignment as indicated by 
37 CFR 1.21(h) is $40 per property for recording each document, while 
the filing fee for submitting a trademark assignment as

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indicated by 37 CFR 2.6(b)(6) is $40 for recording the first property 
in a document and $25 for each additional property in the same 
document. The USPTO estimates that the average fee for a patent 
assignment recordation request is approximately $80 and that the 
average fee for a trademark assignment recordation request is 
approximately $65. Therefore, this collection has an estimated total of 
$37,776,265 in filing fees per year.

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                                                                     Estimated                       Estimated
                              Item                                    annual        Average fee    annual filing
                                                                     responses        amount           costs
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Patent Recordation Form Cover Sheet (PTO-1595)..................         100,115          $80.00      $8,009,200
Trademark Recordation Form Cover Sheet (PTO-1594)...............          18,443           65.00       1,198,795
Electronic Patent Assignment System (EPAS) (PTO-1595)...........         330,390           80.00      26,431,200
Electronic Trademark Assignment System (ETAS) (PTO-1594)........          32,878           65.00       2,137,070
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
    Totals......................................................         481,826  ..............      37,776,265
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    Customers may incur postage costs when submitting a patent or 
trademark assignment request to the USPTO by mail. The USPTO expects 
that some assignment requests will be submitted by fax but that 
approximately 60,465 (51%) of the 118,558 paper assignment requests per 
year will be submitted by mail. The USPTO estimates that the average 
first-class postage cost for a mailed Patent or Trademark Recordation 
Form Cover Sheet submission is 88 cents, resulting in a total postage 
cost of $53,209 per year for this collection.
    The total (non-hour) respondent cost burden for this collection in 
the form of filing fees and postage costs is estimated to be 
$37,829,474 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: September 6, 2011.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-23078 Filed 9-8-11; 8:45 am]
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