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[FR Doc. 2011–33761 Filed 1–3–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office Matters Related to Patent Appeals ACTION: Proposed collection; comment wreier-aviles on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 this new information collection, as required by the Paperwork SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:53 Jan 03, 2012 Jkt 226001 269 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 March 5, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–00xx Matters Related to Patent Appeals 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 Raul Tamayo, Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at (571) 272–7728; or by email to Raul.Tamayo@uspto.gov. Additional information about this collection is also available at http:// www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Currently, Notices of Appeal, Requests for Oral Hearing, and Preappeal Brief Requests for Review are covered under 0651–0031 Patent Processing (Updating). The USPTO has determined that it would be beneficial to transfer these items out of 0651–0031 and into their own collection. Therefore, the USPTO is requesting the creation of a new collection which will transfer the three existing notices and requests out of the 0651–0031 inventory into a new collection of information titled ‘‘Matters Related to Patent Appeals.’’ For a complete listing of the items covered by this collection, please see the table in Section III of this notice. The information in this collection can be submitted electronically through EFS–Web, the USPTO’s Web-based electronic filing system, as well as on paper. The USPTO is taking this opportunity to account for the electronic submissions in this collection. There are forms associated with the Notices of Appeal (PTO/SB/31), the Requests for Oral Hearing Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (PTO/SB/32), and the Preappeal Brief Requests for Review (PTO/ SB/33). Therefore, after approval, this collection will have three forms. I. Abstract II. Method of Collection By mail, facsimile, or hand delivery to the USPTO when an applicant files the various notices or requests. The remaining papers can also be filed as attachments through EFS–Web. During its examination of an application for patent or for reissue of a patent, or during its reexamination of a patent, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) makes many decisions of a substantive nature which the applicant or patent owner may feel deny him or her the patent protection to which he or she is entitled. Where the differences of opinion on such matters concern the denial of patent claims because of prior art or other patentability issues, the questions thereby raised are said to relate to the merits, and a procedure for appealing to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences has long been provided by statute (35 U.S.C. 134). Applicants and patent owners initiate the appeal procedure by filing a Notice of Appeal. At the time of filing a Notice of Appeal, applicants and patent owners may request that a panel of examiners formally review the legal and factual basis of the rejections in their application prior to the filing of an Appeal Brief, by filing a Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review. In addition, applicants and patent owners who desire an oral hearing before the Board may request the hearing by filing a Request for Oral Hearing Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 III. Data OMB Number: 0651–00xx. Form Number(s): PTO/SB/31/32/33. Type of Review: New information collection. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; and not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 54,500 responses per year, with an estimated 10,940 submitted by small entities. Of the total responses, the USPTO expects that 50,700 will be submitted through EFS–Web. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public approximately 12 minutes (0.20 hours) to complete the information in this collection, with the exception of the Pre-appeal Brief Requests for Review, which the USPTO estimates will take approximately 5 hours to complete. These estimated times include gathering the necessary information, creating the documents, and submitting the completed request to the USPTO. The USPTO calculates that, on balance, it takes the same amount of time to gather the necessary information, create the E:\FR\FM\04JAN1.SGM 04JAN1 270 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 2 / Wednesday, January 4, 2012 / Notices document, and submit it to the USPTO, whether the applicant submits the information in paper form or electronically. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 86,740 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $29,491,600. The USPTO estimates that attorneys will complete the items in this collection. Using the professional hourly rate of $340 for attorneys in private firms, the USPTO estimates $29,491,600 per year for the respondent cost burden for this collection. Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden hours Item Estimated time for response Notice of Appeal ....................................................................................................................... Electronic Notice of Appeal ...................................................................................................... Request for Oral Hearing Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences ................. Electronic Request for Oral Hearing Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review ...................................................................................... Electronic Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review ..................................................................... 12 minutes ........ 12 minutes ........ 12 minutes ........ 12 minutes ........ 5 hours ............. 5 hours ............. 2,600 34,900 100 1,100 1,100 14,700 520 6,980 20 220 5,500 73,500 Totals ................................................................................................................................. ........................... 54,500 86,740 Estimated Total Annual Non-hour Respondent Cost Burden: $22,266,670. This collection has annual (non-hour) costs in the form of filing fees and postage costs. Item The USPTO estimates that this collection will have a total annual cost of $22,264,200 in filing fees. Responses Filing fees Total cost (a) (b) (a) × (b) (c) Notice of Appeal ........................................................................................................ Notice of Appeal (small entity) .................................................................................. Electronic Notice of Appeal ....................................................................................... Electronic Notice of Appeal (small entity) ................................................................. Request for an Oral Hearing ..................................................................................... Request for an Oral Hearing (small entity) ............................................................... Electronic Request for an Oral Hearing .................................................................... Electronic Request for an Oral Hearing (small entity) .............................................. Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review ....................................................................... Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review (small entity) .................................................. Electronic Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review ...................................................... Electronic Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review (small entity) ................................. 2,100 500 27,900 7,000 60 40 900 200 900 200 11,700 3,000 $620.00 310.00 620.00 310.00 1,240.00 620.00 1,240.00 620.00 None None None None $1,302,000.00 155,000.00 17,298,000.00 2,170,000.00 74,400.00 24,800.00 1,116,000.00 124,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Totals .................................................................................................................. 54,500 .............................. 22,264,200.00 The public may submit the notices and requests in this collection to the USPTO by mail through the United States Postal Service. All correspondence may include a certificate of mailing for each piece of correspondence enclosed, stating the date of deposit or transmission to the USPTO in order to receive credit for timely filing. The USPTO has estimated that the vast majority of these submissions will weigh no more than two ounces. Therefore, the USPTO is conservatively estimating that these submissions will be mailed by first-class postage at 65 cents. Postage for the certificates of mailing themselves are not calculated into this estimate as they Item are included with the individual pieces of correspondence that are being deposited with the United States Postal Service. The USPTO estimates that 3,800 responses will be mailed by first-class postage, for a total annual cost of $2,470 in postage costs. Responses Postage costs Total cost (a) (b) (a) × (b) (c) wreier-aviles on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Notice of Appeal ........................................................................................................ Request for Oral Hearing Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences .. Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review ....................................................................... 2,600 100 1,100 0.65 0.65 0.65 $1,690.00 65.00 715.00 Totals .................................................................................................................. 3,800 .............................. 2,470.00 The total annual (non-hour) respondent cost burden for this collection in the form of filing fees and VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:53 Jan 03, 2012 Jkt 226001 postage costs is estimated to be $22,266,670 per year. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance E:\FR\FM\04JAN1.SGM 04JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 2 / Wednesday, January 4, 2012 / Notices 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: December 29, 2011. Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–33726 Filed 1–3–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID DOD–2011–OS–0149] Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records Defense Threat Reduction Agency, DoD. ACTION: Notice to Alter a System of Records. wreier-aviles on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SYSTEM NAME: 14:53 Jan 03, 2012 Jkt 226001 Security Services (December 4, 2009, 74 FR 63734). CHANGES: * * 3211, Room 104, Kaiserslautern, Germany. Security and Counterintelligence Field Office Eglin, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Eglin Air Force Base, 101 West Eglin Blvd., Building 13A, Suite 39, Eglin AFB, FL 32542–5650.’’ * * * * * CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM: Delete entry and replace with ‘‘Name; Social Security Number (SSN); home address, date and place of birth; height; weight; hair and eye color; citizenship; grade/rank; services; organization; security clearance; date of clearance; date of investigation; type of investigation; agency that conducted investigation; basis special accesses; courier authorization; continuous access roster expiration date; badge number; vehicle ID and decal number; special intelligence access; expiration date, agency, billet number; list of badges/ passes issued; safes and open storage locations/custodians; conference title/ duties/location; special access/briefings; visit requests; conference rosters; clearance and special access rosters; picture identification; correspondence concerning adjudication/passing of clearances/accesses; information from DD 254 (contract security classification specification form) which identifies the type or level of classified material the specific contractor has access to; and security inquiries and insider threats.’’ AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM: HDTRA 007 The Defense Threat Reduction Agency proposes to alter a system of records in its inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended. DATES: This proposed action would be effective without further notice on February 3, 2012 unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods: * Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. * Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 4800 Mark Center Drive, East Tower, 2nd Floor, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350–3100. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number 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:// VerDate Mar<15>2010 Ms. Juanita Gaines, Freedom of Information and Privacy Office, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, 8725 John J. Kingman Road, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060– 6201, or by phone at (703) 767–1771. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Defense Threat Reduction Agency notices for systems of records subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, have been published in the Federal Register and are available from the address in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. The proposed system report, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(r) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, was submitted on December 21, 2011, to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to paragraph 4c of Appendix I to OMB Circular No. A– 130, ‘‘Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals,’’ dated February 8, 1996 (February 20, 1996, 61 FR 6427). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: December 29, 2011. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. AGENCY: SUMMARY: www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. 271 * * * Delete entry and replace with ‘‘5 U.S.C. 301, Departmental Regulations; E.O. 10450, Security Requirements for Government Employment; E.O. 12065, National Security Information; The Atomic Energy Act of 1954, Section 145; and E.O. 9397 (SSN), as amended.’’ SYSTEM LOCATION(S): PURPOSE(S): Delete entry and replace with ‘‘Primary location: Security and Counterintelligence Office, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, 8725 John J. Kingman Road, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060– 6201. Delete entry and replace with ‘‘For use by officials and employees of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in the performance of their official duties related to continuous review, insider threat and determining the eligibility of individuals for access to classified information and occupancy of a sensitive position, access to buildings and facilities, or to conferences over which DTRA has security responsibility.’’ * * * * * SECONDARY LOCATIONS: Security and Counterintelligence Office Albuquerque, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, 1680 Texas Street SE., Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM 87117–5669. Security and Counterintelligence Field Office Travis, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, 510 Hickman Avenue, Travis Air Force Base, CA 94535–1801. Security and Counterintelligence European Operations Division, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Kleber Kaserne, Mannheimer Strasse, Building PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 RETRIEVABILITY: Delete entry and replace with ‘‘By individual’s last name and SSN.’’ * * * * * RETENTION AND DISPOSAL: Delete entry and replace with ‘‘Computer records on individuals are E:\FR\FM\04JAN1.SGM 04JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 2 (Wednesday, January 4, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 269-271]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-33726]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office


Matters Related to Patent Appeals

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 this 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 March 5, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-
00xx Matters Related to Patent Appeals 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 Raul Tamayo, Legal Advisor, Office of Patent 
Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. 
Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at (571) 272-7728; or 
by email to Raul.Tamayo@uspto.gov.
    Additional information about this collection is also available at 
http://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    During its examination of an application for patent or for reissue 
of a patent, or during its reexamination of a patent, the United States 
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) makes many decisions of a 
substantive nature which the applicant or patent owner may feel deny 
him or her the patent protection to which he or she is entitled. Where 
the differences of opinion on such matters concern the denial of patent 
claims because of prior art or other patentability issues, the 
questions thereby raised are said to relate to the merits, and a 
procedure for appealing to the Board of Patent Appeals and 
Interferences has long been provided by statute (35 U.S.C. 134).
    Applicants and patent owners initiate the appeal procedure by 
filing a Notice of Appeal. At the time of filing a Notice of Appeal, 
applicants and patent owners may request that a panel of examiners 
formally review the legal and factual basis of the rejections in their 
application prior to the filing of an Appeal Brief, by filing a Pre-
Appeal Brief Request for Review. In addition, applicants and patent 
owners who desire an oral hearing before the Board may request the 
hearing by filing a Request for Oral Hearing Before the Board of Patent 
Appeals and Interferences.
    Currently, Notices of Appeal, Requests for Oral Hearing, and Pre-
appeal Brief Requests for Review are covered under 0651-0031 Patent 
Processing (Updating). The USPTO has determined that it would be 
beneficial to transfer these items out of 0651-0031 and into their own 
collection. Therefore, the USPTO is requesting the creation of a new 
collection which will transfer the three existing notices and requests 
out of the 0651-0031 inventory into a new collection of information 
titled ``Matters Related to Patent Appeals.'' For a complete listing of 
the items covered by this collection, please see the table in Section 
III of this notice.
    The information in this collection can be submitted electronically 
through EFS-Web, the USPTO's Web-based electronic filing system, as 
well as on paper. The USPTO is taking this opportunity to account for 
the electronic submissions in this collection.
    There are forms associated with the Notices of Appeal (PTO/SB/31), 
the Requests for Oral Hearing Before the Board of Patent Appeals and 
Interferences (PTO/SB/32), and the Pre-appeal Brief Requests for Review 
(PTO/SB/33). Therefore, after approval, this collection will have three 
forms.

II. Method of Collection

    By mail, facsimile, or hand delivery to the USPTO when an applicant 
files the various notices or requests. The remaining papers can also be 
filed as attachments through EFS-Web.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-00xx.
    Form Number(s): PTO/SB/31/32/33.
    Type of Review: New information collection.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; and not-for-
profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 54,500 responses per year, with an 
estimated 10,940 submitted by small entities. Of the total responses, 
the USPTO expects that 50,700 will be submitted through EFS-Web.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public approximately 12 minutes (0.20 hours) to complete the 
information in this collection, with the exception of the Pre-appeal 
Brief Requests for Review, which the USPTO estimates will take 
approximately 5 hours to complete. These estimated times include 
gathering the necessary information, creating the documents, and 
submitting the completed request to the USPTO. The USPTO calculates 
that, on balance, it takes the same amount of time to gather the 
necessary information, create the

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document, and submit it to the USPTO, whether the applicant submits the 
information in paper form or electronically.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 86,740 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $29,491,600. The 
USPTO estimates that attorneys will complete the items in this 
collection. Using the professional hourly rate of $340 for attorneys in 
private firms, the USPTO estimates $29,491,600 per year for the 
respondent cost burden for this collection.

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                                                                                     Estimated       Estimated
                    Item                         Estimated time for response          annual       annual burden
                                                                                     responses         hours
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Notice of Appeal...........................  12 minutes.........................           2,600             520
Electronic Notice of Appeal................  12 minutes.........................          34,900           6,980
Request for Oral Hearing Before the Board    12 minutes.........................             100              20
 of Patent Appeals and Interferences.
Electronic Request for Oral Hearing Before   12 minutes.........................           1,100             220
 the Board of Patent Appeals and
 Interferences.
Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review........  5 hours............................           1,100           5,500
Electronic Pre-Appeal Brief Request for      5 hours............................          14,700          73,500
 Review.
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    Totals.................................  ...................................          54,500          86,740
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    Estimated Total Annual Non-hour Respondent Cost Burden: 
$22,266,670. This collection has annual (non-hour) costs in the form of 
filing fees and postage costs.
    The USPTO estimates that this collection will have a total annual 
cost of $22,264,200 in filing fees.

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                          Item                               Responses         Filing fees         Total cost
                                                                       (a)                (b)          (a) x (b)
                                                                                                             (c)
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Notice of Appeal.......................................              2,100            $620.00      $1,302,000.00
Notice of Appeal (small entity)........................                500             310.00         155,000.00
Electronic Notice of Appeal............................             27,900             620.00      17,298,000.00
Electronic Notice of Appeal (small entity).............              7,000             310.00       2,170,000.00
Request for an Oral Hearing............................                 60           1,240.00          74,400.00
Request for an Oral Hearing (small entity).............                 40             620.00          24,800.00
Electronic Request for an Oral Hearing.................                900           1,240.00       1,116,000.00
Electronic Request for an Oral Hearing (small entity)..                200             620.00         124,000.00
Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review....................                900               None               0.00
Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review (small entity).....                200               None               0.00
Electronic Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review.........             11,700               None               0.00
Electronic Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review (small                3,000               None               0.00
 entity)...............................................
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    Totals.............................................             54,500  .................      22,264,200.00
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    The public may submit the notices and requests in this collection 
to the USPTO by mail through the United States Postal Service. All 
correspondence may include a certificate of mailing for each piece of 
correspondence enclosed, stating the date of deposit or transmission to 
the USPTO in order to receive credit for timely filing. The USPTO has 
estimated that the vast majority of these submissions will weigh no 
more than two ounces. Therefore, the USPTO is conservatively estimating 
that these submissions will be mailed by first-class postage at 65 
cents. Postage for the certificates of mailing themselves are not 
calculated into this estimate as they are included with the individual 
pieces of correspondence that are being deposited with the United 
States Postal Service.
    The USPTO estimates that 3,800 responses will be mailed by first-
class postage, for a total annual cost of $2,470 in postage costs.

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                          Item                               Responses        Postage costs        Total cost
                                                                       (a)                (b)          (a) x (b)
                                                                                                             (c)
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Notice of Appeal.......................................              2,600               0.65          $1,690.00
Request for Oral Hearing Before the Board of Patent                    100               0.65              65.00
 Appeals and Interferences.............................
Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review....................              1,100               0.65             715.00
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    Totals.............................................              3,800  .................           2,470.00
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    The total annual (non-hour) respondent cost burden for this 
collection in the form of filing fees and postage costs is estimated to 
be $22,266,670 per year.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance

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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: December 29, 2011.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-33726 Filed 1-3-12; 8:45 am]
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