Patent Public Advisory Committee Public Hearings on the Proposed Patent Fee Schedule, 4509-4510 [2012-1939]

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Patent Public Advisory Committee Public Hearings on the Proposed Patent Fee Schedule United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Public Hearings. AGENCY: Under Section 10 of the America Invents Act (AIA), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) may set or adjust by rule any patent or trademark fee established, authorized, or charged under Title 35 of the United States Code or the Trademark Act of 1946, respectively. The USPTO currently is planning to set or adjust patent fees pursuant to its Section 10 fee setting authority. As part of the rulemaking process to set or adjust patent fees, the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) is required under Section 10 of the AIA to hold a public hearing about any proposed patent fees, and the USPTO is required to assist PPAC in carrying out that hearing. To that end, the USPTO will make its proposed patent fees available as set forth in the Supplementary Information section of this Notice before any PPAC hearing and will help the PPAC to notify the public about the hearing. Accordingly, this document announces the dates and logistics for two PPAC public hearings regarding USPTO proposed patent fees. Interested members of the public are invited to testify at the hearing and/or submit written comments about the proposed patent fees and the questions posed on PPAC’s Web site about the proposed fees. DATES: Public hearings: February 15 and 23, 2012. Comments: For those wishing to submit written comments, but not requesting an opportunity to testify at either public hearing, the deadline for receipt of those written comments is February 29, 2012. Oral testimony: Those wishing to present oral testimony at either hearing SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 4509 must request an opportunity to do so in writing no later than February 8, 2012. Pre-scheduled speakers: Prescheduled speakers providing testimony at the hearings should submit a written copy of their testimony for inclusion in the record of the proceedings no later than February 29, 2012. ADDRESSES: Public hearings: The PPAC will hold public hearings on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, beginning at 8 a.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST), and ending at 3 p.m., EST, at the USPTO, Madison Auditorium, Concourse Level, Madison Building, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, and on Thursday, February 23, 2012, beginning at 8 a.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST), and ending at 3 p.m., PST, at the Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W. Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94086. Email: Written comments should be sent by email addressed to fee.setting@uspto.gov. Postal mail: Comments may also be submitted by postal mail addressed to: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mail Stop CFO, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450, ATTN: Michelle Picard. Although comments may be submitted by postal mail, the USPTO prefers to receive comments via email. Written comments should be identified in the subject line of the email or postal mailing as ‘‘Fee Setting.’’ Because comments will be made available for public inspection, information that is not desired to be made public, such as an address or telephone number, should not be included in the comments. Web cast: The public hearings will be available via Web cast. Information about the Web cast will be posted on the USPTO’s Internet Web site (address: www.uspto.gov/americainventsact) before the public hearing. Transcripts: Transcripts of the hearings will be available on the USPTO Internet Web site (www.uspto.gov/ americainventsact) shortly after the hearings. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Picard, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, by phone (571) 272– 6354, or by email at michelle.picard@uspto.gov; or Janet Gongola, Office of the Under Secretary and Director, by phone at (571) 272– 8734, or by email at janet.gongola@uspto.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Requests to testify should indicate the following: (1) The name of the person wishing to testify; (2) the person’s contact information (telephone number and email address); (3) the organization(s) E:\FR\FM\30JAP1.SGM 30JAP1 emcdonald on DSK29S0YB1PROD with PROPOSALS 4510 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 19 / Monday, January 30, 2012 / Proposed Rules the person represents, if any; and (4) an indication of the amount of time needed for the testimony. Requests to testify must be submitted by email to Jennifer Lo at Jennifer.Lo@uspto.gov. Based upon the requests received, an agenda for witness testimony will be sent to testifying requesters and posted on the USPTO Internet Web site (address: www.uspto.gov/americainventsact). If time permits, the PPAC may permit unscheduled testimony as well. Effective September 16, 2011, with the passage of the AIA, the USPTO is authorized under Section 10 of the AIA to set or adjust by rule all patent and trademark fees established, authorized, or charged under Title 35 of the United States Code and the Trademark Act of 1946, respectively. Patent and trademark fees set or adjusted by rule under Section 10 of the AIA may only recover the aggregate estimated costs to the Office for processing, activities, services, and materials relating to patents and trademarks, respectively, including administrative costs of the Office with respect to each as the case may be. Congress set forth the process for the USPTO to follow in setting or adjusting patent and trademark fees by rule under Section 10 of the AIA. Congress requires the relevant advisory committee to hold a public hearing about the USPTO fee proposals after receiving them from the agency. Congress likewise requires the relevant advisory committee to prepare a written report on the proposed fees and the USPTO to consider the relevant advisory committee’s report before finally setting or adjusting the fees. Further, Congress requires the USPTO to publish its proposed fees and supporting rationale in the Federal Register and give the public not less than 45 days in which to submit comments on the proposed change in fees. Finally, Congress requires the USPTO to publish its final rule setting or adjusting fees also in the Federal Register. Presently, the USPTO is planning to exercise its fee setting authority to set or adjust patent fees. The USPTO will publish a proposed patent fee schedule and related supplementary information for public viewing no later than February 7, 2012, on the USPTO Internet Web site (address: www.uspto.gov/americainventsact). In turn, the PPAC will hold two public hearings about the proposed patent fee schedule on the dates indicated herein. The USPTO will assist the PPAC in holding those hearings by providing resources to organize the hearings and by notifying the public about the VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:25 Jan 27, 2012 Jkt 226001 hearings, such as through this Federal Register Notice. To gather information from the public about the USPTO’s proposed patent fees, the PPAC will post specific questions for the public’s consideration on the PPAC’s Internet Web site (address: http://www.uspto.gov/about/ advisory/ppac) after the USPTO publishes its proposed patent fee schedule. The public may wish to address those questions in its hearing testimony and/or in written comments submitted to PPAC as described herein. Following the PPAC public hearing, the USPTO will publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register, setting forth its proposed patent fees. The publication of that Notice will open a comment window through which the public may provide written comments directly to the USPTO. Additional information about public comment to the USPTO will be provided in the USPTO’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Dated: January 24, 2012. David J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 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The Huntington-Ashland Area is SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 comprised of Boyd County and a portion of Lawrence County in Kentucky; Cabell and Wayne Counties and a portion of Mason County in West Virginia; and Lawrence and Scioto Counties and portions of Adams and Gallia Counties in Ohio. The Kentucky plan (hereafter referred to as the ‘‘attainment plan’’) pertains only to the Kentucky portion of the HuntingtonAshland Area. EPA is now proposing to approve Kentucky’s submittal regarding reasonably available control technology (RACT) and reasonably available control measures (RACM); reasonable further progress (RFP); base-year and attainment-year emissions inventories; contingency measures; and, for transportation conformity purposes, an insignificance determination for PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOX) for the mobile source contribution to ambient PM2.5 levels for the Commonwealth’s portion of the Huntington-Ashland Area. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and the ‘‘Clean Air Fine Particle Implementation Rule,’’ hereafter referred to as the ‘‘PM2.5 Implementation Rule,’’ issued by EPA on April 25, 2007. The States of West Virginia and Ohio have provided separate SIP revisions with attainment plans for their portions for the Huntington-Ashland Area. EPA will act on those SIP revisions in rulemaking separate from today’s rulemaking. Written comments must be received on or before February 29, 2012. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID Number EPA– R04–OAR–2010–0255 by one of the following methods: 1. www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. 2. Email: benjamin.lynorae@epa.gov. 3. Fax: (404) 562–9019. 4. Mail: EPA–R04–OAR–2010–0255, Regulatory Development Section, Air Planning Branch, Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303–8960. 5. Hand Delivery or Courier: Ms. Lynorae Benjamin, Chief, Regulatory Development Section, Air Planning Branch, Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303–8960. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Regional Office’s normal hours of operation. The Regional Office’s official hours of business are Monday through DATES: E:\FR\FM\30JAP1.SGM 30JAP1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 19 (Monday, January 30, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office

37 CFR Chapter I

[Docket No.: PTO-P-2012-0002]


Patent Public Advisory Committee Public Hearings on the Proposed 
Patent Fee Schedule

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of Public Hearings.

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SUMMARY: Under Section 10 of the America Invents Act (AIA), the United 
States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) may set or adjust by rule 
any patent or trademark fee established, authorized, or charged under 
Title 35 of the United States Code or the Trademark Act of 1946, 
respectively. The USPTO currently is planning to set or adjust patent 
fees pursuant to its Section 10 fee setting authority. As part of the 
rulemaking process to set or adjust patent fees, the Patent Public 
Advisory Committee (PPAC) is required under Section 10 of the AIA to 
hold a public hearing about any proposed patent fees, and the USPTO is 
required to assist PPAC in carrying out that hearing. To that end, the 
USPTO will make its proposed patent fees available as set forth in the 
Supplementary Information section of this Notice before any PPAC 
hearing and will help the PPAC to notify the public about the hearing. 
Accordingly, this document announces the dates and logistics for two 
PPAC public hearings regarding USPTO proposed patent fees. Interested 
members of the public are invited to testify at the hearing and/or 
submit written comments about the proposed patent fees and the 
questions posed on PPAC's Web site about the proposed fees.

DATES: Public hearings: February 15 and 23, 2012.
    Comments: For those wishing to submit written comments, but not 
requesting an opportunity to testify at either public hearing, the 
deadline for receipt of those written comments is February 29, 2012.
    Oral testimony: Those wishing to present oral testimony at either 
hearing must request an opportunity to do so in writing no later than 
February 8, 2012.
    Pre-scheduled speakers: Pre-scheduled speakers providing testimony 
at the hearings should submit a written copy of their testimony for 
inclusion in the record of the proceedings no later than February 29, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: Public hearings: The PPAC will hold public hearings on 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012, beginning at 8 a.m., Eastern Standard 
Time (EST), and ending at 3 p.m., EST, at the USPTO, Madison 
Auditorium, Concourse Level, Madison Building, 600 Dulany Street, 
Alexandria, Virginia 22314, and on Thursday, February 23, 2012, 
beginning at 8 a.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST), and ending at 3 p.m., 
PST, at the Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W. Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale, 
California 94086.
    Email: Written comments should be sent by email addressed to 
fee.setting@uspto.gov.
    Postal mail: Comments may also be submitted by postal mail 
addressed to: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mail Stop CFO, 
P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450, ATTN: Michelle Picard. 
Although comments may be submitted by postal mail, the USPTO prefers to 
receive comments via email. Written comments should be identified in 
the subject line of the email or postal mailing as ``Fee Setting.'' 
Because comments will be made available for public inspection, 
information that is not desired to be made public, such as an address 
or telephone number, should not be included in the comments.
    Web cast: The public hearings will be available via Web cast. 
Information about the Web cast will be posted on the USPTO's Internet 
Web site (address: www.uspto.gov/americainventsact) before the public 
hearing.
    Transcripts: Transcripts of the hearings will be available on the 
USPTO Internet Web site (www.uspto.gov/americainventsact) shortly after 
the hearings.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Picard, Office of the Chief 
Financial Officer, by phone (571) 272-6354, or by email at 
michelle.picard@uspto.gov; or Janet Gongola, Office of the Under 
Secretary and Director, by phone at (571) 272-8734, or by email at 
janet.gongola@uspto.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Requests to testify should indicate the 
following: (1) The name of the person wishing to testify; (2) the 
person's contact information (telephone number and email address); (3) 
the organization(s)

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the person represents, if any; and (4) an indication of the amount of 
time needed for the testimony. Requests to testify must be submitted by 
email to Jennifer Lo at Jennifer.Lo@uspto.gov. Based upon the requests 
received, an agenda for witness testimony will be sent to testifying 
requesters and posted on the USPTO Internet Web site (address: 
www.uspto.gov/americainventsact). If time permits, the PPAC may permit 
unscheduled testimony as well.
    Effective September 16, 2011, with the passage of the AIA, the 
USPTO is authorized under Section 10 of the AIA to set or adjust by 
rule all patent and trademark fees established, authorized, or charged 
under Title 35 of the United States Code and the Trademark Act of 1946, 
respectively. Patent and trademark fees set or adjusted by rule under 
Section 10 of the AIA may only recover the aggregate estimated costs to 
the Office for processing, activities, services, and materials relating 
to patents and trademarks, respectively, including administrative costs 
of the Office with respect to each as the case may be.
    Congress set forth the process for the USPTO to follow in setting 
or adjusting patent and trademark fees by rule under Section 10 of the 
AIA. Congress requires the relevant advisory committee to hold a public 
hearing about the USPTO fee proposals after receiving them from the 
agency. Congress likewise requires the relevant advisory committee to 
prepare a written report on the proposed fees and the USPTO to consider 
the relevant advisory committee's report before finally setting or 
adjusting the fees. Further, Congress requires the USPTO to publish its 
proposed fees and supporting rationale in the Federal Register and give 
the public not less than 45 days in which to submit comments on the 
proposed change in fees. Finally, Congress requires the USPTO to 
publish its final rule setting or adjusting fees also in the Federal 
Register.
    Presently, the USPTO is planning to exercise its fee setting 
authority to set or adjust patent fees. The USPTO will publish a 
proposed patent fee schedule and related supplementary information for 
public viewing no later than February 7, 2012, on the USPTO Internet 
Web site (address: www.uspto.gov/americainventsact). In turn, the PPAC 
will hold two public hearings about the proposed patent fee schedule on 
the dates indicated herein. The USPTO will assist the PPAC in holding 
those hearings by providing resources to organize the hearings and by 
notifying the public about the hearings, such as through this Federal 
Register Notice.
    To gather information from the public about the USPTO's proposed 
patent fees, the PPAC will post specific questions for the public's 
consideration on the PPAC's Internet Web site (address: http://www.uspto.gov/about/advisory/ppac) after the USPTO publishes its 
proposed patent fee schedule. The public may wish to address those 
questions in its hearing testimony and/or in written comments submitted 
to PPAC as described herein.
    Following the PPAC public hearing, the USPTO will publish a Notice 
of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register, setting forth its 
proposed patent fees. The publication of that Notice will open a 
comment window through which the public may provide written comments 
directly to the USPTO. Additional information about public comment to 
the USPTO will be provided in the USPTO's Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking.

    Dated: January 24, 2012.
David J. Kappos,
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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