Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records, 16835-16836 [2013-06262]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 53 / Tuesday, March 19, 2013 / Notices Dated: March 14, 2013. Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–06255 Filed 3–18–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of amendment of Privacy Act system of records. AGENCY: In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is amending the system of records currently listed under ‘‘COMMERCE/ PAT–TM–14 Users of Public Facilities of the Patent and Trademark Office.’’ This action is being taken to update the Privacy Act notice. We invite the public to comment on the amendments noted in this publication. DATES: Written comments must be received no later than April 18, 2013. The amendments will become effective as proposed on April 18, 2013, unless the USPTO receives comments that would result in a contrary determination. SUMMARY: You may submit written comments by any of the following methods: • Email: psf@uspto.gov. Include ‘‘Privacy Act PAT–TM–14 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Fax: (571) 273–0020, marked to the attention of Director, Public Search Services Division. • Mail: Director, Public Search Services Division, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. All comments received will be available for public inspection at the Federal rulemaking portal located at www.regulations.gov. ADDRESSES: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martha Sneed, ATTN: Public Search Facility, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450, (703) 756– 1236. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is giving notice of an amendment to a system of records that VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 Mar 18, 2013 Jkt 229001 is subject to the Privacy Act of 1974. This system of records maintains information on users of the USPTO Public Search Facility. The Privacy Act notice is being updated with current address information for the system location and system manager. The description of the categories of records in the system is being revised to remove information that is no longer being collected, including user photographs, registration numbers (for those registered to practice before the USPTO), and information from government-issued identification cards. The description of the routine uses of records maintained in the system has been updated to include use in law enforcement, audits and oversight activities, and distribution to contractors, all uses commonly published in other agency system of records notices. The rule references for the notification procedure and contesting record procedures are being updated to correspond to the current statutes and rules for those items as related to the USPTO. The Privacy Act system of records notice, ‘‘COMMERCE/PAT–TM–14 Users of Public Facilities of the Patent and Trademark Office,’’ was previously published at 64 FR 72640 (December 28, 1999). The amended system of records is published in its entirety below. COMMERCE/PAT–TM–14 SYSTEM NAME: Users of Public Facilities of the Patent and Trademark Office. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION: Unclassified. SYSTEM LOCATION: Public Search Facility, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Madison East 1st Floor, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM: Federal employees other than employees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); employees and other representatives of commercial firms offering patent search services to the public; registered agents before the USPTO; and any member of the general public who uses the search room. CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM: Name; addresses; telephone numbers; business firm or other organizations with which affiliated; user access number; record of use; violations of policies governing use of the search facilities and other office areas; PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16835 signature of recipients of user access number; and other information as needed to establish identity. AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 44 U.S.C. 3101. PURPOSE(S): To manage user access to the materials provided at USPTO Public Facilities in order to ensure that the materials are preserved and sufficient resources are allocated to serve the public. ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES: (1) Routine uses will include disclosure of information to law enforcement authorities, employers of violators of regulations governing use of the search room, and organizations with which recipients of user passes claim affiliation. Information such as home address or business affiliation, on individuals who have removed, with proper authority, patent documents from the search room but have failed to return such documents, may be used in retrieving such documents. (2) Routine uses will include disclosure for law enforcement purposes to the appropriate agency or other authority, whether federal, state, local, foreign, international or tribal, charged with the responsibility of enforcing, investigating, or prosecuting a violation of any law, rule, regulation, or order in any case in which there is an indication of a violation or potential violation of law (civil, criminal, or regulatory in nature). (3) Routine uses will include disclosure to an agency, organization, or individual for the purpose of performing audit or oversight operations as authorized by law, but only such information as is necessary and relevant to such audit or oversight function. (4) Routine uses will include disclosure to contractors and their agents, grantees, experts, consultants, and others performing or working on a contract, service, grant, cooperative agreement, or other work assignment for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, when necessary to accomplish an agency function related to this system of records. Individuals provided information under this routine use are subject to the same Privacy Act requirements and limitations on disclosure as are applicable to the United States Patent and Trademark Office employees. (5) Routine uses will include the Prefatory Statement of General Routine Uses Nos. 1–5 and 9–13, as found at 46 FR 63501–63502 (December 31, 1981). E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1 16836 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 53 / Tuesday, March 19, 2013 / Notices EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED FOR THE SYSTEM: DISCLOSURE TO CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCIES: None. Not applicable. POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING, AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM: Dated: March 14, 2013. Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer. STORAGE: [FR Doc. 2013–06262 Filed 3–18–13; 8:45 am] Paper records in file folders and electronic storage. BILLING CODE 3510–16–P RETRIEVABILITY: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Alphabetically by name and sequentially by user access number. Also, electronic sort by data element. United States Patent and Trademark Office SAFEGUARDS: Records are located in lockable metal file cabinets or in metal file cabinets in secured rooms or secured premises with access limited to those whose official duties require access. Electronic files are stored in secured premises with access limited to those whose official duties require access. The electronic files are password protected and can only be accessed by authorized personnel. RETENTION AND DISPOSAL: Records retention and disposal is in accordance with the series records schedules. SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS: Manager, Public Search Facility, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450, (571) 272–3275. NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE: Information about the records contained in this system may be obtained by sending a request in writing, signed, to the system manager at the address above or to the address provided in 37 CFR part 102 subpart B for making inquiries about records covered by the Privacy Act. Requesters should provide their name, address, and record sought in accordance with the procedures for making inquiries appearing in 37 CFR part 102 subpart B. RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES: Requests from individuals should be addressed as stated in the notification section above. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES: The general provisions for access, contesting contents, and appealing initial determinations by the individual concerned appear in 37 CFR part 102 subpart B. Requests from individuals should be addressed as stated in the notification section above. RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES: Subject individual, employers, and those authorized by the individual to furnish information. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 Mar 18, 2013 Jkt 229001 Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of amendment of Privacy Act system of records. AGENCY: In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is amending the system of records currently listed under ‘‘COMMERCE/ PAT–TM–5 Non-Registered Persons Rendering Assistance to Patent Applicants.’’ This action is being taken to update the Privacy Act notice. We invite the public to comment on the amendments noted in this publication. DATES: Written comments must be received no later than April 18, 2013. The amendments will become effective as proposed on April 18, 2013, unless the USPTO receives comments that would result in a contrary determination. SUMMARY: You may submit written comments by any of the following methods: • Email: OEDRecords@uspto.gov. Include ‘‘Privacy Act PAT–TM–5 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Fax: (571) 273–0074, marked to the attention of the Deputy General Counsel for Enrollment and Discipline and Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mail Stop OED, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450. • Mail: Deputy General Counsel for Enrollment and Discipline and Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mail Stop OED, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. All comments received will be available for public inspection at the Federal rulemaking portal located at www.regulations.gov. ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deputy General Counsel for Enrollment and Discipline and Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mail Stop OED, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450, (571) 272– 4097. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is giving notice of an amendment to a system of records that is subject to the Privacy Act of 1974. This system of records maintains information on persons other than registered or recognized attorneys or agents who have offered various services to inventors, patent applicants, and patentees. The Privacy Act notice is being updated with additional departmental information for the system location and system manager. The descriptions of the categories of individuals covered by the system and the purpose of the system have been revised to clarify that the system includes records for persons other than registered and recognized practitioners. The description of the routine uses of records maintained in the system has been updated to include use in law enforcement, audits and oversight activities, and distribution to contractors, all uses commonly published in other agency system of records notices. The description of retrievability has been revised to indicate that records may be retrieved by indicators other than name and registration number through a searchable database. The description of record source categories has been revised to clarify the sources of the information contained in this system. The Privacy Act system of records notice, ‘‘COMMERCE/PAT–TM–5 NonRegistered Persons Rendering Assistance to Patent Applicants,’’ was previously published at 70 FR 69521 (November 16, 2005). The amended system of records notice is published in its entirety below. COMMERCE/PAT–TM–5 SYSTEM NAME: Non-Registered Persons Rendering Assistance to Patent Applicants. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION: Unclassified. SYSTEM LOCATION: Office of Enrollment and Discipline, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; Office of the Solicitor, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 53 (Tuesday, March 19, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 16835-16836]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-06262]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office


Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of amendment of Privacy Act system of records.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 
1974, as amended, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 
is amending the system of records currently listed under ``COMMERCE/
PAT-TM-14 Users of Public Facilities of the Patent and Trademark 
Office.'' This action is being taken to update the Privacy Act notice. 
We invite the public to comment on the amendments noted in this 
publication.

DATES: Written comments must be received no later than April 18, 2013. 
The amendments will become effective as proposed on April 18, 2013, 
unless the USPTO receives comments that would result in a contrary 
determination.

ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following 
methods:
     Email: psf@uspto.gov. Include ``Privacy Act PAT-TM-14 
comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: (571) 273-0020, marked to the attention of Director, 
Public Search Services Division.
     Mail: Director, Public Search Services Division, United 
States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 
22313-1450.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    All comments received will be available for public inspection at 
the Federal rulemaking portal located at www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martha Sneed, ATTN: Public Search 
Facility, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, 
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450, (703) 756-1236.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States Patent and Trademark 
Office (USPTO) is giving notice of an amendment to a system of records 
that is subject to the Privacy Act of 1974. This system of records 
maintains information on users of the USPTO Public Search Facility. The 
Privacy Act notice is being updated with current address information 
for the system location and system manager. The description of the 
categories of records in the system is being revised to remove 
information that is no longer being collected, including user 
photographs, registration numbers (for those registered to practice 
before the USPTO), and information from government-issued 
identification cards. The description of the routine uses of records 
maintained in the system has been updated to include use in law 
enforcement, audits and oversight activities, and distribution to 
contractors, all uses commonly published in other agency system of 
records notices. The rule references for the notification procedure and 
contesting record procedures are being updated to correspond to the 
current statutes and rules for those items as related to the USPTO.
    The Privacy Act system of records notice, ``COMMERCE/PAT-TM-14 
Users of Public Facilities of the Patent and Trademark Office,'' was 
previously published at 64 FR 72640 (December 28, 1999). The amended 
system of records is published in its entirety below.
COMMERCE/PAT-TM-14

System name:
    Users of Public Facilities of the Patent and Trademark Office.

Security classification:
    Unclassified.

System location:
    Public Search Facility, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 
Madison East 1st Floor, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:
    Federal employees other than employees of the United States Patent 
and Trademark Office (USPTO); employees and other representatives of 
commercial firms offering patent search services to the public; 
registered agents before the USPTO; and any member of the general 
public who uses the search room.

Categories of records in the system:
    Name; addresses; telephone numbers; business firm or other 
organizations with which affiliated; user access number; record of use; 
violations of policies governing use of the search facilities and other 
office areas; signature of recipients of user access number; and other 
information as needed to establish identity.

Authority for maintenance of the system:
    5 U.S.C. 301 and 44 U.S.C. 3101.

Purpose(s):
    To manage user access to the materials provided at USPTO Public 
Facilities in order to ensure that the materials are preserved and 
sufficient resources are allocated to serve the public.

Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories 
of users and the purposes of such uses:
    (1) Routine uses will include disclosure of information to law 
enforcement authorities, employers of violators of regulations 
governing use of the search room, and organizations with which 
recipients of user passes claim affiliation. Information such as home 
address or business affiliation, on individuals who have removed, with 
proper authority, patent documents from the search room but have failed 
to return such documents, may be used in retrieving such documents.
    (2) Routine uses will include disclosure for law enforcement 
purposes to the appropriate agency or other authority, whether federal, 
state, local, foreign, international or tribal, charged with the 
responsibility of enforcing, investigating, or prosecuting a violation 
of any law, rule, regulation, or order in any case in which there is an 
indication of a violation or potential violation of law (civil, 
criminal, or regulatory in nature).
    (3) Routine uses will include disclosure to an agency, 
organization, or individual for the purpose of performing audit or 
oversight operations as authorized by law, but only such information as 
is necessary and relevant to such audit or oversight function.
    (4) Routine uses will include disclosure to contractors and their 
agents, grantees, experts, consultants, and others performing or 
working on a contract, service, grant, cooperative agreement, or other 
work assignment for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, when 
necessary to accomplish an agency function related to this system of 
records. Individuals provided information under this routine use are 
subject to the same Privacy Act requirements and limitations on 
disclosure as are applicable to the United States Patent and Trademark 
Office employees.
    (5) Routine uses will include the Prefatory Statement of General 
Routine Uses Nos. 1-5 and 9-13, as found at 46 FR 63501-63502 (December 
31, 1981).

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Disclosure to consumer reporting agencies:
    Not applicable.

Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, 
and disposing of records in the system:
Storage:
    Paper records in file folders and electronic storage.

Retrievability:
    Alphabetically by name and sequentially by user access number. 
Also, electronic sort by data element.

Safeguards:
    Records are located in lockable metal file cabinets or in metal 
file cabinets in secured rooms or secured premises with access limited 
to those whose official duties require access. Electronic files are 
stored in secured premises with access limited to those whose official 
duties require access. The electronic files are password protected and 
can only be accessed by authorized personnel.

Retention and disposal:
    Records retention and disposal is in accordance with the series 
records schedules.

System manager(s) and address:
    Manager, Public Search Facility, United States Patent and Trademark 
Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450, (571) 272-3275.

Notification procedure:
    Information about the records contained in this system may be 
obtained by sending a request in writing, signed, to the system manager 
at the address above or to the address provided in 37 CFR part 102 
subpart B for making inquiries about records covered by the Privacy 
Act. Requesters should provide their name, address, and record sought 
in accordance with the procedures for making inquiries appearing in 37 
CFR part 102 subpart B.

Record access procedures:
    Requests from individuals should be addressed as stated in the 
notification section above.

Contesting record procedures:
    The general provisions for access, contesting contents, and 
appealing initial determinations by the individual concerned appear in 
37 CFR part 102 subpart B. Requests from individuals should be 
addressed as stated in the notification section above.

Record source categories:
    Subject individual, employers, and those authorized by the 
individual to furnish information.

Exemptions claimed for the system:
    None.

    Dated: March 14, 2013.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-06262 Filed 3-18-13; 8:45 am]
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