Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 61352-61358 [2013-24230]

Download as PDF 61352 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 192 / Thursday, October 3, 2013 / Notices available on the Auction 902 Web site at http://wireless.fcc.gov/auctions/902/. Federal Communications Commission. Gary D. Michaels, Deputy Chief, Auctions and Spectrum Access Division, WTB. [FR Doc. 2013–24303 Filed 10–2–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company The notificants listed below have applied under the Change in Bank Control Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)) and § 225.41 of the Board’s Regulation Y (12 CFR 225.41) to acquire shares of a bank or bank holding company. The factors that are considered in acting on the notices are set forth in paragraph 7 of the Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)(7)). The notices are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The notices also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing to the Reserve Bank indicated for that notice or to the offices of the Board of Governors. Comments must be received not later than October 17, 2013. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Colette A. Fried, Assistant Vice President) 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60690–1414: 1. Jay D. Bergman, Joliet, Illinois, to acquire voting shares of Community Holdings Corp., Palos Hills, Illinois; and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of FirstSecure Bank and Trust Company, Palos Hill, IL. B. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Jacqueline G. King, Community Affairs Officer) 90 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55480–0291: 1. Roderick J. Heneman, Warroad, Minnesota; to retain voting shares of Warroad Bancshares, Inc., and thereby indirectly retain voting shares of Security State Bank of Warroad, both in Warroad, Minnesota. C. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President) 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198–0001: 1. Christopher S. Caley, Silver Creek, Nebraska; to retain voting shares of Clark Bancshares, Inc., and thereby indirectly retain voting shares of Bank of Clarks, both in Clarks, Nebraska. 2. Glory Burns, Fort Collins, Colorado, Robin Isham, Templeton, California, VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:29 Oct 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 Andrea Voss, Chadron, Nebraska, Julie Jennings, Lone Tree, Colorado, and R. Will Isham, Gordon, Nebraska, in their individual capacities and as fiduciaries of the following trusts: E. Joy Isham Irrevocable Trust, and the RWI Marital Deduction Testamentary Trust, both of Gordon, Nebraska, all as members of the Isham Family Group, to retain shares of Isham Management Company, and therby retain shares of The First National Bank of Gordon, both of Gordon, Nebraska. 1. Community & Southern Holdings, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia; to merge with Verity Capital Group, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire Verity Bank, both in Winder, Georgia. B. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President) 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198–0001: 1. Summerfield Financial Services, LLC, Lincoln, Nebraska; to acquire 100 percent of the voting shares of State Bank of Chester, Chester, Nebraska. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, September 27, 2013. Michael J. Lewandowski, Associate Secretary of the Board. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, September 27, 2013. Michael J. Lewandowski, Associate Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2013–24101 Filed 10–2–13; 8:45 am] [FR Doc. 2013–24100 Filed 10–2–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P BILLING CODE 6210–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR Part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below. The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than October 28, 2013. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Chapelle Davis, Assistant Vice President) 1000 Peachtree Street NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30309: PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Notice and request for public comment. ACTION: The FTC is soliciting public comments on proposed information requests to Patent Assertion Entities (‘‘PAEs’’) and other entities asserting patents in the wireless communications sector, including manufacturers and other non-practicing entities and organizations engaged in licensing. For purposes of this notice, PAEs are firms with a business model based primarily on purchasing patents and then attempting to generate revenue by asserting the intellectual property against persons who are already practicing the patented technology.1 These comments will be considered before the FTC submits a request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review of the compulsory process orders described in this notice under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The compulsory process orders will seek information from those firms concerning, among other things, patent acquisition, litigation, and licensing practices. SUMMARY: Comments must be received on or before December 2, 2013. DATES: 1 The Commission distinguishes PAEs from other non-practicing entities or NPEs that primarily seek to develop and transfer technology, such as universities, research entities and design firms. Fed. Trade Comm’n, The Evolving IP Marketplace: Aligning Patent Notice and Remedies With Competition, 8 n.5 (2011), available at http:// www.ftc.gov/os/2011/03/110307patentreport.pdf. E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 192 / Thursday, October 3, 2013 / Notices Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper, by following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ‘‘PAE Reports: Paperwork Comment; Project No. P131203’’ on your comment, and file your comment online at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ ftc/paestudypra, by following the instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, mail or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H–113 (Annex J), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be addressed to William F. Adkinson, Jr., Attorney Advisor, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580; (202) 326– 2096; paestudy@ftc.gov. On December 10, 2012, the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly sponsored a workshop to explore the impact of PAE activity on innovation and competition.2 The FTC and DOJ also received public comments in conjunction with the workshop. While workshop panelists and commenters identified potential harms and efficiencies of PAE activity, they noted a lack of empirical data in this area, and recommended that the Federal Trade Commission use its authority under Section 6(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(b), to collect information on PAE acquisition, litigation, and licensing practices. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Daniel Lipinski likewise have called on the Commission to conduct a Section 6(b) study of PAE activity.3 Responding to these requests, and recognizing its own role in competition policy and advocacy, the Commission proposes a Section 6(b) study that will provide a better understanding of PAE activity and its costs and benefits. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 2 See Patent Assertion Entity Activities Workshop, Fed. Trade Comm’n, http://www.ftc.gov/ opp/workshops/pae/. 3 Letter from Senator Amy Klobuchar to The Honorable Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman, The Honorable Julie Brill, Commissioner, The Honorable Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Commissioner, and The Honorable Joshua D. Wright, Commissioner (June 24, 2013), and Letter from Representative Daniel Lipinski to The Honorable Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman (June 25, 2013). VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:29 Oct 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 I. Description of the Collection of Information and Proposed Use The proposed study will add significantly to the existing literature and evidence on PAE behavior. Earlier studies have focused primarily on publicly available litigation data and concluded that PAE litigation activity is on the rise. The Commission, however, has unique Congressional authority to collect nonpublic information, such as licensing agreements, patent acquisition information, and cost and revenue data, which will provide a more complete picture of PAE activity. Because the Commission believes a broader study will enhance the quality of the policy debate surrounding PAE activity, it proposes information requests directed to the following questions: • How do PAEs organize their corporate legal structure, including parent and subsidiary entities? (Request B) • What types of patents do PAEs hold, and how do they organize their holdings? (Request C & D) • How do PAEs acquire patents, and how do they compensate prior patent owners? (Request E) • How do PAEs engage in assertion activity (i.e. demand, litigation, and licensing behavior)? (Request F) • What does assertion activity cost PAEs? (Request G); and • What do PAEs earn through assertion activity? (Request H) The FTC proposes to send these information requests to approximately 25 PAEs (PAE Firms). To understand how PAE behavior compares with patent assertion activity by other patent owners, the FTC also proposes sending information requests to approximately 15 other entities asserting patents in the wireless communications sector, including manufacturing firms (Manufacturing Firms), and other nonpracticing entities and organizations engaged in licensing (Other Firms). Definitions The following definitions apply to Information Requests A–H: ‘‘Acquire’’ and ‘‘Acquisition’’ mean to purchase or obtain all legal rights to a Patent from another Person. ‘‘Assert,’’ ‘‘Assertion,’’ and ‘‘Asserted’’ mean: (i) Any attempt to license any Patent, in whole or in part, including any communication relating to licensing of the Patent, (ii) any communication relating to alleged infringement of the Patent by the recipient of the communication, (iii) any Demand that a Person obtain a license, or (iv) any civil action threatened or PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61353 filed (by the Firm or other Person) relating to any Patent. ‘‘Class,’’ ‘‘Subclass,’’ and ‘‘Art Unit’’ have the meanings defined by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). ‘‘Firm’’ means the Person or entity served with the information requests described in this notice and also includes all domestic and foreign parents, predecessors, divisions, subsidiaries, affiliates, partnerships and joint ventures, directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, and all other persons acting or purporting to act on its behalf, regardless of how it is legally organized and established. ‘‘Demand’’ means any communication, whether by letter or otherwise, to any Person, Relating to any effort to Assert Patent(s) held by the Firm since January 1, 2008. Demand does not include complaints or pleadings filed with a United States District Court or the United States International Trade Commission. ‘‘Economic Interest’’ means rights or claims to current or future revenues derived from a Patent, whether as lump sum payments, royalty streams, or access to other Patents as part of a crosslicensing agreement. ‘‘Litigation’’ means any civil action arising from a complaint filed in a United States District Court or with the United States International Trade Commission. ‘‘Maintenance Fee(s)’’ has the meaning defined by the USPTO. ‘‘Patent’’ means a United States patent or United States patent application as defined by 35 U.S.C. 101, et seq. ‘‘Patent Portfolio’’ means a collection of patents held by a single entity, including all of the patents held by the entity and any sub-groups into which the entity organizes its patents. ‘‘Person’’ means any natural person, corporation, association, Firm, partnership, joint venture, trust, estate, agency, department, bureau, governmental, judicial, or legal entity, however organized or established. ‘‘Relating to’’ means, in whole or in part, addressing, analyzing, concerning, constituting, containing, commenting, in connection with, dealing with, discussing, describing, identifying, reflecting, stating, or summarizing. ‘‘Standard-Setting Organization’’ or ‘‘SSO’’ means any organization, group, joint venture or consortia that develops standards for the design, performance or other characteristics of products or technologies. Information Requests The FTC will have PAE Firms and Other Firms respond to Information E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 61354 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 192 / Thursday, October 3, 2013 / Notices Requests A–H. The FTC will have Manufacturing Firms respond to Information Requests A–B and E–H. The instructions will specify the Information Requests to which the Firm is required to respond. A. Identification of Report Author: Identify by full name, title, business address, telephone number, and official capacity the Person(s) who prepared or supervised the preparation of the Firm’s response to the Information Requests and specify the steps taken by the Firm to respond to the Information Requests. B. Company Information: 1. State the Firm’s complete legal name and all other names under which it has done business, its corporate mailing address, all addresses from which it does or has done business, and the dates and states of its incorporation. 2. Describe the Firm’s business or corporate structure, and state the names of all parents, subsidiaries (whether wholly or partially owned), divisions (whether incorporated or not), affiliates, branches, joint ventures, franchises, operations under assumed names, Web sites, or entities over which the Firm exercises supervision or control, or any other Person(s) or entities with a contractual or other legal right to a share of revenues, profits, or other Economic Interest tied to profitability or financial performance of the Firm. For each such entity, describe the relationship with the Firm, including the percentage of ownership, control, or other legal entitlement to a share of revenues, profits or financial performance between the Firm and the entity. When responding to Requests A–H, provide all information for the Firm and all related entities identified in response to this request. 3. Identify each Person or entity having an ownership interest in the Firm, or other legal entitlement to share in the financial performance of the Firm, as well as their individual ownership or financial performance stakes, and, if relevant, their positions and responsibilities within the Company. C. Patent Information: 1. Identify each Patent held by the Firm since January 1, 2008, and specify: a. the Patent number; b. the date the Patent was acquired; c. the Patent title; d. the Patent’s Class, Subclass, and Art Unit; e. the Patent’s filing date; f. the Patent’s issuance date; g. the Patent’s expiration date; h. the maintenance status of the Patent, including whether the Patent has expired for failure to pay Maintenance Fees; VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:29 Oct 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 i. whether the Firm is engaged in pregrant prosecution for any identified Patent application; j. whether the Firm has abandoned any identified Patent application; k. whether the Firm is engaged in post-grant prosecution for any identified Patent, and describe the nature of the post-grant prosecution; l. whether the Firm has engaged in any research and development activities Relating to the Patent, and specify the nature and estimated cost of this research and development activity; m. whether any Person(s), other than the Firm, holds any legal rights to the Patent. As part of your response: (1) identify the Person(s) who holds any legal rights to the Patent; (2) describe the nature of the legal rights held; (3) submit all documents(s) Relating to the legal rights held; n. whether any Person, other than the Firm, has an Economic Interest in the Patent, and: (1) identify the Person(s) who hold an Economic Interest in the Patent; (2) describe the nature of the Economic Interest held by the Person(s); (3) submit all documents Relating to this Economic Interest; o. whether the Patent (or any claims therein) is subject to a licensing commitment made to a Standard-Setting Organization and specify: (1) all Standard-Setting Organizations to which a licensing commitment has been made; (2) all standards to which such a licensing commitment applies; (3) the Person(s) who made the licensing commitment; (4) the date(s) on which the licensing commitment was made; (5) all encumbrances, including, but not limited to, all commitments to license the Patent or any of its claims on reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND), fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND), or royalty-free (RF) terms; p. whether the Firm has included the Patent in any Demand; q. whether the Firm has Litigated the Patent; and r. whether the Firm has licensed the Patent to any Person(s). 2. Provide the assignment and Assertion history for each Patent held by the Firm since January 1, 2008. As part of your response, specify: a. all Person(s) to whom the Patent was assigned before the Firm Acquired the Patent and the date(s) of assignment; b. all Person(s) to whom the Patent was licensed before the Firm Acquired the Patent and the date(s) and term(s) of license; PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 c. whether the Patent was Asserted before the Firm Acquired the Patent, and list the Person(s) who Asserted the Patent, the Person(s) against whom the Patent was Asserted and identify whether the Assertion resulted in Litigation(s) or license(s): (1) if the Assertion identified in C.2.c resulted in Litigation, provide all information requested in Request F.2; (2) if the Assertion identified in C.2.c resulted in a license agreement, provide all information requested in F.3; (3) state whether the Assertion identified in C.2.c involved a technology transfer provision, and provide all technology transfer agreements Relating to this response. 3. Submit all documents Relating to any communication since January 1, 2008 between the Firm and any investor or potential investor, financial or otherwise, Relating to any Patent(s) held by the Firm since January 1, 2008. D. Patent Portfolio Information: 1. Describe all Patent Portfolios held by the Firm since January 1, 2008; and specify: a. how the Firm organizes the Patent Portfolio(s); b. the numbers of the Patents included in the Patent Portfolio(s); and c. the Firm’s valuation of the Patent Portfolio(s) and the date of the valuation. 2. Submit all documents Relating to the Firm’s reasons or business strategy for organizing the Patent(s) into Portfolio(s), including but not limited to, market analyses, financial analyses, business plans, statements to investors and potential investors, and disclosures required by the Securities and Exchange Commission or any other Person. E. Patent Acquisition and Transfer Information: 1. For each Patent Acquired by the Firm since January 1, 2008, state whether the Firm Acquired the Patent individually or as part of a Patent Portfolio, and provide the following information: a. for all Patents that the Firm Acquired individually, identify the Patent, and specify: (1) the Person(s) from whom the Firm Acquired the Patent and state whether that Person(s) was the original inventor; (2) the date on which the Firm Acquired the Patent; (3) whether the Patent was Acquired in bankruptcy; (4) the financial terms of the Firm’s Acquisition of the Patent. As part of your response, specify: (a) whether the Firm paid a lump sum, the amount of the lump sum; the Person(s) to whom the lump sum was paid, and the date the payment was made; E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 192 / Thursday, October 3, 2013 / Notices (b) whether the Firm paid, or is paying, an ongoing payment, and specify: i. how the ongoing payment is calculated; ii. the total amount of the ongoing payment paid as of the date of this Request; iii. the amount of each individual payment paid as of the date of this Request, the Person(s) to whom each payment was made, and the date of each payment; iv. the total amount of the ongoing payment expected to be paid in the future, and all Person(s) expected to receive future payments; (c) whether another Person(s) contributed financially to the purchase of the Patent(s), and if so, identify the Person(s) and percentage share of ownership or other legal entitlement to the licensing or other revenue derived from such Patent(s). b. for all Patents that the Firm Acquired as part of a Patent Portfolio, specify: (1) all Patents included in the Patent Portfolio; (2) the Person(s) from whom the Firm Acquired the Patent Portfolio; (3) the date on which the Firm Acquired the Patent Portfolio; (4) the circumstances in which the Firm Acquired the Patent Portfolio, including, but not limited to, whether the Patent Portfolio was Acquired in bankruptcy, or whether it was acquired from the original inventor; (5) the financial terms of the Firm’s Acquisition of the Patent Portfolio; As part of your response, specify: (a) whether the Firm paid a lump sum, the amount of the lump sum; the Person(s) to whom the lump sum was paid, and the date the payment was made; (b) whether the Firm paid, or is paying, an ongoing payment, and specify: i. how the ongoing payment is calculated; ii. the total amount of the ongoing payment paid as of the date of this Request; iii. the amount of each individual payment paid as of the date of this Request; the Person(s) to whom each payment was made; and the date of each payment; iv. the total amount of the ongoing payment expected to be paid in the future; and all Person(s) expected to receive future payments; and (c) whether another Person(s) contributed financially to the purchase of the Patent Portfolio, and if so, identify the Person(s) and percentage share of ownership or other legal VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:29 Oct 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 entitlement to the licensing or other revenue derived from such Patent(s). 2. Identify each Patent the Firm has sold or transferred since January 1, 2008. As part of your response, specify: a. the Person(s) who Acquired the Patent; b. the date(s) on which the Person(s) Acquired the Patent; c. the financial terms of the Person(s)’ Acquisition of the Patent. As part of your response, specify: (1) whether the Person(s) paid a lump sum, the amount of the lump sum, the Person(s) to whom the lump sum was paid, and the date the payment was made; (2) whether the Person(s) paid, or is paying, an ongoing payment, and specify: (a) how the ongoing payment is calculated; (b) the total amount of the ongoing payment paid as of the date of this Request; (c) the amount of each individual payment paid as of the date of this Request, the Person(s) to whom each payment was made; and the date of each payment; (d) the total amount of the ongoing payment expected to be paid in the future, and all Person(s) expected to receive future payments, and (3) whether another Person(s) contributed financially to the purchase of the Patent(s), and if so, identify the Person(s) and percentage share of ownership or other legal entitlement to the licensing or other revenue derived from such Patent(s). 3. Identify any Patent not identified in response to E.1 or E.2 for which, since January 1, 2008, the Firm has had standing to sue and submit a copy of the license agreement that grants the Firm standing to sue. 4. Submit the Patent purchase or Acquisition agreement for all Acquisitions identified in response to Request E.1. 5. Submit all documents Relating to the Firm’s Acquisitions identified in response to Request E.1, including but not limited to, market analyses, financial analyses, business plans, statements to investors and potential investors, and disclosures required by the Securities and Exchange Commission or any other Person. 6. Submit all documents Relating to the Firm’s sales and transfers identified in response to Request E.2, including but not limited to, market analyses, financial analyses, business plans statements to investors and potential investors, and disclosures required by the Securities and Exchange Commission or any other Person. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61355 F. Patent Assertion Information: 1. Demand Information: a. identify all Demands sent by, or on behalf of the Firm since January 1, 2008 and specify: (a) all Person(s) to which the Demand was sent; (b) the Patent(s) Relating to the Demand; (c) the total time spent and costs incurred by the Firm, or any Person working on behalf of the Firm, for any research Relating to the Demand, including but not limited to any attempt to compare the allegedly infringing product(s) or process(es) with the Asserted Patent claims; (d) any Litigation initiated by the Firm Relating to the Demand, and the outcome of any such Litigation; (e) any license agreement Relating to the Demand; (f) any revenue obtained by the Firm Relating to each Demand, separately listed for each year since January 1, 2008, and for each Patent Portfolio held by the Firm. b. for each year since January 1, 2008, identify the Firm’s total expenses Relating to all Demands identified in response to Request F.1; c. for each year since January 1, 2008, identify the Firm’s total revenue Relating to all Demands identified in response to Request F.1; d. submit a copy of each Demand identified in response to Request F.1, and all documents reflecting communications Relating the Demand; e. submit all documents that reflect business strategy or financial research Relating to the Demand(s) identified in response to Request 6.A; and f. submit all license or settlement agreements Relating to the Demand. 2. Litigation Information: a. identify all Litigation(s) pending since January 1, 2008 to which the Firm is a party involving any Patent(s) held by the Firm since January 1, 2008. As part of your response, specify: (1) whether the Firm is a plaintiff or defendant in the Litigation; (2) the Patent(s) and claim(s) Asserted; (3) the court, date filed, docket number, parties, current or final status (including dates); (4) the remedies sought in the Litigation, including, but not limited to damages, enhanced damages, injunctive relief, or an exclusion order; (5) whether the Patent was found infringed, invalid, or unenforceable and whether an injunction or an exclusion order issued; (6) whether past damages were awarded, and the amount of any such award; E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 61356 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 192 / Thursday, October 3, 2013 / Notices (7) whether future damages were awarded, and all projected revenue expected by the Firm as a result of the award for future damages, by year, together with the method for calculating future damages (e.g. as a fraction of revenue or a fee per unit sold); (8) if the Litigation resulted in a settlement agreement, provide a copy of that agreement and specify: (a) the stage of Litigation at which settlement was reached, e.g. before an order on a motion to dismiss, before an order on a motion for summary judgment; (b) whether the Court issued an order construing any claim(s) of the Patent(s) Asserted before settlement was reached; (c) the terms of the settlement agreement, and if the settlement included a license or cross-license, all licensing information requested in Request F.3; (9) for each year since January 1, 2008, the costs the Firm incurred for the Litigation; b. for each Litigation identified in Response to Request F.2, submit all orders Relating to disposition of any dispositive motions; c. state whether the Firm has any contingency fee agreement(s) Relating to any Litigation(s) identified in response to Request F.2; and specify: (1) the Person(s) with whom the Firm shares the contingency fee agreement(s); (2) how the contingency fee is calculated; (3) for each year since January 1, 2008, the amount paid pursuant to the contingency fee arrangement; and (4) submit a copy of the contingency fee agreement(s). 3. License Information: a. identify all license agreements the Firm entered into with any other Person(s) since January 1, 2008 Relating to any Patent(s) held by the Firm since January 1, 2008. As part of your response, specify: (1) the Patent(s) licensed; (2) the date and length of the license agreement; (3) the licensor(s) and licensee(s); (4) whether the license agreement Relates to any Litigation. As part of your response: (a) identify the Litigation to which the license agreement Relates; (b) for license agreements Relating to any Litigation, state when settlement was reached and when the license agreement was executed, e.g. after an order on a dispositive motion, on the eve of trial; (c) state whether the Court issued an order construing any claim(s) of the Patent(s) Asserted before the license agreement was executed; VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:29 Oct 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 (5) all revenue obtained by the Firm Relating to each license agreement, separately listed for each year since January 1, 2008, and for each Patent Portfolio held by the Firm; and specify: (a) the effective royalty rate, and the base to which it is to be applied; (b) state whether this revenue was shared with any Person; (c) identify the Person and the revenue shared; (d) submit the revenue sharing agreement(s); (6) all projected revenue expected by the Firm as a result of the license agreement, by year, and the method for calculating the projected revenue, e.g. as a fraction of revenue or a fee per unit sold; (7) whether the license agreement includes any cross-license, and submit a copy of the cross-license; (8) whether the Firm conducted a valuation of the cross-license, and submit all documents Relating to the valuation; and (9) whether the license agreement includes any provisions for technology transfer from the Firm to the licensee(s). 4. For each license agreement identified in Response to Request F.3, submit a copy of the agreement and all documents Relating to the agreement, including but not limited to, documents reflecting communications Relating to the license, documents summarizing sales made by the licensee, and documents reflecting arrangements to share revenue generated by the license. 5. Submit all documents Relating to the Firm’s rationale for all Assertions identified in response to Request F, including but not limited to, market analyses, financial analyses, business plans, statements to investors and potential investors, and disclosures required by the Securities and Exchange Commission or any other Person. 6. Submit all documents Relating to the Firm’s projected gross revenue or return-on-investment for all Assertions identified in response to Request F, including, but not limited to, market analyses, financial analyses, business plans, statements to investors and potential investors, and disclosures required by the Securities and Exchange Commission or any other Person. G. Aggregate Cost Information: 1. For each year since January 1, 2008, identify: a. The total cost to and amount paid by the Firm Relating to all Acquisitions identified in response to Request E.1. State whether the Firm shares any fraction of this cost with any Person(s), and if the answer is yes, specify: (1) The Person(s) with whom costs are shared; PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (2) how this amount is calculated; (3) the total cost shared to date; (4) any cost expected to be shared in the future; b. the total cost to and amount paid by the Firm Relating to all Assertions identified in response to Request F, and specify: (1) The total cost to and amount paid by the Firm Relating to all Demands identified in response to Request F.1. State whether the Firm shares any fraction of this cost with any Person(s), and if the answer is yes, specify: (a) The Person(s) with whom costs are shared; (b) how this amount is calculated; (c) the total cost shared to date; (d) any cost expected to be shared in the future; (2) the total cost to and amount paid by the Firm Relating to all Litigations identified in response to Request F.2. State whether the Firm shares any fraction of this cost with any Person(s), and if the answer is yes, specify: (a) The Person(s) with whom costs are shared; (b) how this amount is calculated; (c) the total cost shared to date; (d) any cost expected to be shared in the future; (3) the total cost to and amount paid by the Firm Relating to all License Agreements identified in response to Request F.3. State whether the Firm shares any fraction of this cost with any Person(s), and if the answer is yes, specify: (a) The Person(s) with whom costs are shared; (b) how this amount is calculated; (c) the total cost shared to date; and (d) any cost expected to be shared in the future. 2. Submit all documents Relating to all costs and payments identified in response to Request G. H. Aggregate Revenue Information: 1. For each year since January 1, 2008, identify: a. The total revenue received by the Firm Relating to all transfers identified in response to Request E.2. State whether the Firm shares any fraction of this revenue with any Person(s), and if the answer is yes, specify: (1) The Person(s) with whom revenue is shared; (2) how this amount is calculated; (3) the total revenue shared to date; (4) any revenue expected to be shared in the future; b. the total revenue received by the Firm Relating to all Assertions identified in response to Request F, and specify: (1) The total revenue received by the Firm Relating to all Demands identified E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 192 / Thursday, October 3, 2013 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES in response to Request F.1. State whether the Firm shares any fraction of this revenue with any Person(s), and if the answer is yes, specify: (a) The Person(s) with whom revenue is shared; (b) how this amount is calculated; (c) the total revenue shared to date; (d) any revenue expected to be shared in the future; (2) the total revenue received by the Firm Relating to all Litigations identified in response to Request F.2. State whether the Firm shares any fraction of this revenue with any Person(s), and if the answer is yes, specify: (a) The Person(s) with whom revenue is shared; (b) how this amount is calculated; (c) the total revenue shared to date; (d) any revenue expected to be shared in the future; (3) the total revenue received by the Firm Relating to all License Agreements identified in response to Request F.3. State whether the Firm shares any fraction of this revenue with any Person(s), and if the answer is yes, specify: (a) The Person(s) with whom revenue is shared; (b) how this amount is calculated; (c) the total revenue shared to date; (d) any revenue expected to be shared in the future; (4) any revenue not identified above, shared with any Person(s) and specify: (a) The Person(s) with whom revenue is shared; (b) how this amount is calculated; (c) the total revenue shared to date; and (d) any revenue expected to be shared in the future. 2. Submit all documents Relating to all revenue identified in response to Request 8. It should be noted that pending this information collection, the destruction, mutilation, alteration, or falsification of documentary evidence within the possession or control of a person, partnership or corporation subject to the FTC Act is subject to criminal prosecution. 15 U.S.C. 50, see also 18 U.S.C. 1505. II. Estimated Burden Hours Staff will ask respondents to answer several written questions and to provide documents related to the answers provided. Because the responses will necessarily vary depending on the respondent, we have provided a range of estimated response times from 90 to 400 hours. The total estimated burden of answering the questions and producing documents per respondent is based on the following: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:29 Oct 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 Organize document and information retrieval: 15–50 hours. Identify requested information: 15– 150 hours. Retrieve responsive information: 20– 80 hours. Copy requested information: 20–40 hours. Prepare response: 20–80 hours. Thus the cumulative hours burden to produce documents and prepare the response sought will be between 3,600 (90 hours × 40 companies) to 16,000 (400 hours × 40 companies). III. Estimated Cost Burden It is not possible to calculate with precision labor costs associated with answering the questions and producing the documents requested, as each will entail various levels of management and/or support staff among many different companies. Individuals among some or all of those labor categories may be involved in the information collection process. Nonetheless, we have assumed that mid-management level personnel will handle most (estimate: 90%) of the tasks involved in gathering and producing the responsive information and we have applied a mean hourly wage of $52.20 4 for their labor. We also have applied a mean hourly wage of $16.54 for the labor of clerical employees 5 who will prepare the responsive materials for copying or electronic production. Thus the labor costs per company should range between $3,984.80 [(81 hours × $52.20/ hour) + (9 hours × 16.54/hour) to $19,097 [(360 hours × $52.20/hour) + (40 hours × $16.54/hour)]. Staff anticipates that the capital or other non-labor costs associated with the information requests will be minimal. Although the information requests may require the respondent to store copies of the requested information provided to the Commission, industry members should already have in place the means to store information of the volume requested. Respondents may need to purchase minimal office supplies to respond to the request. Staff estimates that each respondent will spend $500 for such costs regarding the information request, for a total additional non-labor cost burden of $20,000 ($500 × 40 companies). 4 Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for the United States, Management Occupations: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm. 5 Id. (Office and Administrative Support Occupations). PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61357 IV. Request for Comment Under the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, federal agencies must obtain approval from OMB for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ‘‘Collection of information’’ means agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. 44 U.S.C. 3502(3); 5 CFR 1320.3(c). As required by Section 3506(c)(2) of the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3506, the FTC is providing this opportunity for public comment before requesting that OMB approve the study. Specifically, the FTC invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the FTC, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the FTC’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of collecting information. The FTC encourages recipients of prior compulsory process orders to offer suggestions on how the burden of the proposed collection may be reduced. All comments should be filed as prescribed below, and must be received on or before December 2, 2013. You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to consider your comment, we must receive it on or before December 2, 2013. Write ‘‘PAE Reports: Paperwork Comment; Project No. P131203’’ on your comment. Your comment—including your name and your state—will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the extent practicable, on the public Commission Web site, at http:// www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, the Commission tries to remove individuals’ home contact information from comments before placing them on the Commission Web site. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive personal information, like anyone’s Social Security number, date of birth, driver’s license number or other state identification number or foreign country equivalent, passport number, financial account number, or credit or debit card number. You are also solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive health information, like medical records or other individually identifiable health information. In addition, do not include E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 61358 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 192 / Thursday, October 3, 2013 / Notices any ‘‘[t]rade secret or any commercial or financial information which is obtained from any person and which is privileged or confidential,’’ as provided in Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2). In particular, do not include competitively sensitive information such as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, patterns, devices, manufacturing processes, or customer names. If you want the Commission to give your comment confidential treatment, you must file it in paper form, with a request for confidential treatment, and you have to follow the procedure explained in FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).6 Your comment will be kept confidential only if the FTC General Counsel grants your request in accordance with the law and the public interest. Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit your comments online. To make sure that the Commission considers your online comment, you must file it at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ paestudypra, by following the instructions on the web-based form. If this Notice appears at http:// www.regulations.gov/#!home, you also may file a comment through that Web site. If you file your comment on paper, write ‘‘PAE Reports: Paperwork Comment; Project No. P131203’’ on your comment and on the envelope, and mail or deliver it to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H–113 (Annex J), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580. If possible, submit your paper comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service. Visit the Commission Web site at http://www.ftc.gov to read this Notice and the news release describing it. The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it receives on or before December 2, 2013. You can find more information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, in the Commission’s privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm. 6 In particular, the written request for confidential treatment that accompanies the comment must include the factual and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. See FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c). VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:29 Oct 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 By direction of the Commission. Donald S. Clark, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–24230 Filed 10–2–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION [File No. 131 0112] Mylan, Inc., Agila Specialties Global Pte. Limited, Agila Specialties Private Limited and Strides Arcolab Limited; Analysis of Agreement Containing Consent Orders To Aid Public Comment Federal Trade Commission. Proposed Consent Agreement. AGENCY: ACTION: The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices or unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent order—embodied in the consent agreement—that would settle these allegations. DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 28, 2013. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ mylanagilaconsent online or on paper, by following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ‘‘Mylan, File No. 131 0112’’ on your comment and file your comment online at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ mylanagilaconsent by following the instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, mail or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H–113 (Annex D), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Posner (202–326–2614), FTC, Bureau of Competition, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Section 6(f) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 2.34, 16 CFR 2.34, notice is hereby given that the above-captioned consent agreement containing a consent order to cease and desist, having been filed with and accepted, subject to final approval, by the Commission, has been placed on the public record for a period SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of thirty (30) days. The following Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes the terms of the consent agreement, and the allegations in the complaint. An electronic copy of the full text of the consent agreement package can be obtained from the FTC Home Page (for September 26, 2013), on the World Wide Web, at http:// www.ftc.gov/os/actions.shtm. A paper copy can be obtained from the FTC Public Reference Room, Room 130–H, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580, either in person or by calling (202) 326–2222. You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to consider your comment, we must receive it on or before October 28, 2013. Write ‘‘Mylan, File No. 131 0112’’ on your comment. Your comment—including your name and your state—will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the extent practicable, on the public Commission Web site, at http://www.ftc.gov/os/ publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, the Commission tries to remove individuals’ home contact information from comments before placing them on the Commission Web site. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive personal information, like anyone’s Social Security number, date of birth, driver’s license number or other state identification number or foreign country equivalent, passport number, financial account number, or credit or debit card number. You are also solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive health information, like medical records or other individually identifiable health information. In addition, do not include any ‘‘[t]rade secret or any commercial or financial information which . . . is privileged or confidential,’’ as discussed in Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2). In particular, do not include competitively sensitive information such as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, patterns, devices, manufacturing processes, or customer names. If you want the Commission to give your comment confidential treatment, you must file it in paper form, with a request for confidential treatment, and you have to follow the procedure explained in FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).1 Your comment will be kept 1 In particular, the written request for confidential treatment that accompanies the comment must E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 192 (Thursday, October 3, 2013)]
[Notices]
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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

ACTION: Notice and request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: The FTC is soliciting public comments on proposed information 
requests to Patent Assertion Entities (``PAEs'') and other entities 
asserting patents in the wireless communications sector, including 
manufacturers and other non-practicing entities and organizations 
engaged in licensing. For purposes of this notice, PAEs are firms with 
a business model based primarily on purchasing patents and then 
attempting to generate revenue by asserting the intellectual property 
against persons who are already practicing the patented technology.\1\
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    \1\ The Commission distinguishes PAEs from other non-practicing 
entities or NPEs that primarily seek to develop and transfer 
technology, such as universities, research entities and design 
firms. Fed. Trade Comm'n, The Evolving IP Marketplace: Aligning 
Patent Notice and Remedies With Competition, 8 n.5 (2011), available 
at http://www.ftc.gov/os/2011/03/110307patentreport.pdf.
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    These comments will be considered before the FTC submits a request 
for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review of the compulsory 
process orders described in this notice under the Paperwork Reduction 
Act (PRA). The compulsory process orders will seek information from 
those firms concerning, among other things, patent acquisition, 
litigation, and licensing practices.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 2, 2013.

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ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper, by 
following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ``PAE Reports: Paperwork 
Comment; Project No. P131203'' on your comment, and file your comment 
online at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/paestudypra, by 
following the instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file 
your comment on paper, mail or deliver your comment to the following 
address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-113 
(Annex J), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be addressed to William F. Adkinson, Jr., Attorney Advisor, 
Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580; (202) 326-2096; paestudy@ftc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 10, 2012, the FTC and the 
Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) 
jointly sponsored a workshop to explore the impact of PAE activity on 
innovation and competition.\2\ The FTC and DOJ also received public 
comments in conjunction with the workshop. While workshop panelists and 
commenters identified potential harms and efficiencies of PAE activity, 
they noted a lack of empirical data in this area, and recommended that 
the Federal Trade Commission use its authority under Section 6(b) of 
the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(b), to collect 
information on PAE acquisition, litigation, and licensing practices. 
Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Daniel Lipinski likewise have 
called on the Commission to conduct a Section 6(b) study of PAE 
activity.\3\ Responding to these requests, and recognizing its own role 
in competition policy and advocacy, the Commission proposes a Section 
6(b) study that will provide a better understanding of PAE activity and 
its costs and benefits.
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    \2\ See Patent Assertion Entity Activities Workshop, Fed. Trade 
Comm'n, http://www.ftc.gov/opp/workshops/pae/.
    \3\ Letter from Senator Amy Klobuchar to The Honorable Edith 
Ramirez, Chairwoman, The Honorable Julie Brill, Commissioner, The 
Honorable Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Commissioner, and The Honorable 
Joshua D. Wright, Commissioner (June 24, 2013), and Letter from 
Representative Daniel Lipinski to The Honorable Edith Ramirez, 
Chairwoman (June 25, 2013).
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I. Description of the Collection of Information and Proposed Use

    The proposed study will add significantly to the existing 
literature and evidence on PAE behavior. Earlier studies have focused 
primarily on publicly available litigation data and concluded that PAE 
litigation activity is on the rise. The Commission, however, has unique 
Congressional authority to collect nonpublic information, such as 
licensing agreements, patent acquisition information, and cost and 
revenue data, which will provide a more complete picture of PAE 
activity.
    Because the Commission believes a broader study will enhance the 
quality of the policy debate surrounding PAE activity, it proposes 
information requests directed to the following questions:
     How do PAEs organize their corporate legal structure, 
including parent and subsidiary entities? (Request B)
     What types of patents do PAEs hold, and how do they 
organize their holdings? (Request C & D)
     How do PAEs acquire patents, and how do they compensate 
prior patent owners? (Request E)
     How do PAEs engage in assertion activity (i.e. demand, 
litigation, and licensing behavior)? (Request F)
     What does assertion activity cost PAEs? (Request G); and
     What do PAEs earn through assertion activity? (Request H)
    The FTC proposes to send these information requests to 
approximately 25 PAEs (PAE Firms). To understand how PAE behavior 
compares with patent assertion activity by other patent owners, the FTC 
also proposes sending information requests to approximately 15 other 
entities asserting patents in the wireless communications sector, 
including manufacturing firms (Manufacturing Firms), and other non-
practicing entities and organizations engaged in licensing (Other 
Firms).

Definitions

    The following definitions apply to Information Requests A-H:
    ``Acquire'' and ``Acquisition'' mean to purchase or obtain all 
legal rights to a Patent from another Person.
    ``Assert,'' ``Assertion,'' and ``Asserted'' mean: (i) Any attempt 
to license any Patent, in whole or in part, including any communication 
relating to licensing of the Patent, (ii) any communication relating to 
alleged infringement of the Patent by the recipient of the 
communication, (iii) any Demand that a Person obtain a license, or (iv) 
any civil action threatened or filed (by the Firm or other Person) 
relating to any Patent.
    ``Class,'' ``Subclass,'' and ``Art Unit'' have the meanings defined 
by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
    ``Firm'' means the Person or entity served with the information 
requests described in this notice and also includes all domestic and 
foreign parents, predecessors, divisions, subsidiaries, affiliates, 
partnerships and joint ventures, directors, officers, employees, 
agents, representatives, and all other persons acting or purporting to 
act on its behalf, regardless of how it is legally organized and 
established.
    ``Demand'' means any communication, whether by letter or otherwise, 
to any Person, Relating to any effort to Assert Patent(s) held by the 
Firm since January 1, 2008. Demand does not include complaints or 
pleadings filed with a United States District Court or the United 
States International Trade Commission.
    ``Economic Interest'' means rights or claims to current or future 
revenues derived from a Patent, whether as lump sum payments, royalty 
streams, or access to other Patents as part of a cross-licensing 
agreement.
    ``Litigation'' means any civil action arising from a complaint 
filed in a United States District Court or with the United States 
International Trade Commission.
    ``Maintenance Fee(s)'' has the meaning defined by the USPTO.
    ``Patent'' means a United States patent or United States patent 
application as defined by 35 U.S.C. 101, et seq.
    ``Patent Portfolio'' means a collection of patents held by a single 
entity, including all of the patents held by the entity and any sub-
groups into which the entity organizes its patents.
    ``Person'' means any natural person, corporation, association, 
Firm, partnership, joint venture, trust, estate, agency, department, 
bureau, governmental, judicial, or legal entity, however organized or 
established.
    ``Relating to'' means, in whole or in part, addressing, analyzing, 
concerning, constituting, containing, commenting, in connection with, 
dealing with, discussing, describing, identifying, reflecting, stating, 
or summarizing.
    ``Standard-Setting Organization'' or ``SSO'' means any 
organization, group, joint venture or consortia that develops standards 
for the design, performance or other characteristics of products or 
technologies.

Information Requests

    The FTC will have PAE Firms and Other Firms respond to Information

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Requests A-H. The FTC will have Manufacturing Firms respond to 
Information Requests A-B and E-H. The instructions will specify the 
Information Requests to which the Firm is required to respond.
    A. Identification of Report Author: Identify by full name, title, 
business address, telephone number, and official capacity the Person(s) 
who prepared or supervised the preparation of the Firm's response to 
the Information Requests and specify the steps taken by the Firm to 
respond to the Information Requests.
    B. Company Information:
    1. State the Firm's complete legal name and all other names under 
which it has done business, its corporate mailing address, all 
addresses from which it does or has done business, and the dates and 
states of its incorporation.
    2. Describe the Firm's business or corporate structure, and state 
the names of all parents, subsidiaries (whether wholly or partially 
owned), divisions (whether incorporated or not), affiliates, branches, 
joint ventures, franchises, operations under assumed names, Web sites, 
or entities over which the Firm exercises supervision or control, or 
any other Person(s) or entities with a contractual or other legal right 
to a share of revenues, profits, or other Economic Interest tied to 
profitability or financial performance of the Firm. For each such 
entity, describe the relationship with the Firm, including the 
percentage of ownership, control, or other legal entitlement to a share 
of revenues, profits or financial performance between the Firm and the 
entity. When responding to Requests A-H, provide all information for 
the Firm and all related entities identified in response to this 
request.
    3. Identify each Person or entity having an ownership interest in 
the Firm, or other legal entitlement to share in the financial 
performance of the Firm, as well as their individual ownership or 
financial performance stakes, and, if relevant, their positions and 
responsibilities within the Company.
    C. Patent Information:
    1. Identify each Patent held by the Firm since January 1, 2008, and 
specify:
    a. the Patent number;
    b. the date the Patent was acquired;
    c. the Patent title;
    d. the Patent's Class, Subclass, and Art Unit;
    e. the Patent's filing date;
    f. the Patent's issuance date;
    g. the Patent's expiration date;
    h. the maintenance status of the Patent, including whether the 
Patent has expired for failure to pay Maintenance Fees;
    i. whether the Firm is engaged in pre-grant prosecution for any 
identified Patent application;
    j. whether the Firm has abandoned any identified Patent 
application;
    k. whether the Firm is engaged in post-grant prosecution for any 
identified Patent, and describe the nature of the post-grant 
prosecution;
    l. whether the Firm has engaged in any research and development 
activities Relating to the Patent, and specify the nature and estimated 
cost of this research and development activity;
    m. whether any Person(s), other than the Firm, holds any legal 
rights to the Patent. As part of your response:
    (1) identify the Person(s) who holds any legal rights to the 
Patent;
    (2) describe the nature of the legal rights held;
    (3) submit all documents(s) Relating to the legal rights held;
    n. whether any Person, other than the Firm, has an Economic 
Interest in the Patent, and:
    (1) identify the Person(s) who hold an Economic Interest in the 
Patent;
    (2) describe the nature of the Economic Interest held by the 
Person(s);
    (3) submit all documents Relating to this Economic Interest;
    o. whether the Patent (or any claims therein) is subject to a 
licensing commitment made to a Standard-Setting Organization and 
specify:
    (1) all Standard-Setting Organizations to which a licensing 
commitment has been made;
    (2) all standards to which such a licensing commitment applies;
    (3) the Person(s) who made the licensing commitment;
    (4) the date(s) on which the licensing commitment was made;
    (5) all encumbrances, including, but not limited to, all 
commitments to license the Patent or any of its claims on reasonable 
and non-discriminatory (RAND), fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory 
(FRAND), or royalty-free (RF) terms;
    p. whether the Firm has included the Patent in any Demand;
    q. whether the Firm has Litigated the Patent; and
    r. whether the Firm has licensed the Patent to any Person(s).
    2. Provide the assignment and Assertion history for each Patent 
held by the Firm since January 1, 2008. As part of your response, 
specify:
    a. all Person(s) to whom the Patent was assigned before the Firm 
Acquired the Patent and the date(s) of assignment;
    b. all Person(s) to whom the Patent was licensed before the Firm 
Acquired the Patent and the date(s) and term(s) of license;
    c. whether the Patent was Asserted before the Firm Acquired the 
Patent, and list the Person(s) who Asserted the Patent, the Person(s) 
against whom the Patent was Asserted and identify whether the Assertion 
resulted in Litigation(s) or license(s):
    (1) if the Assertion identified in C.2.c resulted in Litigation, 
provide all information requested in Request F.2;
    (2) if the Assertion identified in C.2.c resulted in a license 
agreement, provide all information requested in F.3;
    (3) state whether the Assertion identified in C.2.c involved a 
technology transfer provision, and provide all technology transfer 
agreements Relating to this response.
    3. Submit all documents Relating to any communication since January 
1, 2008 between the Firm and any investor or potential investor, 
financial or otherwise, Relating to any Patent(s) held by the Firm 
since January 1, 2008.
    D. Patent Portfolio Information:
    1. Describe all Patent Portfolios held by the Firm since January 1, 
2008; and specify:
    a. how the Firm organizes the Patent Portfolio(s);
    b. the numbers of the Patents included in the Patent Portfolio(s); 
and
    c. the Firm's valuation of the Patent Portfolio(s) and the date of 
the valuation.
    2. Submit all documents Relating to the Firm's reasons or business 
strategy for organizing the Patent(s) into Portfolio(s), including but 
not limited to, market analyses, financial analyses, business plans, 
statements to investors and potential investors, and disclosures 
required by the Securities and Exchange Commission or any other Person.
    E. Patent Acquisition and Transfer Information:
    1. For each Patent Acquired by the Firm since January 1, 2008, 
state whether the Firm Acquired the Patent individually or as part of a 
Patent Portfolio, and provide the following information:
    a. for all Patents that the Firm Acquired individually, identify 
the Patent, and specify:
    (1) the Person(s) from whom the Firm Acquired the Patent and state 
whether that Person(s) was the original inventor;
    (2) the date on which the Firm Acquired the Patent;
    (3) whether the Patent was Acquired in bankruptcy;
    (4) the financial terms of the Firm's Acquisition of the Patent. As 
part of your response, specify:
    (a) whether the Firm paid a lump sum, the amount of the lump sum; 
the Person(s) to whom the lump sum was paid, and the date the payment 
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    (b) whether the Firm paid, or is paying, an ongoing payment, and 
specify:
    i. how the ongoing payment is calculated;
    ii. the total amount of the ongoing payment paid as of the date of 
this Request;
    iii. the amount of each individual payment paid as of the date of 
this Request, the Person(s) to whom each payment was made, and the date 
of each payment;
    iv. the total amount of the ongoing payment expected to be paid in 
the future, and all Person(s) expected to receive future payments;
    (c) whether another Person(s) contributed financially to the 
purchase of the Patent(s), and if so, identify the Person(s) and 
percentage share of ownership or other legal entitlement to the 
licensing or other revenue derived from such Patent(s).
    b. for all Patents that the Firm Acquired as part of a Patent 
Portfolio, specify:
    (1) all Patents included in the Patent Portfolio;
    (2) the Person(s) from whom the Firm Acquired the Patent Portfolio;
    (3) the date on which the Firm Acquired the Patent Portfolio;
    (4) the circumstances in which the Firm Acquired the Patent 
Portfolio, including, but not limited to, whether the Patent Portfolio 
was Acquired in bankruptcy, or whether it was acquired from the 
original inventor;
    (5) the financial terms of the Firm's Acquisition of the Patent 
Portfolio;
    As part of your response, specify:
    (a) whether the Firm paid a lump sum, the amount of the lump sum; 
the Person(s) to whom the lump sum was paid, and the date the payment 
was made;
    (b) whether the Firm paid, or is paying, an ongoing payment, and 
specify:
    i. how the ongoing payment is calculated;
    ii. the total amount of the ongoing payment paid as of the date of 
this Request;
    iii. the amount of each individual payment paid as of the date of 
this Request; the Person(s) to whom each payment was made; and the date 
of each payment;
    iv. the total amount of the ongoing payment expected to be paid in 
the future; and all Person(s) expected to receive future payments; and
    (c) whether another Person(s) contributed financially to the 
purchase of the Patent Portfolio, and if so, identify the Person(s) and 
percentage share of ownership or other legal entitlement to the 
licensing or other revenue derived from such Patent(s).
    2. Identify each Patent the Firm has sold or transferred since 
January 1, 2008. As part of your response, specify:
    a. the Person(s) who Acquired the Patent;
    b. the date(s) on which the Person(s) Acquired the Patent;
    c. the financial terms of the Person(s)' Acquisition of the Patent. 
As part of your response, specify:
    (1) whether the Person(s) paid a lump sum, the amount of the lump 
sum, the Person(s) to whom the lump sum was paid, and the date the 
payment was made;
    (2) whether the Person(s) paid, or is paying, an ongoing payment, 
and specify:
    (a) how the ongoing payment is calculated;
    (b) the total amount of the ongoing payment paid as of the date of 
this Request;
    (c) the amount of each individual payment paid as of the date of 
this Request, the Person(s) to whom each payment was made; and the date 
of each payment;
    (d) the total amount of the ongoing payment expected to be paid in 
the future, and all Person(s) expected to receive future payments, and
    (3) whether another Person(s) contributed financially to the 
purchase of the Patent(s), and if so, identify the Person(s) and 
percentage share of ownership or other legal entitlement to the 
licensing or other revenue derived from such Patent(s).
    3. Identify any Patent not identified in response to E.1 or E.2 for 
which, since January 1, 2008, the Firm has had standing to sue and 
submit a copy of the license agreement that grants the Firm standing to 
sue.
    4. Submit the Patent purchase or Acquisition agreement for all 
Acquisitions identified in response to Request E.1.
    5. Submit all documents Relating to the Firm's Acquisitions 
identified in response to Request E.1, including but not limited to, 
market analyses, financial analyses, business plans, statements to 
investors and potential investors, and disclosures required by the 
Securities and Exchange Commission or any other Person.
    6. Submit all documents Relating to the Firm's sales and transfers 
identified in response to Request E.2, including but not limited to, 
market analyses, financial analyses, business plans statements to 
investors and potential investors, and disclosures required by the 
Securities and Exchange Commission or any other Person.
    F. Patent Assertion Information:
    1. Demand Information:
    a. identify all Demands sent by, or on behalf of the Firm since 
January 1, 2008 and specify:
    (a) all Person(s) to which the Demand was sent;
    (b) the Patent(s) Relating to the Demand;
    (c) the total time spent and costs incurred by the Firm, or any 
Person working on behalf of the Firm, for any research Relating to the 
Demand, including but not limited to any attempt to compare the 
allegedly infringing product(s) or process(es) with the Asserted Patent 
claims;
    (d) any Litigation initiated by the Firm Relating to the Demand, 
and the outcome of any such Litigation;
    (e) any license agreement Relating to the Demand;
    (f) any revenue obtained by the Firm Relating to each Demand, 
separately listed for each year since January 1, 2008, and for each 
Patent Portfolio held by the Firm.
    b. for each year since January 1, 2008, identify the Firm's total 
expenses Relating to all Demands identified in response to Request F.1;
    c. for each year since January 1, 2008, identify the Firm's total 
revenue Relating to all Demands identified in response to Request F.1;
    d. submit a copy of each Demand identified in response to Request 
F.1, and all documents reflecting communications Relating the Demand;
    e. submit all documents that reflect business strategy or financial 
research Relating to the Demand(s) identified in response to Request 
6.A; and
    f. submit all license or settlement agreements Relating to the 
Demand.
    2. Litigation Information:
    a. identify all Litigation(s) pending since January 1, 2008 to 
which the Firm is a party involving any Patent(s) held by the Firm 
since January 1, 2008. As part of your response, specify:
    (1) whether the Firm is a plaintiff or defendant in the Litigation;
    (2) the Patent(s) and claim(s) Asserted;
    (3) the court, date filed, docket number, parties, current or final 
status (including dates);
    (4) the remedies sought in the Litigation, including, but not 
limited to damages, enhanced damages, injunctive relief, or an 
exclusion order;
    (5) whether the Patent was found infringed, invalid, or 
unenforceable and whether an injunction or an exclusion order issued;
    (6) whether past damages were awarded, and the amount of any such 
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    (7) whether future damages were awarded, and all projected revenue 
expected by the Firm as a result of the award for future damages, by 
year, together with the method for calculating future damages (e.g. as 
a fraction of revenue or a fee per unit sold);
    (8) if the Litigation resulted in a settlement agreement, provide a 
copy of that agreement and specify:
    (a) the stage of Litigation at which settlement was reached, e.g. 
before an order on a motion to dismiss, before an order on a motion for 
summary judgment;
    (b) whether the Court issued an order construing any claim(s) of 
the Patent(s) Asserted before settlement was reached;
    (c) the terms of the settlement agreement, and if the settlement 
included a license or cross-license, all licensing information 
requested in Request F.3;
    (9) for each year since January 1, 2008, the costs the Firm 
incurred for the Litigation;
    b. for each Litigation identified in Response to Request F.2, 
submit all orders Relating to disposition of any dispositive motions;
    c. state whether the Firm has any contingency fee agreement(s) 
Relating to any Litigation(s) identified in response to Request F.2; 
and specify:
    (1) the Person(s) with whom the Firm shares the contingency fee 
agreement(s);
    (2) how the contingency fee is calculated;
    (3) for each year since January 1, 2008, the amount paid pursuant 
to the contingency fee arrangement; and
    (4) submit a copy of the contingency fee agreement(s).
    3. License Information:
    a. identify all license agreements the Firm entered into with any 
other Person(s) since January 1, 2008 Relating to any Patent(s) held by 
the Firm since January 1, 2008. As part of your response, specify:
    (1) the Patent(s) licensed;
    (2) the date and length of the license agreement;
    (3) the licensor(s) and licensee(s);
    (4) whether the license agreement Relates to any Litigation. As 
part of your response:
    (a) identify the Litigation to which the license agreement Relates;
    (b) for license agreements Relating to any Litigation, state when 
settlement was reached and when the license agreement was executed, 
e.g. after an order on a dispositive motion, on the eve of trial;
    (c) state whether the Court issued an order construing any claim(s) 
of the Patent(s) Asserted before the license agreement was executed;
    (5) all revenue obtained by the Firm Relating to each license 
agreement, separately listed for each year since January 1, 2008, and 
for each Patent Portfolio held by the Firm; and specify:
    (a) the effective royalty rate, and the base to which it is to be 
applied;
    (b) state whether this revenue was shared with any Person;
    (c) identify the Person and the revenue shared;
    (d) submit the revenue sharing agreement(s);
    (6) all projected revenue expected by the Firm as a result of the 
license agreement, by year, and the method for calculating the 
projected revenue, e.g. as a fraction of revenue or a fee per unit 
sold;
    (7) whether the license agreement includes any cross-license, and 
submit a copy of the cross-license;
    (8) whether the Firm conducted a valuation of the cross-license, 
and submit all documents Relating to the valuation; and
    (9) whether the license agreement includes any provisions for 
technology transfer from the Firm to the licensee(s).
    4. For each license agreement identified in Response to Request 
F.3, submit a copy of the agreement and all documents Relating to the 
agreement, including but not limited to, documents reflecting 
communications Relating to the license, documents summarizing sales 
made by the licensee, and documents reflecting arrangements to share 
revenue generated by the license.
    5. Submit all documents Relating to the Firm's rationale for all 
Assertions identified in response to Request F, including but not 
limited to, market analyses, financial analyses, business plans, 
statements to investors and potential investors, and disclosures 
required by the Securities and Exchange Commission or any other Person.
    6. Submit all documents Relating to the Firm's projected gross 
revenue or return-on-investment for all Assertions identified in 
response to Request F, including, but not limited to, market analyses, 
financial analyses, business plans, statements to investors and 
potential investors, and disclosures required by the Securities and 
Exchange Commission or any other Person.
    G. Aggregate Cost Information:
    1. For each year since January 1, 2008, identify:
    a. The total cost to and amount paid by the Firm Relating to all 
Acquisitions identified in response to Request E.1. State whether the 
Firm shares any fraction of this cost with any Person(s), and if the 
answer is yes, specify:
    (1) The Person(s) with whom costs are shared;
    (2) how this amount is calculated;
    (3) the total cost shared to date;
    (4) any cost expected to be shared in the future;
    b. the total cost to and amount paid by the Firm Relating to all 
Assertions identified in response to Request F, and specify:
    (1) The total cost to and amount paid by the Firm Relating to all 
Demands identified in response to Request F.1. State whether the Firm 
shares any fraction of this cost with any Person(s), and if the answer 
is yes, specify:
    (a) The Person(s) with whom costs are shared;
    (b) how this amount is calculated;
    (c) the total cost shared to date;
    (d) any cost expected to be shared in the future;
    (2) the total cost to and amount paid by the Firm Relating to all 
Litigations identified in response to Request F.2. State whether the 
Firm shares any fraction of this cost with any Person(s), and if the 
answer is yes, specify:
    (a) The Person(s) with whom costs are shared;
    (b) how this amount is calculated;
    (c) the total cost shared to date;
    (d) any cost expected to be shared in the future;
    (3) the total cost to and amount paid by the Firm Relating to all 
License Agreements identified in response to Request F.3. State whether 
the Firm shares any fraction of this cost with any Person(s), and if 
the answer is yes, specify:
    (a) The Person(s) with whom costs are shared;
    (b) how this amount is calculated;
    (c) the total cost shared to date; and
    (d) any cost expected to be shared in the future.
    2. Submit all documents Relating to all costs and payments 
identified in response to Request G.
    H. Aggregate Revenue Information:
    1. For each year since January 1, 2008, identify:
    a. The total revenue received by the Firm Relating to all transfers 
identified in response to Request E.2. State whether the Firm shares 
any fraction of this revenue with any Person(s), and if the answer is 
yes, specify:
    (1) The Person(s) with whom revenue is shared;
    (2) how this amount is calculated;
    (3) the total revenue shared to date;
    (4) any revenue expected to be shared in the future;
    b. the total revenue received by the Firm Relating to all 
Assertions identified in response to Request F, and specify:
    (1) The total revenue received by the Firm Relating to all Demands 
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in response to Request F.1. State whether the Firm shares any fraction 
of this revenue with any Person(s), and if the answer is yes, specify:
    (a) The Person(s) with whom revenue is shared;
    (b) how this amount is calculated;
    (c) the total revenue shared to date;
    (d) any revenue expected to be shared in the future;
    (2) the total revenue received by the Firm Relating to all 
Litigations identified in response to Request F.2. State whether the 
Firm shares any fraction of this revenue with any Person(s), and if the 
answer is yes, specify:
    (a) The Person(s) with whom revenue is shared;
    (b) how this amount is calculated;
    (c) the total revenue shared to date;
    (d) any revenue expected to be shared in the future;
    (3) the total revenue received by the Firm Relating to all License 
Agreements identified in response to Request F.3. State whether the 
Firm shares any fraction of this revenue with any Person(s), and if the 
answer is yes, specify:
    (a) The Person(s) with whom revenue is shared;
    (b) how this amount is calculated;
    (c) the total revenue shared to date;
    (d) any revenue expected to be shared in the future;
    (4) any revenue not identified above, shared with any Person(s) and 
specify:
    (a) The Person(s) with whom revenue is shared;
    (b) how this amount is calculated;
    (c) the total revenue shared to date; and
    (d) any revenue expected to be shared in the future.
    2. Submit all documents Relating to all revenue identified in 
response to Request 8.
    It should be noted that pending this information collection, the 
destruction, mutilation, alteration, or falsification of documentary 
evidence within the possession or control of a person, partnership or 
corporation subject to the FTC Act is subject to criminal prosecution. 
15 U.S.C. 50, see also 18 U.S.C. 1505.

II. Estimated Burden Hours

    Staff will ask respondents to answer several written questions and 
to provide documents related to the answers provided. Because the 
responses will necessarily vary depending on the respondent, we have 
provided a range of estimated response times from 90 to 400 hours. The 
total estimated burden of answering the questions and producing 
documents per respondent is based on the following:
    Organize document and information retrieval: 15-50 hours.
    Identify requested information: 15-150 hours.
    Retrieve responsive information: 20-80 hours.
    Copy requested information: 20-40 hours.
    Prepare response: 20-80 hours.
    Thus the cumulative hours burden to produce documents and prepare 
the response sought will be between 3,600 (90 hours x 40 companies) to 
16,000 (400 hours x 40 companies).

III. Estimated Cost Burden

    It is not possible to calculate with precision labor costs 
associated with answering the questions and producing the documents 
requested, as each will entail various levels of management and/or 
support staff among many different companies. Individuals among some or 
all of those labor categories may be involved in the information 
collection process. Nonetheless, we have assumed that mid-management 
level personnel will handle most (estimate: 90%) of the tasks involved 
in gathering and producing the responsive information and we have 
applied a mean hourly wage of $52.20 \4\ for their labor. We also have 
applied a mean hourly wage of $16.54 for the labor of clerical 
employees \5\ who will prepare the responsive materials for copying or 
electronic production. Thus the labor costs per company should range 
between $3,984.80 [(81 hours x $52.20/hour) + (9 hours x 16.54/hour) to 
$19,097 [(360 hours x $52.20/hour) + (40 hours x $16.54/hour)].
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    \4\ Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2012 National Occupational 
Employment and Wage Estimates for the United States, Management 
Occupations: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm.
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    Staff anticipates that the capital or other non-labor costs 
associated with the information requests will be minimal. Although the 
information requests may require the respondent to store copies of the 
requested information provided to the Commission, industry members 
should already have in place the means to store information of the 
volume requested. Respondents may need to purchase minimal office 
supplies to respond to the request. Staff estimates that each 
respondent will spend $500 for such costs regarding the information 
request, for a total additional non-labor cost burden of $20,000 ($500 
x 40 companies).

IV. Request for Comment

    Under the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, federal agencies must obtain 
approval from OMB for each collection of information they conduct or 
sponsor. ``Collection of information'' means agency requests or 
requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, 
or provide information to a third party. 44 U.S.C. 3502(3); 5 CFR 
1320.3(c). As required by Section 3506(c)(2) of the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 
3506, the FTC is providing this opportunity for public comment before 
requesting that OMB approve the study. Specifically, the FTC invites 
comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the FTC, 
including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the 
accuracy of the FTC's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection 
of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity 
of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden 
of collecting information. The FTC encourages recipients of prior 
compulsory process orders to offer suggestions on how the burden of the 
proposed collection may be reduced. All comments should be filed as 
prescribed below, and must be received on or before December 2, 2013.
    You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to 
consider your comment, we must receive it on or before December 2, 
2013. Write ``PAE Reports: Paperwork Comment; Project No. P131203'' on 
your comment. Your comment--including your name and your state--will be 
placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the 
extent practicable, on the public Commission Web site, at http://www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, the 
Commission tries to remove individuals' home contact information from 
comments before placing them on the Commission Web site.
    Because your comment will be made public, you are solely 
responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any 
sensitive personal information, like anyone's Social Security number, 
date of birth, driver's license number or other state identification 
number or foreign country equivalent, passport number, financial 
account number, or credit or debit card number. You are also solely 
responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any 
sensitive health information, like medical records or other 
individually identifiable health information. In addition, do not 
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any ``[t]rade secret or any commercial or financial information which 
is obtained from any person and which is privileged or confidential,'' 
as provided in Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC 
Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2). In particular, do not include 
competitively sensitive information such as costs, sales statistics, 
inventories, formulas, patterns, devices, manufacturing processes, or 
customer names.
    If you want the Commission to give your comment confidential 
treatment, you must file it in paper form, with a request for 
confidential treatment, and you have to follow the procedure explained 
in FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).\6\ Your comment will be kept 
confidential only if the FTC General Counsel grants your request in 
accordance with the law and the public interest. Postal mail addressed 
to the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security 
screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit your comments 
online. To make sure that the Commission considers your online comment, 
you must file it at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/paestudypra, 
by following the instructions on the web-based form. If this Notice 
appears at http://www.regulations.gov/#!home, you also may file a 
comment through that Web site.
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    \6\ In particular, the written request for confidential 
treatment that accompanies the comment must include the factual and 
legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions 
of the comment to be withheld from the public record. See FTC Rule 
4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).
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    If you file your comment on paper, write ``PAE Reports: Paperwork 
Comment; Project No. P131203'' on your comment and on the envelope, and 
mail or deliver it to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, 
Office of the Secretary, Room H-113 (Annex J), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue 
NW, Washington, DC 20580. If possible, submit your paper comment to the 
Commission by courier or overnight service.
    Visit the Commission Web site at http://www.ftc.gov to read this 
Notice and the news release describing it. The FTC Act and other laws 
that the Commission administers permit the collection of public 
comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The 
Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that 
it receives on or before December 2, 2013. You can find more 
information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, in 
the Commission's privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm.

By direction of the Commission.
Donald S. Clark,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-24230 Filed 10-2-13; 8:45 am]
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