Patent and Trademark Financial Transactions, 8439-8441 [2014-03070]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 29 / Wednesday, February 12, 2014 / Notices Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Theresa L. Goedeke, 301– 713–3028 or Theresa.Goedeke@ noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: I. Abstract This request is for a new data collection to benefit marine resource managers in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). The National Ocean Service (NOS) proposes to collect data on the resource usage patterns, knowledge and values of the professional SCUBA diving community relative to coral reefs in the USVI. Data are needed to support conservation and management goals as defined under the Coral Reef Conservation Act (CRCA) (16 U.S.C. 6401 et seq). The purpose of the CRCA is to advance conservation of coral reef ecosystems in the U.S. and Territories. Specifically, the Act requires the federal government to produce sound scientific information on the condition of coral reef ecosystems and threats to them, so that reefs may be better preserved, sustained and restored. The present data collection is one component of a larger project to produce a science-based decision support tool that will be used by resource managers to prioritize coral reefs in the USVI for the purposes of management under the CRCA. Researchers propose to collect information from the professional SCUBA diving community in the USVI, who are an important stakeholder group with much knowledge about this marine ecosystem. Information will be gathered from this community because of their experience diving on focal coral reefs and reliance on such ecosystems for their livelihood. The survey will ascertain which coral reef areas are needed/used most by persons in the professional SCUBA diving community. It will gather divers’ opinions on the status and health of these coral reefs. Finally, the survey will collect information on the demographic characteristics of professional SCUBA diving community, along with the values they have for local coral reefs. Data gathered will be used to identify, rank and describe key characteristics of the coral reefs that are most important to the professional SCUBA diving VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:11 Feb 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 8439 community in the USVI, as well as their perception of reef status and resilience. The survey data will become one of several layers of information combined in a larger effort to objectively map the important reefs in the USVI. Knowledge of the locations of priority reefs, together with an assessment of the threats to those reefs, will provide information to prioritize management actions. Dated: February 6, 2014. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. II. Method of Collection Patent and Trademark Financial Transactions The data collection will take place over a four month period and will be comprised of a questionnaire as well as a mapping exercise to be completed by the respondent. The data will be collected electronically using an online survey instrument and associated mapping tool. [FR Doc. 2014–03010 Filed 2–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–JE–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request. OMB Control Number: None. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (request for a new information collection). Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 250. Estimated Time per Response: 25 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 104. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/reporting costs. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104– 13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 14, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0043 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. IV. Request for Comments FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: III. Data Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: Requests for additional information should be directed to Matthew Lee, Office of Finance, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272–6343; or by email to Matthew.Lee@uspto.gov. Additional information about this collection is also available at https://www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract Under 35 U.S.C. 41 and 15 U.S.C. 1113, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) charges fees for processing and other services related to patents, trademarks, and information products. Customers may submit payments to the USPTO by several methods, including credit card, deposit account, electronic funds transfer (EFT), and paper check transactions. The provisions of 35 U.S.C. 41 and 15 U.S.C. E:\FR\FM\12FEN1.SGM 12FEN1 8440 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 29 / Wednesday, February 12, 2014 / Notices 1113 are implemented in 37 CFR 1.16– 1.28, 2.6–2.7, and 2.206–2.209. This information collection includes the Credit Card Payment Form (PTO– 2038), which provides the public with a convenient way to submit a credit card payment for fees related to a patent, trademark, or information product. Customers may also submit credit card payments via the Electronic Credit Card Payment Form (PTO–2231) when using online systems through the USPTO Web site for paying fees related to patents, trademarks, or information products. The USPTO will not include credit card information submitted using the provided credit card payment forms among the patent or trademark records open to public inspection. Customers may establish a deposit account for making fee payments by completing a Deposit Account Application Form (PTO–2232) and sending the required information, initial deposit, and service fee to the USPTO. Deposit accounts eliminate the need to submit a check, credit card information, or other form of payment for each transaction with the USPTO. Additionally, in the event that a fee amount due is miscalculated, customers may authorize the USPTO to charge any remaining balance to the deposit account and therefore avoid the potential consequences of underpayment. As customers use their deposit accounts to make payments, they may deposit funds to replenish their accounts by mailing a check to the USPTO, sending funds via wire transfer, or making a deposit online via EFT using the Electronic Deposit Account Replenishment Form (PTO–2233) available at the USPTO Web site. Replenishments may not be made by credit card. Customers may close their deposit accounts by submitting a written request or by using the Deposit Account Closure Request Form (PTO– 2234). The USPTO is also adding the Deposit Account Withdrawal Request to this collection to allow customers to remove funds from their deposit accounts without closing the entire account. In addition to credit cards and deposit accounts, customers may also use EFT to make online fee payments to the USPTO. Customers must first establish a user profile with their banking information by submitting the EFT User Profile Form (PTO–2236) through the USPTO Web site. Once their profile is created, customers may use their User ID and password to perform EFT transactions. Under 37 CFR 1.26 and 2.209, the USPTO may refund fees paid by mistake or in excess of the required amount. In general, refunds of amounts larger than $25 are returned to the customer automatically using the same method as the original payment. For refund amounts of $25 or less, customers must submit a written request to the Refund Branch of the USPTO Office of Finance. The USPTO is currently developing a new MyFinancials system that will allow customers to add, manage, and report on payment methods in their online user profiles at the USPTO Web site. After establishing a USPTO username and password, customers may add their credit card, deposit account, and EFT information to their profile using the MyFinancials web interface. Customers may then manage and report on these stored payment methods online. In the future, the USPTO will deploy additional functionality that will allow the stored payment methods to be used when the customer conducts transactions with the USPTO. Once the MyFinancials system is deployed, the information that customers currently submit using the Deposit Account Application Form (PTO–2232) and the EFT User Profile Form (PTO–2236) will be integrated into the MyFinancials interface, eliminating the need for these separate forms and thereby streamlining the process of setting up those payment methods. II. Method of Collection By mail, facsimile, hand delivery, or electronically to the USPTO. III. Data OMB Number: 0651–0043. Form Number(s): PTO–2038, PTO– 2231, PTO–2232, PTO–2233, PTO–2234, PTO–2236. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other forprofits; and not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,590,950 responses per year. The USPTO estimates that approximately 21% of these responses will be from small entities. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public approximately one to seven minutes (0.02 to 0.12 hours) to gather the necessary information, prepare the appropriate form or document, and submit the items in this collection to the USPTO. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 77,925 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $4,130,025. The USPTO expects that 75% of the submissions for this information collection will be prepared by fee administrators/ coordinators and that 25% of the submissions will be prepared by paraprofessionals. Using those proportions and the estimated rates of $30 per hour for fee administrators/ coordinators and $122 per hour for paraprofessionals, the USPTO estimates that the average rate for all respondents will be approximately $53 per hour. Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the respondent cost burden for submitting the information in this collection will be approximately $4,130,025 per year. Estimated time for response (minutes) Item mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES When those separate forms are no longer necessary, the USPTO will remove them from this collection. Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden hours Credit Card Payment Form (PTO–2038) .................................................................................... Electronic Credit Card Payment Form (PTO–2231) ................................................................... Deposit Account Application Form (PTO–2232) ......................................................................... Deposit Account Replenishment ................................................................................................. Electronic Deposit Account Replenishment Form (PTO–2233) .................................................. Deposit Account Closure Request Form (PTO–2234) ................................................................ Deposit Account Withdrawal Request ......................................................................................... EFT User Profile Form (PTO–2236) ........................................................................................... Refund Request ........................................................................................................................... MyFinancials Stored Payment Methods ...................................................................................... 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 3 4 7 103,115 2,412,213 284 29,210 34,339 162 33 1,320 8,181 2,093 3,093 72,366 9 876 687 3 1 66 573 251 Totals .................................................................................................................................... ........................ 2,590,950 77,925 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:11 Feb 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\12FEN1.SGM 12FEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 29 / Wednesday, February 12, 2014 / Notices Estimated Total Annual Non-hour Respondent Cost Burden: $130,138. There are no capital start-up, maintenance, or recordkeeping costs associated with this information collection. However, this collection does have annual (non-hour) cost burden in the form of service fees associated with deposit accounts and returned payments as well as postage costs. There are service fees for setting up a deposit account at the USPTO, for not maintaining the minimum balance required for the deposit account, and for returned payments. The service charge to establish a deposit account is $10, and the USPTO estimates that it processes 284 Deposit Account Application Forms annually, for a total of $2,840 per year. There is also a $25 service charge for deposit accounts that are below the minimum balance ($1,000 minimum balance for an unrestricted deposit account or $300 minimum balance for a restricted deposit account) at the end of the month. The USPTO estimates that it assesses 4,000 of these low balance charges annually, for a total of $100,000 per year. There is a $50 service charge for processing a payment refused (including a check returned ‘‘unpaid’’) or charged back by a financial institution. The USPTO estimates that it assesses 129 of these returned payment charges annually, for a total of $6,450 per year. The total estimated service fees for this collection are $109,290 per year. Customers may incur postage costs when submitting the Credit Card Payment Form and other paper forms or requests to the USPTO by mail. Customers generally send the Credit Card Payment Form to the USPTO along with other documents related to the fee or service being paid for by credit card, but some customers may submit just the Credit Card Payment Form without additional supporting documents. The USPTO estimates that roughly 5 percent of the 103,115 paper Credit Card Payment Forms submitted annually may be mailed in by themselves, or approximately 5,156 per year. The USPTO estimates that it will receive an additional 37,391 submissions per year that may be mailed, including Deposit Account Replenishments and Refund Requests, for a total of 42,547 mailed submissions per year. The USPTO estimates that the first-class postage cost for a mailed submission will be 49 cents, for a total postage cost of approximately $20,848 per year. The total annual (non-hour) respondent cost burden for this collection in the form of service fees and VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:11 Feb 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 postage costs is estimated to be approximately $130,138 per year. IV. Request for Comments Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. The USPTO is soliciting public comments to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Dated: February 7, 2014. Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–03070 Filed 2–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review Commodity Futures Trading Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected costs and burden. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before March 14, 2014. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted to OMB within 30 days of the notice’s publication. Comments, identified by ‘‘Practice by Former Members and Employees of the Commission Pursuant to 17 CFR 140.735.6,’’ should be mailed to the Office of Information and Regulatory SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8441 Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Comments may be also be submitted, regarding the burden estimated or any other aspect of the information collection, including suggestions for reducing the burden, identified by ‘‘Practice by Former Members and Employees of the Commission Pursuant to 17 CFR 140.735.6,’’ by any of the following methods: • Agency Web site, via its Comments Online process: https:// comments.cftc.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments through the Web site. • Mail: Send to Melissa D. Jurgens, Secretary, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 1155 21st Street NW., Washington, DC 20581. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as Mail, above. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov/search/index.jsp. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. All comments must be submitted in English, or if not, accompanied by an English translation. Comments will be posted as received to https:// www.cftc.gov. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. If you wish the Commission to consider information that is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, a petition for confidential treatment of the exempt information may be submitted according to the procedures set forth in section 145.9 of the Commission’s regulations.1 The Commission reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to review, pre-screen, filter, redact, refuse or remove any or all of your submission from www.cftc.gov that it may deem to be inappropriate for publication, such as obscene language. All submissions that have been redacted or removed that contain comments on the merits of the rulemaking will be retained in the public comment file and will be considered as required under the Administrative Procedure Act and other applicable laws, and may be accessible under the Freedom of Information Act. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John P. Dolan at (202) 418–5220; FAX: (202) 418–5524; email: jdolan@cftc.gov, and refer to OMB Control No. 3038–0025. This contact can also provide a copy of the ICR. 1 Commission regulations referred to herein are found at 17 CFR Ch. 1 (2010). Commission regulations are accessible on the Commission’s Web site, www.cftc.gov. E:\FR\FM\12FEN1.SGM 12FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 29 (Wednesday, February 12, 2014)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office


Patent and Trademark Financial Transactions

ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part 
of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, 
invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this 
opportunity to comment on the continuing information collection, as 
required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 
U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 14, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-
0043 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, Office of the 
Chief Information Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 
P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to Matthew Lee, Office of Finance, United States 
Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; 
by telephone at 571-272-6343; or by email to Matthew.Lee@uspto.gov. 
Additional information about this collection is also available at 
https://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    Under 35 U.S.C. 41 and 15 U.S.C. 1113, the United States Patent and 
Trademark Office (USPTO) charges fees for processing and other services 
related to patents, trademarks, and information products. Customers may 
submit payments to the USPTO by several methods, including credit card, 
deposit account, electronic funds transfer (EFT), and paper check 
transactions. The provisions of 35 U.S.C. 41 and 15 U.S.C.

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1113 are implemented in 37 CFR 1.16-1.28, 2.6-2.7, and 2.206-2.209.
    This information collection includes the Credit Card Payment Form 
(PTO-2038), which provides the public with a convenient way to submit a 
credit card payment for fees related to a patent, trademark, or 
information product. Customers may also submit credit card payments via 
the Electronic Credit Card Payment Form (PTO-2231) when using online 
systems through the USPTO Web site for paying fees related to patents, 
trademarks, or information products.
    The USPTO will not include credit card information submitted using 
the provided credit card payment forms among the patent or trademark 
records open to public inspection.
    Customers may establish a deposit account for making fee payments 
by completing a Deposit Account Application Form (PTO-2232) and sending 
the required information, initial deposit, and service fee to the 
USPTO. Deposit accounts eliminate the need to submit a check, credit 
card information, or other form of payment for each transaction with 
the USPTO. Additionally, in the event that a fee amount due is 
miscalculated, customers may authorize the USPTO to charge any 
remaining balance to the deposit account and therefore avoid the 
potential consequences of underpayment. As customers use their deposit 
accounts to make payments, they may deposit funds to replenish their 
accounts by mailing a check to the USPTO, sending funds via wire 
transfer, or making a deposit online via EFT using the Electronic 
Deposit Account Replenishment Form (PTO-2233) available at the USPTO 
Web site. Replenishments may not be made by credit card. Customers may 
close their deposit accounts by submitting a written request or by 
using the Deposit Account Closure Request Form (PTO-2234). The USPTO is 
also adding the Deposit Account Withdrawal Request to this collection 
to allow customers to remove funds from their deposit accounts without 
closing the entire account.
    In addition to credit cards and deposit accounts, customers may 
also use EFT to make online fee payments to the USPTO. Customers must 
first establish a user profile with their banking information by 
submitting the EFT User Profile Form (PTO-2236) through the USPTO Web 
site. Once their profile is created, customers may use their User ID 
and password to perform EFT transactions.
    Under 37 CFR 1.26 and 2.209, the USPTO may refund fees paid by 
mistake or in excess of the required amount. In general, refunds of 
amounts larger than $25 are returned to the customer automatically 
using the same method as the original payment. For refund amounts of 
$25 or less, customers must submit a written request to the Refund 
Branch of the USPTO Office of Finance.
    The USPTO is currently developing a new MyFinancials system that 
will allow customers to add, manage, and report on payment methods in 
their online user profiles at the USPTO Web site. After establishing a 
USPTO username and password, customers may add their credit card, 
deposit account, and EFT information to their profile using the 
MyFinancials web interface. Customers may then manage and report on 
these stored payment methods online. In the future, the USPTO will 
deploy additional functionality that will allow the stored payment 
methods to be used when the customer conducts transactions with the 
USPTO.
    Once the MyFinancials system is deployed, the information that 
customers currently submit using the Deposit Account Application Form 
(PTO-2232) and the EFT User Profile Form (PTO-2236) will be integrated 
into the MyFinancials interface, eliminating the need for these 
separate forms and thereby streamlining the process of setting up those 
payment methods. When those separate forms are no longer necessary, the 
USPTO will remove them from this collection.

II. Method of Collection

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

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-0043.
    Form Number(s): PTO-2038, PTO-2231, PTO-2232, PTO-2233, PTO-2234, 
PTO-2236.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profits; and not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,590,950 responses per year. The 
USPTO estimates that approximately 21% of these responses will be from 
small entities.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public approximately one to seven minutes (0.02 to 0.12 hours) to 
gather the necessary information, prepare the appropriate form or 
document, and submit the items in this collection to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 77,925 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $4,130,025. The 
USPTO expects that 75% of the submissions for this information 
collection will be prepared by fee administrators/coordinators and that 
25% of the submissions will be prepared by paraprofessionals. Using 
those proportions and the estimated rates of $30 per hour for fee 
administrators/coordinators and $122 per hour for paraprofessionals, 
the USPTO estimates that the average rate for all respondents will be 
approximately $53 per hour. Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the 
respondent cost burden for submitting the information in this 
collection will be approximately $4,130,025 per year.

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                                                                  Estimated time     Estimated       Estimated
                              Item                                 for response       annual       annual burden
                                                                     (minutes)       responses         hours
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Credit Card Payment Form (PTO-2038).............................               2         103,115           3,093
Electronic Credit Card Payment Form (PTO-2231)..................               2       2,412,213          72,366
Deposit Account Application Form (PTO-2232).....................               2             284               9
Deposit Account Replenishment...................................               2          29,210             876
Electronic Deposit Account Replenishment Form (PTO-2233)........               1          34,339             687
Deposit Account Closure Request Form (PTO-2234).................               1             162               3
Deposit Account Withdrawal Request..............................               1              33               1
EFT User Profile Form (PTO-2236)................................               3           1,320              66
Refund Request..................................................               4           8,181             573
MyFinancials Stored Payment Methods.............................               7           2,093             251
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    Totals......................................................  ..............       2,590,950          77,925
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    Estimated Total Annual Non-hour Respondent Cost Burden: $130,138. 
There are no capital start-up, maintenance, or recordkeeping costs 
associated with this information collection. However, this collection 
does have annual (non-hour) cost burden in the form of service fees 
associated with deposit accounts and returned payments as well as 
postage costs.
    There are service fees for setting up a deposit account at the 
USPTO, for not maintaining the minimum balance required for the deposit 
account, and for returned payments. The service charge to establish a 
deposit account is $10, and the USPTO estimates that it processes 284 
Deposit Account Application Forms annually, for a total of $2,840 per 
year. There is also a $25 service charge for deposit accounts that are 
below the minimum balance ($1,000 minimum balance for an unrestricted 
deposit account or $300 minimum balance for a restricted deposit 
account) at the end of the month. The USPTO estimates that it assesses 
4,000 of these low balance charges annually, for a total of $100,000 
per year. There is a $50 service charge for processing a payment 
refused (including a check returned ``unpaid'') or charged back by a 
financial institution. The USPTO estimates that it assesses 129 of 
these returned payment charges annually, for a total of $6,450 per 
year. The total estimated service fees for this collection are $109,290 
per year.
    Customers may incur postage costs when submitting the Credit Card 
Payment Form and other paper forms or requests to the USPTO by mail. 
Customers generally send the Credit Card Payment Form to the USPTO 
along with other documents related to the fee or service being paid for 
by credit card, but some customers may submit just the Credit Card 
Payment Form without additional supporting documents. The USPTO 
estimates that roughly 5 percent of the 103,115 paper Credit Card 
Payment Forms submitted annually may be mailed in by themselves, or 
approximately 5,156 per year. The USPTO estimates that it will receive 
an additional 37,391 submissions per year that may be mailed, including 
Deposit Account Replenishments and Refund Requests, for a total of 
42,547 mailed submissions per year. The USPTO estimates that the first-
class postage cost for a mailed submission will be 49 cents, for a 
total postage cost of approximately $20,848 per year.
    The total annual (non-hour) respondent cost burden for this 
collection in the form of service fees and postage costs is estimated 
to be approximately $130,138 per year.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will 
become a matter of public record.
    The USPTO is soliciting public comments to: (a) Evaluate whether 
the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the 
information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy of 
the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and (d) Minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on those who are to respond, including through the use of 
appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of responses.

    Dated: February 7, 2014.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-03070 Filed 2-11-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-16-P