Fastener Quality Act Insignia Recordal Process, 64573-64574 [2014-25861]

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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 December 29, 2014. SUMMARY: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • E-Mail: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0028 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records Management Division Director, Office of the Chief Information Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313– 1450. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to Catherine Cain, Attorney Advisor, Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313– 1450; by telephone at 571–272–8946; or by email to Catherine.Cain@uspto.gov with ‘‘Paperwork’’ in the subject line. Additional information about this collection is also available at http:// www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract Under Section 5 of the Fastener Quality Act of 1999 (FQA), 15 U.S.C. 5401 et seq., certain industrial fasteners must bear an insignia identifying the manufacturer. It is also mandatory for manufacturers of fasteners covered by the FQA to submit an application to the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for recordal of the insignia on the Fastener Insignia Register. The procedures for the recordal of fastener insignia under the FQA are set forth in 15 CFR 280.300 et seq. The PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64573 purpose of requiring both the insignia and the recordation is to ensure that certain fasteners can be traced to their manufacturers and to protect against the sale of mismarked, misrepresented, or counterfeit fasteners. The insignia may be either a unique alphanumeric designation that the USPTO will issue upon request or a trademark that is registered at the USPTO or is the subject of an application to obtain a registration. After a manufacturer submits a complete application for recordal, the USPTO issues a Certificate of Recordal. These certificates remain active for five years. Applications to renew the certificates must be filed within six months of the expiration date or, upon payment of an additional surcharge, within six months following the expiration date. If a recorded alphanumeric designation is assigned by the manufacturer, the designation becomes ‘‘inactive,’’ and the new owner must submit an application to reactivate the designation within six months of the date of assignment. If the recordal is based on a trademark application or registration, and that registration is assigned, the recordal becomes ‘‘inactive’’ and cannot be reactivated. Instead, the new owner of the trademark application or registration must apply for a new recordal. Manufacturers who record insignia must notify the USPTO of any changes of address. This information collection includes one form, the Application for Recordal of Insignia or Renewal/Reactivation of Recordal Under the Fastener Quality Act (PTO–1611), which provides manufacturers with a convenient way to submit a request for the recordal of a fastener insignia or to renew or reactivate an existing Certificate of Recordal. Use of Form PTO–1611 is not mandatory, and applicants may instead prepare requests for recordal using their own format. The public uses this information collection to comply with the insignia recordal provisions of the FQA. The USPTO uses the information in this collection to record or renew insignias under the FQA and to maintain the Fastener Insignia Register, which is open to public inspection. The public may download the Fastener Insignia Register from the USPTO Web site. II. Method of Collection By mail, facsimile, hand delivery, or electronically to the USPTO. III. Data OMB Number: 0651–0028. Form Number(s): PTO–1611. E:\FR\FM\30OCN1.SGM 30OCN1 64574 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 210 / Thursday, October 30, 2014 / Notices Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits. Estimated Number of Respondents: 95 responses per year. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public approximately 15 minutes (0.25 hours) to gather the necessary information, prepare the form, and submit the request for recordal or renewal of a fastener insignia to the USPTO. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 24 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $3,000. The USPTO expects that the information in this collection will be prepared by paraprofessionals at an estimated rate of $125 per hour. Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the respondent cost burden for this collection will be approximately $3,000 per year. Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden hours Item Estimated time for response Application for Recordal of Insignia or Renewal/Reactivation of Recordal Under the Fastener Quality Act (PTO–1611). 15 minutes ....................................... 95 24 Totals .................................................................................................. .......................................................... 95 24 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Estimated Total Annual Non-Hour Respondent Cost Burden: $2,047. There are no capital start-up, recordkeeping, or maintenance costs associated with this information collection. However, this collection does have annual (non-hour) costs in the form of filing fees and postage costs. Under 37 CFR 2.7, the filing fee is $20 for a recordal of a new fastener insignia, a renewal, or a request for reactivation. The USPTO estimates that it will receive 95 new recordals, renewals, or reactivations of fastener insignia per year, for a total of $1,900 in filing fees. If a manufacturer submits a renewal after the expiration date but within six months of that date, then the manufacturer must pay an additional $20 late-renewal surcharge. The USPTO estimates that approximately 7 of the 95 responses per year will be late renewals that incur the surcharge, for a total of $140 in additional charges. Therefore, the total estimated filing fees for this collection will be $2,040 per year. The public may submit the information for this collection to the USPTO by mail through the United States Postal Service. The USPTO estimates that approximately 5 of the 95 responses per year will be submitted to the USPTO by mail at an average firstclass postage cost of $1.42 per response, for a total postage cost of approximately $7 per year. The total non-hour respondent cost burden for this collection in the form of filing fees ($2,040) and postage costs ($7) is estimated to be $2,047 per year. IV. Request for Comments 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Oct 29, 2014 Jkt 235001 proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, e.g., the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: October 23, 2014. Marcie Lovett, Records Management Division Director, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–25861 Filed 10–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P Patent and Trademark Office Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program Proposed collection; comment request. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a 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 December 29, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • E-Mail: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0058 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to Raul Tamayo, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272–7728; or by email to Raul.Tamayo@uspto.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ACTION: comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records Management Division Director, Office of the Chief Information Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313– 1450. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. 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[FR Doc No: 2014-25861]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office


Fastener Quality Act Insignia Recordal Process

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 December 29, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     E-Mail: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-
0028 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records Management Division Director, 
Office of the Chief Information Officer, United States Patent and 
Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to Catherine Cain, Attorney Advisor, Office of the 
Commissioner for Trademarks, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 
P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-8946; 
or by email to Catherine.Cain@uspto.gov with ``Paperwork'' in the 
subject line. Additional information about this collection is also 
available at http://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection 
Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    Under Section 5 of the Fastener Quality Act of 1999 (FQA), 15 
U.S.C. 5401 et seq., certain industrial fasteners must bear an insignia 
identifying the manufacturer. It is also mandatory for manufacturers of 
fasteners covered by the FQA to submit an application to the United 
Stated Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for recordal of the insignia 
on the Fastener Insignia Register.
    The procedures for the recordal of fastener insignia under the FQA 
are set forth in 15 CFR 280.300 et seq. The purpose of requiring both 
the insignia and the recordation is to ensure that certain fasteners 
can be traced to their manufacturers and to protect against the sale of 
mismarked, misrepresented, or counterfeit fasteners.
    The insignia may be either a unique alphanumeric designation that 
the USPTO will issue upon request or a trademark that is registered at 
the USPTO or is the subject of an application to obtain a registration. 
After a manufacturer submits a complete application for recordal, the 
USPTO issues a Certificate of Recordal. These certificates remain 
active for five years. Applications to renew the certificates must be 
filed within six months of the expiration date or, upon payment of an 
additional surcharge, within six months following the expiration date.
    If a recorded alphanumeric designation is assigned by the 
manufacturer, the designation becomes ``inactive,'' and the new owner 
must submit an application to reactivate the designation within six 
months of the date of assignment. If the recordal is based on a 
trademark application or registration, and that registration is 
assigned, the recordal becomes ``inactive'' and cannot be reactivated. 
Instead, the new owner of the trademark application or registration 
must apply for a new recordal. Manufacturers who record insignia must 
notify the USPTO of any changes of address.
    This information collection includes one form, the Application for 
Recordal of Insignia or Renewal/Reactivation of Recordal Under the 
Fastener Quality Act (PTO-1611), which provides manufacturers with a 
convenient way to submit a request for the recordal of a fastener 
insignia or to renew or reactivate an existing Certificate of Recordal. 
Use of Form PTO-1611 is not mandatory, and applicants may instead 
prepare requests for recordal using their own format.
    The public uses this information collection to comply with the 
insignia recordal provisions of the FQA. The USPTO uses the information 
in this collection to record or renew insignias under the FQA and to 
maintain the Fastener Insignia Register, which is open to public 
inspection. The public may download the Fastener Insignia Register from 
the USPTO Web site.

II. Method of Collection

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

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-0028.
    Form Number(s): PTO-1611.

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    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 95 responses per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public approximately 15 minutes (0.25 hours) to gather the 
necessary information, prepare the form, and submit the request for 
recordal or renewal of a fastener insignia to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 24 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $3,000. The USPTO 
expects that the information in this collection will be prepared by 
paraprofessionals at an estimated rate of $125 per hour. Therefore, the 
USPTO estimates that the respondent cost burden for this collection 
will be approximately $3,000 per year.

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                                                                                     Estimated       Estimated
                     Item                          Estimated time for response        annual       annual burden
                                                                                     responses         hours
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Application for Recordal of Insignia or         15 minutes......................              95              24
 Renewal/Reactivation of Recordal Under the
 Fastener Quality Act (PTO-1611).
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    Totals....................................  ................................              95              24
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    Estimated Total Annual Non-Hour Respondent Cost Burden: $2,047. 
There are no capital start-up, recordkeeping, or maintenance costs 
associated with this information collection. However, this collection 
does have annual (non-hour) costs in the form of filing fees and 
postage costs.
    Under 37 CFR 2.7, the filing fee is $20 for a recordal of a new 
fastener insignia, a renewal, or a request for reactivation. The USPTO 
estimates that it will receive 95 new recordals, renewals, or 
reactivations of fastener insignia per year, for a total of $1,900 in 
filing fees. If a manufacturer submits a renewal after the expiration 
date but within six months of that date, then the manufacturer must pay 
an additional $20 late-renewal surcharge. The USPTO estimates that 
approximately 7 of the 95 responses per year will be late renewals that 
incur the surcharge, for a total of $140 in additional charges. 
Therefore, the total estimated filing fees for this collection will be 
$2,040 per year.
    The public may submit the information for this collection to the 
USPTO by mail through the United States Postal Service. The USPTO 
estimates that approximately 5 of the 95 responses per year will be 
submitted to the USPTO by mail at an average first-class postage cost 
of $1.42 per response, for a total postage cost of approximately $7 per 
year.
    The total non-hour respondent cost burden for this collection in 
the form of filing fees ($2,040) and postage costs ($7) is estimated to 
be $2,047 per year.

IV. Request for Comments

    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, e.g., the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or 
included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: October 23, 2014.
Marcie Lovett,
Records Management Division Director, USPTO, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-25861 Filed 10-29-14; 8:45 am]
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