Madrid Protocol, 52455-52458 [2015-21512]

Download as PDF tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 168 / Monday, August 31, 2015 / Notices information.9 NTIA’s process is meant to complement these ongoing developments, as well as existing standards and practices developed by other organizations, by bringing together all relevant stakeholders to find consensus on the overarching goals and principles for successful sharing and handling of vulnerability information. By coming together at this critical juncture, stakeholders can expand norms and expectations for the adoption, adaptation, and innovation of practices and standards. The goal of this process will be to develop a broad, shared understanding of the overlapping interests between security researchers and the vendors and owners of products discovered to be vulnerable, and establish a consensus about voluntary principles to promote better collaboration. The question of how vulnerabilities can and should be disclosed will be a critical part of the discussion, as will how vendors receive and respond to this information. However, disclosure is only one aspect of successful collaboration. One goal of the overall NTIA process is to promote a digital economy that more strongly emphasizes security and develops community-driven or market-based forces to better and more rapidly secure the digital ecosystem. Stakeholders will determine the exact nature of the outcome of this process. Since it is unlikely that a one-size-fits all solution will be feasible in this dynamic space, stakeholders will need to determine how to scope and organize the work through sub-groups or other means. Success of the process will be evaluated by the extent to which stakeholders embrace and implement the consensus findings within their individual practices or organizations. Although the stakeholders determine the outcome of the process, it is important to note that the process will not result in a regulatory policy or new law, nor focus on law enforcement or other non-commercial government use of vulnerability data. Matters To Be Considered: The September 29, 2015, meeting will be the first in a series of NTIA-convened multistakeholder discussions concerning collaboration on vulnerability disclosure. Subsequent meetings will follow on a schedule determined by those participating in the first meeting. Stakeholders will engage in an open, transparent, consensusdriven process to develop voluntary principles guiding the collaboration 9 ISO Standard 29147, Vulnerability Disclosure Overview (2014), available at: http://www.iso.org/ iso/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=45170. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:19 Aug 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 between vendors and researchers about vulnerability information. The multistakeholder process will involve hearing and understanding the perspectives of diverse stakeholders, from a wide range of both vendors and researchers, while seeking a consensus that enables collaboration for a more secure digital ecosystem. The September 29, 2015, meeting is intended to bring stakeholders together to begin to share the range of views on how vulnerability information is shared by researchers, how it is received and used by vendors, and to establish more concrete goals and structure of the process. The objectives of this first meeting are to: (1) Briefly share different perspectives on how vulnerability information is shared, received, and resolved; (2) briefly review perceived challenges in successful collaborations; (3) engage stakeholders in a discussion of high-priority substantive issues stakeholders believe should be addressed; (4) engage stakeholders in a discussion of logistical issues, including internal structures such as a small drafting committee or various working groups, and the location and frequency of future meetings; and (5) identify concrete goals and stakeholder work following the first meeting. The main objective of further meetings will be to encourage and facilitate continued discussion among stakeholders to build consensus around the principles guiding successful collaboration. This discussion may include circulation of stakeholderdeveloped straw-man drafts and discussion of the appropriate scope of the initiative. Stakeholders may also agree on procedural work plans for the group, including additional meetings or modified logistics for future meetings. NTIA suggests that stakeholders consider setting clear deadlines for a working draft, and consider a phase for external review of this draft, before reconvening to take account of external feedback. More information about stakeholders’ work will be available at: http:// www.ntia.doc.gov/other-publication/ 2015/multistakeholder-processcybersecurity-vulnerabilities. Time and Date: NTIA will convene the first meeting of the multistakeholder process to promote collaboration on vulnerability research disclosure on September 29, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Pacific Time. Please refer to NTIA’s Web site, http:// www.ntia.doc.gov/other-publication/ 2015/multistakeholder-processcybersecurity-vulnerabilities, for the most current information. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52455 Place: The meeting will be held in the Boardroom in the Booth Auditorium at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Boalt Hall, Bancroft Way and Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720–7200. The location of the meeting is subject to change. Please refer to NTIA’s Web site, http:// www.ntia.doc.gov/other-publication/ 2015/multistakeholder-processcybersecurity-vulnerabilities, for the most current information. Other Information: The meeting is open to the public and the press on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. To assist the agency in determining space and webcast technology requirements, NTIA requests that interested persons pre-register for the meeting at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ other-publication/2015/ multistakeholder-process-cybersecurityvulnerabilities. The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Allan Friedman at (202) 482–4281 or afriedman@ntia.doc.gov at least seven (7) business days prior to each meeting. The meetings will also be webcast. Requests for real-time captioning of the webcast or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Allan Friedman at (202) 482–4281 or afriedman@ntia.doc.gov at least seven (7) business days prior to each meeting. There will be an opportunity for stakeholders viewing the webcast to participate remotely in the meetings through a moderated conference bridge, including polling functionality. Access details for the meetings are subject to change. Please refer to NTIA’s Web site, http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otherpublication/2015/multistakeholderprocess-cybersecurity-vulnerabilities, for the most current information. Dated: August 26, 2015. Kathy D. Smith, Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information Administration. [FR Doc. 2015–21500 Filed 8–28–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–60–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office Madrid Protocol ACTION: 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 52456 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 168 / Monday, August 31, 2015 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES general public and other Federal agencies to comment on the extension of 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 October 30, 2015. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0051 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. • 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. 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 at Catherine.Cain@uspto.gov with ‘‘0651–0051 comment’’ 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 This collection of information is required by the Trademark Act of 1946, 15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq., which provides for the Federal registration of trademarks, service marks, collective trademarks and service marks, collective membership marks, and certification marks. Individuals and businesses that use or intend to use such marks in commerce may file an application to register the marks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (‘‘Madrid Protocol’’) is an international treaty that allows a trademark owner to seek registration in any of the participating countries by filing a single international application. The International Bureau (IB) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland, administers the international registration system. The Madrid Protocol Implementation Act of 2002 amended the Trademark Act to VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:19 Aug 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 provide that: (1) The owner of a U.S. application or registration may seek protection of its mark in any of the participating countries by submitting a single international application to the IB through the USPTO and (2) the holder of an international registration may request an extension of protection of the international registration to the United States. The Madrid Protocol became effective in the United States on November 2, 2003, and is implemented under 15 U.S.C. 1141 et seq. and 37 CFR part 2 and Part 7. An international application submitted through the USPTO must be based on an active U.S. application or registration and must be filed by the owner of the application or registration. The USPTO reviews the international application to certify that it corresponds to the data contained in the existing U.S. application or registration before forwarding the international application to the IB. The IB then reviews the international application to determine whether the Madrid filing requirements have been met and the required fees have been paid. If the international application is unacceptable, the IB will send a notice of irregularity to the USPTO and the applicant. The applicant must respond to the irregularities to avoid abandonment, unless a response from the USPTO is required. After any irregularities are corrected and the application is accepted, the IB registers the mark, publishes the registration in the WIPO Gazette of International Marks, and sends a certificate to the holder. When the mark is registered, the IB notifies each country designated in the application of the request for extension of protection. Each designated country then examines the request under its own laws. Once an international registration has been issued, the holder may also file subsequent designations to request an extension of protection to additional countries. Under Section 71 of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. 1141(k), a registered extension of protection to the United States will be cancelled unless the holder of the international registration periodically files affidavits of continued use in commerce or excusable nonuse. The first affidavit must be filed on or between the fifth- and sixth-year anniversaries of the date on which the USPTO registers an extension of protection. This collection includes the information necessary for the USPTO to process applications for international registration and related requests under the Madrid Protocol. The USPTO provides electronic forms for filing the PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 items in this information collection online (except for the Request to Record an Assignment or Restriction of a Holder’s Right to Dispose of an International Registration) using the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS), which is available through the USPTO Web site. Applicants may also submit the items in this collection on paper or by using the forms provided by the IB, which are available on the WIPO Web site. The IB requires Applications for International Registration and Applications for Subsequent Designation that are filed on paper to be submitted on the official IB forms. II. Method of Collection Electronically if applicants submit the information using the TEAS forms. By mail or hand delivery if applicants choose to submit the information in paper form. III. Data OMB Number: 0651–0051. IC Instruments: The individual instruments in this collection, as well as their associated forms, are listed in the table below. Type of Review: Revision of a Previously Existing Information Collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other forprofits; and not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 16,557 responses per year. Of this total, the USPTO expects that 16,474 responses will be submitted electronically via the TEAS system and 83 will be submitted on paper. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public approximately 17 minutes to one hour and 15 minutes (0.28 to 1.25 hours) to complete the information in this collection, including the time to gather the necessary information, prepare the forms or documents, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 4,918.45 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: $1,913,277.05. The USPTO expects that an attorney will complete the instruments associated with this information collection. The professional hourly rate for an attorney is $389. When this hourly rate is applied to the 4,918.45 burden hours projected annually for this collection, the USPTO estimates $1,913,277.05 per year for the total hourly costs associated with respondents. E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 52457 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 168 / Monday, August 31, 2015 / Notices The time per response, estimated annual responses, and estimated annual hour burden associated with each instrument in this information collection is shown in the table below. Estimated time for response (minutes) (a) Estimated annual burden hours (a) × (b)/ 60 = (c) Estimated annual responses (b) Rate ($/hr) IC No. Information collection instrument 1 ........................... Application for International Registration (PTO–2131 TEAS). Application for International Registration (paper, no form). Application for Subsequent Designation (PTO–2132 TEAS). Application for Subsequent Designation (paper, no form). Response to Notice of Irregularity (PTO–2133 TEAS) Response to Notice of Irregularity (paper, no form) ..... Replacement Request (TEAS Global Form) ................. Replacement Request (paper, no form) ........................ Request to Record an Assignment or Restriction of a Holder’s Right to Dispose of an International Registration (paper, no form). Transformation Request (TEAS Global form) ............... Transformation Request (paper, no form) ..................... Transformation Request (TEAS RF Global form) ......... Petition to Director to Review Denial of Certification of International Application (TEAS Global form). Petition to Director to Review Denial of Certification of International Application (paper, no form). Declaration of Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse of Mark in Commerce Under Section 71 (PTO–1663 TEAS). Declaration of Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse of Mark in Commerce Under Section 71 (paper, no form). Combined Declaration of Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse and Incontestability Under Sections 71 and 15 (PTO–1683 TEAS). Combined Declaration of Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse and Incontestability Under Sections 71 and 15 (paper, no form). 17 8,010 2,269.50 389 32 33 17.60 389 17 1,236 350.20 389 22 2 0.73 389 18 33 30 45 30 1,390 1 20 1 5 417.00 0.55 10.00 0.75 2.50 389 389 389 389 389 18 33 20 60 3 1 30 100 0.90 0.55 10.00 100.00 389 389 389 389 75 20 25.00 389 18 3,411 1023.30 389 23 10 3.83 389 18 2,274 682.20 389 23 10 3.83 389 ........................................................................................ ........................ 16,557 4,918.45 ........................ 1 ........................... 2 ........................... 2 ........................... 3 3 4 4 5 ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... 6 6 6 7 ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... 7 ........................... 8 ........................... 8 ........................... 9 ........................... .............................. Total .............. Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: $2,175,480.36. This collection has annual (non-hour) costs in the form of postage costs and filing fees. Postage Costs Customers may incur postage costs when submitting some of the items covered by this collection to the USPTO by mail. The USPTO expects that approximately 99 percent of the responses in this collection will be submitted electronically. Of the remaining 1 percent, the vast majority— 98 percent—will be submitted by mail, for a total of 82 mailed submissions. The average first-class USPS postage cost for a mailed submission will be 98 cents. Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the postage costs for the mailed submissions in this collection will total $80.36. Filing Fees The USPTO charges fees for processing international applications Estimated annual responses (a) tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES IC No. Item 1 ...................................... Application for International Registration (for certifying an international application based on a single basic application or registration, per international class) (PTO–2131 TEAS). Application for International Registration (for certifying an international application based on a single basic application or registration, per international class) (paper, no form). 1 ...................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:19 Aug 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00018 and related requests under the Madrid Protocol as set forth in 37 CFR 2.6 and 37 CFR 7.6. Most of these fees are charged per class of goods or services; therefore, the total fees can vary depending on the number of classes. Based on the minimum fee of one class per relevant document, the USPTO estimates that the total filing fees in the form of USPTO processing fees associated with this collection will be approximately $2,175,400 per year, as calculated in the accompanying table. Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Fee amount (b) Estimated annual filing costs (a) × (b) = (c) 4,110 $100.00 $411,000.00 17 100.00 1,700.00 E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 52458 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 168 / Monday, August 31, 2015 / Notices Estimated annual responses (a) IC No. Item 1 ...................................... Application for International Registration (for certifying an international application based on more than one basic application or registration, per international class) (PTO–2131 TEAS). Application for International Registration (for certifying an international application based on more than one basic application or registration, per international class) (paper, no form). Application for Subsequent Designation (PTO–2132 TEAS). Application for Subsequent Designation (paper, no form). Response to Notice of Irregularity (PTO–2133 TEAS) Response to Notice of Irregularity (paper, no form) .... Replacement Request (per international class) (TEAS Global form). Replacement Request (per international class) (paper, no form). Request to Record an Assignment or Restriction of a Holder’s Right to Dispose of an International Registration (paper, no form). Transformation Request (per international class) (TEAS Global form). Transformation Request (per international class) (paper, no form). Transformation Request (per international class) (TEAS RF Global form). Petition to Director to Review Denial of Certification of International Application (TEAS Global form). Petition to Director to Review Denial of Certification of International Application (paper, no form). Declaration of Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse of Mark in Commerce Under Section 71 (per international class) (PTO–1553 TEAS). Declaration of Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse of Mark in Commerce Under Section 71 (per international class) (paper, no form). Combined Declaration of Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse and Incontestability Under Sections 71 and 15 (per international class) (PTO–1583 TEAS). Combined Declaration of Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse and Incontestability Under Sections 71 and 15 (per international class) (paper, no form). 1 ...................................... 2 ...................................... 2 ...................................... 3 ...................................... 3 ...................................... 4 ...................................... 4 ...................................... 5 ...................................... 6 ...................................... 6 ...................................... 6 ...................................... 7 ...................................... 7 ...................................... 8 ...................................... 8 ...................................... 9 ...................................... 9 ...................................... Total ......................... tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:19 Aug 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 Estimated annual filing costs (a) × (b) = (c) 3,900 585,000.00 150.00 2,400.00 1,236 100.00 123,600.00 2 100.00 200.00 1,390 1 20 0.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 0.00 2,000.00 1 100.00 100.00 5 100.00 500.00 3 325.00 975.00 1 375.00 375.00 30 275.00 8,250.00 100 100.00 10,000.00 20 100.00 2,000.00 3,411 100.00 341,100.00 10 100.00 1,000.00 2,274 300.00 682,200.00 10 $300.00 $3,000.00 16,557 (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, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they will also become a matter of public record. 150.00 16 ....................................................................................... Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the annual (non-hour) cost burden for this collection, in the form of postage costs ($80.36) and filing fees ($2,175,400), will total $2,175,480.36. Fee amount (b) .............................. $2,175,400.00 COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Addition and Deletions Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Addition to and deletions from the Procurement List. AGENCY: [FR Doc. 2015–21512 Filed 8–28–15; 8:45 am] This action adds a service to the Procurement List that will be provided by the nonprofit agency employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and deletes products from the Procurement List previously furnished by such agencies. BILLING CODE 3510–16–P DATES: Dated: August 24, 2015. Marcie Lovett, Records Management Division Director, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM Effective 09/29/2015. 31AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

 Patent and Trademark Office


Madrid Protocol

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

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general public and other Federal agencies to comment on the extension 
of 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 October 30, 
2015.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted by any of the following 
methods:
     Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-
0051 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     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.

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 at Catherine.Cain@uspto.gov with ``0651-0051 comment'' 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

    This collection of information is required by the Trademark Act of 
1946, 15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq., which provides for the Federal 
registration of trademarks, service marks, collective trademarks and 
service marks, collective membership marks, and certification marks. 
Individuals and businesses that use or intend to use such marks in 
commerce may file an application to register the marks with the United 
States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
    The Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the 
International Registration of Marks (``Madrid Protocol'') is an 
international treaty that allows a trademark owner to seek registration 
in any of the participating countries by filing a single international 
application. The International Bureau (IB) of the World Intellectual 
Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland, administers the 
international registration system. The Madrid Protocol Implementation 
Act of 2002 amended the Trademark Act to provide that: (1) The owner of 
a U.S. application or registration may seek protection of its mark in 
any of the participating countries by submitting a single international 
application to the IB through the USPTO and (2) the holder of an 
international registration may request an extension of protection of 
the international registration to the United States. The Madrid 
Protocol became effective in the United States on November 2, 2003, and 
is implemented under 15 U.S.C. 1141 et seq. and 37 CFR part 2 and Part 
7.
    An international application submitted through the USPTO must be 
based on an active U.S. application or registration and must be filed 
by the owner of the application or registration. The USPTO reviews the 
international application to certify that it corresponds to the data 
contained in the existing U.S. application or registration before 
forwarding the international application to the IB. The IB then reviews 
the international application to determine whether the Madrid filing 
requirements have been met and the required fees have been paid. If the 
international application is unacceptable, the IB will send a notice of 
irregularity to the USPTO and the applicant. The applicant must respond 
to the irregularities to avoid abandonment, unless a response from the 
USPTO is required. After any irregularities are corrected and the 
application is accepted, the IB registers the mark, publishes the 
registration in the WIPO Gazette of International Marks, and sends a 
certificate to the holder.
    When the mark is registered, the IB notifies each country 
designated in the application of the request for extension of 
protection. Each designated country then examines the request under its 
own laws. Once an international registration has been issued, the 
holder may also file subsequent designations to request an extension of 
protection to additional countries.
    Under Section 71 of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. 1141(k), a 
registered extension of protection to the United States will be 
cancelled unless the holder of the international registration 
periodically files affidavits of continued use in commerce or excusable 
nonuse. The first affidavit must be filed on or between the fifth- and 
sixth-year anniversaries of the date on which the USPTO registers an 
extension of protection.
    This collection includes the information necessary for the USPTO to 
process applications for international registration and related 
requests under the Madrid Protocol. The USPTO provides electronic forms 
for filing the items in this information collection online (except for 
the Request to Record an Assignment or Restriction of a Holder's Right 
to Dispose of an International Registration) using the Trademark 
Electronic Application System (TEAS), which is available through the 
USPTO Web site.
    Applicants may also submit the items in this collection on paper or 
by using the forms provided by the IB, which are available on the WIPO 
Web site. The IB requires Applications for International Registration 
and Applications for Subsequent Designation that are filed on paper to 
be submitted on the official IB forms.

II. Method of Collection

    Electronically if applicants submit the information using the TEAS 
forms. By mail or hand delivery if applicants choose to submit the 
information in paper form.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-0051.
    IC Instruments: The individual instruments in this collection, as 
well as their associated forms, are listed in the table below.
    Type of Review: Revision of a Previously Existing Information 
Collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profits; and not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 16,557 responses per year. Of this 
total, the USPTO expects that 16,474 responses will be submitted 
electronically via the TEAS system and 83 will be submitted on paper.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public approximately 17 minutes to one hour and 15 minutes (0.28 to 
1.25 hours) to complete the information in this collection, including 
the time to gather the necessary information, prepare the forms or 
documents, and submit the completed request to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 4,918.45 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: 
$1,913,277.05. The USPTO expects that an attorney will complete the 
instruments associated with this information collection. The 
professional hourly rate for an attorney is $389. When this hourly rate 
is applied to the 4,918.45 burden hours projected annually for this 
collection, the USPTO estimates $1,913,277.05 per year for the total 
hourly costs associated with respondents.

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    The time per response, estimated annual responses, and estimated 
annual hour burden associated with each instrument in this information 
collection is shown in the table below.

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                                                                                     Estimated
                                   Information    Estimated time     Estimated     annual burden
            IC No.                 collection      for response       annual        hours (a) x     Rate ($/hr)
                                   instrument      (minutes) (a)   responses (b)   (b)/ 60 = (c)
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1.............................  Application for               17           8,010        2,269.50             389
                                 International
                                 Registration
                                 (PTO-2131 TEAS).
1.............................  Application for               32              33           17.60             389
                                 International
                                 Registration
                                 (paper, no
                                 form).
2.............................  Application for               17           1,236          350.20             389
                                 Subsequent
                                 Designation
                                 (PTO-2132 TEAS).
2.............................  Application for               22               2            0.73             389
                                 Subsequent
                                 Designation
                                 (paper, no
                                 form).
3.............................  Response to                   18           1,390          417.00             389
                                 Notice of
                                 Irregularity
                                 (PTO-2133 TEAS).
3.............................  Response to                   33               1            0.55             389
                                 Notice of
                                 Irregularity
                                 (paper, no
                                 form).
4.............................  Replacement                   30              20           10.00             389
                                 Request (TEAS
                                 Global Form).
4.............................  Replacement                   45               1            0.75             389
                                 Request (paper,
                                 no form).
5.............................  Request to                    30               5            2.50             389
                                 Record an
                                 Assignment or
                                 Restriction of
                                 a Holder's
                                 Right to
                                 Dispose of an
                                 International
                                 Registration
                                 (paper, no
                                 form).
6.............................  Transformation                18               3            0.90             389
                                 Request (TEAS
                                 Global form).
6.............................  Transformation                33               1            0.55             389
                                 Request (paper,
                                 no form).
6.............................  Transformation                20              30           10.00             389
                                 Request (TEAS
                                 RF Global form).
7.............................  Petition to                   60             100          100.00             389
                                 Director to
                                 Review Denial
                                 of
                                 Certification
                                 of
                                 International
                                 Application
                                 (TEAS Global
                                 form).
7.............................  Petition to                   75              20           25.00             389
                                 Director to
                                 Review Denial
                                 of
                                 Certification
                                 of
                                 International
                                 Application
                                 (paper, no
                                 form).
8.............................  Declaration of                18           3,411         1023.30             389
                                 Continued Use/
                                 Excusable
                                 Nonuse of Mark
                                 in Commerce
                                 Under Section
                                 71 (PTO-1663
                                 TEAS).
8.............................  Declaration of                23              10            3.83             389
                                 Continued Use/
                                 Excusable
                                 Nonuse of Mark
                                 in Commerce
                                 Under Section
                                 71 (paper, no
                                 form).
9.............................  Combined                      18           2,274          682.20             389
                                 Declaration of
                                 Continued Use/
                                 Excusable
                                 Nonuse and
                                 Incontestabilit
                                 y Under
                                 Sections 71 and
                                 15 (PTO-1683
                                 TEAS).
                                Combined                      23              10            3.83             389
                                 Declaration of
                                 Continued Use/
                                 Excusable
                                 Nonuse and
                                 Incontestabilit
                                 y Under
                                 Sections 71 and
                                 15 (paper, no
                                 form).
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.....................  ................  ..............          16,557        4,918.45  ..............
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    Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: 
$2,175,480.36. This collection has annual (non-hour) costs in the form 
of postage costs and filing fees.

Postage Costs

    Customers may incur postage costs when submitting some of the items 
covered by this collection to the USPTO by mail. The USPTO expects that 
approximately 99 percent of the responses in this collection will be 
submitted electronically. Of the remaining 1 percent, the vast 
majority--98 percent--will be submitted by mail, for a total of 82 
mailed submissions. The average first-class USPS postage cost for a 
mailed submission will be 98 cents. Therefore, the USPTO estimates that 
the postage costs for the mailed submissions in this collection will 
total $80.36.

Filing Fees

    The USPTO charges fees for processing international applications 
and related requests under the Madrid Protocol as set forth in 37 CFR 
2.6 and 37 CFR 7.6. Most of these fees are charged per class of goods 
or services; therefore, the total fees can vary depending on the number 
of classes. Based on the minimum fee of one class per relevant 
document, the USPTO estimates that the total filing fees in the form of 
USPTO processing fees associated with this collection will be 
approximately $2,175,400 per year, as calculated in the accompanying 
table.

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                                                                                                Estimated annual
              IC No.                       Item           Estimated annual    Fee amount (b)    filing costs (a)
                                                           responses (a)                          x (b) = (c)
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1................................  Application for                   4,110            $100.00        $411,000.00
                                    International
                                    Registration (for
                                    certifying an
                                    international
                                    application based
                                    on a single basic
                                    application or
                                    registration, per
                                    international
                                    class) (PTO-2131
                                    TEAS).
1................................  Application for                      17             100.00           1,700.00
                                    International
                                    Registration (for
                                    certifying an
                                    international
                                    application based
                                    on a single basic
                                    application or
                                    registration, per
                                    international
                                    class) (paper, no
                                    form).

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1................................  Application for                   3,900             150.00         585,000.00
                                    International
                                    Registration (for
                                    certifying an
                                    international
                                    application based
                                    on more than one
                                    basic application
                                    or registration,
                                    per international
                                    class) (PTO-2131
                                    TEAS).
1................................  Application for                      16             150.00           2,400.00
                                    International
                                    Registration (for
                                    certifying an
                                    international
                                    application based
                                    on more than one
                                    basic application
                                    or registration,
                                    per international
                                    class) (paper, no
                                    form).
2................................  Application for                   1,236             100.00         123,600.00
                                    Subsequent
                                    Designation (PTO-
                                    2132 TEAS).
2................................  Application for                       2             100.00             200.00
                                    Subsequent
                                    Designation (paper,
                                    no form).
3................................  Response to Notice                1,390               0.00               0.00
                                    of Irregularity
                                    (PTO-2133 TEAS).
3................................  Response to Notice                    1               0.00               0.00
                                    of Irregularity
                                    (paper, no form).
4................................  Replacement Request                  20             100.00           2,000.00
                                    (per international
                                    class) (TEAS Global
                                    form).
4................................  Replacement Request                   1             100.00             100.00
                                    (per international
                                    class) (paper, no
                                    form).
5................................  Request to Record an                  5             100.00             500.00
                                    Assignment or
                                    Restriction of a
                                    Holder's Right to
                                    Dispose of an
                                    International
                                    Registration
                                    (paper, no form).
6................................  Transformation                        3             325.00             975.00
                                    Request (per
                                    international
                                    class) (TEAS Global
                                    form).
6................................  Transformation                        1             375.00             375.00
                                    Request (per
                                    international
                                    class) (paper, no
                                    form).
6................................  Transformation                       30             275.00           8,250.00
                                    Request (per
                                    international
                                    class) (TEAS RF
                                    Global form).
7................................  Petition to Director                100             100.00          10,000.00
                                    to Review Denial of
                                    Certification of
                                    International
                                    Application (TEAS
                                    Global form).
7................................  Petition to Director                 20             100.00           2,000.00
                                    to Review Denial of
                                    Certification of
                                    International
                                    Application (paper,
                                    no form).
8................................  Declaration of                    3,411             100.00         341,100.00
                                    Continued Use/
                                    Excusable Nonuse of
                                    Mark in Commerce
                                    Under Section 71
                                    (per international
                                    class) (PTO-1553
                                    TEAS).
8................................  Declaration of                       10             100.00           1,000.00
                                    Continued Use/
                                    Excusable Nonuse of
                                    Mark in Commerce
                                    Under Section 71
                                    (per international
                                    class) (paper, no
                                    form).
9................................  Combined Declaration              2,274             300.00         682,200.00
                                    of Continued Use/
                                    Excusable Nonuse
                                    and
                                    Incontestability
                                    Under Sections 71
                                    and 15 (per
                                    international
                                    class) (PTO-1583
                                    TEAS).
9................................  Combined Declaration                 10            $300.00          $3,000.00
                                    of Continued Use/
                                    Excusable Nonuse
                                    and
                                    Incontestability
                                    Under Sections 71
                                    and 15 (per
                                    international
                                    class) (paper, no
                                    form).
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
    Total........................  ....................             16,557  .................      $2,175,400.00
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    Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the annual (non-hour) cost 
burden for this collection, in the form of postage costs ($80.36) and 
filing fees ($2,175,400), will total $2,175,480.36.

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, including 
the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
    (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, e.g., permitting 
electronic submission of responses.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or 
included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they will also become a matter of public record.

    Dated: August 24, 2015.
Marcie Lovett,
Records Management Division Director, USPTO, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-21512 Filed 8-28-15; 8:45 am]
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