Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Interim Capital Construction Fund Agreement, Certificate Family of Forms and Deposit/Withdrawal Report, 60366-60367 [2015-25331]

Download as PDF 60366 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 193 / Tuesday, October 6, 2015 / Notices prohibitions provided in section 9(a)(1) of the ESA, which specifically prohibits ‘‘take’’ of any endangered species (‘‘take’’ includes actions that harass, harm, pursue, kill, or capture). The first salmonid species listed by NMFS as threatened were protected by virtually blanket application of the section 9 take prohibitions. There are now 22 separate Distinct Population Segments (DPS) of west coast salmonids listed as threatened, covering a large percentage of the land base in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. NMFS is obligated to enact necessary and advisable protective regulations. NMFS makes section 9 prohibitions generally applicable to many of those threatened DPS, but also seeks to respond to requests from states and others to both provide more guidance on how to protect threatened salmonids and avoid take, and to limit the application of take prohibitions wherever warranted (see 70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005, 71 FR 834, January 5, 2006, and 73 FR 55451, September 25, 2008). The regulations describe programs or circumstances that contribute to the conservation of, or are being conducted in a way that limits impacts on, listed salmonids. Because we have determined that such programs/circumstances adequately protect listed salmonids, the regulations do not apply the ‘‘take’’ prohibitions to them. Some of these limits on the take prohibitions entail voluntary submission of a plan to NMFS and/or annual or occasional reports by entities wishing to take advantage of these limits, or continue within them. The currently approved application and reporting requirements apply to Pacific marine and anadromous fish species, as requirements regarding other species are being addressed in a separate information collection. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. Method of Collection Submissions may be electronically or on paper. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0399. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved collection). Affected Public: Federal government; State, local, or tribal government; business or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 300. Estimated Time per Response: 20 hours for a road maintenance agreement; 5 hours for a diversion screening limit project; 30 hours for an urban development package; 10 hours VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:31 Oct 05, 2015 Jkt 238001 for an urban development report; 20 hours for a tribal plan; and 5 hours for a report of aided, salvaged, or disposed of salmonids. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,705. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $1,000 in recordkeeping/ reporting costs. 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, 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. Dated: September 29, 2015. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–25332 Filed 10–5–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Interim Capital Construction Fund Agreement, Certificate Family of Forms and Deposit/Withdrawal Report National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, 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 proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before December 7, 2015. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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). ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Richard VanGorder at (301)427–8784 or Richard.VanGorder@ noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. Respondents will be commercial fishing industry individuals, partnerships, and corporations which entered into Capital Construction Fund (CCF) agreements with the Secretary of Commerce allowing deferral of Federal taxation on fishing vessel income deposited into the fund for use in the acquisition, construction, or reconstruction of fishing vessels. Deferred taxes are recaptured by reducing an agreement vessel’s basis for depreciation by the amount withdrawn from the fund for its acquisition, construction, or reconstruction. The interim Capital Construction Fund Agreement and Certificate Family of Forms is required pursuant to 50 CFR part 259.30 and Public Law 99–514 (The Tax Reform Act, 1986). The deposit/ withdrawal information collected from agreement holders is required pursuant to 50 CFR part 259.35 and Pub L. 99– 514. The information collected from applicants for the Interim CCF Agreement is used to determine their eligibility to participate in the CCF Program. The information collected from agreement holders for the Certificate Family of Forms is used to identify their program eligible vessels, their program projects and to certify the cost of a project at completion. The information collected on the deposit/ withdrawal report form is required to ensure that agreement holders are complying with fund deposit/ withdrawal requirements established in program regulations and properly accounting for fund activity on their Federal income tax returns. The information collected on the deposit/ withdrawal report must also be reported semi-annually to the Secretary of Treasury in accordance with the Tax Reform Act. E:\FR\FM\06OCN1.SGM 06OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 193 / Tuesday, October 6, 2015 / Notices II. Method of Collection The information will be collected on forms submitted electronically or by mail. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0041. Form Numbers: NOAA Form 34–82, NOAA Form 88–14. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,000. Estimated Time per Response: NOAA Form 34–82, 20 minutes; NOAA Form 88–14, 3.5 hours for agreements and 1 hour for certificate. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,917. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $15,320 in recordkeeping/ reporting costs. 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, 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. Dated: September 30, 2015. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–25331 Filed 10–5–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [Docket No. PTO–P–2015–0049] Change in Practice Regarding Correction of Foreign Priority Claims United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:31 Oct 05, 2015 Jkt 238001 The American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 (AIPA) provided for publication of patent applications at eighteen months from the earliest filing date for which a benefit is claimed. Thus, the patent laws and regulations require that foreign priority or domestic benefit claims, specifying the application number, country (or intellectual property authority), and filing date of any foreign application for which priority is claimed and the application number of any domestic application for which benefit is claimed, be submitted in a timely manner to allow for publication at eighteen months from the earliest filing date for which a benefit is claimed. It has been United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) practice to require that any correction of the application number in a domestic benefit claim after the time period for filing a priority or benefit claim be via a petition to accept an unintentionally delayed benefit claim, but to permit correction of the application number in a foreign priority claim after the time period for filing a priority or benefit claim without such a petition. This dissimilar treatment of the correction of foreign priority claims and domestic benefit claims results in the publication of a corrected patent application publication reflecting the accurate domestic benefit claim information whenever an applicant corrects the application number in a domestic benefit claim in a pending application, but not whenever an applicant corrects the application number of the foreign application in a foreign priority claim. The rationale for the practice of permitting correction of the application number in a foreign priority claim without a petition was because the filing date of a prior foreign patent application did not affect the effective prior art date of a U.S. patent application publication and because the USPTO schedules publication of an application with the filing date provided by applicant in a foreign priority claim. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), however, now provides that the filing date of an earlier foreign patent application may now be the effective prior art date for subject matter disclosed in a U.S. patent or a U.S. patent application publication. Therefore, U.S. patent application publications should reflect accurate foreign priority information to minimize the burden on examiners and members of the public in assessing the effective prior art date for subject matter disclosed in such U.S. patent application publications. The USPTO will thus now require that any SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60367 correction of the identification of the foreign application (by application number, country (or intellectual property authority), and filing date) in a foreign priority claim after the time period for filing a priority or benefit claim be via a petition to accept an unintentionally delayed priority claim, and once the petition is granted in a pending application, will now publish a corrected patent application publication reflecting the accurate foreign priority claim information. Requiring a petition and publishing a corrected patent application publication whenever an applicant corrects the application number in a foreign priority claim or a domestic benefit claim will provide for common treatment of the correction of the identification of a foreign or domestic application in a priority or benefit claim. The publication of a corrected patent application publication by the USPTO will result in corrected patent application publications with accurate foreign priority information which will benefit examiners, applicants and members of the public in assessing the effective prior art date for subject matter disclosed in a U.S. patent application publication. DATES: Effective Date: The change in this notice takes effect on November 5, 2015. Any corrections to the foreign application number in a foreign priority claim that were previously accepted are not affected by this change in practice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eugenia A. Jones, Senior Legal Advisor, by telephone at (571) 272–7727, or Erin M. Harriman, Legal Advisor, by telephone (571) 272–7747, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, or by mail addressed to: Mail Stop Comments— Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450, marked to the attention of Eugenia A. Jones. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: In view of the AIPA, foreign priority or domestic benefit claims must be submitted in a timely manner to allow for publication of patent applications at eighteen months from the earliest filing date for which a benefit is claimed. See 35 U.S.C. 122(b). The requirements for making a domestic benefit claim are set forth in 37 CFR 1.78 and the requirements for making a foreign priority claim are set forth in 37 CFR 1.55. As provided in 37 CFR 1.55 and 1.78, the claim for priority or benefit must be filed within the later of four months from the actual filing date of the application or sixteen months from the filing date of the prior E:\FR\FM\06OCN1.SGM 06OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 193 (Tuesday, October 6, 2015)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-25331]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Interim Capital 
Construction Fund Agreement, Certificate Family of Forms and Deposit/
Withdrawal Report

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, 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 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before December 7, 
2015.

ADDRESSES: 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 Richard VanGorder at (301)427-8784 or 
Richard.VanGorder@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    This request is for extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Respondents will be commercial fishing industry individuals, 
partnerships, and corporations which entered into Capital Construction 
Fund (CCF) agreements with the Secretary of Commerce allowing deferral 
of Federal taxation on fishing vessel income deposited into the fund 
for use in the acquisition, construction, or reconstruction of fishing 
vessels. Deferred taxes are recaptured by reducing an agreement 
vessel's basis for depreciation by the amount withdrawn from the fund 
for its acquisition, construction, or reconstruction. The interim 
Capital Construction Fund Agreement and Certificate Family of Forms is 
required pursuant to 50 CFR part 259.30 and Public Law 99-514 (The Tax 
Reform Act, 1986). The deposit/withdrawal information collected from 
agreement holders is required pursuant to 50 CFR part 259.35 and Pub L. 
99-514. The information collected from applicants for the Interim CCF 
Agreement is used to determine their eligibility to participate in the 
CCF Program. The information collected from agreement holders for the 
Certificate Family of Forms is used to identify their program eligible 
vessels, their program projects and to certify the cost of a project at 
completion. The information collected on the deposit/withdrawal report 
form is required to ensure that agreement holders are complying with 
fund deposit/withdrawal requirements established in program regulations 
and properly accounting for fund activity on their Federal income tax 
returns. The information collected on the deposit/withdrawal report 
must also be reported semi-annually to the Secretary of Treasury in 
accordance with the Tax Reform Act.

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II. Method of Collection

    The information will be collected on forms submitted electronically 
or by mail.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0041.
    Form Numbers: NOAA Form 34-82, NOAA Form 88-14.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: NOAA Form 34-82, 20 minutes;
    NOAA Form 88-14, 3.5 hours for agreements and 1 hour for 
certificate.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,917.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $15,320 in recordkeeping/
reporting costs.

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, 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.

    Dated: September 30, 2015.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-25331 Filed 10-5-15; 8:45 am]
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