Requirements for Patent Applications Containing Nucleotide Sequence and/or Amino Acid Sequence Disclosures, 14425-14427 [2016-06011]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 52 / Thursday, March 17, 2016 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration Multistakeholder Process To Develop Best Practices for Privacy, Transparency, and Accountability Regarding Commercial and Private Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will convene a meeting of a multistakeholder process concerning privacy, transparency, and accountability issues regarding commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft systems on April 8, 2016. DATES: The meeting will be held on April 8, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Time. See Supplementary Information for details. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Verdi, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482–8238; email jverdi@ntia.doc.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA’s Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482–7002; email press@ntia.doc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: Congress recognized the potential wide-ranging benefits of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations within the United States in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112–95), which requires a plan to safely integrate civil UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS) by 2015. On February 15, 2015, President Obama issued the Presidential Memorandum ‘‘Promoting Economic Competitiveness While Safeguarding Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties in Domestic Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.’’ 1 The Presidential Memorandum establishes a ‘‘multi- asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: 1 Presidential Memorandum, Promoting Economic Competitiveness While Safeguarding Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties in Domestic Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, (Feb. 15, 2015), available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-pressoffice/2015/02/15/presidential-memorandumpromoting-economic-competitiveness-whilesafegua. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Mar 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 stakeholder engagement process to develop and communicate best practices for privacy, accountability, and transparency issues regarding commercial and private UAS use in the NAS.’’ 2 The process includes stakeholders from industry, civil society, and academia, and will be initiated by the Department of Commerce, through NTIA, and in consultation with other interested agencies. On August 3, 2015, NTIA convened the first meeting of the multistakeholder process, followed by additional meetings through February 2016. Matters To Be Considered: The April 8, 2016 meeting is a continuation of a series of NTIA-convened multistakeholder discussions concerning privacy, transparency, and accountability issues regarding commercial and private use of UAS. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed. Stakeholders will engage in an open, transparent, consensus-driven process to develop best practices for privacy, accountability, and transparency issues regarding commercial and private UAS use in the NAS. The April 8, 2016 meeting will build on stakeholders’ previous work. More information about stakeholders’ work is available at: http:// www.ntia.doc.gov/other-publication/ 2015/multistakeholder-processunmanned-aircraft-systems. Time and Date: NTIA will convene a meeting of the multistakeholder process regarding unmanned aircraft systems on April 8, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Time. The meeting date and time are subject to change. The meeting is subject to cancellation if stakeholders complete their work developing best practices. Please refer to NTIA’s Web site, http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otherpublication/2016/multistakeholderprocess-unmanned-aircraft-systems, for the most current information. Place: The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20006. The location of the meeting is subject to change. Please refer to NTIA’s Web site, http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otherpublication/2016/multistakeholderprocess-unmanned-aircraft-systems, for the most current information. Other Information: The meeting is open to the public and the press. The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to John Verdi at (202) 482–8238 or jverdi@ 2 Presidential PO 00000 Frm 00016 Memorandum at 4. Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14425 ntia.doc.gov at least seven (7) business days prior to the meeting. The meeting will also be webcast. Requests for realtime captioning of the webcast or other auxiliary aids should be directed to John Verdi at (202) 482–8238 or jverdi@ ntia.doc.gov at least seven (7) business days prior to the meeting. There will be an opportunity for stakeholders viewing the webcast to participate remotely in the meeting through a moderated conference bridge, including polling functionality. Access details for the meeting are subject to change. Please refer to NTIA’s Web site, http:// www.ntia.doc.gov/other-publication/ 2016/multistakeholder-processunmanned-aircraft-systems, for the most current information. Dated: March 14, 2016. Kathy D. Smith, Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–06029 Filed 3–16–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–60–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office Requirements for Patent Applications Containing Nucleotide Sequence and/ or Amino Acid Sequence Disclosures ACTION: Notice and request for comment. 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 comment on proposed and/ or continuing information collections, 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 May 16, 2016. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0024 inquiry’’ 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 Raul Tamayo, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, United States SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17MRN1.SGM 17MRN1 14426 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 52 / Thursday, March 17, 2016 / Notices Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272–7728; or by email at Raul.Tamayo@uspto.gov with ‘‘0651– 0024 inquiry’’ 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 Patent applications that contain nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence disclosures must include a copy of the sequence listing in accordance with the requirements in 37 CFR 1.821–1.825. Applicants may submit sequence listings for both U.S. and international patent applications. Submissions of sequence listings in international applications are in accordance with Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Rule 13ter. This information collection contains the sequence listing information itself. Information pertaining to the filing of the initial U.S. application is collected under OMB Control Number 0651–0032, and information pertaining to the filing of the initial international application is collected under OMB Control Number 0651–0021. In particular, this information collection accounts for sequence listings submitted on paper, compact disc (CD), or through EFS-Web, the USPTO’s online filing system. For U.S. applications, 37 CFR 1.821(c) permits all three modes of submission: Paper, CD, or EFS-Web. Sequence listings for international applications may be submitted on paper or through EFS-Web only, though sequence listings that are too large to be filed electronically though EFS-Web may be submitted on a separate CD. The USPTO uses the sequence listings during the examination process to determine the patentability of the associated patent application. Sequence listings are also disclosed as part of the published patent application or issued patent. This information collection also contains requests for transfer of a computer readable form under 37 CFR 1.821(e). Under 37 CFR 1.821(e)–(f), applicants who submit their sequence listings on paper or CD must submit a copy of the sequence listing in ‘‘computer readable form’’ (CRF) with a statement indicating that the CRF copy of the sequence listing is identical to the paper or CD copy required by 1.821(c). Applicants may submit the CRF copy of the sequence listing to the USPTO on CD or other acceptable media as provided in 37 CFR 1.824. Sequence listings that are submitted online through EFS-Web in the proper text format do not require a separate CRF copy or the associated statement. If the CRF sequence listing in a new application is identical to the CRF sequence listing of another application that the applicant already has on file at the USPTO, 37 CFR 1.821(e) permits the applicant to refer to the CRF listing in the other application, rather than having to submit a duplicate copy of the CRF listing for the new application. In such a case, the applicant may submit a letter identifying the application and CRF sequence listing that is already on file and stating that the sequence listing submitted in the new application is identical to the CRF copy already filed with the previous application. The USPTO provides a form, Request for Transfer of a Computer Readable Form Under 37 CFR 1.821(e) (PTO/SB/93), in order to assist customers in submitting this statement. II. Method of Collection By mail, hand delivery, or electronic submission to the USPTO. III. Data OMB Number: 0651–0024. Type of Review: Revision of a currently-approved collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit organizations; and not-for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 27,200 responses per year. Of this total, the USPTO expects that 25% will be from small entities. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take approximately 6 minutes (0.10 hours) to 6 hours to complete a single IC item in this collection, depending on the instrument. This includes the time to gather the necessary information, create the documents, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 152,285 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost Burden (Hourly): $26,260,375.00. The USPTO estimates that a sequence listing will take approximately five hours of paraprofessional time at an estimated rate of $125 per hour and one hour of attorney time at $410 per hour, for a weighted average rate of $172.50 per hour for preparing a sequence listing. The USPTO expects that the Request for Transfer of a CRF will be prepared by a paraprofessional at an estimated rate of $125 per hour. Using this hourly rate, the USPTO estimates $26,260,375.00 per year for the total hourly costs associated with respondents. TABLE 1—BURDEN HOUR/BURDEN COST TO RESPONDENTS Item 1 ........................ 1 ........................ 1 ........................ asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Estimated response time (hours) 2 ........................ Totals ......... Estimated annual burden hours Rate ($/hr) Total cost ($/yr) (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) Sequence Listing in Application (paper). Sequence Listing in Application (CD) Sequence Listing in Application (electronic). Request for Transfer of a Computer Readable Form Under 37 CFR 1.821(e) (PTO/SB/93). ........................................................... Estimated Total Annual Cost Burden (Non-Hourly): $1,774,500.00. This VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated annual responses (a) IC No. 17:03 Mar 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 6.00 6,000 36,000 $172.50 $6,210,000.00 6.00 6.00 350 19,000 2,100 114,000 172.50 172.50 362,250.00 19,665,000.00 0.10 1,850 185 125.00 23,125.00 ........................ 27,200 152,285 ........................ 26,260,375.00 collection has no capital startup, maintenance, or operating fees. This PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 collection does have a non-hourly cost E:\FR\FM\17MRN1.SGM 17MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 52 / Thursday, March 17, 2016 / Notices burden in the form of filing fees and postage costs. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Filing Fees In accordance with 35 U.S.C. 41(a)(1)(G), the USPTO only charges a fee for submitting a sequence listing as part of a U.S. application or as part of an international application entering the U.S. national stage if the sequence listing (i) is not filed via EFS-Web or not filed on an electronic medium in compliance with §§ 1.52(e) and 1.821(c) or (e), and (ii) causes the application to exceed 100 pages. (See 37 CFR 1.52(f).) Under 37 CFR 1.16(s) and 1.492(j) for U.S. applications and international applications entering the U.S. national stage, respectively, if the application, including the sequence listings filed on paper or on a non-compliant electronic medium, exceeds 100 pages, the application size fee is $400 (or $200 for small entities and $100 for micro entities) for each additional 50 pages or fraction thereof. The USPTO estimates the following with respect to the number of applications that will include long sequence listings filed on paper or on a non-compliant electronic medium and the average application size fee that such applications will incur: (i) Approximately 200 applications from large entities will incur an average application size fee of $1,200; (ii) approximately 100 applications from small entities will incur an average application size fee of $600; and (iii) approximately 40 applications from micro entities will incur an average application size fee of $300. The estimate corresponds to a total fee cost of $240,000, $60,000, and $12,000, respectively. As a Receiving Office, the USPTO collects the international filing fee for each international application it receives. The basic international filing fee only covers the first 30 pages of the international application. As a result, a $15 fee per page is added to the international filing fee for each page over 30 pages of an international application including a sequence listing filed on paper or in PDF format. No page fees are triggered by sequence listings that are submitted via EFS-Web in the proper text format. The average length of a sequence listing filed on paper or in PDF format in an international application is 150 pages, which would carry an additional fee of $2,250 if the international application were already at least 30 pages long without the listing. The USPTO estimates that approximately 650 of the 6,000 sequence listings filed per year on paper or in PDF format will be for VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Mar 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 international applications, for a cost of $1,462,500. Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the total fee costs for this collection will total $1,774,500.00. Postage Costs Mailed submissions may include the sequence listing on either paper or CD, the CRF copy of the listing on CD, and a transmittal letter containing the required identifying information. The USPTO estimates that the average postage cost for a paper or CD sequence listing submission will be $6.45 (USPS Priority Mail, flat rate envelope) and that 6,350 sequence listings will be mailed to the USPTO per year, for a total of $40,957.50 in postage costs. With filing fee costs totaling $1,774,500.00 and postage costs totaling $40,957.50, the USPTO estimates that the total annual non-hourly cost burden for this collection will amount to $1,815,457.50. 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: March 11, 2016. 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Accordingly, the records in this system are used in the course of investigating individuals suspected of administrative or criminal misconduct. This system is also used for case management, case tracking, information storage, to respond to requests for information, and to fulfill mandatory reporting requirements. It fulfills these purposes by enabling users to record complaints, allegations of wrongdoing, and requests for assistance; to document inquiries; to store investigative case records; to compile statistical information; to provide prompt, responsive and accurate information regarding the status of ongoing cases; to provide a record of complaint disposition; and to record actions taken and notifications of interested parties and agencies. DATES: Comments will be accepted on or before April 18, 2016. This proposed action will be effective the date following the end of the comment period unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office


Requirements for Patent Applications Containing Nucleotide 
Sequence and/or Amino Acid Sequence Disclosures

ACTION: Notice and request for comment.

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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 comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, 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 May 16, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted by any of the following 
methods:
     Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-
0024 inquiry'' 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 Raul Tamayo, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of 
Patent Legal Administration, United States

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Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; 
by telephone at 571-272-7728; or by email at Raul.Tamayo@uspto.gov with 
``0651-0024 inquiry'' 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

    Patent applications that contain nucleotide and/or amino acid 
sequence disclosures must include a copy of the sequence listing in 
accordance with the requirements in 37 CFR 1.821-1.825. Applicants may 
submit sequence listings for both U.S. and international patent 
applications. Submissions of sequence listings in international 
applications are in accordance with Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) 
Rule 13\ter\.
    This information collection contains the sequence listing 
information itself. Information pertaining to the filing of the initial 
U.S. application is collected under OMB Control Number 0651-0032, and 
information pertaining to the filing of the initial international 
application is collected under OMB Control Number 0651-0021.
    In particular, this information collection accounts for sequence 
listings submitted on paper, compact disc (CD), or through EFS-Web, the 
USPTO's online filing system. For U.S. applications, 37 CFR 1.821(c) 
permits all three modes of submission: Paper, CD, or EFS-Web. Sequence 
listings for international applications may be submitted on paper or 
through EFS-Web only, though sequence listings that are too large to be 
filed electronically though EFS-Web may be submitted on a separate CD.
    The USPTO uses the sequence listings during the examination process 
to determine the patentability of the associated patent application. 
Sequence listings are also disclosed as part of the published patent 
application or issued patent.
    This information collection also contains requests for transfer of 
a computer readable form under 37 CFR 1.821(e). Under 37 CFR 1.821(e)-
(f), applicants who submit their sequence listings on paper or CD must 
submit a copy of the sequence listing in ``computer readable form'' 
(CRF) with a statement indicating that the CRF copy of the sequence 
listing is identical to the paper or CD copy required by 1.821(c). 
Applicants may submit the CRF copy of the sequence listing to the USPTO 
on CD or other acceptable media as provided in 37 CFR 1.824. Sequence 
listings that are submitted online through EFS-Web in the proper text 
format do not require a separate CRF copy or the associated statement.
    If the CRF sequence listing in a new application is identical to 
the CRF sequence listing of another application that the applicant 
already has on file at the USPTO, 37 CFR 1.821(e) permits the applicant 
to refer to the CRF listing in the other application, rather than 
having to submit a duplicate copy of the CRF listing for the new 
application. In such a case, the applicant may submit a letter 
identifying the application and CRF sequence listing that is already on 
file and stating that the sequence listing submitted in the new 
application is identical to the CRF copy already filed with the 
previous application. The USPTO provides a form, Request for Transfer 
of a Computer Readable Form Under 37 CFR 1.821(e) (PTO/SB/93), in order 
to assist customers in submitting this statement.

II. Method of Collection

    By mail, hand delivery, or electronic submission to the USPTO.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-0024.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently-approved collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-
profit organizations; and not-for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 27,200 responses per year. Of this 
total, the USPTO expects that 25% will be from small entities.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
approximately 6 minutes (0.10 hours) to 6 hours to complete a single IC 
item in this collection, depending on the instrument. This includes the 
time to gather the necessary information, create the documents, and 
submit the completed request to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 152,285 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost Burden (Hourly): $26,260,375.00. The 
USPTO estimates that a sequence listing will take approximately five 
hours of paraprofessional time at an estimated rate of $125 per hour 
and one hour of attorney time at $410 per hour, for a weighted average 
rate of $172.50 per hour for preparing a sequence listing. The USPTO 
expects that the Request for Transfer of a CRF will be prepared by a 
paraprofessional at an estimated rate of $125 per hour. Using this 
hourly rate, the USPTO estimates $26,260,375.00 per year for the total 
hourly costs associated with respondents.

                                                     Table 1--Burden Hour/Burden Cost to Respondents
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                                                                           Estimated       Estimated       Estimated
                IC No.                               Item                response time      annual       annual burden    Rate ($/hr)    Total cost ($/
                                                                            (hours)        responses         hours                             yr)
                                                                                   (a)             (b)     (a) x (b) =             (d)   (c) x (d) = (e)
                                                                                                                   (c)
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1....................................  Sequence Listing in Application            6.00           6,000          36,000         $172.50     $6,210,000.00
                                        (paper).
1....................................  Sequence Listing in Application            6.00             350           2,100          172.50        362,250.00
                                        (CD).
1....................................  Sequence Listing in Application            6.00          19,000         114,000          172.50     19,665,000.00
                                        (electronic).
2....................................  Request for Transfer of a                  0.10           1,850             185          125.00         23,125.00
                                        Computer Readable Form Under
                                        37 CFR 1.821(e) (PTO/SB/93).
                                                                       ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Totals...........................  ...............................  ..............          27,200         152,285  ..............     26,260,375.00
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    Estimated Total Annual Cost Burden (Non-Hourly): $1,774,500.00. 
This collection has no capital startup, maintenance, or operating fees. 
This collection does have a non-hourly cost

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burden in the form of filing fees and postage costs.

Filing Fees

    In accordance with 35 U.S.C. 41(a)(1)(G), the USPTO only charges a 
fee for submitting a sequence listing as part of a U.S. application or 
as part of an international application entering the U.S. national 
stage if the sequence listing (i) is not filed via EFS-Web or not filed 
on an electronic medium in compliance with Sec. Sec.  1.52(e) and 
1.821(c) or (e), and (ii) causes the application to exceed 100 pages. 
(See 37 CFR 1.52(f).) Under 37 CFR 1.16(s) and 1.492(j) for U.S. 
applications and international applications entering the U.S. national 
stage, respectively, if the application, including the sequence 
listings filed on paper or on a non-compliant electronic medium, 
exceeds 100 pages, the application size fee is $400 (or $200 for small 
entities and $100 for micro entities) for each additional 50 pages or 
fraction thereof. The USPTO estimates the following with respect to the 
number of applications that will include long sequence listings filed 
on paper or on a non-compliant electronic medium and the average 
application size fee that such applications will incur: (i) 
Approximately 200 applications from large entities will incur an 
average application size fee of $1,200; (ii) approximately 100 
applications from small entities will incur an average application size 
fee of $600; and (iii) approximately 40 applications from micro 
entities will incur an average application size fee of $300. The 
estimate corresponds to a total fee cost of $240,000, $60,000, and 
$12,000, respectively.
    As a Receiving Office, the USPTO collects the international filing 
fee for each international application it receives. The basic 
international filing fee only covers the first 30 pages of the 
international application. As a result, a $15 fee per page is added to 
the international filing fee for each page over 30 pages of an 
international application including a sequence listing filed on paper 
or in PDF format. No page fees are triggered by sequence listings that 
are submitted via EFS-Web in the proper text format. The average length 
of a sequence listing filed on paper or in PDF format in an 
international application is 150 pages, which would carry an additional 
fee of $2,250 if the international application were already at least 30 
pages long without the listing. The USPTO estimates that approximately 
650 of the 6,000 sequence listings filed per year on paper or in PDF 
format will be for international applications, for a cost of 
$1,462,500.
    Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the total fee costs for this 
collection will total $1,774,500.00.

Postage Costs

    Mailed submissions may include the sequence listing on either paper 
or CD, the CRF copy of the listing on CD, and a transmittal letter 
containing the required identifying information. The USPTO estimates 
that the average postage cost for a paper or CD sequence listing 
submission will be $6.45 (USPS Priority Mail, flat rate envelope) and 
that 6,350 sequence listings will be mailed to the USPTO per year, for 
a total of $40,957.50 in postage costs.
    With filing fee costs totaling $1,774,500.00 and postage costs 
totaling $40,957.50, the USPTO estimates that the total annual non-
hourly cost burden for this collection will amount to $1,815,457.50.

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: March 11, 2016.
Marcie Lovett,
Records Management Division Director, OCIO, United States Patent and 
Trademark Office.
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