Patent Processing (Updating), 32298-32302 [2016-12042]

Download as PDF 32298 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 99 / Monday, May 23, 2016 / Notices identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to the SAFMC office (see ADDRESSES) at least 10 business days prior to the meeting. Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: May 18, 2016. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–12037 Filed 5–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Processing (Updating) 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 general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this 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 July 22, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0031 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 sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Electronic Applicant Initiated Interview Request Form. 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 Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272–7728; or by email to Raul.Tamayo@uspto.gov with ‘‘0651– 0031 inquiry’’ in the subject line. Additional information about this collection is also available at http:// www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: III. Data I. Abstract The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is required by 35 U.S.C. 131 to examine an application for patent and, when appropriate, issue a patent. The USPTO is also required to publish patent applications, with certain exceptions, promptly after the expiration of a period of eighteen months from the earliest filing date for which a benefit is sought under Title 35, United States Code (‘‘eighteen-month publication’’). Certain situations may arise which require that additional information be supplied in order for the USPTO to further process the patent or application. The USPTO administers the statutes through various sections of the rules of practice in 37 CFR part 1. The information in this collection can be used by the USPTO to continue the processing of the patent or application to ensure that applicants are complying with the patent regulations and to aid in the prosecution of the application. II. Method of Collection The forms associated with this collection may be downloaded from the USPTO Web site in Portable Document Format (PDF), filled out electronically, and then either printed for mailing or submitted to the USPTO online through EFS-Web. The ‘‘EFS-Web only’’ items in this collection must be submitted to the USPTO online through EFS-Web. In addition, the USPTO provides an electronic interface on its Web site that the public can use to submit the information associated with the OMB Number: 0651–0031. IC Instruments and Forms: PTO/AIA/ 22, PTO/AIA/24, PTO/AIA/24B, PTO/ AIA/31, PTO/AIA/32, PTO/AIA/33, PTO/AIA/40, PTO/AIA/41, PTO/AIA/ 96, PTO/SB/08a, PTO/SB/08b, PTO/SB/ 17i, PTO/SB/21, PTO/SB/22, PTO/SB/ 24, PTO/SB/24B, PTO/SB/25, PTO/SB/ 26, PTO/SB/27, PTO/SB/30, PTO/SB/ 31, PTO/SB/32, PTO/SB/33, PTO/SB/ 35, PTO/SB/36, PTO/SB/37, PTO/SB/ 38, PTO/SB/39, PTO/SB/43, PTO/SB/ 61, PTO/SB/63, PTO/SB/64, PTO/SB/ 64a, PTO/SB/67, PTO/SB/68, PTO/SB/ 91, PTO/SB/92, PTO/SB/96, PTO/SB/ 97, PTO/SB/130, PTO–2053–A/B, PTO– 2054–A/B, PTO–2055–A/B, PTOL– 413A, and PTOL–413C. Type of Review: Revision of a Previously-Existing Information Collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other forprofits; and non-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,542,082 responses per year. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public between 2 minutes (.03 hours) and 8 hours to submit a single item in this collection depending on the instrument used, including the time to gather the necessary information, prepare the appropriate form or petition, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. The time per response, estimated annual responses, and estimated annual hour burden associated with each instrument in this collection are shown in the table below. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 3,631,187.33 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: $952,818,894.17. The USPTO expects that attorneys and/ or paralegals will complete the instruments listed in the table below. The professional hourly rates for attorneys and paralegals, based on AIPLA’s 2015 Report of the Economic Survey, are $410 and $125 respectively. Using these hourly rates, the USPTO estimates that the total respondent cost burden for this collection is $952,818,894.17 per year. 1 .................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated response time (minutes) Item Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden (hours) Rate ($/hr) (a) IC No. (b) (a) × (b)/60 = (c) (d) EFS-Web IDS (Information Disclosure Statements) that do not require the fee set forth in 37 CFR 1.17(p). 18:25 May 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 120 Sfmt 4703 635,000 E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 1,270,000.00 410.00 32299 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 99 / Monday, May 23, 2016 / Notices 1 .................. 1 .................. 1 .................. 2 .................. 2 .................. 3 .................. 3 4 4 5 .................. .................. .................. .................. 5 .................. 6 .................. 6 .................. 7 .................. 7 .................. 8 .................. 8 .................. 9 .................. 9 .................. 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 14 14 15 ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ 15 ................ 16 ................ 17 ................ 18 ................ 19 ................ sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 19 ................ 20 ................ 20 ................ 21 ................ 21 ................ 22 ................ VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated response time (minutes) Item Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden (hours) Rate ($/hr) (a) IC No. (b) (a) × (b)/60 = (c) (d) Information Disclosure Statements that do not require the fee set forth in 37 CFR 1.17(p). EFS-Web IDS (Information Disclosure Statements) that require the fee set forth in 37 CFR 1.17(p). Information Disclosure Statements that require the fee set forth in 37 CFR 1.17(p). Electronic Transmittal Form ............................................... Transmittal Form ................................................................ Electronic Petition for Extension of Time under 37 CFR 1.136(a). Petition for Extension of Time under 37 CFR 1.136(a) ..... Electronic Express Abandonment under 37 CFR 1.138 ... Express Abandonment under 37 CFR 1.138 .................... Electronic Statutory Disclaimers (including terminal disclaimers). Statutory Disclaimers (including terminal disclaimers) ...... Electronic Request for Expedited Examination of a Design Application. Request for Expedited Examination of a Design Application. Electronic Notice of Appeal ............................................... Notice of Appeal ................................................................ Electronic Petition for Revival of an Application for Patent Abandoned Unintentionally. Petition for Revival of an Application for Patent Abandoned Unintentionally. Electronic Petition for Revival of an Application for Patent Abandoned for Failure to Notify the Office of a Foreign or International Filing. Petition for Revival of an Application for Patent Abandoned for Failure to Notify the Office of a Foreign or International Filing. Electronic Requests to Access, Inspect and Copy ........... Requests to Access, Inspect and Copy ............................ Electronic Deposit Account Order Form ............................ Deposit Account Order Form ............................................. Electronic Certificates of Mailing or Transmission ............ Certificates of Mailing or Transmission ............................. Electronic Statement Under 37 CFR 3.73(c) ..................... Statement Under 37 CFR 3.73(c) ...................................... Electronic Non-publication Request ................................... Non-publication Request .................................................... Electronic Rescission of Previous Non-publication Request (35 U.S.C. 122(b)(2)(B)(ii) and, if applicable, Notice of Foreign Filing (35 U.S.C. 122(b)(2)(B)(iii). Rescission of Previous Non-publication Request (35 U.S.C. 122(b)(2)(B)(ii) and, if applicable, Notice of Foreign Filing (35 U.S.C. 122(b)(2)(B)(iii). Electronic Filing System (EFS) Copy of Application for Publication. Copy of File Content Showing Redactions ........................ Copy of the Applicant or Patentee’s Record of the Application (including copies of the correspondence, list of the correspondence, and statements verifying whether the record is complete or not). EFS-Web Request for Continued Examination (RCE) Transmittal. Request for Continued Examination (RCE) Transmittal .... Electronic Request for Oral Hearing Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Request for Oral Hearing Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Electronic Request for Suspension of Action or Deferral of Examination Under 37 CFR 1.103(b), (c), or (d). Request for Suspension of Action or Deferral of Examination Under 37 CFR 1.103(b), (c), or (d). EFS-Web Request for Voluntary Publication or Republication (includes publication fee for republication). 18:25 May 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 120 40,000.00 410.00 120 115,000 230,000.00 410.00 120 5,000 10,000.00 410.00 120 120 6 850,000 50,000 290,000 1,700,000.00 100,000.00 29,000.00 125.00 125.00 125.00 6 12 12 12 10,000 4,800 200 58,000 1,000.00 960.00 40.00 11,600.00 125.00 125.00 125.00 410.00 12 6 2,000 390 400.00 39.00 410.00 410.00 6 10 1.00 410.00 12 12 60 28,000 1,000 7,500 5,600.00 200.00 7,500.00 410.00 410.00 410.00 60 500 500.00 410.00 60 190 190.00 410.00 60 10 10.00 $410.00 12 12 12 12 2 2 12 12 6 6 6 95,000 5,000 1,600 100 750,000 50,000 240,000 10,000 23,000 1,000 900 19,000.00 1,000.00 320.00 20.00 25,000.00 1,666.66 48,000.00 2,000.00 2,300.00 100.00 90.00 125.00 125.00 125.00 125.00 125.00 125.00 410.00 410.00 410.00 410.00 410.00 6 50 5.00 410.00 150 1 2.50 125.00 240 120 1 10 4.00 20.00 410.00 125.00 12 165,000 33,000.00 410.00 12 12 5,000 950 1,000.00 190.00 410.00 410.00 12 50 10.00 410.00 12 700 140.00 410.00 12 50 10.00 410.00 12 Sfmt 4703 20,000 290 58.00 125.00 E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 32300 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 99 / Monday, May 23, 2016 / Notices 22 ................ 23 ................ 23 ................ 24 ................ 24 ................ 25 ................ 25 ................ 26 ................ 26 ................ 27 ................ 27 28 28 29 29 30 ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ 31 ................ 32 ................ 32 ................ 33 ................ 33 ................ 34 ................ 34 ................ 35 ................ 35 ................ sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Total ..... Item Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden (hours) Rate ($/hr) (b) (a) × (b)/60 = (c) (d) Request for Voluntary Publication or Republication (includes publication fee for republication). Electronic Applicant Initiated Interview Request Form ...... Applicant Initiated Interview Request Form ....................... Electronic Processing Fee Under 37 CFR 1.17(i) Transmittal. Processing Fee Under 37 CFR 1.17(i) Transmittal ........... Electronic Request to Retrieve Electronic Priority Application(s) Under 37 CFR 1.55(h). Request to Retrieve Electronic Priority Application (s) Under 37 CFR 1.55(h). Electronic Authorization or Rescission of Authorization to Permit Access to Application-as-filed by Participating Offices Under 37 CFR 1.14(h). Authorization or Rescission of Authorization to Permit Access to Application-as-filed by Participating Offices Under 37 CFR 1.14(h). Electronic Petition for Express Abandonment to Obtain a Refund. Petition for Express Abandonment to Obtain a Refund .... Electronic Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review ............... Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review ................................ EFS-Web Request for Corrected Filing Receipt ............... Request for Corrected Filing Receipt ................................ Request for First Action Interview (Pilot Program) (Electronic only). Petition to Make Special Based on Age for Advancement of Examination under 37 CFR 1.102(c)(1) (EFS-Web only). Electronic Filing a submission after final rejection (see 37 CFR 1.129(a)). Filing a submission after final rejection (see 37 CFR 1.129(a)). Electronic correction of inventorship after first office action on the merits. Correction of inventorship after first office action on the merits. Electronic request for correction in a patent application relating to inventorship or an inventor name, or order of names, other than in a reissue application (37 CFR 1.48). Request for correction in a patent application relating to inventorship or an inventor name, or order of names, other than in a reissue application (37 CFR 1.48). Electronic request to correct or update the name of the applicant under 37 CFR 1.46(c)(1), or change the applicant under 37 CFR 1.46(c)(2). Request to correct or update the name of the applicant under 37 CFR 1.46(c)(1), or change the applicant under 37 CFR 1.46(c)(2). ............................................................................................ Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: $420,815,258.45. There are no recordkeeping, maintenance, or capital start-up costs associated with this information collection. There is, however, a non-hour cost burden in the form of postage costs and filing fees. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated response time (minutes) (a) IC No. 18:25 May 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 12 10 2.00 125.00 24 24 5 11,000 3,500 340 4,400.00 1,400.00 28.33 410.00 410.00 410.00 5 8 10 11,500 0.83 1,533.33 410.00 410.00 8 500 66.67 410.00 6 14,500 1,450.00 410.00 6 500 50.00 410.00 12 1,550 310.00 410.00 12 300 300 5 5 150 50 10,500 500 29,000 1,000 1,200 10.00 52,500.00 2,500.00 2,416.67 83.33 3,000.00 410.00 410.00 410.00 125.00 125.00 410.00 120 2,000 4,000.00 410.00 480 110 880.00 410.00 480 10 80.00 410.00 45 2,900 2,175.00 410.00 45 100 75.00 410.00 45 14,500 10,875.00 410.00 45 500 375.00 410.00 12 9,500 1,900.00 410.00 12 500 100.00 410.00 ........................ 3,542,082 3,631,187.33 ........................ Postage The public may submit the paper forms and petitions in this collection to the USPTO by mail through the United States Postal Service. If the submission is sent by first-class mail, the public may also include a signed certification of the date of mailing in order to receive credit for timely filing. Therefore, the PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 USPTO estimates that approximately 167,161 submissions per year may be mailed. The USPTO estimates that the average submission will be mailed in a standard flat-rate priority mail envelope at a cost of $6.45, resulting in a total postage cost of $1,078,188.45. Filing Fees E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 99 / Monday, May 23, 2016 / Notices 32301 1 ................... Estimated annual responses Item 1 ................... Information Disclosure Statements (IDS) that require the fee set forth in 37 CFR 1.17(p). IDS that require the fee set forth in 37 CFR 1.17(p) (small entity) ........ 3 ................... 3 ................... One-month Extension of Time under 37 CFR 1.136(a) .......................... One-month Extension of Time under 37 CFR 1.136(a) (small entity) .... 3 ................... 3 ................... Two-month Extension of Time under 37 CFR 1.136(a) .......................... Two-month Extension of Time under 37 CFR 1.136(a) (small entity) .... 3 ................... 3 ................... Three-month Extension of Time under 37 CFR 1.136(a) ....................... Three-month Extension of Time under 37 CFR 1.136(a) (small entity) 3 ................... 3 ................... Four-month Extension of Time under 37 CFR 1.136(a) ......................... Four-month Extension of Time under 37 CFR 1.136(a) (small entity) ... 3 ................... 3 ................... Five-month Extension of Time under 37 CFR 1.136(a) .......................... Five-month Extension of Time under 37 CFR 1.136(a) (small entity) .... 5 5 6 6 Statutory Disclaimer (including terminal disclaimer) ............................... Statutory Disclaimer (including terminal disclaimer) (small entity) ......... Request for Expedited Examination of a Design Application ................. Request for Expedited Examination of a Design Application (small entity). Notice of Appeal ...................................................................................... Notice of Appeal (small entity) ................................................................ ................... ................... ................... ................... 7 ................... 7 ................... 8 ................... 8 ................... 9 ................... 9 ................... 17 ................. 19 ................. 19 ................. 19 ................. 19 ................. 20 ................. 20 ................. 21 ................. 21 ................. 22 ................. 24 ................. 32 ................. 32 ................. 33 ................. 33 ................. sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 34 ................. 34 ................. Total ...... Petition for Revival of an Application for Patent Abandoned Unintentionally. Petition for Revival of an Application for Patent Abandoned Unintentionally (small entity). Petition for revival of an application for patent abandoned for failure to notify the office of a foreign or international filing. Petition for revival of an application for patent abandoned for failure to notify the office of a foreign or international filing (small entity). Copy of File Content Showing Redactions ............................................. Request for Continued Examination (RCE) Transmittal (First Request) Request for Continued Examination (RCE) Transmittal (First Request) (small entity). Request for Continued Examination (RCE) Transmittal (Second and Subsequent Requests). Request for Continued Examination (RCE) Transmittal (Second and Subsequent Requests) (small entity). Request for Oral Hearing Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board .... Request for Oral Hearing Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (small entity). Request for Suspension of Action or Deferral of Examination Under 37 CFR 1.103(b), (c), or (d). Request for Suspension of Action or Deferral of Examination Under 37 CFR 1.103(b), (c), or (d) (small entity). Request for Voluntary Publication or Republication (includes publication fee for republication). Processing Fee Under 37 CFR 1.17(i) Transmittal ................................ Filing a submission after final rejection (see 37 CFR 1.129(a)) ............. Filing a submission after final rejection (see 37 CFR 1.129(a)) (small entity). Correction of inventorship after first office action on the merits ............. Correction of inventorship after first office action on the merits (small entity). Request for correction in a patent application relating to inventorship or an inventor name, or order of names, other than in a reissue application (37 CFR 1.48). Request for correction in a patent application relating to inventorship or an inventor name, or order of names, other than in a reissue application (37 CFR 1.48). .................................................................................................................. Filing fee per response * Total annual (non-hour) cost burden (a) IC No. (b) (a) × (b) = (c) 90,000 $180.00 $16,200,000.00 S: 27,500 M: 2,500 102,500 S: 38,000 M: 4,000 43,600 S: 22,000 M: 2,100 40,000 S: 32,000 M: 3,000 2,500 S: 2,500 M: 350 3,500 S: 3,700 M: 250 60,000 6,289 200 S: 160 M: 40 22,500 S: 6,000 M: 500 3,500 S: $90.00 M: $45.00 $200.00 S: $100.00 M: $50.00 $600.00 S: $300.00 M: $150.00 $1,400.00 S: $700.00 M: $350.00 $2,200.00 S: $1,100.00 M: $550.00 $3,000.00 S: $1,000.00 M: $500.00 $160.00 $160.00 $900.00 S: $450.00 M: $225.00 $800.00 S: $400.00 M: $200.00 $1,700.00 S: $2,475,000.00 M: $112,500.00 $20,500,000.00 S: $3,800,000.00 M: $200,000.00 $26,160,000.00 S: $6,600,000.00 M: $315,000.00 $56,000,000.00 S: $22,400,000.00 M: $1,050,000.00 $5,500,000.00 S: $2,750,000.00 M: $192,500.00 $10,500,000.00 S: $3,700,000.00 M: $125,000.00 $9,600,000.00 $1,006,240.00 $180,000.00 S: $72,000.00 M: $9,000.00 $18,000,000.00 S: $2,400,000.00 M: $100,000.00 $5,950,000.00 4,500 $850.00 $3,825,000.00 150 $1,700.00 $255,000.00 50 $850.00 $42,500.00 1 78,400 S: 28,000 M: 5,600 40,600 $130.00 $1,200.00 S: $600.00 M: $300.00 $1,700.00 $130.00 $94,080,000.00 S: $16,800,000.00 M: $1,680,000.00 $69,020,000.00 S: 14,500 M: 2,900 700 S: 240 M: 10 520 S: $850.00 M: $425.00 $1,300 S: $650.00 M: $325.00 $140.00 S: $12,325,000.00 M: $1,232,500.00 $910,000.00 S: $156,000.00 M: $3,250.00 $72,800.00 S: 190 M: 40 300 S: $70.00 M: $35.00 $130.00 S: $13,300.00 M: $1,400.00 $39,000.00 340 60 S: 50 M: 10 2,100 S: 750 M: 150 10,500 $130.00 $840.00 $420.00 $210.00 $600.00 $300.00 $150.00 $140.00 $44,200.00 $50,400.00 S: $21,000.00 M: $2,100.00 $1,260,000.00 S: $225,000.00 M: $22,500.00 $1,470,000.00 S: 3,750 M: 750 S: $70.00 M: $35.00 S: $262,500.00 M: $26,250.00 740,425 ........................ $419,737,070.00 S: M: S: M: * ‘‘S’’ and ‘‘M’’ denote ‘‘Small Entity’’ and ‘‘Micro Entity’’ and reference the lower fee rates offered to small entities. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 May 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 32302 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 99 / Monday, May 23, 2016 / 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; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, e.g., the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: May 16, 2016. Marcie Lovett, Records Management Division Director, OCIO, United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2016–12042 Filed 5–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION [Docket No. CFPB–2016–0024] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is requesting to renew the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for an existing information collection titled, ‘‘Policy to Encourage Trial Disclosure Programs; Information Collection.’’ sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Written comments are encouraged and must be received on or before June 22, 2016 to be assured of consideration. DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 May 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 You may submit comments, identified by the title of the information collection, OMB Control Number (see below), and docket number (see above), by any of the following methods: • Electronic: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • OMB: Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503 or fax to (202) 395–5806. Mailed or faxed comments to OMB should be to the attention of the OMB Desk Officer for the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. Please note that comments submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. In general, all comments received will become public records, including any personal information provided. Sensitive personal information, such as account numbers or Social Security numbers, should not be included. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Documentation prepared in support of this information collection request is available at www.reginfo.gov (this link active on the day following publication of this notice). Select ‘‘Information Collection Review,’’ under ‘‘Currently under review, use the dropdown menu ‘‘Select Agency’’ and select ‘‘Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’’ (recent submissions to OMB will be at the top of the list). The same documentation is also available at www.regulations.gov. Requests for additional information should be directed to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, (Attention: PRA Office), 1700 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20552, (202) 435–9575, or email: CFPB_PRA@cfpb.gov. Please do not submit comments to this email box. 1021(b)(5) of the Act, to ‘‘facilitate access and innovation’’ in the ‘‘markets for consumer financial products and services.’’ There are two main purposes for the use of these eligibility criteria. First, the specific criteria are intended to help the Bureau identify trial disclosure proposals that hold the potential to demonstrate improvements in disclosure to consumers, while controlling appropriately for risks to consumers. Second, by using standardized criteria across all submitters, the Bureau will be better placed to assess the merits of different proposals relative to each other. Request for Comments: The Bureau issued a 60-day Federal Register notice on March 9, 2016, (80 FR 12479). Comments were solicited and continue to be invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Bureau, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the Bureau’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methods and the 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. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the total annual (non-hour) cost burden for this collection will be $420,815,258.45, with $1,078,188.45 in postage costs and $419,737,070.00 in filing fees. [FR Doc. 2016–12082 Filed 5–20–16; 8:45 am] ADDRESSES: Title of Collection: Policy to Encourage Trial Disclosure Programs; Information Collection. OMB Control Number: 3170–0039. Type of Review: Extension without change of an existing information collection. Affected Public: Businesses and other for-profit entities. Estimated Number of Respondents: 10. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 100. Abstract: In subsection 1032(e) of the Dodd-Frank Act, 12 U.S.C. 5532(e), Congress gave the Bureau authority to provide certain legal protections to companies to conduct trial disclosure programs. This authority can be used to help further the Bureau’s statutory objective, stated in subsection PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: May 18, 2016. Darrin A. King, Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. BILLING CODE 4810–AM–P BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION [Docket No.: CFPB–2016–0023] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is requesting to renew the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 99 (Monday, May 23, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office


Patent Processing (Updating)

ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part 
of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, 
invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this 
opportunity to comment on this 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 July 22, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-
0031 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 Patent and Trademark Office, 
P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-7728; 
or by email to Raul.Tamayo@uspto.gov with ``0651-0031 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

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is required 
by 35 U.S.C. 131 to examine an application for patent and, when 
appropriate, issue a patent. The USPTO is also required to publish 
patent applications, with certain exceptions, promptly after the 
expiration of a period of eighteen months from the earliest filing date 
for which a benefit is sought under Title 35, United States Code 
(``eighteen-month publication''). Certain situations may arise which 
require that additional information be supplied in order for the USPTO 
to further process the patent or application. The USPTO administers the 
statutes through various sections of the rules of practice in 37 CFR 
part 1.
    The information in this collection can be used by the USPTO to 
continue the processing of the patent or application to ensure that 
applicants are complying with the patent regulations and to aid in the 
prosecution of the application.

II. Method of Collection

    The forms associated with this collection may be downloaded from 
the USPTO Web site in Portable Document Format (PDF), filled out 
electronically, and then either printed for mailing or submitted to the 
USPTO online through EFS-Web. The ``EFS-Web only'' items in this 
collection must be submitted to the USPTO online through EFS-Web. In 
addition, the USPTO provides an electronic interface on its Web site 
that the public can use to submit the information associated with the 
Electronic Applicant Initiated Interview Request Form.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-0031.
    IC Instruments and Forms: PTO/AIA/22, PTO/AIA/24, PTO/AIA/24B, PTO/
AIA/31, PTO/AIA/32, PTO/AIA/33, PTO/AIA/40, PTO/AIA/41, PTO/AIA/96, 
PTO/SB/08a, PTO/SB/08b, PTO/SB/17i, PTO/SB/21, PTO/SB/22, PTO/SB/24, 
PTO/SB/24B, PTO/SB/25, PTO/SB/26, PTO/SB/27, PTO/SB/30, PTO/SB/31, PTO/
SB/32, PTO/SB/33, PTO/SB/35, PTO/SB/36, PTO/SB/37, PTO/SB/38, PTO/SB/
39, PTO/SB/43, PTO/SB/61, PTO/SB/63, PTO/SB/64, PTO/SB/64a, PTO/SB/67, 
PTO/SB/68, PTO/SB/91, PTO/SB/92, PTO/SB/96, PTO/SB/97, PTO/SB/130, PTO-
2053-A/B, PTO-2054-A/B, PTO-2055-A/B, PTOL-413A, and PTOL-413C.
    Type of Review: Revision of a Previously-Existing Information 
Collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profits; and non-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,542,082 responses per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public between 2 minutes (.03 hours) and 8 hours to submit a single 
item in this collection depending on the instrument used, including the 
time to gather the necessary information, prepare the appropriate form 
or petition, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. The time 
per response, estimated annual responses, and estimated annual hour 
burden associated with each instrument in this collection are shown in 
the table below.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 3,631,187.33 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: 
$952,818,894.17. The USPTO expects that attorneys and/or paralegals 
will complete the instruments listed in the table below. The 
professional hourly rates for attorneys and paralegals, based on 
AIPLA's 2015 Report of the Economic Survey, are $410 and $125 
respectively. Using these hourly rates, the USPTO estimates that the 
total respondent cost burden for this collection is $952,818,894.17 per 
year.

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                                                   Estimated       Estimated
       IC No.                   Item             response time      annual      Estimated annual    Rate ($/hr)
                                                   (minutes)       responses     burden (hours)
                                                           (a)             (b)    (a) x (b)/60 =             (d)
                                                                                             (c)
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1...................  EFS-Web IDS (Information             120         635,000      1,270,000.00          410.00
                       Disclosure Statements)
                       that do not require the
                       fee set forth in 37 CFR
                       1.17(p).

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1...................  Information Disclosure               120          20,000         40,000.00          410.00
                       Statements that do not
                       require the fee set
                       forth in 37 CFR 1.17(p).
1...................  EFS-Web IDS (Information             120         115,000        230,000.00          410.00
                       Disclosure Statements)
                       that require the fee
                       set forth in 37 CFR
                       1.17(p).
1...................  Information Disclosure               120           5,000         10,000.00          410.00
                       Statements that require
                       the fee set forth in 37
                       CFR 1.17(p).
2...................  Electronic Transmittal               120         850,000      1,700,000.00          125.00
                       Form.
2...................  Transmittal Form........             120          50,000        100,000.00          125.00
3...................  Electronic Petition for                6         290,000         29,000.00          125.00
                       Extension of Time under
                       37 CFR 1.136(a).
3...................  Petition for Extension                 6          10,000          1,000.00          125.00
                       of Time under 37 CFR
                       1.136(a).
4...................  Electronic Express                    12           4,800            960.00          125.00
                       Abandonment under 37
                       CFR 1.138.
4...................  Express Abandonment                   12             200             40.00          125.00
                       under 37 CFR 1.138.
5...................  Electronic Statutory                  12          58,000         11,600.00          410.00
                       Disclaimers (including
                       terminal disclaimers).
5...................  Statutory Disclaimers                 12           2,000            400.00          410.00
                       (including terminal
                       disclaimers).
6...................  Electronic Request for                 6             390             39.00          410.00
                       Expedited Examination
                       of a Design Application.
6...................  Request for Expedited                  6              10              1.00          410.00
                       Examination of a Design
                       Application.
7...................  Electronic Notice of                  12          28,000          5,600.00          410.00
                       Appeal.
7...................  Notice of Appeal........              12           1,000            200.00          410.00
8...................  Electronic Petition for               60           7,500          7,500.00          410.00
                       Revival of an
                       Application for Patent
                       Abandoned
                       Unintentionally.
8...................  Petition for Revival of               60             500            500.00          410.00
                       an Application for
                       Patent Abandoned
                       Unintentionally.
9...................  Electronic Petition for               60             190            190.00          410.00
                       Revival of an
                       Application for Patent
                       Abandoned for Failure
                       to Notify the Office of
                       a Foreign or
                       International Filing.
9...................  Petition for Revival of               60              10             10.00         $410.00
                       an Application for
                       Patent Abandoned for
                       Failure to Notify the
                       Office of a Foreign or
                       International Filing.
10..................  Electronic Requests to                12          95,000         19,000.00          125.00
                       Access, Inspect and
                       Copy.
10..................  Requests to Access,                   12           5,000          1,000.00          125.00
                       Inspect and Copy.
11..................  Electronic Deposit                    12           1,600            320.00          125.00
                       Account Order Form.
11..................  Deposit Account Order                 12             100             20.00          125.00
                       Form.
12..................  Electronic Certificates                2         750,000         25,000.00          125.00
                       of Mailing or
                       Transmission.
12..................  Certificates of Mailing                2          50,000          1,666.66          125.00
                       or Transmission.
13..................  Electronic Statement                  12         240,000         48,000.00          410.00
                       Under 37 CFR 3.73(c).
13..................  Statement Under 37 CFR                12          10,000          2,000.00          410.00
                       3.73(c).
14..................  Electronic Non-                        6          23,000          2,300.00          410.00
                       publication Request.
14..................  Non-publication Request.               6           1,000            100.00          410.00
15..................  Electronic Rescission of               6             900             90.00          410.00
                       Previous Non-
                       publication Request (35
                       U.S.C. 122(b)(2)(B)(ii)
                       and, if applicable,
                       Notice of Foreign
                       Filing (35 U.S.C.
                       122(b)(2)(B)(iii).
15..................  Rescission of Previous                 6              50              5.00          410.00
                       Non-publication Request
                       (35 U.S.C.
                       122(b)(2)(B)(ii) and,
                       if applicable, Notice
                       of Foreign Filing (35
                       U.S.C.
                       122(b)(2)(B)(iii).
16..................  Electronic Filing System             150               1              2.50          125.00
                       (EFS) Copy of
                       Application for
                       Publication.
17..................  Copy of File Content                 240               1              4.00          410.00
                       Showing Redactions.
18..................  Copy of the Applicant or             120              10             20.00          125.00
                       Patentee's Record of
                       the Application
                       (including copies of
                       the correspondence,
                       list of the
                       correspondence, and
                       statements verifying
                       whether the record is
                       complete or not).
19..................  EFS-Web Request for                   12         165,000         33,000.00          410.00
                       Continued Examination
                       (RCE) Transmittal.
19..................  Request for Continued                 12           5,000          1,000.00          410.00
                       Examination (RCE)
                       Transmittal.
20..................  Electronic Request for                12             950            190.00          410.00
                       Oral Hearing Before the
                       Patent Trial and Appeal
                       Board.
20..................  Request for Oral Hearing              12              50             10.00          410.00
                       Before the Patent Trial
                       and Appeal Board.
21..................  Electronic Request for                12             700            140.00          410.00
                       Suspension of Action or
                       Deferral of Examination
                       Under 37 CFR 1.103(b),
                       (c), or (d).
21..................  Request for Suspension                12              50             10.00          410.00
                       of Action or Deferral
                       of Examination Under 37
                       CFR 1.103(b), (c), or
                       (d).
22..................  EFS-Web Request for                   12             290             58.00          125.00
                       Voluntary Publication
                       or Republication
                       (includes publication
                       fee for republication).

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22..................  Request for Voluntary                 12              10              2.00          125.00
                       Publication or
                       Republication (includes
                       publication fee for
                       republication).
23..................  Electronic Applicant                  24          11,000          4,400.00          410.00
                       Initiated Interview
                       Request Form.
23..................  Applicant Initiated                   24           3,500          1,400.00          410.00
                       Interview Request Form.
24..................  Electronic Processing                  5             340             28.33          410.00
                       Fee Under 37 CFR
                       1.17(i) Transmittal.
24..................  Processing Fee Under 37                5              10              0.83          410.00
                       CFR 1.17(i) Transmittal.
25..................  Electronic Request to                  8          11,500          1,533.33          410.00
                       Retrieve Electronic
                       Priority Application(s)
                       Under 37 CFR 1.55(h).
25..................  Request to Retrieve                    8             500             66.67          410.00
                       Electronic Priority
                       Application (s) Under
                       37 CFR 1.55(h).
26..................  Electronic Authorization               6          14,500          1,450.00          410.00
                       or Rescission of
                       Authorization to Permit
                       Access to Application-
                       as-filed by
                       Participating Offices
                       Under 37 CFR 1.14(h).
26..................  Authorization or                       6             500             50.00          410.00
                       Rescission of
                       Authorization to Permit
                       Access to Application-
                       as-filed by
                       Participating Offices
                       Under 37 CFR 1.14(h).
27..................  Electronic Petition for               12           1,550            310.00          410.00
                       Express Abandonment to
                       Obtain a Refund.
27..................  Petition for Express                  12              50             10.00          410.00
                       Abandonment to Obtain a
                       Refund.
28..................  Electronic Pre-Appeal                300          10,500         52,500.00          410.00
                       Brief Request for
                       Review.
28..................  Pre-Appeal Brief Request             300             500          2,500.00          410.00
                       for Review.
29..................  EFS-Web Request for                    5          29,000          2,416.67          125.00
                       Corrected Filing
                       Receipt.
29..................  Request for Corrected                  5           1,000             83.33          125.00
                       Filing Receipt.
30..................  Request for First Action             150           1,200          3,000.00          410.00
                       Interview (Pilot
                       Program) (Electronic
                       only).
31..................  Petition to Make Special             120           2,000          4,000.00          410.00
                       Based on Age for
                       Advancement of
                       Examination under 37
                       CFR 1.102(c)(1) (EFS-
                       Web only).
32..................  Electronic Filing a                  480             110            880.00          410.00
                       submission after final
                       rejection (see 37 CFR
                       1.129(a)).
32..................  Filing a submission                  480              10             80.00          410.00
                       after final rejection
                       (see 37 CFR 1.129(a)).
33..................  Electronic correction of              45           2,900          2,175.00          410.00
                       inventorship after
                       first office action on
                       the merits.
33..................  Correction of                         45             100             75.00          410.00
                       inventorship after
                       first office action on
                       the merits.
34..................  Electronic request for                45          14,500         10,875.00          410.00
                       correction in a patent
                       application relating to
                       inventorship or an
                       inventor name, or order
                       of names, other than in
                       a reissue application
                       (37 CFR 1.48).
34..................  Request for correction                45             500            375.00          410.00
                       in a patent application
                       relating to
                       inventorship or an
                       inventor name, or order
                       of names, other than in
                       a reissue application
                       (37 CFR 1.48).
35..................  Electronic request to                 12           9,500          1,900.00          410.00
                       correct or update the
                       name of the applicant
                       under 37 CFR
                       1.46(c)(1), or change
                       the applicant under 37
                       CFR 1.46(c)(2).
35..................  Request to correct or                 12             500            100.00          410.00
                       update the name of the
                       applicant under 37 CFR
                       1.46(c)(1), or change
                       the applicant under 37
                       CFR 1.46(c)(2).
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    Total...........  ........................  ..............       3,542,082      3,631,187.33  ..............
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    Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: 
$420,815,258.45. There are no recordkeeping, maintenance, or capital 
start-up costs associated with this information collection. There is, 
however, a non-hour cost burden in the form of postage costs and filing 
fees.

Postage

    The public may submit the paper forms and petitions in this 
collection to the USPTO by mail through the United States Postal 
Service. If the submission is sent by first-class mail, the public may 
also include a signed certification of the date of mailing in order to 
receive credit for timely filing. Therefore, the USPTO estimates that 
approximately 167,161 submissions per year may be mailed. The USPTO 
estimates that the average submission will be mailed in a standard 
flat-rate priority mail envelope at a cost of $6.45, resulting in a 
total postage cost of $1,078,188.45.

Filing Fees

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                                                                Estimated
           IC No.                         Item                   annual        Filing fee    Total annual  (non-
                                                                responses    per response *   hour)  cost burden
                                                                        (a)             (b)      (a) x (b) = (c)
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1..........................  Information Disclosure                  90,000         $180.00       $16,200,000.00
                              Statements (IDS) that require
                              the fee set forth in 37 CFR
                              1.17(p).
1..........................  IDS that require the fee set         S: 27,500       S: $90.00     S: $2,475,000.00
                              forth in 37 CFR 1.17(p)              M: 2,500       M: $45.00       M: $112,500.00
                              (small entity).
3..........................  One-month Extension of Time            102,500         $200.00       $20,500,000.00
                              under 37 CFR 1.136(a).
3..........................  One-month Extension of Time          S: 38,000      S: $100.00     S: $3,800,000.00
                              under 37 CFR 1.136(a) (small         M: 4,000       M: $50.00       M: $200,000.00
                              entity).
3..........................  Two-month Extension of Time             43,600         $600.00       $26,160,000.00
                              under 37 CFR 1.136(a).
3..........................  Two-month Extension of Time          S: 22,000      S: $300.00     S: $6,600,000.00
                              under 37 CFR 1.136(a) (small         M: 2,100      M: $150.00       M: $315,000.00
                              entity).
3..........................  Three-month Extension of Time           40,000       $1,400.00       $56,000,000.00
                              under 37 CFR 1.136(a).
3..........................  Three-month Extension of Time        S: 32,000      S: $700.00    S: $22,400,000.00
                              under 37 CFR 1.136(a) (small         M: 3,000      M: $350.00     M: $1,050,000.00
                              entity).
3..........................  Four-month Extension of Time             2,500       $2,200.00        $5,500,000.00
                              under 37 CFR 1.136(a).
3..........................  Four-month Extension of Time          S: 2,500    S: $1,100.00     S: $2,750,000.00
                              under 37 CFR 1.136(a) (small           M: 350      M: $550.00       M: $192,500.00
                              entity).
3..........................  Five-month Extension of Time             3,500       $3,000.00       $10,500,000.00
                              under 37 CFR 1.136(a).
3..........................  Five-month Extension of Time          S: 3,700    S: $1,000.00     S: $3,700,000.00
                              under 37 CFR 1.136(a) (small           M: 250      M: $500.00       M: $125,000.00
                              entity).
5..........................  Statutory Disclaimer                    60,000         $160.00        $9,600,000.00
                              (including terminal
                              disclaimer).
5..........................  Statutory Disclaimer                     6,289         $160.00        $1,006,240.00
                              (including terminal
                              disclaimer) (small entity).
6..........................  Request for Expedited                      200         $900.00          $180,000.00
                              Examination of a Design
                              Application.
6..........................  Request for Expedited                   S: 160      S: $450.00        S: $72,000.00
                              Examination of a Design                 M: 40      M: $225.00         M: $9,000.00
                              Application (small entity).
7..........................  Notice of Appeal..............          22,500         $800.00       $18,000,000.00
7..........................  Notice of Appeal (small               S: 6,000      S: $400.00     S: $2,400,000.00
                              entity).                               M: 500      M: $200.00       M: $100,000.00
8..........................  Petition for Revival of an               3,500       $1,700.00        $5,950,000.00
                              Application for Patent
                              Abandoned Unintentionally.
8..........................  Petition for Revival of an               4,500         $850.00        $3,825,000.00
                              Application for Patent
                              Abandoned Unintentionally
                              (small entity).
9..........................  Petition for revival of an                 150       $1,700.00          $255,000.00
                              application for patent
                              abandoned for failure to
                              notify the office of a
                              foreign or international
                              filing.
9..........................  Petition for revival of an                  50         $850.00           $42,500.00
                              application for patent
                              abandoned for failure to
                              notify the office of a
                              foreign or international
                              filing (small entity).
17.........................  Copy of File Content Showing                 1         $130.00              $130.00
                              Redactions.
19.........................  Request for Continued                   78,400       $1,200.00       $94,080,000.00
                              Examination (RCE) Transmittal
                              (First Request).
19.........................  Request for Continued                S: 28,000      S: $600.00    S: $16,800,000.00
                              Examination (RCE) Transmittal        M: 5,600      M: $300.00     M: $1,680,000.00
                              (First Request) (small
                              entity).
19.........................  Request for Continued                   40,600       $1,700.00       $69,020,000.00
                              Examination (RCE) Transmittal
                              (Second and Subsequent
                              Requests).
19.........................  Request for Continued                S: 14,500      S: $850.00    S: $12,325,000.00
                              Examination (RCE) Transmittal        M: 2,900      M: $425.00     M: $1,232,500.00
                              (Second and Subsequent
                              Requests) (small entity).
20.........................  Request for Oral Hearing                   700          $1,300          $910,000.00
                              Before the Patent Trial and
                              Appeal Board.
20.........................  Request for Oral Hearing                S: 240      S: $650.00       S: $156,000.00
                              Before the Patent Trial and             M: 10      M: $325.00         M: $3,250.00
                              Appeal Board (small entity).
21.........................  Request for Suspension of                  520         $140.00           $72,800.00
                              Action or Deferral of
                              Examination Under 37 CFR
                              1.103(b), (c), or (d).
21.........................  Request for Suspension of               S: 190       S: $70.00        S: $13,300.00
                              Action or Deferral of                   M: 40       M: $35.00         M: $1,400.00
                              Examination Under 37 CFR
                              1.103(b), (c), or (d) (small
                              entity).
22.........................  Request for Voluntary                      300         $130.00           $39,000.00
                              Publication or Republication
                              (includes publication fee for
                              republication).
24.........................  Processing Fee Under 37 CFR                340         $130.00           $44,200.00
                              1.17(i) Transmittal.
32.........................  Filing a submission after                   60         $840.00           $50,400.00
                              final rejection (see 37 CFR
                              1.129(a)).
32.........................  Filing a submission after                S: 50      S: $420.00        S: $21,000.00
                              final rejection (see 37 CFR             M: 10      M: $210.00         M: $2,100.00
                              1.129(a)) (small entity).
33.........................  Correction of inventorship               2,100         $600.00        $1,260,000.00
                              after first office action on
                              the merits.
33.........................  Correction of inventorship              S: 750      S: $300.00       S: $225,000.00
                              after first office action on           M: 150      M: $150.00        M: $22,500.00
                              the merits (small entity).
34.........................  Request for correction in a             10,500         $140.00        $1,470,000.00
                              patent application relating
                              to inventorship or an
                              inventor name, or order of
                              names, other than in a
                              reissue application (37 CFR
                              1.48).
34.........................  Request for correction in a           S: 3,750       S: $70.00       S: $262,500.00
                              patent application relating            M: 750       M: $35.00        M: $26,250.00
                              to inventorship or an
                              inventor name, or order of
                              names, other than in a
                              reissue application (37 CFR
                              1.48).
                                                            ----------------------------------------------------
    Total..................  ..............................         740,425  ..............      $419,737,070.00
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* ``S'' and ``M'' denote ``Small Entity'' and ``Micro Entity'' and reference the lower fee rates offered to
  small entities.


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    Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the total annual (non-hour) 
cost burden for this collection will be $420,815,258.45, with 
$1,078,188.45 in postage costs and $419,737,070.00 in filing fees.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on:
    (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information shall have practical utility;
    (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including 
hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information;
    (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, e.g., the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or 
included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: May 16, 2016.
Marcie Lovett,
Records Management Division Director, OCIO, United States Patent and 
Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2016-12042 Filed 5-20-16; 8:45 am]
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