Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee Meeting, 93668-93669 [2016-30679]

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[FR Doc. 2016–30724 Filed 12–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee Meeting National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: This notice announces a public meeting of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (Committee). The Committee provides advice to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on spectrum management policy matters. DATES: The meeting will be held on January 25, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST). ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Verizon Technology and Policy Center, 1300 I St NW., Suite 500 East, Washington, DC 20005. Public comments may be mailed to the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4600, Washington, DC 20230, or emailed to dreed@ ntia.doc.gov. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David J. Reed, Designated Federal Officer, at (202) 482–5955 or dreed@ ntia.doc.gov; and/or visit NTIA’s Web site at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ category/csmac. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The Committee provides advice to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information on needed reforms to domestic spectrum policies and management in order to: License radio frequencies in a way that maximizes public benefits; keep wireless networks as open to innovation as possible; and make wireless services available to all Americans. See Charter at http:// www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/ publications/csmac_2015_charter_ renewal_2–26–15.pdf. This Committee is subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, and is consistent with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Act, 47 U.S.C. 904(b). The Committee functions solely as an advisory body in compliance with the FACA. For more information about the Committee visit: http:// www.ntia.doc.gov/category/csmac. Matters to Be Considered: The Committee provides advice to the Assistant Secretary to assist in developing and maintaining spectrum management policies that enable the United States to maintain or strengthen its global leadership role in the introduction of communications technology, services, and innovation; thus expanding the economy, adding jobs, and increasing international trade, while at the same time providing for the expansion of existing technologies and supporting the country’s homeland security, national defense, and other critical needs of government missions. The Committee will hear the response of NTIA to the Committee’s recommendations provided at the end of the last session in August 2016, as well as discuss the questions it will address this session. NTIA intends to post a detailed agenda on its Web site prior to the meeting, at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ category/csmac. To the extent that the meeting time and agenda permit, members of the public may speak to or otherwise address the Committee regarding the agenda items. See Open Meeting and Public Participation Policy, available at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ category/csmac. Time and Date: The meeting will be held on January 25, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST. The meeting time and agenda are subject to change. The meeting will be available via two-way audio link and may be webcast. Please refer to NTIA’s Web site, at http:// www.ntia.doc.gov/category/csmac, for the most up-to-date meeting agenda and access information. Place: The meeting will be held at the Verizon Technology and Policy Center, 1300 I St NW., Suite 500 East, Washington, DC 20005. Public comments may be mailed to Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4600, Washington, DC 20230. The meeting will be open to the public and members of the press on a first-come, first-served basis, as space is limited. The public meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign language E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Notices interpretation or other ancillary aids, are asked to notify Mr. Reed at (202) 482– 5955 or dreed@ntia.doc.gov at least ten (10) business days before the meeting. Status: Interested parties are invited to attend and to submit written comments to the Committee at any time before or after the meeting. Parties wishing to submit written comments for consideration by the Committee in advance of a meeting may send them via postal mail to Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4600, Washington, DC 20230. It would be helpful if paper submissions also include a compact disc (CD) that contains the comments in Microsoft Word and/or PDF file formats. CDs should be labeled with the name and organizational affiliation of the filer. Alternatively, comments may be submitted via electronic mail to dreed@ ntia.doc.gov and should also be in one or both of the file formats specified above. Comments must be received five (5) business days before the scheduled meeting date in order to provide sufficient time for review. Comments received after this date will be distributed to the Committee, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting. Records: NTIA maintains records of all Committee proceedings. Committee records are available for public inspection at NTIA’s Washington, DC office at the address above. Documents including the Committee’s charter, member list, agendas, minutes, and reports are available on NTIA’s Web site at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/category/ csmac. Dated: December 15, 2016. Kathy D. Smith, Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–30679 Filed 12–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–60–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office [Docket No.: PTO–P–2016–0055] asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Extension of the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented a pilot program (Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program) in which an applicant, under certain conditions, SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:38 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 can request a 12-month time period to pay the search fee, the examination fee, any excess claim fees, and the surcharge (for the late submission of the search fee and the examination fee) in a nonprovisional application. The Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program benefits applicants by permitting additional time to determine if patent protection should be sought—at a relatively low cost—and by permitting applicants to focus efforts on commercialization during this period. The Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program benefits the USPTO and the public by adding publications to the body of prior art, and by removing from the USPTO’s workload those nonprovisional applications for which applicants later decide not to pursue examination. While the USPTO has not yet completed its evaluation of the program, the number of participants in the program over the past several years indicates that there may be sufficient benefits to the patent community. Thus, the USPTO is extending the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program until January 2, 2018, to allow the USPTO to continue its evaluation of the pilot program. The requirements of the program have not changed. DATES: Duration: The Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program will run through January 2, 2018. Therefore, any certification and request to participate in the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program must be filed on or before January 2, 2018. The USPTO may further extend the pilot program (with or without modifications) depending on the feedback received and the continued effectiveness of the pilot program. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eugenia A. Jones, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, by telephone at (571) 272–7727, or Erin M. Harriman, Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, by telephone at (571) 272–7747. Inquiries regarding this notice may be directed to the Office of Patent Legal Administration, by telephone at (571) 272–7701, or by electronic mail at PatentPractice@uspto.gov. Alternatively, mail may be addressed to: Mail Stop Comments—Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450, marked to the attention of Eugenia A. Jones. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 8, 2010, after considering written comments from the public, the USPTO changed the missing parts PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 93669 examination procedures in certain nonprovisional applications by implementing a pilot program (i.e., Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program). See Pilot Program for Extended Time Period To Reply to a Notice to File Missing Parts of Nonprovisional Application, 75 FR 76401 (Dec. 8, 2010), 1362 Off. Gaz. Pat. Office 44 (Jan. 4, 2011). Over the course of the pilot program, the USPTO provided extensions of the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program through notices published in the Federal Register. The most recent notice extended the program until December 31, 2016, to allow the USPTO time to seek public comment on whether the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program offers sufficient benefits to the patent community for it to be made permanent. See Extension of Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program, 80 FR 80325 (Dec. 24, 2015), 1422 Off. Gaz. Pat. Office 192 (Jan. 19, 2016). On September 6, 2016, the USPTO sought public comment on whether the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program offers sufficient benefits to the patent community for it to be made permanent or whether the USPTO should permit the pilot program to expire. See Request for Comments on the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program, 81 FR 61195 (Sept. 6, 2016), 1430 Off. Gaz. Pat. Office 269 (Sept. 27, 2016). The USPTO received a total of two comments, and both comments appear to support the pilot program. The two comments are available via the USPTO’s Internet Web site at https://www.uspto.gov/patent/ laws-and-regulations/comments-public/ comments-extended-missing-parts-pilotprogram. While the USPTO has not yet completed its evaluation of the pilot program, the increase in the number of participants in the program over the past five years indicates that there may be sufficient benefits to the patent community. Thus, the USPTO is extending the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program until January 2, 2018, to allow the USPTO to continue its evaluation of the pilot program. The requirements of the program, which have not been modified, are reiterated below. Applicants are strongly advised to review the pilot program requirements before making a request to participate in the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program. See Pilot Program for Extended Time Period To Reply to a Notice To File Missing Parts of Nonprovisional Application, 75 FR 76401 (Dec. 8, 2010), 1362 Off. Gaz. Pat. Office 44 (Jan. 4, 2011). The USPTO cautions all applicants that, in order to claim the benefit of a prior provisional application, the statute E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration


Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee Meeting

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 
U.S. Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces a public meeting of the Commerce 
Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (Committee). The Committee 
provides advice to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for 
Communications and Information and the National Telecommunications and 
Information Administration (NTIA) on spectrum management policy 
matters.

DATES: The meeting will be held on January 25, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 
4:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST).

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Verizon Technology and 
Policy Center, 1300 I St NW., Suite 500 East, Washington, DC 20005. 
Public comments may be mailed to the Commerce Spectrum Management 
Advisory Committee, National Telecommunications and Information 
Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4600, Washington, DC 
20230, or emailed to dreed@ntia.doc.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David J. Reed, Designated Federal 
Officer, at (202) 482-5955 or dreed@ntia.doc.gov; and/or visit NTIA's 
Web site at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/category/csmac.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The Committee provides advice to 
the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information 
on needed reforms to domestic spectrum policies and management in order 
to: License radio frequencies in a way that maximizes public benefits; 
keep wireless networks as open to innovation as possible; and make 
wireless services available to all Americans. See Charter at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/csmac_2015_charter_renewal_2-26-15.pdf.
    This Committee is subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act 
(FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, and is consistent with the National 
Telecommunications and Information Administration Act, 47 U.S.C. 
904(b). The Committee functions solely as an advisory body in 
compliance with the FACA. For more information about the Committee 
visit: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/category/csmac.
    Matters to Be Considered: The Committee provides advice to the 
Assistant Secretary to assist in developing and maintaining spectrum 
management policies that enable the United States to maintain or 
strengthen its global leadership role in the introduction of 
communications technology, services, and innovation; thus expanding the 
economy, adding jobs, and increasing international trade, while at the 
same time providing for the expansion of existing technologies and 
supporting the country's homeland security, national defense, and other 
critical needs of government missions. The Committee will hear the 
response of NTIA to the Committee's recommendations provided at the end 
of the last session in August 2016, as well as discuss the questions it 
will address this session. NTIA intends to post a detailed agenda on 
its Web site prior to the meeting, at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/category/csmac. To the extent that the meeting time and agenda permit, members 
of the public may speak to or otherwise address the Committee regarding 
the agenda items. See Open Meeting and Public Participation Policy, 
available at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/category/csmac.
    Time and Date: The meeting will be held on January 25, 2017, from 
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST. The meeting time and agenda are subject to 
change. The meeting will be available via two-way audio link and may be 
webcast. Please refer to NTIA's Web site, at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/category/csmac, for the most up-to-date meeting agenda and access 
information.
    Place: The meeting will be held at the Verizon Technology and 
Policy Center, 1300 I St NW., Suite 500 East, Washington, DC 20005. 
Public comments may be mailed to Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory 
Committee, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 
1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4600, Washington, DC 20230.
    The meeting will be open to the public and members of the press on 
a first-come, first-served basis, as space is limited. The public 
meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign language

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interpretation or other ancillary aids, are asked to notify Mr. Reed at 
(202) 482-5955 or dreed@ntia.doc.gov at least ten (10) business days 
before the meeting.
    Status: Interested parties are invited to attend and to submit 
written comments to the Committee at any time before or after the 
meeting. Parties wishing to submit written comments for consideration 
by the Committee in advance of a meeting may send them via postal mail 
to Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, National 
Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution 
Avenue NW., Room 4600, Washington, DC 20230. It would be helpful if 
paper submissions also include a compact disc (CD) that contains the 
comments in Microsoft Word and/or PDF file formats. CDs should be 
labeled with the name and organizational affiliation of the filer. 
Alternatively, comments may be submitted via electronic mail to 
dreed@ntia.doc.gov and should also be in one or both of the file 
formats specified above. Comments must be received five (5) business 
days before the scheduled meeting date in order to provide sufficient 
time for review. Comments received after this date will be distributed 
to the Committee, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting.
    Records: NTIA maintains records of all Committee proceedings. 
Committee records are available for public inspection at NTIA's 
Washington, DC office at the address above. Documents including the 
Committee's charter, member list, agendas, minutes, and reports are 
available on NTIA's Web site at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/category/csmac.

     Dated: December 15, 2016.
Kathy D. Smith,
Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information 
Administration.
[FR Doc. 2016-30679 Filed 12-20-16; 8:45 am]
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