International Design Applications (Hague Agreement), 29848-29852 [2017-13716]

Download as PDF 29848 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES USPTO, Post Office Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450 or by electronic mail to: PPACnominations@ uspto.gov for the Patent Public Advisory Committee, or TPACnominations@ uspto.gov for the Trademark Public Advisory Committee. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brendan McCommas, Acting Chief of Staff, Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, at (571) 272– 8600. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Committees’ duties include: • Review and advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on matters relating to policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the USPTO relating to patents and trademarks, respectively; and • Within 60 days after the end of each fiscal year: (1) Prepare an annual report on matters listed above; (2) transmit the report to the Secretary of Commerce, the President, and the Committees on the Judiciary of the Senate and the House of Representatives; and (3) publish the report in the Official Gazette of the USPTO. Advisory Committees The Public Advisory Committees are each composed of nine (9) voting members who are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce (the ‘‘Secretary’’) and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary for three-year terms. Members are eligible for reappointment for a second consecutive three-year term. The Public Advisory Committee members must be citizens of the United States and are chosen to represent the interests of diverse users of the United States Patent and Trademark Office with respect to patents, in the case of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and with respect to trademarks, in the case of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee. Members must represent small and large entity applicants located in the United States in proportion to the number of applications filed by such applicants. The Committees must include individuals with ‘‘substantial background and achievement in finance, management, labor relations, science, technology, and office automation.’’ 35 U.S.C. 5(b)(3). Each of the Public Advisory Committees also includes three (3) non-voting members representing each labor organization recognized by the USPTO. Administration policy discourages the appointment of federally registered lobbyists to agency advisory boards and commissions (Lobbyists on Agency VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 Boards and Commissions, http:// www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/09/23/ lobbyist-agency-boards-andcommissions (Sept. 23, 2009)); cf. Exec. Order No. 13490, 74 FR 4673 (January 21, 2009) (While Executive Order 13490 does not specifically apply to federally registered lobbyists appointed by agency or department heads, it sets forth the Administration’s general policy of decreasing the influence of special interests in the Federal Government). Procedures and Guidelines of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees Each newly appointed member of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees will serve for a three-year term that begins on December 1, 2017, and ends on December 1, 2020. As required by the 1999 Act, members of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees will receive compensation for each day (including travel time) while the member is attending meetings or engaged in the business of that Advisory Committee. The enabling statute states that members are to be compensated at the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay in effect for level III of the Executive Schedule under section 5314 of Title 5, United States Code. Committee members are compensated on an hourly basis, calculated at the daily rate. While away from home or regular place of business, each member shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by Section 5703 of Title 5, United States Code. Applicability of Certain Ethics Laws Public Advisory Committee Members are Special Government Employees within the meaning of Section 202 of Title 18, United States Code. The following additional information includes several, but not all, of the ethics rules that apply to members, and assumes that members are not engaged in Public Advisory Committee business more than 60 days during any period of 365 consecutive days. • Each member will be required to file a confidential financial disclosure form within thirty (30) days of appointment. 5 CFR 2634.202(c), 2634.204, 2634.903, and 2634.904(b). • Each member will be subject to many of the public integrity laws, including criminal bars against representing a party in a particular matter that came before the member’s committee and that involved at least one specific party. 18 U.S.C. 205(c); see also 18 U.S.C. 207 for post-membership bars. A member also must not act on a matter PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in which the member (or any of certain closely related entities) has a financial interest. 18 U.S.C. 208. • Representation of foreign interests may also raise issues. 35 U.S.C. 5(a)(1) and 18 U.S.C. 219. Meetings of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees Meetings of each Advisory Committee will take place at the call of the respective Committee Chair to consider an agenda set by that Chair. Meetings may be conducted in person, telephonically, on-line through the Internet, or by other appropriate means. The meetings of each Advisory Committee will be open to the public except each Advisory Committee may, by majority vote, meet in executive session when considering personnel, privileged, or other confidential information. Nominees must have the ability to participate in Committee business through the Internet. Dated: June 26, 2017. Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2017–13769 Filed 6–29–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office International Design Applications (Hague Agreement) Proposed extension of a continuing information collection; comment request. ACTION: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing collection: 0651–0075 (International Design Applications (Hague Agreement)). DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before August 29, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0075 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records and Information Governance Division Director, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, United States Patent and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 29849 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to Rafael Bacares, 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 571–272–3276; or by email at Rafael.Bacares@uspto.gov with ‘‘0651–0075 comment’’ in the subject line. Additional information about this collection is also available at http:// www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Abstract The Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLTIA) amends the patent laws to implement the provisions of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs (hereinafter ‘‘Hague Agreement’’) in title 1, and the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) in title 2. The Hague Agreement is an international agreement that enables an applicant to file a single international design application which may have the effect of an application for protection for the design(s) in countries and/or intergovernmental organizations that are Parties to the Hague Agreement (the ‘‘Contracting Parties’’) designated in the application. The United States is a Contracting Party to the Hague Agreement, which took effect with respect to the United States on May 13, 2015. The Hague Agreement is administered by the International Bureau (IB) of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) located in Geneva, Switzerland. Thus, under the Hague Agreement, a U.S. applicant could file an international design application in EFS-Web. The items can also be submitted by mail. English ‘‘indirectly’’ through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (‘‘USPTO’’), which will forward the application to the IB or ‘‘directly’’ with the IB. The industrial design or designs will be eligible for protection in all the Contracting Parties designated by the applicant. The IB ascertains whether the international design application complies with formal requirements, registers the international design in the International register, and publishes the international registration in the International Designs Bulletin. The international registration contains all of the data of the international application, any reproduction of the industrial design, date of the international registration, number of the international registration, and relevant class of the International Classification. The IB will provide a copy of the publication of the international registration to each Contracting party designated by the applicant. A designated Contracting Party may perform a substantive examination of the design application. The USPTO will perform a substantive examination for patentability of the international design application, as in the case of regular U.S. design applications. The Hague Agreement enables applicants from a Contracting Party to obtain protection of their designs with minimal formality and expense. Additionally, under the Hague Agreement, the international registration can be centrally maintained by the IB. For example, through the IB, applicants can record changes of their representatives or changes in ownership, and renew their international registration. III. Data Collection Name: International Design Applications (Hague Agreement). OMB Number: 0651–0075. IC Instruments and Forms: WIPO DM/ 1. Type of Review: Extension of a Previously Reviewed Information Collection. Affected Public: Business or other forprofits; not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Responses: 556 responses per year. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that the response time for activities related to International Design Applications will take the public between approximately 15 minutes (0.25 hours) to 6 hours to complete. (See Table 1.) This includes the time to gather the necessary information, create the document, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. The USPTO calculates that, on balance, it takes the same amount of time to do this, regardless of whether the public is submitting the information in paper form or electronically. Estimated Total Response Burden Hours: 1,898.00 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: $778,180. The USPTO expects that an attorney will complete these applications. The professional hourly rate for attorneys is $410. This rate is established by estimates in the 2015 Report of the Economic Survey, published by the Committee on Economics of Legal Practice of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Using this hourly rate, the USPTO estimates that the total respondent cost burden for this collection is $778,180 per year. II. Method of Collection Most of the items in this collection can be submitted electronically through TABLE 1—ANNUAL HOURLY COST BURDEN mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES 1 2 3 4 5 .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. 6 .............. 7 .............. 8 .............. 9 .............. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated time for response (hours) Item Applicant for International Registration ..... Claim and Reproductions (Drawings) ....... Transmittal Letter ....................................... Appointment of a Representative .............. Petition to Excuse a Failure to Comply with a Time Limit. Petition to Convert to a Design Application under 35 U.S.C. Chapter 16. Petition to Review a Filing Date ................ Fee Authorization ...................................... Petitions to the Commissioner .................. 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden hours Rate ($/hr) Estimated annual burden (a) IC No. (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) 6.00 4.00 2.00 0.25 4.00 .................... .................... .................... (15 minutes) .................... 156 156 140 15 1 936 624 280 3.75 4 $410.00 410.00 410.00 410.00 410.00 $383,750.00 255,840.00 114,800.00 1,537.50 1,640.00 4.00 .................... 1 4 410.00 1,640.00 4.00 .................... 0.25 (15 minutes) 4.00 .................... 2 31 1 8 7.75 4 410.00 410.00 410.00 3,280.00 3,177.50 1,640.00 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 29850 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices TABLE 1—ANNUAL HOURLY COST BURDEN—Continued Estimated time for response (hours) Item 10 ............ 13 ............ Transmittal of Issue Fee to UPSTO for an International Design Application. Declaration on Inventorship for Purposes of Designation of the United States. Substitute Statement in Lieu of a Declaration of Inventorship for the Purposes of Designating the United States. Assignment Cover Sheet ........................... Totals .................................................................... 11 ............ 12 ............ Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: $424,245.90. There are no maintenance, operation, capital start-up, or recordkeeping costs associated with this collection. However, this collection does have Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden hours Rate ($/hr) Estimated annual burden (a) IC No. (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) 0.50 (30 minutes) 1 0.50 410.00 205.00 0.50 (30 minutes) 46 23 410.00 9,430.00 0.50 (30 minutes) 1 0.50 410.00 205.00 0.50 (30 minutes) 5 0.50 410.00 1,025.00 ............................ 556 1,898.00 ........................ 778,180.00 annual (non-hour) costs in the form of postage costs and filing fees. Although the USPTO prefers that the items in this collection be submitted electronically, the items may be submitted by mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPTO estimates that the average cost for a paper submission will be $5.95 and that 62 submissions will be mailed to the USPTO per year. TABLE 2—POSTAGE COSTS 1 2 3 4 5 6 Estimated annual responses Item .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... 13 ........................................ 62 ............................................................................................... (b) Applicant for International Registration ...................................... Claim and Reproductions (Drawings) ........................................ Transmittal Letter ....................................................................... Appointment of a Representative .............................................. Petition to Excuse a Failure to Comply with a Time Limit ........ Petition to Convert to a Design Application under 35 U.S.C. Chapter 16. Petition to Review a Filing Date ................................................ Fee Authorization ....................................................................... Petitions to the Commissioner ................................................... Transmittal of Issue Fee to USPTO for an International Design Application. Declaration on Inventorship for Purposes of Designation of the United States. Substitute Statement in Lieu of a Declaration of Inventorship for the Purposes of Designating the United States. Assignment Cover Sheet ........................................................... Total Postage Costs .... Postage costs (a) IC No. 7 .......................................... 8 .......................................... 9 .......................................... 10 ........................................ 11 ........................................ 12 ........................................ This collection also contains an annual (non-hour) cost burden in the way of filing fees. The total estimated Estimated total postage costs (c) (a) × (b) 1 1 1 1 1 1 $5.95 5.95 5.95 5.95 5.95 5.95 $5.95 5.95 5.95 5.95 5.95 5.95 1 1 1 1 5.95 5.95 5.95 5.95 5.95 5.95 5.95 5.95 46 5.95 273.70 1 5.95 5.95 5 5.95 29.75 ........................ 368.90 filing costs for this collection is $423,876 detailed in Table 3 below. mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES TABLE 3—FILING FEES Item 1 .......................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated annual response Filing fee amount Total filing fee cost (a) IC No. (b) (c) (a) × (b) Application for International Registration (electronic)—Average Fee per registration to WIPO (collecting for WIPO). 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 155 30JNN1 $1,766.00 $273,730.00 29851 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices TABLE 3—FILING FEES—Continued Estimated annual response Item 1 .......................... Filing fee amount Total filing fee cost (a) IC No. (b) (c) (a) × (b) 1 .......................... 1 .......................... 1 .......................... 1 .......................... 1 .......................... 1 .......................... 1 .......................... 1 .......................... 1 .......................... 1 .......................... 1 .......................... 5 .......................... 5 .......................... 5 .......................... 5 .......................... 5 .......................... 5 .......................... 6 .......................... mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES 7 7 7 7 7 7 9 9 9 .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... 155 760.00 117,800.00 1 380.00 380.00 1 190.00 190.00 155 120.00 18,600.00 1 120.00 120.00 1 120.00 120.00 1 1,766.00 1,766.00 1 760.00 760.00 1 380.00 380.00 1 190.00 190.00 1 120.00 120.00 1 120.00 120.00 1 120.00 120.00 1 1,700.00 1,700.00 1 850.00 850.00 1 850.00 850.00 1 1,700.00 1,700.00 1 850.00 850.00 1 850.00 850.00 1 180.00 180.00 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 400.00 200.00 100.00 400.00 200.00 100.00 400.00 200.00 100.00 400.00 200.00 100.00 400.00 200.00 100.00 400.00 200.00 100.00 Totals .......................................................................................................... 1 .......................... Application for International Registration (electronic)—Designation Fee (first part) for the U.S. (collecting for WIPO) (large entity). Application for International Registration (electronic)—Designation Fee (first part) for the U.S. (collecting for WIPO) (small entity). Application for International Registration (electronic)—Designation Fee (first part) for the U.S. (collecting for WIPO) (micro entity). Application for International Registration (electronic)—Transmittal Fee (set by and collected by USPTO) (large entity). Application for International Registration (electronic)—Transmittal Fee (set by and collected by USPTO) (small entity). Application for International Registration (electronic)—Transmittal Fee (set by and collected by USPTO) (micro entity). Application for International Registration (non-electronic)—Average Fee per registration to WIPO (collecting for WIPO). Application for International Registration (non-electronic)—Designation Fee (first part) for the U.S. (collecting for WIPO) (large entity). Application for International Registration (non-electronic)—Designation Fee (first part) for the U.S. (collecting for WIPO) (small entity). Application for International Registration (non-electronic)—Designation Fee (first part) for the U.S. (collecting for WIPO) (micro entity). Application for International Registration (non-electronic)—Transmittal Fee (set by and collected by USPTO) (large entity). Application for International Registration (non-electronic)—Transmittal Fee (set by and collected by USPTO) (small entity). Application for International Registration (non-electronic)—Transmittal Fee (set by and collected by USPTO) (micro entity). Petition to Excuse a Failure to Comply with a Time Limit (electronic) (large entity). Petition to Excuse a Failure to Comply with a Time Limit (electronic) (small entity). Petition to Excuse a Failure to Comply with a Time Limit (electronic) (micro entity). Petition to Excuse a Failure to Comply with a Time Limit (non-electronic) (large entity). Petition to Excuse a Failure to Comply with a Time Limit (non-electronic) (small entity). Petition to Excuse a Failure to Comply with a Time Limit (non-electronic) (micro entity). Petition to Convert to a Design Application under 35 U.S.C. Chapter 16 (electronic). Petition to Review a Filing Date (electronic) (large entity) ........................ Petition to Review a Filing Date (electronic) (small entity) ........................ Petition to Review a Filing Date (electronic) (micro entity) ....................... Petition to Review a Filing Date (non-electronic) (large entity) ................. Petition to Review a Filing Date (non-electronic) (small entity) ................ Petition to Review a Filing Date (non-electronic) (micro entity) ................ Petitions to Commissioner (electronic) (large entity) ................................. Petitions to Commissioner (electronic) (small entity) ................................ Petitions to Commissioner (electronic) (micro entity) ................................ 493 ........................ 423,876.00 The USPTO estimates that the total annual (non-hour) respondent cost burden for this collection in the forms of postage costs and filing fees is estimated to be approximately be $424,245.90 per year ($368.90 in postage costs and $423,876 in filing fees). IV. Request for Comments Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 included in the USPTO’s request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 29852 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Marcie Lovett, Records and Information Governance Division Director, USPTO, Office of the Chief Technology Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–13716 Filed 6–29–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Proposed Additions and Deletion Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Proposed Additions to and Deletion from the Procurement List. AGENCY: The Committee is proposing to add products and services to the Procurement List that will be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and deletes a service previously furnished by such agency. Comments Must Be Received on or Before: 7/30/2017. ADDRESSES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, 401 S. Clark Street, Suite 715, Arlington, Virginia 22202–4149. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO SUBMIT COMMENTS CONTACT: Amy B. Jensen, Telephone: (703) 603–7740, Fax: (703) 603–0655, or email CMTEFedReg@ AbilityOne.gov. This notice is published pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 8503(a)(2) and 41 CFR 51–2.3. Its purpose is to provide interested persons an opportunity to submit comments on the proposed actions. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Additions If the Committee approves the proposed additions, the entities of the Federal Government identified in this notice will be required to procure the products and services listed below from nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. The following products and services are proposed for addition to the Procurement List for production by the nonprofit agencies listed. Products NSN(s)—Product Name(s): 9930–00–NIB–0105—Kit, Post Mortem Bag, Basic, Straight Zipper, 36″ × 90″ 9930–00–NIB–0106—Kit, Post Mortem Bag, Basic, Curved Zipper, 36″ × 90″ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 9930–00–NIB–0107—Kit, Post Mortem Bag, Heavy Duty, 36″ × 90″ 9930–00–NIB–0108—Kit, Post Mortem Bag, Heavy Duty, XL, 72″ × 90″ 9930–00–NIB–0109—Kit, Disaster Bag with ID Tags, 34″ × 96″ Mandatory for: Broad Government Requirement Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: BOSMA Enterprises, Indianapolis, IN Contracting Activity: Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Distribution: B-List Services Service Type: Custodial Service Mandatory for: Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency Headquarters, Building 6000, 200 MacDill Blvd., Joint Base AnacostiaBolling, Washington, DC Defense Intelligence Agency, Missile and Space Intelligence Center/EOE Complex, Bldgs. 4545 Fowler Rd. & 7533 Mathews Rd., Redstone Arsenal, AL Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: CW Resources, Inc., New Britain, CT Contracting Activity: Dept of Defense, Virginia Contracting Agency, DIAC CF02E Service Type: Janitorial Service Mandatory for: U.S. Census Bureau, National Processing Center, 1201 E 10th Street, Jeffersonville, IN Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: Rauch, Inc., New Albany, IN Contracting Activity: Dept of Commerce/ Bureau of the Census Service Type: Base Supply Center Service Mandatory for: U.S. Air Force, Robins Air Force Base, 375 Perry Street, Suite A, Robins AFB, GA Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: Alabama Industries for the Blind, Talladega, AL Contracting Activity: Dept. of the Air Force, FA8501 AFSC PZIO Deletion The following service is proposed for deletion from the Procurement List: Service Service Type: Janitorial/Custodial Service Mandatory for: U.S. Army Reserve Center: 10541 Calle Lee, Building 2, Los Alamitos, CA Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: Elwyn, Aston, PA Contracting Activity: Dept of the Army, W6QM MICC–MOFFETT FIELD Barry S. Lineback, Director, Business Operations. [FR Doc. 2017–13832 Filed 6–29–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6353–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Additions and Deletions Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Additions to and Deletions from the Procurement List. AGENCY: This action adds products and services to the Procurement List that will be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and deletes products and services from the Procurement List previously furnished by such agencies. DATES Effective Date: 7/30/2017. ADDRESSES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, 1401 S. Clark Street, Suite 715, Arlington, Virginia, 22202–4149. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy B. Jensen, Telephone: (703) 603– 7740, Fax: (703) 603–0655, or email CMTEFedReg@AbilityOne.gov. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION Additions On 5/26/2017 (82 FR 24308–24309), 6/2/2017 (82FR 25602), and 6/16/2017 (82 FR 27698), the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled published notices of proposed additions to the Procurement List. After consideration of the material presented to it concerning capability of qualified nonprofit agencies to provide the products and services and impact of the additions on the current or most recent contractors, the Committee has determined that the products and services listed below are suitable for procurement by the Federal Government under 41 U.S.C. 8501–8506 and 41 CFR 51–2.4. Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification I certify that the following action will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. The major factors considered for this certification were: 1. The action will not result in any additional reporting, recordkeeping or other compliance requirements for small entities other than the small organizations that will furnish the products and services to the Government. 2. The action will result in authorizing small entities to furnish the products and services to the Government. E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office


International Design Applications (Hague Agreement)

ACTION: Proposed extension of a continuing information collection; 
comment request.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as 
required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a 
proposed extension of an existing collection: 0651-0075 (International 
Design Applications (Hague Agreement)).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before August 29, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
    Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-0075 
comment'' in the subject line of the message.
    Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records and Information Governance Division 
Director, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, United States Patent 
and

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Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to Rafael Bacares, 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 571-272-3276; 
or by email at Rafael.Bacares@uspto.gov with ``0651-0075 comment'' in 
the subject line. Additional information about this collection is also 
available at http://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection 
Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Abstract

    The Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLTIA) amends 
the patent laws to implement the provisions of the Geneva Act of the 
Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial 
Designs (hereinafter ``Hague Agreement'') in title 1, and the Patent 
Law Treaty (PLT) in title 2. The Hague Agreement is an international 
agreement that enables an applicant to file a single international 
design application which may have the effect of an application for 
protection for the design(s) in countries and/or intergovernmental 
organizations that are Parties to the Hague Agreement (the 
``Contracting Parties'') designated in the application. The United 
States is a Contracting Party to the Hague Agreement, which took effect 
with respect to the United States on May 13, 2015. The Hague Agreement 
is administered by the International Bureau (IB) of World Intellectual 
Property Organization (WIPO) located in Geneva, Switzerland.
    Thus, under the Hague Agreement, a U.S. applicant could file an 
international design application in English ``indirectly'' through the 
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO''), which will forward the 
application to the IB or ``directly'' with the IB. The industrial 
design or designs will be eligible for protection in all the 
Contracting Parties designated by the applicant.
    The IB ascertains whether the international design application 
complies with formal requirements, registers the international design 
in the International register, and publishes the international 
registration in the International Designs Bulletin. The international 
registration contains all of the data of the international application, 
any reproduction of the industrial design, date of the international 
registration, number of the international registration, and relevant 
class of the International Classification.
    The IB will provide a copy of the publication of the international 
registration to each Contracting party designated by the applicant. A 
designated Contracting Party may perform a substantive examination of 
the design application. The USPTO will perform a substantive 
examination for patentability of the international design application, 
as in the case of regular U.S. design applications.
    The Hague Agreement enables applicants from a Contracting Party to 
obtain protection of their designs with minimal formality and expense. 
Additionally, under the Hague Agreement, the international registration 
can be centrally maintained by the IB. For example, through the IB, 
applicants can record changes of their representatives or changes in 
ownership, and renew their international registration.

II. Method of Collection

    Most of the items in this collection can be submitted 
electronically through EFS-Web. The items can also be submitted by 
mail.

III. Data

    Collection Name: International Design Applications (Hague 
Agreement).
    OMB Number: 0651-0075.
    IC Instruments and Forms: WIPO DM/1.
    Type of Review: Extension of a Previously Reviewed Information 
Collection.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 556 responses per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that the response 
time for activities related to International Design Applications will 
take the public between approximately 15 minutes (0.25 hours) to 6 
hours to complete. (See Table 1.) This includes the time to gather the 
necessary information, create the document, and submit the completed 
request to the USPTO. The USPTO calculates that, on balance, it takes 
the same amount of time to do this, regardless of whether the public is 
submitting the information in paper form or electronically.
    Estimated Total Response Burden Hours: 1,898.00 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: $778,180. 
The USPTO expects that an attorney will complete these applications. 
The professional hourly rate for attorneys is $410. This rate is 
established by estimates in the 2015 Report of the Economic Survey, 
published by the Committee on Economics of Legal Practice of the 
American Intellectual Property Law Association. Using this hourly rate, 
the USPTO estimates that the total respondent cost burden for this 
collection is $778,180 per year.

                                                           Table 1--Annual Hourly Cost Burden
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                                                                                             Estimated       Estimated
              IC No.                          Item                Estimated time for          annual       annual burden    Rate ($/hr)      Estimated
                                                                   response (hours)          responses         hours                       annual burden
                                                              (a).......................             (b)     (a) x (b) =             (d)     (c) x (d) =
                                                                                                                     (c)                             (e)
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1................................  Applicant for              6.00......................             156             936         $410.00     $383,750.00
                                    International
                                    Registration.
2................................  Claim and Reproductions    4.00......................             156             624          410.00      255,840.00
                                    (Drawings).
3................................  Transmittal Letter.......  2.00......................             140             280          410.00      114,800.00
4................................  Appointment of a           0.25 (15 minutes).........              15            3.75          410.00        1,537.50
                                    Representative.
5................................  Petition to Excuse a       4.00......................               1               4          410.00        1,640.00
                                    Failure to Comply with a
                                    Time Limit.
6................................  Petition to Convert to a   4.00......................               1               4          410.00        1,640.00
                                    Design Application under
                                    35 U.S.C. Chapter 16.
7................................  Petition to Review a       4.00......................               2               8          410.00        3,280.00
                                    Filing Date.
8................................  Fee Authorization........  0.25 (15 minutes).........              31            7.75          410.00        3,177.50
9................................  Petitions to the           4.00......................               1               4          410.00        1,640.00
                                    Commissioner.

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10...............................  Transmittal of Issue Fee   0.50 (30 minutes).........               1            0.50          410.00          205.00
                                    to UPSTO for an
                                    International Design
                                    Application.
11...............................  Declaration on             0.50 (30 minutes).........              46              23          410.00        9,430.00
                                    Inventorship for
                                    Purposes of Designation
                                    of the United States.
12...............................  Substitute Statement in    0.50 (30 minutes).........               1            0.50          410.00          205.00
                                    Lieu of a Declaration of
                                    Inventorship for the
                                    Purposes of Designating
                                    the United States.
13...............................  Assignment Cover Sheet...  0.50 (30 minutes).........               5            0.50          410.00        1,025.00
                                  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Totals.......................  .........................  ..........................             556        1,898.00  ..............      778,180.00
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: 
$424,245.90.
    There are no maintenance, operation, capital start-up, or 
recordkeeping costs associated with this collection. However, this 
collection does have annual (non-hour) costs in the form of postage 
costs and filing fees.
    Although the USPTO prefers that the items in this collection be 
submitted electronically, the items may be submitted by mail through 
the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPTO estimates that the 
average cost for a paper submission will be $5.95 and that 62 
submissions will be mailed to the USPTO per year.

                                             Table 2--Postage Costs
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                                                                     Estimated                       Estimated
               IC No.                            Item                 annual       Postage costs   total postage
                                                                     responses                         costs
                                                                             (a)             (b)             (c)
                                                                                                       (a) x (b)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1..................................  Applicant for International               1           $5.95           $5.95
                                      Registration.
2..................................  Claim and Reproductions                   1            5.95            5.95
                                      (Drawings).
3..................................  Transmittal Letter.........               1            5.95            5.95
4..................................  Appointment of a                          1            5.95            5.95
                                      Representative.
5..................................  Petition to Excuse a                      1            5.95            5.95
                                      Failure to Comply with a
                                      Time Limit.
6..................................  Petition to Convert to a                  1            5.95            5.95
                                      Design Application under
                                      35 U.S.C. Chapter 16.
7..................................  Petition to Review a Filing               1            5.95            5.95
                                      Date.
8..................................  Fee Authorization..........               1            5.95            5.95
9..................................  Petitions to the                          1            5.95            5.95
                                      Commissioner.
10.................................  Transmittal of Issue Fee to               1            5.95            5.95
                                      USPTO for an International
                                      Design Application.
11.................................  Declaration on Inventorship              46            5.95          273.70
                                      for Purposes of
                                      Designation of the United
                                      States.
12.................................  Substitute Statement in                   1            5.95            5.95
                                      Lieu of a Declaration of
                                      Inventorship for the
                                      Purposes of Designating
                                      the United States.
13.................................  Assignment Cover Sheet.....               5            5.95           29.75
                                    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total Postage Costs............  62.........................  ..............          368.90
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    This collection also contains an annual (non-hour) cost burden in 
the way of filing fees. The total estimated filing costs for this 
collection is $423,876 detailed in Table 3 below.

                                              Table 3--Filing Fees
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                                                                     Estimated
               IC No.                            Item                 annual        Filing fee     Total filing
                                                                     response         amount         fee cost
                                                                             (a)             (b)             (c)
                                                                                                       (a) x (b)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1..................................  Application for                         155       $1,766.00     $273,730.00
                                      International Registration
                                      (electronic)--Average Fee
                                      per registration to WIPO
                                      (collecting for WIPO).

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1..................................  Application for                         155          760.00      117,800.00
                                      International Registration
                                      (electronic)--Designation
                                      Fee (first part) for the
                                      U.S. (collecting for WIPO)
                                      (large entity).
1..................................  Application for                           1          380.00          380.00
                                      International Registration
                                      (electronic)--Designation
                                      Fee (first part) for the
                                      U.S. (collecting for WIPO)
                                      (small entity).
1..................................  Application for                           1          190.00          190.00
                                      International Registration
                                      (electronic)--Designation
                                      Fee (first part) for the
                                      U.S. (collecting for WIPO)
                                      (micro entity).
1..................................  Application for                         155          120.00       18,600.00
                                      International Registration
                                      (electronic)--Transmittal
                                      Fee (set by and collected
                                      by USPTO) (large entity).
1..................................  Application for                           1          120.00          120.00
                                      International Registration
                                      (electronic)--Transmittal
                                      Fee (set by and collected
                                      by USPTO) (small entity).
1..................................  Application for                           1          120.00          120.00
                                      International Registration
                                      (electronic)--Transmittal
                                      Fee (set by and collected
                                      by USPTO) (micro entity).
1..................................  Application for                           1        1,766.00        1,766.00
                                      International Registration
                                      (non-electronic)--Average
                                      Fee per registration to
                                      WIPO (collecting for WIPO).
1..................................  Application for                           1          760.00          760.00
                                      International Registration
                                      (non-electronic)--
                                      Designation Fee (first
                                      part) for the U.S.
                                      (collecting for WIPO)
                                      (large entity).
1..................................  Application for                           1          380.00          380.00
                                      International Registration
                                      (non-electronic)--
                                      Designation Fee (first
                                      part) for the U.S.
                                      (collecting for WIPO)
                                      (small entity).
1..................................  Application for                           1          190.00          190.00
                                      International Registration
                                      (non-electronic)--
                                      Designation Fee (first
                                      part) for the U.S.
                                      (collecting for WIPO)
                                      (micro entity).
1..................................  Application for                           1          120.00          120.00
                                      International Registration
                                      (non-electronic)--
                                      Transmittal Fee (set by
                                      and collected by USPTO)
                                      (large entity).
1..................................  Application for                           1          120.00          120.00
                                      International Registration
                                      (non-electronic)--
                                      Transmittal Fee (set by
                                      and collected by USPTO)
                                      (small entity).
1..................................  Application for                           1          120.00          120.00
                                      International Registration
                                      (non-electronic)--
                                      Transmittal Fee (set by
                                      and collected by USPTO)
                                      (micro entity).
5..................................  Petition to Excuse a                      1        1,700.00        1,700.00
                                      Failure to Comply with a
                                      Time Limit (electronic)
                                      (large entity).
5..................................  Petition to Excuse a                      1          850.00          850.00
                                      Failure to Comply with a
                                      Time Limit (electronic)
                                      (small entity).
5..................................  Petition to Excuse a                      1          850.00          850.00
                                      Failure to Comply with a
                                      Time Limit (electronic)
                                      (micro entity).
5..................................  Petition to Excuse a                      1        1,700.00        1,700.00
                                      Failure to Comply with a
                                      Time Limit (non-
                                      electronic) (large entity).
5..................................  Petition to Excuse a                      1          850.00          850.00
                                      Failure to Comply with a
                                      Time Limit (non-
                                      electronic) (small entity).
5..................................  Petition to Excuse a                      1          850.00          850.00
                                      Failure to Comply with a
                                      Time Limit (non-
                                      electronic) (micro entity).
6..................................  Petition to Convert to a                  1          180.00          180.00
                                      Design Application under
                                      35 U.S.C. Chapter 16
                                      (electronic).
7..................................  Petition to Review a Filing               2          400.00          400.00
                                      Date (electronic) (large
                                      entity).
7..................................  Petition to Review a Filing               1          200.00          200.00
                                      Date (electronic) (small
                                      entity).
7..................................  Petition to Review a Filing               1          100.00          100.00
                                      Date (electronic) (micro
                                      entity).
7..................................  Petition to Review a Filing               1          400.00          400.00
                                      Date (non-electronic)
                                      (large entity).
7..................................  Petition to Review a Filing               1          200.00          200.00
                                      Date (non-electronic)
                                      (small entity).
7..................................  Petition to Review a Filing               1          100.00          100.00
                                      Date (non-electronic)
                                      (micro entity).
9..................................  Petitions to Commissioner                 1          400.00          400.00
                                      (electronic) (large
                                      entity).
9..................................  Petitions to Commissioner                 1          200.00          200.00
                                      (electronic) (small
                                      entity).
9..................................  Petitions to Commissioner                 1          100.00          100.00
                                      (electronic) (micro
                                      entity).
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
                                     Totals.....................             493  ..............      423,876.00
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    The USPTO estimates that the total annual (non-hour) respondent 
cost burden for this collection in the forms of postage costs and 
filing fees is estimated to be approximately be $424,245.90 per year 
($368.90 in postage costs and $423,876 in filing fees).

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the USPTO's request for OMB approval. All comments 
will become a matter of public record.
    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

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collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Marcie Lovett,
Records and Information Governance Division Director, USPTO, Office of 
the Chief Technology Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-13716 Filed 6-29-17; 8:45 am]
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