Cash Payment Method Will No Longer Be Accepted, 46042 [2017-21194]

Download as PDF 46042 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 190 / Tuesday, October 3, 2017 / Notices or other activity to the vessel, aids law enforcement, and is valuable in actions concerning the damage, loss of gear, and civil proceedings. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE II. Method of Collection [Docket No. PTO–P–2017–0039] Cash Payment Method Will No Longer Be Accepted Third party disclosure III. Data IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: OMB Control Number: 0648–0360. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations, individuals, or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 339. Estimated Time per Response: 45 minutes per Pacific Islands fishing vessel; one hour and 15 minutes per South Pacific purse seine vessel; 5 minutes per gear marking. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,348. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $50,850 in recordkeeping/ reporting costs. Dated: September 28, 2017. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–21213 Filed 10–2–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 United States Patent and Trademark Office 16:49 Oct 02, 2017 Jkt 244001 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will no longer accept cash, including coins, as payment for products and services for which fees are required. DATES: Applicable Date: November 1, 2017. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Lee, Director, Receipts Accounting Division, Office of Finance, by email at matthew.lee@uspto.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Effective November 1, 2017, the USPTO will no longer accept cash, including coins, as payment for products and services for which fees are required. This change is being made to streamline the administrative fee collection process and is in accordance with the Department of the Treasury’s policy on agencies adopting a no-cash policy. See https://tfm.fiscal.treasury.gov/v1/bull/ 17–12.pdf. There is no requirement that the USPTO accept cash payments. See, e.g., 37 CFR 1.23. The USPTO’s total net revenue for the last three fiscal years exceeded $3.0 billion each year, and the cash payment method collections averaged less than $14,000 each year. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, the cash payment method comprised less than $11,000, which represented less than 0.0004 percent of total net revenue collections. Furthermore, the USPTO processed over 4.95 million total fee transactions in FY 2016, and only 55 patent fees totaling under $5,000, and eleven trademark fees totally under $4,000, were paid by cash. The only other fees collected by cash in FY 2016 were about $1,500 in copying fees. The current self-service copiers are to be discontinued as part of Office plans to enter a ‘‘No Cost’’ contract with a vendor who will keep all payments collected in exchange for providing this service. See Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2017, 81 FR 68150, 68168 (Oct. 3, 2016) (proposed rule). For the past three years, the overwhelming majority of fees have been paid to the USPTO using a payment method other than cash, and PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the costs of handling, safeguarding, auditing, transporting, and depositing of cash payments greatly outweigh the benefits of continuing to accept the cash payment method. While the USPTO will no longer accept the cash payment method on or after November 1, 2017, payments will continue to be accepted in-person and by mail when made by check or money order, credit/debit card, or deposit account. Payment of fees attempted with cash will be refused and returned. More information about all accepted payment methods is available at https:// www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/ fees-and-payment/accepted-paymentmethods. Dated: September 25, 2017. Joseph D. 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. 2017–21194 Filed 10–2–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION [Docket No. CFPB–2017–0033] Agency Information Collection Activities: 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, ‘‘Generic Information Collection Plan for Studies of Consumers using Controlled Trials in Field and Economic Laboratory Settings.’’ SUMMARY: Written comments are encouraged and must be received on or before December 4, 2017 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: 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. • Mail: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Attention: PRA Office), 1700 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20552. DATES: E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 190 (Tuesday, October 3, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No. PTO-P-2017-0039]


Cash Payment Method Will No Longer Be Accepted

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will no 
longer accept cash, including coins, as payment for products and 
services for which fees are required.

DATES: Applicable Date: November 1, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Lee, Director, Receipts 
Accounting Division, Office of Finance, by email at 
matthew.lee@uspto.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Effective November 1, 2017, the USPTO will 
no longer accept cash, including coins, as payment for products and 
services for which fees are required. This change is being made to 
streamline the administrative fee collection process and is in 
accordance with the Department of the Treasury's policy on agencies 
adopting a no-cash policy. See https://tfm.fiscal.treasury.gov/v1/bull/17-12.pdf. There is no requirement that the USPTO accept cash payments. 
See, e.g., 37 CFR 1.23.
    The USPTO's total net revenue for the last three fiscal years 
exceeded $3.0 billion each year, and the cash payment method 
collections averaged less than $14,000 each year. In fiscal year (FY) 
2016, the cash payment method comprised less than $11,000, which 
represented less than 0.0004 percent of total net revenue collections. 
Furthermore, the USPTO processed over 4.95 million total fee 
transactions in FY 2016, and only 55 patent fees totaling under $5,000, 
and eleven trademark fees totally under $4,000, were paid by cash.
    The only other fees collected by cash in FY 2016 were about $1,500 
in copying fees. The current self-service copiers are to be 
discontinued as part of Office plans to enter a ``No Cost'' contract 
with a vendor who will keep all payments collected in exchange for 
providing this service. See Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During 
Fiscal Year 2017, 81 FR 68150, 68168 (Oct. 3, 2016) (proposed rule).
    For the past three years, the overwhelming majority of fees have 
been paid to the USPTO using a payment method other than cash, and the 
costs of handling, safeguarding, auditing, transporting, and depositing 
of cash payments greatly outweigh the benefits of continuing to accept 
the cash payment method.
    While the USPTO will no longer accept the cash payment method on or 
after November 1, 2017, payments will continue to be accepted in-person 
and by mail when made by check or money order, credit/debit card, or 
deposit account. Payment of fees attempted with cash will be refused 
and returned. More information about all accepted payment methods is 
available at https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/fees-and-payment/accepted-payment-methods.

    Dated: September 25, 2017.
Joseph D. 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. 2017-21194 Filed 10-2-17; 8:45 am]
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