Patent Reexaminations and Supplemental Examinations, 31379-31381 [2018-14385]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 129 / Thursday, July 5, 2018 / Notices support workers as found in the May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates of the U.S Bureau pf Labor Statistics (occupation code 43–1011). Using this blended hourly rate, the USPTO estimates that the total respondent cost burden for this collection is $2,716,133.33 per year. Estimated time for response (minutes) Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden hours (a) Information collection item IC No. 31379 (b) (a) × (b) = (c) Rate (S/hr) 1 ......................................................................................... Surveys ........ 8 100,000 13,333.33 $203.71 Total (Three-Year Period) .......................................... ...................... ................ 100,000 (300,000) 13,333.33 (40,000) $2,716,133.33 ($8,148,400.00) Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: $0. There are no capital start-up, maintenance, postage, or recordkeeping costs associated with this information collection. 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. Marcie Lovett, Director, Records and Information Governance Division, Office of the Chief Information Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2018–14383 Filed 7–3–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Patent and Trademark Office Patent Reexaminations and Supplemental Examinations ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:43 Jul 03, 2018 Jkt 244001 invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651–0064 (Patent Reexaminations and Supplemental Examinations). DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before September 4, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0064 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. • Mail: Marcie Lovett, Director, Records and Information Governance Division, Office of the Chief Technology 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 the 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 ‘‘0651–0064 comment’’ in the subject line. Additional information about this collection is also available at http://www.reginfor.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 and 151 to examine applications and, when appropriate, allow applications and issue them as patents. Chapter 30 of Title 35 U.S.C. provides that any person at any time may file a request for reexamination by the USPTO of any claim of a patent on the basis of prior art patents or printed publications. Once initiated, the reexamination proceedings under Chapter 30 are substantially ex parte PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and do not permit input from third parties. The rules outlining ex parte reexaminations are found at 37 CFR 1.510–1.570. 35 U.S.C. 257 permits a patent owner to request supplemental examination of a patent by the USPTO to consider, reconsider, or correct information believed to be relevant to the patent. The rules outlining supplemental examination are found at 37 CFR 1.601– 1.625. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act terminated inter partes reexamination effective September 16, 2012. However, inter partes reexamination proceedings based on inter partes reexamination requests filed before September 16, 2012, continue to be prosecuted. Therefore, this collection continues to include items related to the prosecution of inter partes reexamination proceedings. The rules outlining inter partes reexamination are found at 37 CFR 1.903–1.931. Thus, the items included in this collection cover: (1) Requests for ex parte reexamination, (2) requests for supplemental examination, and (3) information that may be submitted by patent owners and third-party requesters in relation to the prosecution of an ex parte or inter partes reexamination proceeding. The transmittal forms are used by a requester (patent owner or third party) as a checklist to ensure compliance with the requirements of the statutes and rules for ex parte reexaminations and supplemental examinations. The public uses this information collection to request ex parte reexamination and supplemental examination, to prosecute reexamination proceedings, and to ensure that the associated documentation is submitted to the USPTO. II. Method of Collection By mail, facsimile, hand delivery, or electronically to the USPTO. E:\FR\FM\05JYN1.SGM 05JYN1 31380 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 129 / Thursday, July 5, 2018 / Notices III. Data OMB Number: 0651–0064. IC Instruments and Forms: PTO/SB/ 57 and PTO/SB/59. Type of Review: Renewal of an existing collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other forprofits; and not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,540 responses per year. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public approximately between 18 minutes (0.30 hours) to 55 hours to gather the necessary information, prepare the appropriate form or other document, and submit the information to the USPTO. Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 32,962.50 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: $14,437,575.00 per year. The USPTO expects that the information in this collection will be prepared by intellectual property attorneys. The professional hourly rate for intellectual property attorneys in private firms is $438, as estimated in the 2017 Report on 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 $14,437,575.00. 1 2 3 4 5 ............... ............... ............... ............... ............... 6 7 8 9 ............... ............... ............... ............... 10 ............. 11 ............. 12 ............. 13 ............. Total .. Estimated time for response (hours) Item Estimated respondents Estimated burden hours (a) IC No. (b) Rate Total cost (c) (a) × (b) (d) (e) (c) × (d) Request for Supplemental Examination Transmittal Form ..... Request for Supplemental Examination .................................. Request for Ex Parte Reexamination Transmittal Form ......... Request for Ex Parte Reexamination ...................................... Petition in a Reexamination Proceeding (except for those specifically enumerated in 37 CFR 1.550(i) and 1.937(d)). Patent Owner’s 37 CFR 1.530 Statement .............................. Third Party Requester’s 37 CFR 1.535 Reply ........................ Amendment in Ex Parte or Inter Partes Reexamination ......... Third Party Requester’s 37 CFR 1.947 Comments in Inter Partes Reexamination. Response to Final Rejection in Ex Parte Reexamination ....... Patent Owner’s 37 CFR 1.951 Resposne in Inter Partes Reexamination. Third Party Requester’s 37 CFR 1.951 Comments in Inter Partes Reexamination. Petition to Request Extension of Time in Ex Parte or Inter Partes Reexamination. 0.30 (18 minutes) ........... 25 .................................... 0.30 (18 minutes) ........... 55 .................................... 23 .................................... 75 75 200 200 200 22.50 1,875.00 60.00 11,000.00 4,600.00 $438.00 438.00 438.00 438.00 438.00 $9,855.00 821,250.00 26,280.00 4,818,000.00 2,014,800.00 8 ...................................... 8 ...................................... 33 .................................... 41 .................................... 85 25 310 5 680.00 200.00 10,230.00 205.00 438.00 438.00 438.00 438.00 297,840.00 84,600.00 4,480,740.00 89,790.00 17 .................................... 41 .................................... 200 10 3,400.00 410,00 438.00 438.00 1,489,200.00 179,580.00 41 .................................... 5 205.00 438.00 89,790.00 0.50 (30 minutes) ........... 150 75.00 438.00 32,520.00 .................................................................................................. ......................................... 1,540 32,962.50 .................... 14,437,575.00 Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Non-Hourly) Cost Burden: $2,750,186.50 per year. There are no capital start-up, recordkeeping, or maintenance costs associated with this collection. However, the collection does have annual (non-hour) costs in the form of postage costs and filing fees. Postage Costs The USPTO expects that most of the responses in this collection will be submitted electronically. However, it is estimated that roughly 18 mailed submissions will be submitted for Petitions to Request Extension of Time. In addition, the documentation for requests for supplemental examination and requests for ex parte reexamination will typically be mailed to the USPTO with the appropriate transmittal form, resulting in 550 unique mailings. The USPTO estimates that the average postage cost for a mailed submission will be $0.50 for Petitions to Request Extension of Time and $5.75 for all other mailed submissions. Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the total postage costs is approximately $3,171.50 per year. Filing Fees There are nine filing fees associated with this collection, which are broken down by large entity, small entity, and micro entity. These fees are listed in the table below: amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. 2 .............. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated annual responses Item Supplemental Examination Supplemental Examination Supplemental Examination Supplemental Examination Supplemental Examination Supplemental Examination Supplemental Examination Supplemental Examination Supplemental Examination Supplemental examination (large entity). Supplemental examination (small entity). 16:43 Jul 03, 2018 Filing fee Total cost (a) IC No. (b) (c) (a) × (b) Request (large entity) ................................................. Request (small entity) ................................................. Request (micro entity) ................................................ Reexamination (large entity) ...................................... Reexamination (small entity) ...................................... Reexamination (micro entity) ...................................... document size fees, 21–50 documents (large entity) document size fees, 21–50 documents (small entity) document size fees, 21–50 documents (micro entity) document size fees, each additional 50 documents 55 15 5 35 10 1 10 5 1 10 $4,400.00 2,200.00 1,100.00 12,100.00 6,050.00 3,025.00 180.00 90.00 45.00 280.00 $242,000.00 33,000.00 5,500.00 423,500.00 60,500.00 3,025.00 1,800.00 450.00 45.00 2,800.00 document size fees, each additional 50 documents 1 140.00 140.00 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05JYN1.SGM 05JYN1 31381 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 129 / Thursday, July 5, 2018 / Notices 2 .............. 2 .............. 2 .............. 2 .............. 2 .............. 2 .............. 2 .............. 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. 5 .............. 5 .............. Total Estimated annual responses Item (b) (c) (a) × (b) 1 collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Marcie Lovett, Director, Records and Information Governance Division, OCTO, United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2018–14385 Filed 7–3–18; 8:45 am] 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. 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 16:43 Jul 03, 2018 Jkt 244001 BILLING CODE 3510–16–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; ‘‘Trademark Petitions’’ The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the 1995 Paperwork Reduction Act. Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. Title: Trademark Petitions. OMB Control Number: 0651–0061. Form Number(s): N/A. Type of Request: Regular. Number of Respondents: 4,768 responses per year. Average Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70.00 70.00 35 460.00 16,100.00 10 230.00 2,300.00 5 115.00 575.00 55 100.00 5,500.00 20 50.00 1,000.00 5 25.00 125.00 42 27 1 78 51 1 180 6,000.00 3,000.00 1,500.00 12,000.00 6,000.00 3,000.00 1,940.00 252,000.00 81,000.00 1,500.00 936.00 306,000.00 3,000.00 349,200.00 20 970.00 19,400.00 1 485.00 485.00 680 ................................................................................................................................. IV. Request for Comment amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Total cost Supplemental examination document size fees, each additional 50 documents (micro entity). Reexamination independent claims in excess of three and also in excess of the number of such claims in the patent under reexamination (large entity). Reexamination independent claims in excess of three and also in excess of the number of such claims in the patent under reexamination (small entity). Reexamination independent claims in excess of three and also in excess of the number of such claims in the patent under reexamination (micro entity). Reexamination claims in excess of 20 and also in excess of the number of claims in the patent under reexamination (large entity). Reexamination claims in excess of 20 and also in excess of the number of claims in the patent under reexamination (small entity). Reexamination claims in excess of 20 and also in excess of the number of claims in the patent under reexamination (micro entity). Ex Parte Reexamination (§ 1.510(a)) Streamlined (large entity) ........................... Ex Parte Reexamination (§ 1.510(a)) Streamlined (small entity) ........................... Ex Parte Reexamination (§ 1.510(a)) Streamlined (micro entity) ........................... Ex Parte Reexamination (§ 1.510(a)) Non-Streamlined (large entity) .................... Ex Parte Reexamination (§ 1.510(a)) Non-Streamlined (small entity) ................... Ex Parte Reexamination (§ 1.510(a)) Non-Streamlined (micro entity) ................... Petitions in a reexamination proceeding, except for those specifically enumerated in 37 CFR 1.550(i) and 1.937(d) (large entity). Petitions in a reexamination proceeding, except for those specifically enumerated in 37 CFR 1.550(i) and 1.937(d) (small entity). Petitions in a reexamination proceeding, except for those specifically enumerated in 37 CFR 1.550(i) and 1.937(d) (micro entity). Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the total annual (non-hour) cost burden for this collection, in the form of postage costs ($3,171.5) and filing fees ($2,747,015), is $2,750,186.50 per year. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Filing fee (a) IC No. ........................ 2,747,015.00 approximately between 35 minutes (0.58 hours) to 75 minutes (1.25 hours) to complete the items in this collection. This includes the time to gather the necessary information, create the documents, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. Burden Hours: 4,333.63 hours per year. Cost Burden: $53,507.84 per year. Needs and Uses: The public uses this information collection for a variety of private business purposes related to establishing and enforcing trademark rights. The USPTO uses the information described in this collection to process letters of protest, requests to make special, responses to petition inquiry letters, petitions to make special, requests to restore a filing date, and requests for reinstatement. Information relating to the registration of a trademark is made publicly available by the USPTO. The release of information in a letter of protest is controlled and may be available upon request only. Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit organizations; not-for-profit organizations. Frequency: On occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits. E:\FR\FM\05JYN1.SGM 05JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

 Patent and Trademark Office


Patent Reexaminations and Supplemental Examinations

ACTION: Proposed 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 information collection: 0651-0064 
(Patent Reexaminations and Supplemental Examinations).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before September 4, 
2018.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0064 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Mail: Marcie Lovett, Director, Records and Information 
Governance Division, Office of the Chief Technology 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 the 
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 [email protected] with ``0651-0064 comment'' in the 
subject line. Additional information about this collection is also 
available at http://www.reginfor.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 and 151 to examine applications and, when appropriate, 
allow applications and issue them as patents. Chapter 30 of Title 35 
U.S.C. provides that any person at any time may file a request for 
reexamination by the USPTO of any claim of a patent on the basis of 
prior art patents or printed publications. Once initiated, the 
reexamination proceedings under Chapter 30 are substantially ex parte 
and do not permit input from third parties. The rules outlining ex 
parte reexaminations are found at 37 CFR 1.510-1.570.
    35 U.S.C. 257 permits a patent owner to request supplemental 
examination of a patent by the USPTO to consider, reconsider, or 
correct information believed to be relevant to the patent. The rules 
outlining supplemental examination are found at 37 CFR 1.601-1.625.
    The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act terminated inter partes 
reexamination effective September 16, 2012. However, inter partes 
reexamination proceedings based on inter partes reexamination requests 
filed before September 16, 2012, continue to be prosecuted. Therefore, 
this collection continues to include items related to the prosecution 
of inter partes reexamination proceedings. The rules outlining inter 
partes reexamination are found at 37 CFR 1.903-1.931.
    Thus, the items included in this collection cover: (1) Requests for 
ex parte reexamination, (2) requests for supplemental examination, and 
(3) information that may be submitted by patent owners and third-party 
requesters in relation to the prosecution of an ex parte or inter 
partes reexamination proceeding. The transmittal forms are used by a 
requester (patent owner or third party) as a checklist to ensure 
compliance with the requirements of the statutes and rules for ex parte 
reexaminations and supplemental examinations. The public uses this 
information collection to request ex parte reexamination and 
supplemental examination, to prosecute reexamination proceedings, and 
to ensure that the associated documentation is submitted to the USPTO.

II. Method of Collection

    By mail, facsimile, hand delivery, or electronically to the USPTO.

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III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-0064.
    IC Instruments and Forms: PTO/SB/57 and PTO/SB/59.
    Type of Review: Renewal of an existing collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profits; and not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,540 responses per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public approximately between 18 minutes (0.30 hours) to 55 hours to 
gather the necessary information, prepare the appropriate form or other 
document, and submit the information to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 32,962.50 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: 
$14,437,575.00 per year. The USPTO expects that the information in this 
collection will be prepared by intellectual property attorneys. The 
professional hourly rate for intellectual property attorneys in private 
firms is $438, as estimated in the 2017 Report on 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 $14,437,575.00.

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                                                                                                                Estimated
          IC No.                       Item               Estimated time for  response  (hours)    Estimated      burden        Rate        Total cost
                                                                                                  respondents     hours
                           ............................  (a)....................................          (b)          (c)          (d)              (e)
                                                                                                                 (a) x (b)                     (c) x (d)
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1........................  Request for Supplemental      0.30 (18 minutes)......................           75        22.50      $438.00        $9,855.00
                            Examination Transmittal
                            Form.
2........................  Request for Supplemental      25.....................................           75     1,875.00       438.00       821,250.00
                            Examination.
3........................  Request for Ex Parte          0.30 (18 minutes)......................          200        60.00       438.00        26,280.00
                            Reexamination Transmittal
                            Form.
4........................  Request for Ex Parte          55.....................................          200    11,000.00       438.00     4,818,000.00
                            Reexamination.
5........................  Petition in a Reexamination   23.....................................          200     4,600.00       438.00     2,014,800.00
                            Proceeding (except for
                            those specifically
                            enumerated in 37 CFR
                            1.550(i) and 1.937(d)).
6........................  Patent Owner's 37 CFR 1.530   8......................................           85       680.00       438.00       297,840.00
                            Statement.
7........................  Third Party Requester's 37    8......................................           25       200.00       438.00        84,600.00
                            CFR 1.535 Reply.
8........................  Amendment in Ex Parte or      33.....................................          310    10,230.00       438.00     4,480,740.00
                            Inter Partes Reexamination.
9........................  Third Party Requester's 37    41.....................................            5       205.00       438.00        89,790.00
                            CFR 1.947 Comments in Inter
                            Partes Reexamination.
10.......................  Response to Final Rejection   17.....................................          200     3,400.00       438.00     1,489,200.00
                            in Ex Parte Reexamination.
11.......................  Patent Owner's 37 CFR 1.951   41.....................................           10       410,00       438.00       179,580.00
                            Resposne in Inter Partes
                            Reexamination.
12.......................  Third Party Requester's 37    41.....................................            5       205.00       438.00        89,790.00
                            CFR 1.951 Comments in Inter
                            Partes Reexamination.
13.......................  Petition to Request           0.50 (30 minutes)......................          150        75.00       438.00        32,520.00
                            Extension of Time in Ex
                            Parte or Inter Partes
                            Reexamination.
                                                                                                 -------------------------------------------------------
    Total................  ............................  .......................................        1,540    32,962.50  ...........    14,437,575.00
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    Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Non-Hourly) Cost Burden: 
$2,750,186.50 per year. There are no capital start-up, recordkeeping, 
or maintenance costs associated with this collection. However, the 
collection does have annual (non-hour) costs in the form of postage 
costs and filing fees.

Postage Costs

    The USPTO expects that most of the responses in this collection 
will be submitted electronically. However, it is estimated that roughly 
18 mailed submissions will be submitted for Petitions to Request 
Extension of Time. In addition, the documentation for requests for 
supplemental examination and requests for ex parte reexamination will 
typically be mailed to the USPTO with the appropriate transmittal form, 
resulting in 550 unique mailings. The USPTO estimates that the average 
postage cost for a mailed submission will be $0.50 for Petitions to 
Request Extension of Time and $5.75 for all other mailed submissions. 
Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the total postage costs is 
approximately $3,171.50 per year.

Filing Fees

    There are nine filing fees associated with this collection, which 
are broken down by large entity, small entity, and micro entity. These 
fees are listed in the table below:

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                                                                     Estimated
           IC No.                            Item                     annual        Filing fee      Total cost
                                                                     responses
                             ...................................             (a)             (b)             (c)
                                                                                                       (a) x (b)
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2..........................  Supplemental Examination Request                 55       $4,400.00     $242,000.00
                              (large entity).
2..........................  Supplemental Examination Request                 15        2,200.00       33,000.00
                              (small entity).
2..........................  Supplemental Examination Request                  5        1,100.00        5,500.00
                              (micro entity).
2..........................  Supplemental Examination                         35       12,100.00      423,500.00
                              Reexamination (large entity).
2..........................  Supplemental Examination                         10        6,050.00       60,500.00
                              Reexamination (small entity).
2..........................  Supplemental Examination                          1        3,025.00        3,025.00
                              Reexamination (micro entity).
2..........................  Supplemental Examination document                10          180.00        1,800.00
                              size fees, 21-50 documents (large
                              entity).
2..........................  Supplemental Examination document                 5           90.00          450.00
                              size fees, 21-50 documents (small
                              entity).
2..........................  Supplemental Examination document                 1           45.00           45.00
                              size fees, 21-50 documents (micro
                              entity).
2..........................  Supplemental examination document                10          280.00        2,800.00
                              size fees, each additional 50
                              documents (large entity).
2..........................  Supplemental examination document                 1          140.00          140.00
                              size fees, each additional 50
                              documents (small entity).

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2..........................  Supplemental examination document                 1           70.00           70.00
                              size fees, each additional 50
                              documents (micro entity).
2..........................  Reexamination independent claims in              35          460.00       16,100.00
                              excess of three and also in excess
                              of the number of such claims in
                              the patent under reexamination
                              (large entity).
2..........................  Reexamination independent claims in              10          230.00        2,300.00
                              excess of three and also in excess
                              of the number of such claims in
                              the patent under reexamination
                              (small entity).
2..........................  Reexamination independent claims in               5          115.00          575.00
                              excess of three and also in excess
                              of the number of such claims in
                              the patent under reexamination
                              (micro entity).
2..........................  Reexamination claims in excess of                55          100.00        5,500.00
                              20 and also in excess of the
                              number of claims in the patent
                              under reexamination (large entity).
2..........................  Reexamination claims in excess of                20           50.00        1,000.00
                              20 and also in excess of the
                              number of claims in the patent
                              under reexamination (small entity).
2..........................  Reexamination claims in excess of                 5           25.00          125.00
                              20 and also in excess of the
                              number of claims in the patent
                              under reexamination (micro entity).
4..........................  Ex Parte Reexamination (Sec.                     42        6,000.00      252,000.00
                              1.510(a)) Streamlined (large
                              entity).
4..........................  Ex Parte Reexamination (Sec.                     27        3,000.00       81,000.00
                              1.510(a)) Streamlined (small
                              entity).
4..........................  Ex Parte Reexamination (Sec.                      1        1,500.00        1,500.00
                              1.510(a)) Streamlined (micro
                              entity).
4..........................  Ex Parte Reexamination (Sec.                     78       12,000.00          936.00
                              1.510(a)) Non-Streamlined (large
                              entity).
4..........................  Ex Parte Reexamination (Sec.                     51        6,000.00      306,000.00
                              1.510(a)) Non-Streamlined (small
                              entity).
4..........................  Ex Parte Reexamination (Sec.                      1        3,000.00        3,000.00
                              1.510(a)) Non-Streamlined (micro
                              entity).
5..........................  Petitions in a reexamination                    180        1,940.00      349,200.00
                              proceeding, except for those
                              specifically enumerated in 37 CFR
                              1.550(i) and 1.937(d) (large
                              entity).
5..........................  Petitions in a reexamination                     20          970.00       19,400.00
                              proceeding, except for those
                              specifically enumerated in 37 CFR
                              1.550(i) and 1.937(d) (small
                              entity).
5..........................  Petitions in a reexamination                      1          485.00          485.00
                              proceeding, except for those
                              specifically enumerated in 37 CFR
                              1.550(i) and 1.937(d) (micro
                              entity).
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
    Total..................  ...................................             680  ..............    2,747,015.00
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    Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the total annual (non-hour) 
cost burden for this collection, in the form of postage costs 
($3,171.5) and filing fees ($2,747,015), is $2,750,186.50 per year.

IV. Request for Comment

    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.
    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.

Marcie Lovett,
Director, Records and Information Governance Division, OCTO, United 
States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2018-14385 Filed 7-3-18; 8:45 am]
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