Madrid Protocol, 63839-63841 [2018-26847]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 12, 2018 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office Madrid Protocol ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request. 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: 0651–0051 (Madrid Protocol). SUMMARY: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 11, 2019. DATES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0051 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. • Mail: Catherine Cain, Attorney Advisory, Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks, 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 Catherine Cain, Attorney Advisor, Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313– 1450; by telephone at 571–272–8946; or by email at Catherine.Cain@uspto.gov with ‘‘0651–0051 comment’’ in the subject line. Additional information about this collection is also available at http://www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 I. Abstract This collection of information is required by the Trademark Act of 1946, 15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq., which provides for the Federal registration of trademarks, service marks, collective trademarks and service marks, collective membership marks, and certification marks. Individuals and businesses that use or intend to use such marks in commerce may file an application to register the marks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (‘‘Madrid Protocol’’) is an international treaty that allows a trademark owner to seek registration in any of the participating VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:39 Dec 11, 2018 Jkt 247001 countries by filing a single international application. The International Bureau (IB) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland, administers the international registration system. The Madrid Protocol Implementation Act of 2002 amended the Trademark Act to provide that: (1) The owner of a U.S. application or registration may seek protection of its mark in any of the participating countries by submitting a single international application to the IB through the USPTO, and (2) the holder of an international registration may request an extension of protection of the international registration to the United States. The Madrid Protocol became effective in the United States on November 2, 2003, and is implemented under 15 U.S.C. 1141 et seq., and 37 CFR part 2 and part 7. An international application submitted through the USPTO must be based on an active U.S. application or registration and must be filed by the owner of the application or registration. The USPTO reviews the international application to certify that it corresponds to the data contained in the existing U.S. application or registration before forwarding the international application to the IB. The IB then reviews the international application to determine whether the Madrid filing requirements have been met and the required fees have been paid. If the international application is unacceptable, the IB will send a notice of irregularity to the USPTO and the applicant. The applicant must respond to the irregularities to avoid abandonment, unless a response from the USPTO is required. After any irregularities are corrected and the application is accepted, the IB issues an international registration number, publishes the registration in the WIPO Gazette of International Marks, and sends the certificate to the holder. When the international registration is issued, the IB notifies each country designated in the application of the request for extension of protection. Each designated country then examines the request under its own laws. Once an international registration exists, the holder may also file subsequent designations to request an extension of protection to additional countries or request extension of goods/services not already extended to previously designated countries. Under Section 71 of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. 1141(k), a registered extension of protection to the United States will be cancelled unless the holder of the international registration periodically files affidavits of continued PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63839 use in commerce or excusable nonuse. The first affidavit must be filed on or between the fifth- or sixth-year anniversaries of the date on which the USPTO registers an extension of protection. This collection includes the information necessary for the USPTO to process applications for international registration and related requests under the Madrid Protocol. The USPTO provides electronic forms for filing the items in this information collection online (except for the Request to Record an Assignment or Restriction of a Holder’s Right to Dispose of an International Registration) using the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS), which is available through the USPTO website. Applicants may also submit the items in this collection on paper or by using the forms provided by the IB, which are available on the WIPO website. The IB requires Applications for International Registration and Applications for Subsequent Designation that are filed on paper to be submitted on the official IB forms. II. Methods of Collection Electronically, if applicants submit the information using the TEAS forms. By mail or hand delivery, if applicants choose to submit the information in paper form. III. Data OMB Number: 0651–0051. IC Instruments: PTO–1663, PTO– 1683, PTO–2131, PTO–2132, PTO–2133, TEAS Global Forms. Type of Review: Extension of an existing information collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other forprofits; and not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 14,691 responses per year. Of this total, the USPTO expects that 14,682 response will be submitted electronically via the TEAS system and 9 will be submitted on paper. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public approximately between 20 minutes (0.33 hours) to seventy-five minutes (1.25 hours) to complete the information in this collection, including the time to gather the necessary information, prepare the forms or documents, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 4,878.97 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: $2,136,988.86. The USPTO expects that an attorney will complete the instruments E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1 63840 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 12, 2018 / Notices associated with this information collection. The professional hourly rate for an intellectual property attorney in # 1 ............... 1 ............... 2 ............... 2 ............... 3 ............... 3 ............... 4 ............... 4 ............... 5 ............... 5 ............... 6 ............... 6 ............... 7 ............... 7 ............... 8 ............... 8 ............... 9 ............... 9 ............... Totals Item Application for International Registration (TEAS). Application for International Registration (paper). Application for Subsequent Designation (TEAS). Application for Subsequent Designation (paper). Response to Notice of Irregularity (TEAS). Response to Notice of Irregularity (paper). Replacement Request (TEAS Global) Replacement Request (paper) .......... Request to Record an Assignment or Restriction of a Holder’s Right to Dispose of an International Registration (TEAS Global). Request to Record an Assignment or Restriction of a Holder’s Right to Dispose of an International Registration (paper). Transformation Request (TEAS RF Global). Transformation Request (paper) ....... Petition to Director to Review Denial of Certification of International Application (TEAS Global). Petition to Director to Review Denial of Certification of International Application (paper). Declaration of Continued Use/Excused Nonuse of Mark in Commerce Under Section 71 (TEAS). Declaration of Continued Use/Excused Nonuse of Mark in Commerce Under Section 71 (paper). Combined Declaration of Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse and Incontestability Under Sections 71 and 15 (TEAS). Combined Declaration of Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse and Incontestability Under Sections 71 and 15 (paper). ............................................................ amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: $12,182,254.50. The collection has annual (non-hour) costs in the forms of postage costs and filing fees. Postage Costs Customers may incur postage costs when submitting some of the items covered by this collection to the USPTO by mail. The USPTO expects that approximately 98% of the responses in this collection will be submitted VerDate Sep<11>2014 private firms in $438. Using this hourly rate, the USPTO estimates that the total 20:21 Dec 11, 2018 Jkt 247001 Estimated time for responses Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden hours (a) (b) (c) Rate Estimated annual respondent cost (d) (a) × (b) (e) (c) × (d) 0.33 (20 minutes) ...... 8,540 2,818.20 $438.00 $1,234,371.60 0.58 (35 minutes) ...... 1 0.58 438.00 254.04 0.33 (20 minutes) ...... 930 306.90 438.00 134,422.20 0.58 (35 minutes) ...... 1 0.58 438.00 254.04 0.33 (20 minutes) ...... 315 103.95 438.00 45,530.10 0.55 (33 minutes) ...... 1 0.55 438.00 240.90 0.50 (30 minutes) ...... 0.75 (45 minutes) ...... 0.33 (20 minutes) ...... 1 1 3 0.50 0.75 0.99 438.00 438.00 438.00 219.00 328.50 433.62 0.50 (30 minutes) ...... 1 0.50 438.00 219.00 0.33 (20 minutes) ...... 1 0.33 438.00 144.54 0.55 (33 minutes) ...... 1 (60 minutes) ........... 1 42 0.55 42.00 438.00 438.00 240.90 18,396.00 1.25 (75 minutes) ...... 1 1.25 438.00 547.50 0.33 (20 minutes) ...... 3,250 1,072.50 438.00 469,755.00 0.42 (25 minutes) ...... 1 0.42 438.00 183.96 0.33 (20 minutes) ...... 1,600 528.00 438.00 231,264.00 0.42 (25 minutes) ...... 1 0.42 438.00 183.96 .................................... 14,691 4,878.97 ........................ 2,136,988.86 electronically. Of the remaining 1 percent, the vast majority will be submitted by mail, for a total of 9 mailed submissions. The average firstclass USPS postage cost for a mailed submission will be $0.50. Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the postage costs for the mailed submissions in this collection will total $4.50. Filing Fees The USPTO charges fees for processing international applications PO 00000 respondent cost burden for this collection is $2,136,988.86 per year. Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and related requests under the Madrid Protocol, as set forth in 37 CFR 2.6 and 37 CFR 7.6. Most of these fees are charged per class of goods or services. Therefore, the total fees can vary depending on the number of classes. Based on the minimum fee of one class per relevant document, the USPTO estimates that the total filing fees associated with this collection will be approximately $12,182,250 per year, as calculated in the table below. E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1 63841 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 12, 2018 / Notices # 1 ............... 1 ............... 1 ............... 1 ............... 1 ............... 2 2 4 4 5 ............... ............... ............... ............... ............... 5 ............... 6 ............... 6 ............... 7 ............... 7 ............... 8 ............... 8 ............... 8 ............... 8 ............... 9 ............... 9 ............... Totals Item Application for International Registration (for certifying an international application based on a single basic application or registration, per international class) (TEAS). Application for International Registration (for certifying an international application based on a single basic application or registration, per international class) (paper). Application for International Registration (for certifying an international application based on more than one basic application or registration, per international class) (TEAS). Application for International Registration (for certifying an international application based on more than one basic application or registration, per international class) (paper). Request for Extension of Protection of International Registration to the United States—Filed at WIPO. Transmitting a Subsequent Designation under Section 7.21 (TEAS) .................. Transmitting a Subsequent Designation under Section 7.21 (paper) ................... Notice of Replacement under Section 7.28 (per international class) (TEAS) ...... Notice of Replacement under Section 7.28 (per international class) (paper) ...... Request to Record an Assignment or Restriction, or Release of a Restriction, under Sections 7.23 and 7.24 (TEAS) (paper). Request to Record an Assignment or Restriction, or Release of a Restriction, under Sections 7.23 and 7.24 (paper). Transformation Request (per international class ( TEAS RF Global) .................. Transformation Request (per international class) (paper) .................................... Petition to Director to Review Denial of Certification of International Application (TEAS). Petition to Director to Review Denial of Certification of International Application (paper). Declaration of Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse of Mark in Commerce Under Section 71 (per international class) (TEAS). Declaration of Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse of Mark in Commerce Under Section 71 (per international class) (paper). Surcharge for Filing Affidavit Under Section 71 of the Act During the Grace Period, per international class (TEAS). Surcharge for Filing Affidavit Under Section 71 of the Act During the Grace Period, per international class (paper). Combined Declaration of Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse and Incontestability Under Sections 71 and 15 (per international class) (TEAS). Combined Declaration of Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse and Incontestability Under Sections 71 and 15 (per international class) (paper). ................................................................................................................................ Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the total annual (non-hour) cost burden for this collection, in the form of postage costs ($4.50) and filing fees ($12,182,250), is $12,182,254.50 per year. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 IV. Request for Comments 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:39 Dec 11, 2018 Jkt 247001 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, Records and Information Governance Division Director, OCTO, United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2018–26847 Filed 12–11–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P PO 00000 Estimated annual responses Fee amount (a) (b) Estimated annual filing costs (c) (a) × (b) 7,313 $100.00 $731,300.00 1 200.00 200.00 1,227 150.00 184,050.00 1 250.00 250.00 25,600 400.00 10,240,000.00 930 1 1 1 3 100.00 200.00 100.00 200.00 100.00 93,000.00 200.00 100.00 200.00 300.00 1 200.00 200.00 1 1 42 275.00 600.00 100.00 275.00 600.00 4,200.00 1 200.00 200.00 3,250 125.00 406,250.00 1 225.00 100.00 1 100.00 100.00 1 200.00 200.00 1,600 325.00 520,000.00 1 525.00 525.00 39,978 ........................ 12,182,250.00 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office Practitioner Conduct and Discipline ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on this proposed extension of an existing information collection. SUMMARY: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 11, 2019. DATES: Written comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: ADDRESSES: Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 238 (Wednesday, December 12, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 63839-63841]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

 Patent and Trademark Office


Madrid Protocol

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: 0651-0051 
(Madrid Protocol).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 11, 
2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0051 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Mail: Catherine Cain, Attorney Advisory, Office of the 
Commissioner for Trademarks, 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 Catherine Cain, Attorney Advisor, Office of the 
Commissioner for Trademarks, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 
P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-8946; 
or by email at [email protected] with ``0651-0051 comment'' in 
the subject line. Additional information about this collection is also 
available at http://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection 
Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    This collection of information is required by the Trademark Act of 
1946, 15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq., which provides for the Federal 
registration of trademarks, service marks, collective trademarks and 
service marks, collective membership marks, and certification marks. 
Individuals and businesses that use or intend to use such marks in 
commerce may file an application to register the marks with the United 
States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
    The Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the 
International Registration of Marks (``Madrid Protocol'') is an 
international treaty that allows a trademark owner to seek registration 
in any of the participating countries by filing a single international 
application. The International Bureau (IB) of the World Intellectual 
Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland, administers the 
international registration system. The Madrid Protocol Implementation 
Act of 2002 amended the Trademark Act to provide that: (1) The owner of 
a U.S. application or registration may seek protection of its mark in 
any of the participating countries by submitting a single international 
application to the IB through the USPTO, and (2) the holder of an 
international registration may request an extension of protection of 
the international registration to the United States. The Madrid 
Protocol became effective in the United States on November 2, 2003, and 
is implemented under 15 U.S.C. 1141 et seq., and 37 CFR part 2 and part 
7.
    An international application submitted through the USPTO must be 
based on an active U.S. application or registration and must be filed 
by the owner of the application or registration. The USPTO reviews the 
international application to certify that it corresponds to the data 
contained in the existing U.S. application or registration before 
forwarding the international application to the IB. The IB then reviews 
the international application to determine whether the Madrid filing 
requirements have been met and the required fees have been paid. If the 
international application is unacceptable, the IB will send a notice of 
irregularity to the USPTO and the applicant. The applicant must respond 
to the irregularities to avoid abandonment, unless a response from the 
USPTO is required. After any irregularities are corrected and the 
application is accepted, the IB issues an international registration 
number, publishes the registration in the WIPO Gazette of International 
Marks, and sends the certificate to the holder.
    When the international registration is issued, the IB notifies each 
country designated in the application of the request for extension of 
protection. Each designated country then examines the request under its 
own laws. Once an international registration exists, the holder may 
also file subsequent designations to request an extension of protection 
to additional countries or request extension of goods/services not 
already extended to previously designated countries.
    Under Section 71 of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. 1141(k), a 
registered extension of protection to the United States will be 
cancelled unless the holder of the international registration 
periodically files affidavits of continued use in commerce or excusable 
nonuse. The first affidavit must be filed on or between the fifth- or 
sixth-year anniversaries of the date on which the USPTO registers an 
extension of protection.
    This collection includes the information necessary for the USPTO to 
process applications for international registration and related 
requests under the Madrid Protocol. The USPTO provides electronic forms 
for filing the items in this information collection online (except for 
the Request to Record an Assignment or Restriction of a Holder's Right 
to Dispose of an International Registration) using the Trademark 
Electronic Application System (TEAS), which is available through the 
USPTO website.
    Applicants may also submit the items in this collection on paper or 
by using the forms provided by the IB, which are available on the WIPO 
website. The IB requires Applications for International Registration 
and Applications for Subsequent Designation that are filed on paper to 
be submitted on the official IB forms.

II. Methods of Collection

    Electronically, if applicants submit the information using the TEAS 
forms. By mail or hand delivery, if applicants choose to submit the 
information in paper form.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-0051.
    IC Instruments: PTO-1663, PTO-1683, PTO-2131, PTO-2132, PTO-2133, 
TEAS Global Forms.
    Type of Review: Extension of an existing information collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profits; and not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 14,691 responses per year. Of this 
total, the USPTO expects that 14,682 response will be submitted 
electronically via the TEAS system and 9 will be submitted on paper.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public approximately between 20 minutes (0.33 hours) to seventy-
five minutes (1.25 hours) to complete the information in this 
collection, including the time to gather the necessary information, 
prepare the forms or documents, and submit the completed request to the 
USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 4,878.97 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: 
$2,136,988.86. The USPTO expects that an attorney will complete the 
instruments

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associated with this information collection. The professional hourly 
rate for an intellectual property attorney in private firms in $438. 
Using this hourly rate, the USPTO estimates that the total respondent 
cost burden for this collection is $2,136,988.86 per year.

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                                                                                                                                             Estimated
                                                                                             Estimated       Estimated                        annual
           #                        Item                Estimated time for responses          annual       annual burden       Rate         respondent
                                                                                             responses         hours                           cost
                                                    (a)                                              (b)             (c)             (d)             (e)
                                                                                                                               (a) x (b)       (c) x (d)
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1......................  Application for            0.33 (20 minutes)...................           8,540        2,818.20         $438.00   $1,234,371.60
                          International
                          Registration (TEAS).
1......................  Application for            0.58 (35 minutes)...................               1            0.58          438.00          254.04
                          International
                          Registration (paper).
2......................  Application for            0.33 (20 minutes)...................             930          306.90          438.00      134,422.20
                          Subsequent Designation
                          (TEAS).
2......................  Application for            0.58 (35 minutes)...................               1            0.58          438.00          254.04
                          Subsequent Designation
                          (paper).
3......................  Response to Notice of      0.33 (20 minutes)...................             315          103.95          438.00       45,530.10
                          Irregularity (TEAS).
3......................  Response to Notice of      0.55 (33 minutes)...................               1            0.55          438.00          240.90
                          Irregularity (paper).
4......................  Replacement Request (TEAS  0.50 (30 minutes)...................               1            0.50          438.00          219.00
                          Global).
4......................  Replacement Request        0.75 (45 minutes)...................               1            0.75          438.00          328.50
                          (paper).
5......................  Request to Record an       0.33 (20 minutes)...................               3            0.99          438.00          433.62
                          Assignment or
                          Restriction of a
                          Holder's Right to
                          Dispose of an
                          International
                          Registration (TEAS
                          Global).
5......................  Request to Record an       0.50 (30 minutes)...................               1            0.50          438.00          219.00
                          Assignment or
                          Restriction of a
                          Holder's Right to
                          Dispose of an
                          International
                          Registration (paper).
6......................  Transformation Request     0.33 (20 minutes)...................               1            0.33          438.00          144.54
                          (TEAS RF Global).
6......................  Transformation Request     0.55 (33 minutes)...................               1            0.55          438.00          240.90
                          (paper).
7......................  Petition to Director to    1 (60 minutes)......................              42           42.00          438.00       18,396.00
                          Review Denial of
                          Certification of
                          International
                          Application (TEAS
                          Global).
7......................  Petition to Director to    1.25 (75 minutes)...................               1            1.25          438.00          547.50
                          Review Denial of
                          Certification of
                          International
                          Application (paper).
8......................  Declaration of Continued   0.33 (20 minutes)...................           3,250        1,072.50          438.00      469,755.00
                          Use/Excused Nonuse of
                          Mark in Commerce Under
                          Section 71 (TEAS).
8......................  Declaration of Continued   0.42 (25 minutes)...................               1            0.42          438.00          183.96
                          Use/Excused Nonuse of
                          Mark in Commerce Under
                          Section 71 (paper).
9......................  Combined Declaration of    0.33 (20 minutes)...................           1,600          528.00          438.00      231,264.00
                          Continued Use/Excusable
                          Nonuse and
                          Incontestability Under
                          Sections 71 and 15
                          (TEAS).
9......................  Combined Declaration of    0.42 (25 minutes)...................               1            0.42          438.00          183.96
                          Continued Use/Excusable
                          Nonuse and
                          Incontestability Under
                          Sections 71 and 15
                          (paper).
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    Totals.............  .........................  ....................................          14,691        4,878.97  ..............    2,136,988.86
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    Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: 
$12,182,254.50. The collection has annual (non-hour) costs in the forms 
of postage costs and filing fees.

Postage Costs

    Customers may incur postage costs when submitting some of the items 
covered by this collection to the USPTO by mail. The USPTO expects that 
approximately 98% of the responses in this collection will be submitted 
electronically. Of the remaining 1 percent, the vast majority will be 
submitted by mail, for a total of 9 mailed submissions. The average 
first-class USPS postage cost for a mailed submission will be $0.50. 
Therefore, the USPTO estimates that the postage costs for the mailed 
submissions in this collection will total $4.50.

Filing Fees

    The USPTO charges fees for processing international applications 
and related requests under the Madrid Protocol, as set forth in 37 CFR 
2.6 and 37 CFR 7.6. Most of these fees are charged per class of goods 
or services. Therefore, the total fees can vary depending on the number 
of classes. Based on the minimum fee of one class per relevant 
document, the USPTO estimates that the total filing fees associated 
with this collection will be approximately $12,182,250 per year, as 
calculated in the table below.

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                                                                     Estimated                       Estimated
               #                              Item                    annual        Fee amount     annual filing
                                                                     responses                         costs
                                                                             (a)             (b)             (c)
                                                                                                       (a) x (b)
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1.............................  Application for International              7,313         $100.00     $731,300.00
                                 Registration (for certifying an
                                 international application based
                                 on a single basic application
                                 or registration, per
                                 international class) (TEAS).
1.............................  Application for International                  1          200.00          200.00
                                 Registration (for certifying an
                                 international application based
                                 on a single basic application
                                 or registration, per
                                 international class) (paper).
1.............................  Application for International              1,227          150.00      184,050.00
                                 Registration (for certifying an
                                 international application based
                                 on more than one basic
                                 application or registration,
                                 per international class) (TEAS).
1.............................  Application for International                  1          250.00          250.00
                                 Registration (for certifying an
                                 international application based
                                 on more than one basic
                                 application or registration,
                                 per international class)
                                 (paper).
1.............................  Request for Extension of                  25,600          400.00   10,240,000.00
                                 Protection of International
                                 Registration to the United
                                 States--Filed at WIPO.
2.............................  Transmitting a Subsequent                    930          100.00       93,000.00
                                 Designation under Section 7.21
                                 (TEAS).
2.............................  Transmitting a Subsequent                      1          200.00          200.00
                                 Designation under Section 7.21
                                 (paper).
4.............................  Notice of Replacement under                    1          100.00          100.00
                                 Section 7.28 (per international
                                 class) (TEAS).
4.............................  Notice of Replacement under                    1          200.00          200.00
                                 Section 7.28 (per international
                                 class) (paper).
5.............................  Request to Record an Assignment                3          100.00          300.00
                                 or Restriction, or Release of a
                                 Restriction, under Sections
                                 7.23 and 7.24 (TEAS) (paper).
5.............................  Request to Record an Assignment                1          200.00          200.00
                                 or Restriction, or Release of a
                                 Restriction, under Sections
                                 7.23 and 7.24 (paper).
6.............................  Transformation Request (per                    1          275.00          275.00
                                 international class ( TEAS RF
                                 Global).
6.............................  Transformation Request (per                    1          600.00          600.00
                                 international class) (paper).
7.............................  Petition to Director to Review                42          100.00        4,200.00
                                 Denial of Certification of
                                 International Application
                                 (TEAS).
7.............................  Petition to Director to Review                 1          200.00          200.00
                                 Denial of Certification of
                                 International Application
                                 (paper).
8.............................  Declaration of Continued Use/              3,250          125.00      406,250.00
                                 Excusable Nonuse of Mark in
                                 Commerce Under Section 71 (per
                                 international class) (TEAS).
8.............................  Declaration of Continued Use/                  1          225.00          100.00
                                 Excusable Nonuse of Mark in
                                 Commerce Under Section 71 (per
                                 international class) (paper).
8.............................  Surcharge for Filing Affidavit                 1          100.00          100.00
                                 Under Section 71 of the Act
                                 During the Grace Period, per
                                 international class (TEAS).
8.............................  Surcharge for Filing Affidavit                 1          200.00          200.00
                                 Under Section 71 of the Act
                                 During the Grace Period, per
                                 international class (paper).
9.............................  Combined Declaration of                    1,600          325.00      520,000.00
                                 Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse
                                 and Incontestability Under
                                 Sections 71 and 15 (per
                                 international class) (TEAS).
9.............................  Combined Declaration of                        1          525.00          525.00
                                 Continued Use/Excusable Nonuse
                                 and Incontestability Under
                                 Sections 71 and 15 (per
                                 international class) (paper).
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
    Totals....................  ................................          39,978  ..............   12,182,250.00
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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 ($4.50) 
and filing fees ($12,182,250), is $12,182,254.50 per year.

IV. Request for Comments

    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,
Records and Information Governance Division Director, OCTO, United 
States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2018-26847 Filed 12-11-18; 8:45 am]
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