Patent Cooperation Treaty, 16658-16662 [2019-08026]

Download as PDF amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES 16658 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 77 / Monday, April 22, 2019 / Notices Additional Considerations for Lifting a Suspension of a Reissue Proceeding Non-exhaustive factors considered by the Office when determining whether the Board will lift a stay, or Patents will lift a suspension, of a parallel reissue application are discussed above. Further information specific to reissue proceedings are provided below. After a final written decision issues in an AIA proceeding (and after any requests for rehearing are resolved, if applicable), if requested by the patent owner, Patents may lift a suspension of or otherwise decide to proceed with, i.e., not suspend, a related reissue proceeding while an appeal to the Federal Circuit regarding the final written decision is pending. For example, Patents may lift a suspension if the reissue application attempts to (1) resolve issues with the original or proposed substitute claims identified in the final written decision (e.g., amends the claims in a meaningful way not previously considered by the Office, also taking into account estoppel provisions set forth in 37 CFR 42.73(d)(3)), if applicable; or (2) correct an unrelated issue with the patent (e.g., correction of a priority claim, inventorship, or a drawing). Otherwise, Patents generally will not lift a suspension or proceed with prosecution of a reissue application after the Board issues a final written decision and while a Federal Circuit appeal of that decision is ongoing. If a Federal Circuit appeal of a final written decision in an AIA trial remains ongoing when allowable subject matter is identified in the reissue application, the Office typically will not pass that application to allowance until the Federal Circuit appeal concludes. In that situation, after an appeal to the Federal Circuit concludes, a patent owner may confer with the examiner and decide how to proceed with the reissue application (e.g., proceed to issuance, file a request for continued examination (‘‘RCE’’) for further amendments/prosecution, or abandon the reissue application). The examiner also may need to reevaluate the status of allowable subject matter in view of a decision by the Federal Circuit. As long as patent owner files the reissue application in a timely manner as discussed above, and raises issues different than those already considered in the AIA proceeding (e.g., amendments meaningfully different than those in a previously presented motion to amend), the Office typically will consider the reissue application (subject to possible considerations for suspension discussed above). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Apr 19, 2019 Jkt 247001 Additional Considerations for Lifting a Stay of an Ex Parte Reexamination Non-exhaustive factors considered by the Board when determining whether to lift a stay of a parallel reexamination are discussed earlier. As noted previously, under certain circumstances, the Office will proceed with a reexamination after the Board issues a final written decision relating to the same patent. Unlike reissue applications, patent owners do not have the option to abandon ex parte reexamination applications. Once started, reexaminations proceed with special dispatch to completion. See 35 U.S.C. 305. Thus, after the Office determines that it is appropriate to lift a stay, or that a stay is not appropriate, a reexamination typically will continue to completion, notwithstanding a Federal Circuit appeal of a final written decision on the same patent. If the Office identifies allowable subject matter in a reexamination proceeding, or after conclusion of a reexamination determining that some or all claims of a patent are unpatentable, the Office typically will issue a notice of intent to issue a reexamination certificate (‘‘NIRC’’) and reexamination certificate even if a Federal Circuit appeal remains ongoing, unless the patent owner timely files a notice of appeal in the ex parte reexamination proceeding. A patent owner who is dissatisfied with an examiner’s decision to reject claims in an ex parte reexamination proceeding may appeal the final rejection of any claim to the Board by filing a notice of appeal within the required time. See MPEP 2273, 2687; 35 U.S.C. 134. In order to ensure that the reexamination certificate does not cancel original patent claims that are separately on appeal at the Federal Circuit, the patent owner must timely file an appeal in the reexamination proceeding of any final rejection of those original claims. Dated: April 16, 2019. Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2019–08022 Filed 4–19–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office Patent Cooperation Treaty ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request. PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: 0651–0021 (Patent Cooperation Treaty). DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 21, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submitted comments by any of the following methods: • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0021 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Federal Register Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. • Mail: Marcie Lovett, Chief, Records and Information Governance Branch, Office of the Chief Administrative 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 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 ‘‘0651–0021 comment’’ in the subject line. Additional information about this collection is also available at http:// www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract This collection of information is required by the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which became operational in June 1978 and is administered by the International Bureau (IB) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The provisions of the PCT have been implemented by the United States in Part IV of Title 35 of the U.S. Code (Chapters 35–37) and Subpart C of Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations (37 CFR 1.401–1.499). The purpose of the PCT is to provide a standardized filing format and procedure that allows an applicant to seek protection for an invention in several countries by filing one international application in one location, in one language, and paying one initial set of fees. The information in this collection is used by the public to submit a patent application under the PCT and by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), to fulfill its obligation to process, search, and examine the application as directed by the treaty. The USPTO acts as the United States E:\FR\FM\22APN1.SGM 22APN1 16659 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 77 / Monday, April 22, 2019 / Notices Receiving Office (RO/US) for international applications filed by residents and nationals of the United States. These applicants send most of their correspondence directly to the USPTO, but they may also file certain documents directly with the IB. The USPTO serves as an International Searching Authority (ISA) to perform searches and issue international search reports (ISR) and the written opinions of international applications. The USPTO also issues international preliminary reports on patentability (IPRP Chapter II) when acting as an International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA). II. Method of Collection By mail, hand delivery, or electronic submission to the USPTO. IC No. 1 ..................... 2 ..................... 3 ..................... 4 ..................... 5 ..................... 6 ..................... 7 ..................... 8 ..................... 9 ..................... 10 ................... 11 ................... 12 ................... 13 ................... 14 ................... 15 ................... 16 ................... amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES 17 ................... 18 ................... 19 ................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 III. Data OMB Number: 0651–0021. IC Instruments and Forms: PCT/IB/ 372; PCT/IPEA/401; PCT/RO/101; PCT/ RO/134; PTO–1382; PTO–1390; PTO/ SB/64/PCT. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other forprofits; and not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 431,135 responses per year. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public between 15 minutes (0.25 hours) and 4 hours to gather the necessary information, prepare the appropriate form or document, and submit the information to the USPTO. Item Request and Fee Calculation Sheet (Annex and Notes). Description/claims/drawings/ abstracts. Application Data Sheet (35 U.S.C. 371 applications). Transmittal Letter to the United States Receiving Office (RO/ US). Transmittal Letter to the United States Designated/Elected Office (DO/EO/US) Concerning a Submission Under 35 U.S.C. 371. PCT/Model of Power of Attorney. PCT/Model of General Power of Attorney. Indications Relating to a Deposited Microorganism. Response to invitation to correct defects. Request for rectification of obvious errors. Demand and Fee Calculation Sheet (Annex and Notes). Amendments (Article 34) ......... Fee Authorization .................... Requests to transmit copies of international application. Withdrawal of international application. English Translations after thirty months from priority date. Petition for Revival of an International Application for Patent Designating the U.S. Abandoned Unintentionally Under 37 CFR 1.137(a). Petitions to the Commissioner for international applications. Petitions to the Commissioner in national stage examination. 17:22 Apr 19, 2019 Jkt 247001 Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 352,769.78 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: $154,513,163.64. The USPTO expects that an attorney will complete the materials in this collection. The professional hourly rate for intellectual property attorneys in private firms is $438. The rate is established by estimates 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 $438 per year. Estimated time Estimated responses Estimated burden Rate Estimates total cost (a) (b) (c) = (a) × (b) (d) (e) = (c) × (d) 1 ................................ 55,177 55,177.00 $438.00 $24,167,526.00 3 ................................ 55,177 165,531.00 438.00 72,502,578.00 0.38 (23 minutes) ...... 104,281 39,626.78 438.00 17,356,529.64 0.25 (15 minutes) ...... 49,659 12,414.75 438.00 5,437,660.50 0.25 (15 minutes) ...... 86,080 21,520.00 438.00 9,425,760.00 0.25 (15 minutes) ...... 5,518 1,379.50 438.00 604,221.00 0.25 (15 minutes) ...... 551 137.75 438.00 60,334.50 0.25 (15 minutes) ...... 10 2.50 438.00 1,095.00 2 ................................ 15,500 31,000.00 438.00 13,578,000.00 0.50 (30 minutes) ...... 921 460.50 438.00 201,699.00 1 ................................ 667 667.00 438.00 292,146.00 1 ................................ 0.25 (15 minutes) ...... 0.25 (15 minutes) ...... 429 49,659 864 429.00 12,414.75 216.00 438.00 438.00 438.00 187,902.00 5,437,660.50 94,608.00 0.25 (15 minutes) ...... 1,369 342.25 438.00 149,905.50 2 ................................ 2,475 4,950.00 438.00 2,168,100.00 1 ................................ 928 928.00 438.00 406,464.00 4 ................................ 87 348.00 438.00 154,424.00 4 ................................ 751 3,004.00 438.00 1,315,752.00 PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\22APN1.SGM 22APN1 16660 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 77 / Monday, April 22, 2019 / Notices IC No. Item 20 ................... 21 ................... Totals ...... Estimated responses Estimated burden Rate Estimates total cost (a) (b) (c) = (a) × (b) (d) (e) = (c) × (d) Acceptance of an unintentionally delayed claim for priority (37 CFR 1.78(a)(3)). Request for the restoration of the right of priority. 2 ................................ 875 1,750.00 438.00 766,500.00 3 ................................ 157 471.00 438.00 206,298.00 .................................................. .................................... 431,135 352,769.78 ........................ 154,513,163.64 Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: $280,004,662.50. This collection has annual (non-hour) costs in the form of IC No. filling fees, translations, drawings, and postage costs. Item Filing Fees This chart provides an estimate of the fees associated with this collection and details the various entity size costs associated with each fee. Responses Fees Total fee amount (a) (b) (c) = (a) × (b) 1 ..................... Request and Fee Calculation Sheet (Annex and Notes) ......................... 55,177 $1,254.00 $69,191,958.00 2 ..................... [PCT National Stage] Claims—extra independent (over three) (Large entity). [PCT National Stage] Claims—extra independent (over three) (Small entity). [PCT National Stage] Claims—extra independent (over three) (Micro entity). [PCT National Stage] Claims—extra total (over 20) (Large entity) .......... [PCT National Stage] Claims—extra total (over 20) (Small entity) .......... [PCT National Stage] Claims—extra total (over 20) (Micro entity) ........... [PCT National Stage] Claim—multiple dependent (Large entity) ............. [PCT National Stage] Claim—multiple dependent (Small entity) ............. [PCT National Stage] Claim—multiple dependent (Micro entity) .............. National Stage Application Size Fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceed 100 sheets (Large entity). National Stage Application Size Fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceed 100 sheets (Small entity). National Stage Application Size Fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceed 100 sheets (Micro entity). Transmittal fee (Large entity) .................................................................... Transmittal fee (Small entity) .................................................................... Transmittal fee (Micro entity) .................................................................... Demand and Fee Calculation Sheet (Annex and Notes) ......................... Transmitting application to Intl. Bureau to act as receiving office (Large entity). Transmitting application to Intl. Bureau to act as receiving office (Small entity). Transmitting application to Intl. Bureau to act as receiving office (Micro entity). English translation after thirty months from priority date (Large entity) ... English translation after thirty months from priority date (Small entity) .... English translation after thirty months from priority date (Micro entity) .... Search fee—regardless of whether there is a corresponding application (see 35 U.S.C. 361(d) and PCT Rule 16) (Large entity). Search fee—regardless of whether there is a corresponding application (see 35 U.S.C. 361(d) and PCT Rule 16) (Small entity). Search fee—regardless of whether there is a corresponding application (see 35 U.S.C. 361(d) and PCT Rule 16) (Micro entity). Supplemental search fee when required, per additional invention (Large entity). Supplemental search fee when required, per additional invention (Small entity). Supplemental search fee when required, per additional invention (Micro entity). Basic National Stage Fee (Large entity) ................................................... Basic National Stage Fee (Small entity) ................................................... Basic National Stage Fee (Micro entity) ................................................... National Stage Search Fee—U.S. was the ISA or IPEA and all claims satisfy PCT Article 33(1)–(4). 6,549 460.00 3,012,540.00 2,298 230.00 528,540.00 99 115.00 11,385.00 9,145 5,347 238 650 361 37 2,476 100.00 50.00 25.00 820.00 410.00 205.00 400.00 914,500.00 264,350.00 5,950.00 533,000..00 148,010.00 7,585.000 990,400.00 1,590 200.00 318,000.00 23 100.00 2,300.00 36,489 17,603 1,085 667 425 240.00 120.00 60.00 213.00 240.00 8,757,360.00 2,112,360.00 65,100.00 142,071.00 102,000.00 289 120.00 34,680 32 60.00 1,920.00 1,485 914 76 7,576 140.00 70.00 35.00 140.00 207,900.00 63,980.00 2,660.00 1,060,640.00 12,837 70.00 898,590.00 1,073 35.00 3,745.00 248 2,080.00 515,840.00 366 1,040.00 380,640 44 520.00 22,880.00 71,090 22,965 1,527 674 300.00 150.00 75.00 0.00 21,327,000.00 3,444,750.00 114,525.00 0.00 2 ..................... 2 ..................... 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... 3 ..................... 3 ..................... 4 ..................... 4 ..................... 4 ..................... 11 ................... 14 ................... 14 ................... 14 ................... 16 16 16 18 ................... ................... ................... ................... 18 ................... 18 ................... 18 ................... 18 ................... amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES Estimated time 18 ................... 19 19 19 19 ................... ................... ................... ................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Apr 19, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\22APN1.SGM 22APN1 16661 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 77 / Monday, April 22, 2019 / Notices IC No. 19 19 19 19 Item ................... ................... ................... ................... 19 ................... 19 ................... 19 ................... 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... 19 ................... 19 ................... 20 ................... Totals ...... amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES Fees Total fee amount (a) (b) (c) = (a) × (b) National Stage Search Fee —U.S. was the ISA (Large entity) ................ National Stage Search Fee—U.S. was the ISA (Small entity) ................. National Stage Search Fee—U.S. was the ISA (Micro entity) ................. National Stage Search Fee—search report prepared and provided to USPTO (Large entity). National Stage Search Fee—search report prepared and provided to USPTO (Small entity). National Stage Search Fee—search report prepared and provided to USPTO (Micro entity). National Stage Examination Fee—U.S. was the ISA or IPEA and all claims satisfy PCT Article 33(1)–(4). National Stage Search Fee—all other situations (Large entity) ............... National Stage Search Fee—all other situations (Small entity) ............... National Stage Search Fee—all other situations (Micro entity) ................ National Stage Examination Fee—all other situations (Large entity) ....... National Stage Examination Fee—all other situations (Small entity) ....... National Stage Examination Fee—all other situations (Micro entity) ....... Preliminary examination fee—U.S. was the ISA (Large entity) ................ Preliminary examination fee—U.S. was the ISA (Small entity) ................ Preliminary examination fee—U.S. was the ISA (Micro entity) ................ Preliminary examination fee—U.S. was not the ISA (Large entity) .......... Preliminary examination fee—U.S. was not the ISA (Small entity) .......... Preliminary examination fee—U.S. was not the ISA (Micro entity) .......... Supplemental examination fee per additional invention (Large entity) ..... Supplemental examination fee per additional invention (Small entity) ..... Supplemental examination fee per additional invention (Micro entity) ..... Search fee, examination fee or oath of declaration after thirty months from priority date (Large entity). Search fee, examination fee or oath of declaration after thirty months from priority date (Small entity). Search fee, examination fee or oath of declaration after thirty months from priority date (Micro entity). Acceptance of an unintentionally delayed claim for priority, or for filing a request for the restoration of the right of priority. ............................................................................................................... Translations and Drawings Applicants entering the national stage in the U.S. are required to file an English translation of the international application if the international application was filed in another language and was not published under PCT Article 21(2) in English. A processing fee is required for accepting an English translation after 30 months from the priority date. This requirement may carry additional costs for the applicant to contract for a translation of the documents in questions. According to the PCT Applicant’s Guide—National Phase—National Chapter—US, put out by WIPO, the average cost for such a translation is $140. The USPTO estimates that it received approximately 2,475 English translations after 30 months from the priority date annually, for a total of $346,500 per year for English translations of non-English language documents for PCT applications. Applicants may also incur costs for drawings that are submitted as part of PCT applications. Some applicants may produce their own drawings, while VerDate Sep<11>2014 Responses 17:22 Apr 19, 2019 Jkt 247001 others may contract out the work to various patent illustration firms. For the purpose of estimating burden for this collection, the USPTO will consider all applicants to have their drawings prepared by these firms. According to the PCT Applicant’s Guide—National Phase—National Chapter—US, drawings may cost an average of $400 to produce. The USPTO expects that it will receive 3 sets of drawings for a total of $1,200 per year. Postage Costs Customers may incur postage costs when submitting the information in this collection to the USPTO by mail. The USPTO estimates that the average firstclass postage cost for a mailed submission will be $0.50 and that approximately 7,440 submissions (approximately 2% of the total responses) will be mailed to the USPTO per year, for a total estimated postage cost of $4,298.50 per year. The USPTO estimates that the total annual (non-hour) cost burden for this collection, in the form of translations ($346,500), drawings ($1,200), filing fees PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2,197 4,773 275 65,507 140.00 70.00 35.00 520.00 307,580.00 334,110.00 9,625.00 34,063,640.00 16,660 260.00 4,331,600.00 1,056 130.00 137,280.00 674 0.00 0.00 3,156 1,110 174 70,771 22,437 1,480 205 278 44 102 39 1 2 2 1 22,466 660.00 330.00 165.00 760.00 380.00 190.00 600.00 300.00 150.00 760.00 380.00 190.00 600.00 300.00 150.00 2,080.00 2,082,960.00 366,300.00 28,710.00 53,785,960.00 8,526,060.00 281,200.00 123,000.00 83,400.00 6,600.00 77,520.00 14,820.00 190.00 1,200.00 600.00 150.00 46,729,280.00 10,550 1,040.00 10,972,000.00 259 520.00 134,680.00 1,032 2,000.00 2,064,000.00 535,399 ........................ 279,652,624.00 ($279,652,624), and postage costs ($4,298.50), is $280,004,622.50 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 E:\FR\FM\22APN1.SGM 22APN1 16662 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 77 / Monday, April 22, 2019 / Notices collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Marcie Lovett, Chief, Records and Information Governance Branch, OCAO, United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2019–08026 Filed 4–19–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Intent To Extend Collection 3038–0104: Clearing Exemption for Swaps Between Certain Affiliated Entities Commodity Futures Trading Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (‘‘Commission’’ or ‘‘CFTC’’) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed renewal of a collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (‘‘PRA’’), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment. This notice solicits comments on reporting requirements relating to uncleared swaps between certain affiliated entities electing the exemption under Commission regulation 50.52 (Exemption for swaps between affiliates). DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 21, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by ‘‘OMB Control No. 3038– 0104’’ by any of the following methods: • The Agency’s website, at http:// comments.cftc.gov/. Follow the instructions for submitting comments through the website. • Mail: Christopher Kirkpatrick, Secretary of the Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as Mail above. Please submit your comments using only one method. All comments must be submitted in English, or if not, accompanied by an English translation. Comments will be posted as received to http://www.cftc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa A. D’Arcy, Special Counsel, amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Apr 19, 2019 Jkt 247001 Division of Clearing and Risk, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581; (202) 418–5086; email: mdarcy@ cftc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ‘‘Collection of Information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3 and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, the Commission is publishing notice of the proposed extension of the existing collection of information listed below. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Title: Clearing Exemption for Swaps Between Certain Affiliated Entities (OMB Control No. 3038–0104). This is a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Section 2(h)(1)(A) of the Commodity Exchange Act requires certain entities to submit for clearing certain swaps if they are required to be cleared by the Commission. Commission regulation 50.52 permits certain affiliated entities to elect not to clear inter-affiliate swaps that otherwise would be required to be cleared, provided that they meet certain conditions. The rule further requires the reporting of certain information if the inter-affiliate exemption from clearing is elected. The Commission will use the information described in this collection and reported pursuant to Commission regulation 50.52 to monitor the use of the inter-affiliate exemption from the Commission’s clearing requirement and to assess any potential market risks associated with such exemption. With respect to the collection of information, the CFTC invites comments on: • Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Commission, including whether the information will have a practical use; • The accuracy of the Commission’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Ways to minimize the burden of collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. If you wish the Commission to consider information that you believe is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, a petition for confidential treatment of the exempt information may be submitted according to the procedures established in § 145.9 of the Commission’s regulations.1 The Commission reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to review, pre-screen, filter, redact, refuse or remove any or all of your submission from http://www.cftc.gov that it may deem to be inappropriate for publication, such as obscene language. All submissions that have been redacted or removed that contain comments on the merits of the Information Collection Request will be retained in the public comment file and will be considered as required under the Administrative Procedure Act and other applicable laws, and may be accessible under the Freedom of Information Act. Burden Statement: The Commission is revising its estimate of the burden for this collection for counterparties to swaps between certain affiliated entities that elect the inter-affiliate exemption under Commission regulation 50.52. The respondent burden for this collection is estimated to be as follows: Estimated Number of Respondents: 310. Estimated Average Burden Hours per Respondent: 1 hour. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 310 hours. Frequency of Collection: Annually; on occasion. There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. 1 17 CFR 145.9. E:\FR\FM\22APN1.SGM 22APN1

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[FR Doc No: 2019-08026]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office


Patent Cooperation Treaty

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 collection: 0651-0021 (Patent 
Cooperation Treaty).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 21, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submitted comments by any of the following methods:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0021 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Federal Register Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Mail: Marcie Lovett, Chief, Records and Information 
Governance Branch, Office of the Chief Administrative 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 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 [email protected] with ``0651-0021 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 Patent 
Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which became operational in June 1978 and is 
administered by the International Bureau (IB) of the World Intellectual 
Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The provisions of 
the PCT have been implemented by the United States in Part IV of Title 
35 of the U.S. Code (Chapters 35-37) and Subpart C of Title 37 of the 
Code of Federal Regulations (37 CFR 1.401-1.499). The purpose of the 
PCT is to provide a standardized filing format and procedure that 
allows an applicant to seek protection for an invention in several 
countries by filing one international application in one location, in 
one language, and paying one initial set of fees.
    The information in this collection is used by the public to submit 
a patent application under the PCT and by the United States Patent and 
Trademark Office (USPTO), to fulfill its obligation to process, search, 
and examine the application as directed by the treaty. The USPTO acts 
as the United States

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Receiving Office (RO/US) for international applications filed by 
residents and nationals of the United States. These applicants send 
most of their correspondence directly to the USPTO, but they may also 
file certain documents directly with the IB. The USPTO serves as an 
International Searching Authority (ISA) to perform searches and issue 
international search reports (ISR) and the written opinions of 
international applications. The USPTO also issues international 
preliminary reports on patentability (IPRP Chapter II) when acting as 
an International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA).

II. Method of Collection

    By mail, hand delivery, or electronic submission to the USPTO.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-0021.
    IC Instruments and Forms: PCT/IB/372; PCT/IPEA/401; PCT/RO/101; 
PCT/RO/134; PTO-1382; PTO-1390; PTO/SB/64/PCT.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-
profits; and not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 431,135 responses per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public between 15 minutes (0.25 hours) and 4 hours to gather the 
necessary information, prepare the appropriate form or document, and 
submit the information to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 352,769.78 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: 
$154,513,163.64. The USPTO expects that an attorney will complete the 
materials in this collection. The professional hourly rate for 
intellectual property attorneys in private firms is $438. The rate is 
established by estimates 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 $438 per year.

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                                                                                           Estimated       Estimated                     Estimates total
          IC No.                      Item                     Estimated time              responses        burden            Rate             cost
                                                     (a)..............................             (b)  (c) = (a) x (b)             (d)  (e) = (c) x (d)
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1.........................  Request and Fee          1................................          55,177        55,177.00         $438.00   $24,167,526.00
                             Calculation Sheet
                             (Annex and Notes).
2.........................  Description/claims/      3................................          55,177       165,531.00          438.00    72,502,578.00
                             drawings/abstracts.
3.........................  Application Data Sheet   0.38 (23 minutes)................         104,281        39,626.78          438.00    17,356,529.64
                             (35 U.S.C. 371
                             applications).
4.........................  Transmittal Letter to    0.25 (15 minutes)................          49,659        12,414.75          438.00     5,437,660.50
                             the United States
                             Receiving Office (RO/
                             US).
5.........................  Transmittal Letter to    0.25 (15 minutes)................          86,080        21,520.00          438.00     9,425,760.00
                             the United States
                             Designated/Elected
                             Office (DO/EO/US)
                             Concerning a
                             Submission Under 35
                             U.S.C. 371.
6.........................  PCT/Model of Power of    0.25 (15 minutes)................           5,518         1,379.50          438.00       604,221.00
                             Attorney.
7.........................  PCT/Model of General     0.25 (15 minutes)................             551           137.75          438.00        60,334.50
                             Power of Attorney.
8.........................  Indications Relating to  0.25 (15 minutes)................              10             2.50          438.00         1,095.00
                             a Deposited
                             Microorganism.
9.........................  Response to invitation   2................................          15,500        31,000.00          438.00    13,578,000.00
                             to correct defects.
10........................  Request for              0.50 (30 minutes)................             921           460.50          438.00       201,699.00
                             rectification of
                             obvious errors.
11........................  Demand and Fee           1................................             667           667.00          438.00       292,146.00
                             Calculation Sheet
                             (Annex and Notes).
12........................  Amendments (Article 34)  1................................             429           429.00          438.00       187,902.00
13........................  Fee Authorization......  0.25 (15 minutes)................          49,659        12,414.75          438.00     5,437,660.50
14........................  Requests to transmit     0.25 (15 minutes)................             864           216.00          438.00        94,608.00
                             copies of
                             international
                             application.
15........................  Withdrawal of            0.25 (15 minutes)................           1,369           342.25          438.00       149,905.50
                             international
                             application.
16........................  English Translations     2................................           2,475         4,950.00          438.00     2,168,100.00
                             after thirty months
                             from priority date.
17........................  Petition for Revival of  1................................             928           928.00          438.00       406,464.00
                             an International
                             Application for Patent
                             Designating the U.S.
                             Abandoned
                             Unintentionally Under
                             37 CFR 1.137(a).
18........................  Petitions to the         4................................              87           348.00          438.00       154,424.00
                             Commissioner for
                             international
                             applications.
19........................  Petitions to the         4................................             751         3,004.00          438.00     1,315,752.00
                             Commissioner in
                             national stage
                             examination.

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20........................  Acceptance of an         2................................             875         1,750.00          438.00       766,500.00
                             unintentionally
                             delayed claim for
                             priority (37 CFR
                             1.78(a)(3)).
21........................  Request for the          3................................             157           471.00          438.00       206,298.00
                             restoration of the
                             right of priority.
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    Totals................  .......................  .................................         431,135       352,769.78  ..............   154,513,163.64
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    Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: 
$280,004,662.50. This collection has annual (non-hour) costs in the 
form of filling fees, translations, drawings, and postage costs.

Filing Fees

    This chart provides an estimate of the fees associated with this 
collection and details the various entity size costs associated with 
each fee.

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             IC No.                          Item                 Responses         Fees        Total fee amount
                                                                          (a)             (b)    (c) = (a) x (b)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1..............................  Request and Fee Calculation           55,177       $1,254.00     $69,191,958.00
                                  Sheet (Annex and Notes).
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2..............................  [PCT National Stage] Claims--          6,549          460.00       3,012,540.00
                                  extra independent (over
                                  three) (Large entity).
2..............................  [PCT National Stage] Claims--          2,298          230.00         528,540.00
                                  extra independent (over
                                  three) (Small entity).
2..............................  [PCT National Stage] Claims--             99          115.00          11,385.00
                                  extra independent (over
                                  three) (Micro entity).
2..............................  [PCT National Stage] Claims--          9,145          100.00         914,500.00
                                  extra total (over 20)
                                  (Large entity).
2..............................  [PCT National Stage] Claims--          5,347           50.00         264,350.00
                                  extra total (over 20)
                                  (Small entity).
2..............................  [PCT National Stage] Claims--            238           25.00           5,950.00
                                  extra total (over 20)
                                  (Micro entity).
2..............................  [PCT National Stage] Claim--             650          820.00        533,000..00
                                  multiple dependent (Large
                                  entity).
2..............................  [PCT National Stage] Claim--             361          410.00         148,010.00
                                  multiple dependent (Small
                                  entity).
2..............................  [PCT National Stage] Claim--              37          205.00          7,585.000
                                  multiple dependent (Micro
                                  entity).
3..............................  National Stage Application             2,476          400.00         990,400.00
                                  Size Fee--for each
                                  additional 50 sheets that
                                  exceed 100 sheets (Large
                                  entity).
3..............................  National Stage Application             1,590          200.00         318,000.00
                                  Size Fee--for each
                                  additional 50 sheets that
                                  exceed 100 sheets (Small
                                  entity).
3..............................  National Stage Application                23          100.00           2,300.00
                                  Size Fee--for each
                                  additional 50 sheets that
                                  exceed 100 sheets (Micro
                                  entity).
4..............................  Transmittal fee (Large                36,489          240.00       8,757,360.00
                                  entity).
4..............................  Transmittal fee (Small                17,603          120.00       2,112,360.00
                                  entity).
4..............................  Transmittal fee (Micro                 1,085           60.00          65,100.00
                                  entity).
11.............................  Demand and Fee Calculation               667          213.00         142,071.00
                                  Sheet (Annex and Notes).
14.............................  Transmitting application to              425          240.00         102,000.00
                                  Intl. Bureau to act as
                                  receiving office (Large
                                  entity).
14.............................  Transmitting application to              289          120.00             34,680
                                  Intl. Bureau to act as
                                  receiving office (Small
                                  entity).
14.............................  Transmitting application to               32           60.00           1,920.00
                                  Intl. Bureau to act as
                                  receiving office (Micro
                                  entity).
16.............................  English translation after              1,485          140.00         207,900.00
                                  thirty months from priority
                                  date (Large entity).
16.............................  English translation after                914           70.00          63,980.00
                                  thirty months from priority
                                  date (Small entity).
16.............................  English translation after                 76           35.00           2,660.00
                                  thirty months from priority
                                  date (Micro entity).
18.............................  Search fee--regardless of              7,576          140.00       1,060,640.00
                                  whether there is a
                                  corresponding application
                                  (see 35 U.S.C. 361(d) and
                                  PCT Rule 16) (Large entity).
18.............................  Search fee--regardless of             12,837           70.00         898,590.00
                                  whether there is a
                                  corresponding application
                                  (see 35 U.S.C. 361(d) and
                                  PCT Rule 16) (Small entity).
18.............................  Search fee--regardless of              1,073           35.00           3,745.00
                                  whether there is a
                                  corresponding application
                                  (see 35 U.S.C. 361(d) and
                                  PCT Rule 16) (Micro entity).
18.............................  Supplemental search fee when             248        2,080.00         515,840.00
                                  required, per additional
                                  invention (Large entity).
18.............................  Supplemental search fee when             366        1,040.00            380,640
                                  required, per additional
                                  invention (Small entity).
18.............................  Supplemental search fee when              44          520.00          22,880.00
                                  required, per additional
                                  invention (Micro entity).
19.............................  Basic National Stage Fee              71,090          300.00      21,327,000.00
                                  (Large entity).
19.............................  Basic National Stage Fee              22,965          150.00       3,444,750.00
                                  (Small entity).
19.............................  Basic National Stage Fee               1,527           75.00         114,525.00
                                  (Micro entity).
19.............................  National Stage Search Fee--              674            0.00               0.00
                                  U.S. was the ISA or IPEA
                                  and all claims satisfy PCT
                                  Article 33(1)-(4).

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19.............................  National Stage Search Fee --           2,197          140.00         307,580.00
                                  U.S. was the ISA (Large
                                  entity).
19.............................  National Stage Search Fee--            4,773           70.00         334,110.00
                                  U.S. was the ISA (Small
                                  entity).
19.............................  National Stage Search Fee--              275           35.00           9,625.00
                                  U.S. was the ISA (Micro
                                  entity).
19.............................  National Stage Search Fee--           65,507          520.00      34,063,640.00
                                  search report prepared and
                                  provided to USPTO (Large
                                  entity).
19.............................  National Stage Search Fee--           16,660          260.00       4,331,600.00
                                  search report prepared and
                                  provided to USPTO (Small
                                  entity).
19.............................  National Stage Search Fee--            1,056          130.00         137,280.00
                                  search report prepared and
                                  provided to USPTO (Micro
                                  entity).
19.............................  National Stage Examination               674            0.00               0.00
                                  Fee--U.S. was the ISA or
                                  IPEA and all claims satisfy
                                  PCT Article 33(1)-(4).
19.............................  National Stage Search Fee--            3,156          660.00       2,082,960.00
                                  all other situations (Large
                                  entity).
19.............................  National Stage Search Fee--            1,110          330.00         366,300.00
                                  all other situations (Small
                                  entity).
19.............................  National Stage Search Fee--              174          165.00          28,710.00
                                  all other situations (Micro
                                  entity).
19.............................  National Stage Examination            70,771          760.00      53,785,960.00
                                  Fee--all other situations
                                  (Large entity).
19.............................  National Stage Examination            22,437          380.00       8,526,060.00
                                  Fee--all other situations
                                  (Small entity).
19.............................  National Stage Examination             1,480          190.00         281,200.00
                                  Fee--all other situations
                                  (Micro entity).
19.............................  Preliminary examination fee--            205          600.00         123,000.00
                                  U.S. was the ISA (Large
                                  entity).
19.............................  Preliminary examination fee--            278          300.00          83,400.00
                                  U.S. was the ISA (Small
                                  entity).
19.............................  Preliminary examination fee--             44          150.00           6,600.00
                                  U.S. was the ISA (Micro
                                  entity).
19.............................  Preliminary examination fee--            102          760.00          77,520.00
                                  U.S. was not the ISA (Large
                                  entity).
19.............................  Preliminary examination fee--             39          380.00          14,820.00
                                  U.S. was not the ISA (Small
                                  entity).
19.............................  Preliminary examination fee--              1          190.00             190.00
                                  U.S. was not the ISA (Micro
                                  entity).
19.............................  Supplemental examination fee               2          600.00           1,200.00
                                  per additional invention
                                  (Large entity).
19.............................  Supplemental examination fee               2          300.00             600.00
                                  per additional invention
                                  (Small entity).
19.............................  Supplemental examination fee               1          150.00             150.00
                                  per additional invention
                                  (Micro entity).
19.............................  Search fee, examination fee           22,466        2,080.00      46,729,280.00
                                  or oath of declaration
                                  after thirty months from
                                  priority date (Large
                                  entity).
19.............................  Search fee, examination fee           10,550        1,040.00      10,972,000.00
                                  or oath of declaration
                                  after thirty months from
                                  priority date (Small
                                  entity).
19.............................  Search fee, examination fee              259          520.00         134,680.00
                                  or oath of declaration
                                  after thirty months from
                                  priority date (Micro
                                  entity).
20.............................  Acceptance of an                       1,032        2,000.00       2,064,000.00
                                  unintentionally delayed
                                  claim for priority, or for
                                  filing a request for the
                                  restoration of the right of
                                  priority.
                                                              --------------------------------------------------
    Totals.....................  ............................         535,399  ..............     279,652,624.00
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Translations and Drawings

    Applicants entering the national stage in the U.S. are required to 
file an English translation of the international application if the 
international application was filed in another language and was not 
published under PCT Article 21(2) in English. A processing fee is 
required for accepting an English translation after 30 months from the 
priority date. This requirement may carry additional costs for the 
applicant to contract for a translation of the documents in questions. 
According to the PCT Applicant's Guide--National Phase--National 
Chapter--US, put out by WIPO, the average cost for such a translation 
is $140. The USPTO estimates that it received approximately 2,475 
English translations after 30 months from the priority date annually, 
for a total of $346,500 per year for English translations of non-
English language documents for PCT applications.
    Applicants may also incur costs for drawings that are submitted as 
part of PCT applications. Some applicants may produce their own 
drawings, while others may contract out the work to various patent 
illustration firms. For the purpose of estimating burden for this 
collection, the USPTO will consider all applicants to have their 
drawings prepared by these firms. According to the PCT Applicant's 
Guide--National Phase--National Chapter--US, drawings may cost an 
average of $400 to produce. The USPTO expects that it will receive 3 
sets of drawings for a total of $1,200 per year.

Postage Costs

    Customers may incur postage costs when submitting the information 
in this collection to the USPTO by mail. The USPTO estimates that the 
average first-class postage cost for a mailed submission will be $0.50 
and that approximately 7,440 submissions (approximately 2% of the total 
responses) will be mailed to the USPTO per year, for a total estimated 
postage cost of $4,298.50 per year.
    The USPTO estimates that the total annual (non-hour) cost burden 
for this collection, in the form of translations ($346,500), drawings 
($1,200), filing fees ($279,652,624), and postage costs ($4,298.50), is 
$280,004,622.50 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

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collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Marcie Lovett,
Chief, Records and Information Governance Branch, OCAO, United States 
Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2019-08026 Filed 4-19-19; 8:45 am]
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