Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees, 26077-26078 [2019-11724]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 108 / Wednesday, June 5, 2019 / Notices they also will become a matter of public record. Sheleen Dumas, Departmental Lead PRA Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2019–11639 Filed 6–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office [Docket No. PTO–C–2019–0021] Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. ACTION: Notice and request for nominations for the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees. AGENCY: On November 29, 1999, the President signed into law the Patent and Trademark Office Efficiency Act (‘‘1999 Act’’), which, among other things, established two Public Advisory Committees to review the policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with respect to patents, in the case of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and with respect to trademarks, in the case of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, and to advise the Director on these matters (now codified in the United States Code). The America Invents Act Technical Corrections Act made several amendments to the 1999 Act, including the requirement that the terms of the USPTO Public Advisory Committee members be realigned by 2014, so that December 1 be used as the start and end date, with terms staggered so that each year three existing terms expire and three new terms begin on December 1. Through this Notice, the USPTO is requesting nominations for up to three (3) members of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and for up to three (3) members of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, for terms of three years that begin on December 1, 2019. DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 12, 2019. ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to submit nominations should send the nominee’s resume´ by postal mail to Christopher Shipp, Acting Chief of Staff, Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Post Office Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450 or by jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Jun 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 electronic mail to: PPACnominations@ uspto.gov for the Patent Public Advisory Committee, or TPACnominations@ uspto.gov for the Trademark Public Advisory Committee. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Shipp, Acting Chief of Staff, Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, at (571) 272– 8600. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Committees’ duties include: • Review and advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on matters relating to policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the USPTO relating to patents and trademarks, respectively (35 U.S.C. 5); and • Within 60 days after the end of each fiscal year: (1) Prepare an annual report on matters listed above; (2) transmit the report to the Secretary of Commerce, the President, and the Committees on the Judiciary of the Senate and the House of Representatives; and (3) publish the report in the Official Gazette of the USPTO. Id. Advisory Committees The Public Advisory Committees are each composed of nine (9) voting members who are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce (‘‘Secretary’’) and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary for three-year terms. Members are eligible for reappointment for a second consecutive three-year term. The Public Advisory Committee members must be citizens of the United States and are chosen to represent the interests of diverse users of the United States Patent and Trademark Office with respect to patents, in the case of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and with respect to trademarks, in the case of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee. Members must represent small and large entity applicants located in the United States in proportion to the number of applications filed by such applicants. The Committees must include individuals with ‘‘substantial background and achievement in finance, management, labor relations, science, technology, and office automation.’’ 35 U.S.C. 5(b)(3). Each of the Public Advisory Committees also includes three (3) non-voting members representing each labor organization recognized by the USPTO. Administration policy discourages the appointment of federally registered lobbyists to agency advisory boards and commissions (Lobbyists on Agency Boards and Commissions, https:// PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26077 obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/ 2009/09/23/lobbyists-agency-boardsand-commissions (Sept. 23, 2009)); cf. E.O. 13490, 74 FR 4673 (Jan. 21, 2009) (While Executive Order 13490 does not specifically apply to federally registered lobbyists appointed by agency or department heads, it sets forth the Administration’s general policy of decreasing the influence of special interests in the Federal Government). Procedures and Guidelines of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees Each newly appointed member of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees will serve for a three-year term that begins on December 1, 2019, and ends on December 1, 2022. As required by the 1999 Act, members of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees will receive compensation for each day (including travel time) while the member is attending meetings or engaged in the business of that Advisory Committee. The enabling statute states that members are to be compensated at the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay in effect for level III of the Executive Schedule under section 5314 of title 5 of the United States Code. Committee members are compensated on an hourly basis, calculated at the daily rate. While away from home or regular place of business, each member shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by section 5703 of title 5 of the United States Code. Applicability of Certain Ethics Laws Public Advisory Committee Members are Special Government Employees within the meaning of section 202 of title 18 of the United States Code. The following additional information includes several, but not all, of the ethics rules that apply to members, and assumes that members are not engaged in Public Advisory Committee business more than 60 days during any period of 365 consecutive days. • Each member will be required to file a confidential financial disclosure form within thirty (30) days of appointment. 5 CFR 2634.202(c), 2634.204, 2634.903, and 2634.904(b). • Each member will be subject to many of the public integrity laws, including criminal bars against representing a party in a particular matter that came before the member’s committee and that involved at least one specific party. 18 U.S.C. 205(c); see also 18 U.S.C. 207 for post-membership bars. A member also must not act on a matter in which the member (or any of certain E:\FR\FM\05JNN1.SGM 05JNN1 26078 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 108 / Wednesday, June 5, 2019 / Notices closely related entities) has a financial interest. 18 U.S.C. 208. • Representation of foreign interests may also raise issues. 35 U.S.C. 5(a)(1) and 18 U.S.C. 219. Meetings of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees Meetings of each Advisory Committee will take place at the call of the respective Committee Chair to consider an agenda set by that Chair. Meetings may be conducted in person, telephonically, on-line through the internet, or by other appropriate means. The meetings of each Advisory Committee will be open to the public except each Advisory Committee may, by majority vote, meet in executive session when considering personnel, privileged, or other confidential information. Nominees must have the ability to participate in Committee business through the internet. Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2019–11724 Filed 6–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION [Docket No. CFPB–2019–0030] Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is requesting to renew the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for an existing information collection titled, ‘‘Generic Information Collection Plan for the Collection for Qualitative Consumer Education, Engagement and Experience Information Collections.’’ DATES: Written comments are encouraged and must be received on or before August 5, 2019 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by the title of the information collection, OMB Control Number (see below), and docket number (see above), by any of the following methods: • Electronic: Go to http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Jun 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 • Email: PRA_Comments@cfpb.gov. Include Docket No. CFPB–2019–0030 in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Comment Intake, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Attention: PRA Office), 1700 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20552. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Comment Intake, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Attention: PRA Office), 1700 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20552. Please note that comments submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. In general, all comments received will become public records, including any personal information provided. Sensitive personal information, such as account numbers or Social Security numbers, should not be included. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Documentation prepared in support of this information collection request is available at www.regulations.gov. Requests for additional information should be directed to Darrin King, PRA Officer, at (202) 435–9575 or email: CFPB_PRA@cfpb.gov. If you require this document in an alternative electronic format, please contact CFPB_ Accessibility@cfpb.gov. Please do not submit comments to these email boxes. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title of Collection: Generic Information Collection Plan for the Collection for Qualitative. Consumer Education, Engagement and Experience Information Collections. OMB Control Number: 3170–0036. Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households, State, Local, or Tribal governments; Private Sector. Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 4,000. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,000. Abstract: Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Public Law 111–203, section 1021(c), one of the Bureau’s primary functions is to conduct financial education programs. The Bureau seeks to obtain approval of a generic information collection plan to collect qualitative data on effective financial education strategies and consumer experiences in the financial marketplace from a variety of respondents, including financial educators and consumers. The Bureau will collect this information through a variety of methods, including in-person meetings, interviews, focus groups, qualitative surveys, online discussion forums, social media polls, and other qualitative methods as PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 necessary. The information collected through these processes will increase the Bureau’s understanding of consumers’ financial experiences, financial education and empowerment programs, and practices that can improve financial decision-making skills and outcomes for consumers. This information will also enable the Bureau to better communicate to consumers about the availability of Bureau tools and resources that consumers can use to make better informed financial decisions. Request for Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Bureau, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the Bureau’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methods and the assumptions used; (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: May 30, 2019. Darrin A. King, Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. [FR Doc. 2019–11644 Filed 6–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–AM–P BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION [Docket No. CFPB–2019–0031] Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is requesting to reinstate with change a previously approved collection titled, ‘‘Generic Information Collection Plan for Information on Compliance Costs and Other Effects of Regulations.’’ DATES: Written comments are encouraged and must be received on or SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\05JNN1.SGM 05JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 108 (Wednesday, June 5, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No. PTO-C-2019-0021]


Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice and request for nominations for the Patent and Trademark 
Public Advisory Committees.

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SUMMARY: On November 29, 1999, the President signed into law the Patent 
and Trademark Office Efficiency Act (``1999 Act''), which, among other 
things, established two Public Advisory Committees to review the 
policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees of the United States 
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with respect to patents, in the 
case of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and with respect to 
trademarks, in the case of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, and 
to advise the Director on these matters (now codified in the United 
States Code). The America Invents Act Technical Corrections Act made 
several amendments to the 1999 Act, including the requirement that the 
terms of the USPTO Public Advisory Committee members be realigned by 
2014, so that December 1 be used as the start and end date, with terms 
staggered so that each year three existing terms expire and three new 
terms begin on December 1. Through this Notice, the USPTO is requesting 
nominations for up to three (3) members of the Patent Public Advisory 
Committee, and for up to three (3) members of the Trademark Public 
Advisory Committee, for terms of three years that begin on December 1, 
2019.

DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on 
or before July 12, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to submit nominations should send the 
nominee's resum[eacute] by postal mail to Christopher Shipp, Acting 
Chief of Staff, Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for 
Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Post Office Box 1450, 
Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450 or by electronic mail to: 
[email protected] for the Patent Public Advisory Committee, or 
[email protected] for the Trademark Public Advisory Committee.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Shipp, Acting Chief of 
Staff, Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual 
Property and Director of the USPTO, at (571) 272-8600.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Committees' duties include:
     Review and advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for 
Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on matters relating to 
policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the USPTO 
relating to patents and trademarks, respectively (35 U.S.C. 5); and
     Within 60 days after the end of each fiscal year: (1) 
Prepare an annual report on matters listed above; (2) transmit the 
report to the Secretary of Commerce, the President, and the Committees 
on the Judiciary of the Senate and the House of Representatives; and 
(3) publish the report in the Official Gazette of the USPTO. Id.

Advisory Committees

    The Public Advisory Committees are each composed of nine (9) voting 
members who are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce (``Secretary'') 
and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary for three-year terms. 
Members are eligible for reappointment for a second consecutive three-
year term. The Public Advisory Committee members must be citizens of 
the United States and are chosen to represent the interests of diverse 
users of the United States Patent and Trademark Office with respect to 
patents, in the case of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and with 
respect to trademarks, in the case of the Trademark Public Advisory 
Committee. Members must represent small and large entity applicants 
located in the United States in proportion to the number of 
applications filed by such applicants. The Committees must include 
individuals with ``substantial background and achievement in finance, 
management, labor relations, science, technology, and office 
automation.'' 35 U.S.C. 5(b)(3). Each of the Public Advisory Committees 
also includes three (3) non-voting members representing each labor 
organization recognized by the USPTO. Administration policy discourages 
the appointment of federally registered lobbyists to agency advisory 
boards and commissions (Lobbyists on Agency Boards and Commissions, 
https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2009/09/23/lobbyists-agency-boards-and-commissions (Sept. 23, 2009)); cf. E.O. 13490, 74 FR 4673 
(Jan. 21, 2009) (While Executive Order 13490 does not specifically 
apply to federally registered lobbyists appointed by agency or 
department heads, it sets forth the Administration's general policy of 
decreasing the influence of special interests in the Federal 
Government).

Procedures and Guidelines of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory 
Committees

    Each newly appointed member of the Patent and Trademark Public 
Advisory Committees will serve for a three-year term that begins on 
December 1, 2019, and ends on December 1, 2022. As required by the 1999 
Act, members of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees 
will receive compensation for each day (including travel time) while 
the member is attending meetings or engaged in the business of that 
Advisory Committee. The enabling statute states that members are to be 
compensated at the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay in 
effect for level III of the Executive Schedule under section 5314 of 
title 5 of the United States Code. Committee members are compensated on 
an hourly basis, calculated at the daily rate. While away from home or 
regular place of business, each member shall be allowed travel 
expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by 
section 5703 of title 5 of the United States Code.

Applicability of Certain Ethics Laws

    Public Advisory Committee Members are Special Government Employees 
within the meaning of section 202 of title 18 of the United States 
Code. The following additional information includes several, but not 
all, of the ethics rules that apply to members, and assumes that 
members are not engaged in Public Advisory Committee business more than 
60 days during any period of 365 consecutive days.
     Each member will be required to file a confidential 
financial disclosure form within thirty (30) days of appointment. 5 CFR 
2634.202(c), 2634.204, 2634.903, and 2634.904(b).
     Each member will be subject to many of the public 
integrity laws, including criminal bars against representing a party in 
a particular matter that came before the member's committee and that 
involved at least one specific party. 18 U.S.C. 205(c); see also 18 
U.S.C. 207 for post-membership bars. A member also must not act on a 
matter in which the member (or any of certain

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closely related entities) has a financial interest. 18 U.S.C. 208.
     Representation of foreign interests may also raise issues. 
35 U.S.C. 5(a)(1) and 18 U.S.C. 219.

Meetings of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

    Meetings of each Advisory Committee will take place at the call of 
the respective Committee Chair to consider an agenda set by that Chair. 
Meetings may be conducted in person, telephonically, on-line through 
the internet, or by other appropriate means. The meetings of each 
Advisory Committee will be open to the public except each Advisory 
Committee may, by majority vote, meet in executive session when 
considering personnel, privileged, or other confidential information. 
Nominees must have the ability to participate in Committee business 
through the internet.

Andrei Iancu,
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2019-11724 Filed 6-4-19; 8:45 am]
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