Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Initial Patent Applications, 60967-60973 [2020-21519]

Download as PDF 60967 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 29, 2020 / Notices TABLE 3—FILING FEES—Continued Item No. Item 5 .................................. 5 .................................. 5 .................................. 6 .................................. 6 .................................. 6 .................................. 7 .................................. 7 .................................. 7 .................................. 9 .................................. 9 .................................. 9 .................................. 14 ................................ 14 ................................ 14 ................................ 14 ................................ 14 ................................ 14 ................................ Total ..................... Total filing fee cost (a) (b) (a) × (b) = (c) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 972 247 30 420 2,000 1,000 500 180 90 45 400 200 100 400 200 100 700 350 175 700 2,000 1,000 500 180 90 45 400 200 100 1,200 200 100 680,400 86,450 5,250 294,000 155 350 54,250 80 175 14,000 .............................................................................................................................................. ........................ ........................ 3,376,872 IV. Request for Comments jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Filing fee Amount Petition to Excuse a Failure to Comply with a Time Limit (regular entity) ......................... Petition to Excuse a Failure to Comply with a Time Limit (small entity) ............................ Petition to Excuse a Failure to Comply with a Time Limit (micro entity) ............................ Petition to Convert to a Design Application under 35 U.S.C. Chapter 16 (regular entity) Petition to Convert to a Design Application under 35 U.S.C. Chapter 16 (small entity) .... Petition to Convert to a Design Application under 35 U.S.C. Chapter 16 (micro entity) .... Petition to Review a Filing Date (regular entity) ................................................................. Petition to Review a Filing Date (small entity) .................................................................... Petition to Review a Filing Date (micro entity) .................................................................... Petitions to Commissioner (regular entity) .......................................................................... Petitions to Commissioner (small entity) ............................................................................. Petitions to Commissioner (micro entity) ............................................................................. Issue Fee to UPSTO for an International Design Application (regular entity) .................... Issue Fee to UPSTO for an International Design Application (small entity) ....................... Issue Fee to UPSTO for an International Design Application (micro entity) ...................... Application for International Registration submitted to WIPO—Issue Fee (Second part) for the U.S. (Transmitting to the USPTO by WIPO) (regular entity). Application for International Registration submitted to WIPO—Issue Fee (Second part) for the U.S. (Transmitting to the USPTO by WIPO) (small entity). Application for International Registration submitted to WIPO—Issue Fee (Second part) for the U.S. (Transmitting to the USPTO by WIPO) (micro-entity). The USPTO estimates that around 20% (31) of the respondents that file international design applications through the USPTO as an office of indirect filing designate the United States for design protection. The costs for preparing the drawings associated with these applications are estimated to be $400 per application. Overall the costs associated with submitting these drawing are estimated to be $12,400. Although the USPTO prefers that the items in this information collection be submitted electronically, the items may be submitted by mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPTO estimates that the average postage cost for a mailed submission, using a Priority Mail 2-day flat rate legal envelope, will be $8.05. The USPTO estimates that 1 paper submission will be mailed annually. The USPTO estimates that the total annual (non-hour) respondent cost burden for this information collection in the forms of filling fees, drawing costs, and postage costs is estimated to be approximately $3,389,280 per year ($3,376,872 in filling fees, $12,400 in drawing costs, and $8 in postage costs). Respondents’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The USPTO is soliciting public comments to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated annual response 18:14 Sep 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 whether the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Minimize the burden of the 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. All comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of public record. USPTO will include or summarize each comment in the request to OMB to approve this information collection. Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in a comment, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask in your comment to withhold personal identifying information from public view, USPTO PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. Kimberly Hardy, Information Collections Officer, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2020–21553 Filed 9–28–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Initial Patent Applications United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on the extension and revision of an existing information collection: 0651–0032 (Initial Patent Applications). The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the information collection to OMB. DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this information collection must be received on or before November 30, 2020. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1 60968 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 29, 2020 / Notices Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by any of the following methods. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0032 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. • Mail: Kimberly Hardy, 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 the attention of Raul Tamayo, 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– 7728; or by email to raul.tamayo@ uspto.gov. Additional information about this information collection is also available at http://www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract The USPTO is required by Title 35 of the United States Code, including 35 U.S.C. 131, to examine applications for patents. The USPTO administers the patent statutes through various rules in Chapter 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations, including 37 CFR 1.16 through 1.84. Each patent applicant must provide sufficient information to allow the USPTO to properly examine the application to determine whether it meets the criteria set forth in the patent statutes and regulations for issuance as a patent. For example, the patent statutes and regulations require that an application for patent include the following information: (1) A specification containing a description of the invention and at least one claim defining the property right sought by the applicant; (2) A drawing(s) or photograph(s), where necessary, for an understanding of the invention; (3) An oath or declaration signed by the applicant; and (4) A filing fee. The following types of patent applications are covered under the present information collection: (1) New original utility, plant, design, and provisional applications; (2) Continuation/divisional applications of international applications; VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Sep 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 (3) Continued prosecution applications (design); and (4) Continuation, divisional, and continuation-in-part applications of utility, plant, and design applications. In addition, this information collection covers petitions to accept an unintentionally delayed priority or benefit claim, petitions under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA)) to accept a filing by other than all of the inventors or a person not the inventor, petitions under 37 CFR 1.6(g) to accord an application under 37 CFR 1.495(b) a receipt date, and papers filed under 37 CFR 1.41(c), 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA), 1.48(d), 1.53(c)(2), and 1.53(c)(2) (pre-Patent Law Treaty (PLT) (AIA)) (the particular items covered under this information collection are identified in more detail at Table 1 below). Most applications for a patent, including new utility, design, and provisional applications, can be submitted through the USPTO patent electronic filing systems (EFS-Web or Patent Center). EFS-Web and Patent Center are the USPTO’s systems for electronic filing of patent correspondence and are accessible via the internet on the USPTO website. The Legal Framework for Patent Electronic System is available at https:// www.uspto.gov/patents-applicationprocess/filing-online/legal-frameworkefs-web. The forms in this information collection include: (1) Versions of the inventor’s oath and declaration forms that were created to comply with the changes resulting from the AIA, e.g., forms AIA/01, AIA/02, etc., (2) pre-AIA versions of the oath and declaration forms, e.g., forms SB/01, SB/02, etc., and (3) foreign language translations of the oath and declaration forms, e.g., forms AIA/01CN, SB/02CN, etc. Items in this information collection that do not have forms associated with them include the petitions and the papers filed under 37 CFR 1.41(c), 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA), 1.48(d), 1.53(c)(2), and 1.53(c)(2) (pre-PLT (AIA)). II. Method of Collection As set forth in the Legal Framework for Patent Electronic System, available at https://www.uspto.gov/patentsapplication-process/filing-online/legalframework-efs-web, most of the items in this information collection can be submitted through EFS-Web. The USPTO also will accept submissions by mail, facsimile (except that in accordance with 37 CFR 1.6(d), the items covered under this information collection that may be submitted by facsimile are limited to the petitions and PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the papers filed under 37 CFR 1.41(c), 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA), 1.48(d), 1.53(c)(2), and 1.53(c)(2) (pre-PLT (AIA))), or hand delivery to the USPTO. III. Data OMB Number: 0651–0032. Form Number(s): (AIA= American Invents; SB = Specimen Book). • PTO/SB/06 (Patent Application Fee Determination Record (Substitute for Form PTO–875) • PTO/SB/07 (Multiple Dependent Claim Fee Calculation Sheet (Substitute for Form PTO–1360; For Use with Form PTO/SB/06) • PTO/SB/17 (Fee Transmittal Form) • PTO/AIA/15 (Utility Patent Application Transmittal) • PTO/AIA/18 (Design Patent Application Transmittal) • PTO/AIA/19 (Plant Patent Application Transmittal) • PTO/SB/01 (Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (37 CFR 1.63)) • PTO/SB/AIA/01 (Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design Patent Application using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76)) • PTO/AIA/01CN (Chinese Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76)) • PTO/AIA/01DE (German Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76)) • PTO/AIA/01ES (Spanish Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76)) • PTO/AIA/01FR (French Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76)) • PTO/AIA/01IT (Italian Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76)) • PTO/AIA/01JP (Japanese Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76)) • PTO/AIA/01KR (Korean Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design Application Using An Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76)) • PTOAIA/01NL (Dutch Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76)) • PTO/AIA/01RU (Russian Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design Application Using An Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76)) • PTO/AIA/01SE (Swedish Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76)) E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 29, 2020 / Notices • PTO/SB/AIA08 (Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (37 CFR 1.63)) • PTO/SB/AIA10 (Declaration (Supplemental Sheet for PTO/SB/ AIA08, Declaration (Additional Inventors) and Supplemental Priority Data Sheet) • PTO/SB/02 (Declaration (Supplemental Sheet for PTO/SB/ AIA08 Declaration (Additional Inventors) and Supplemental Priority Data Sheet) • PTO/SB/02A (Declaration— Additional Inventors—Supplemental Sheet) • PTO/SB/AIA02 (Substitute Statement in Lieu of an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64)) • PTO/SB/AIA11 (Substitute Statement Supplemental Sheet (supplemental sheet for PTO/SB/AIA02)) • PTO/SB/02B (Declaration— Supplemental Priority Data Sheet) • PTO/SB/02CN (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and Supplemental Priority Data Sheets [2 pages] (Chinese Language Declaration for Additional Inventors) • PTO/AIA/02CN (Chinese (Simplified) Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64)) • PTO/SB/02DE (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and Supplemental Priority Data Sheets [2 pages] (German Language Declaration for Additional Inventors)) • PTO/AIA/02DE (German Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64)) • PTO/SB/02ES (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and Supplemental Priority Data Sheet [2 pages] (Spanish Language Declaration for Additional Inventors)) • PTO/AIA/02ES (Spanish Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64)) • PTO/SB/02FR (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and Supplemental Priority Data Sheet [2 pages] (French Language Declaration for Additional Inventors)) • PTO/AIA/02FR (French Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64)) • PTO/SB/02IT (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Sep 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Supplemental Priority Data Sheet [2 pages] (Italian Language Declaration for Additional Inventors)) PTO/AIA/02IT (Italian Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64)) PTO/SB/02JP (Japanese Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64)) PTO/SB/02KR (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and Supplemental Priority Data Sheet [2 pages] (Korean Language Declaration for Additional Inventors)) PTO/AIA/02KR (Korean Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64)) PTO/SB/02NL (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and Supplemental Priority Data Sheet [2 pages] (Dutch Language Declaration for Additional Inventors)) PTO/AIA/02NL (Dutch Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64)) PTO/SB/02RU (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and Supplemental Priority Data Sheet [2 pages] (Russian Language Declaration for Additional Inventors)) PTO/AIA/02RU (Russian Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64)) PTO/SB/02SE (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and Supplemental Priority Data Sheet [2 pages] (Swedish Language Declaration for Additional Inventors)) PTO/AIA/02SE (Swedish Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64)) PTO/SB/02LR (Declaration Supplemental Sheet for Legal Representatives (35 U.S.C. 117) on Behalf of a Deceased or Incapacitated Inventor) PTO/SB/03 (Plant Patent Application (35 U.S. C. 161) Declaration (37 CFR 1.63)) PTO/SB/AIA03 (Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Plant Patent Application using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76)) PTO/SB/AIA09 (Plant Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 161) Declaration (37 CFR 1.162)) PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60969 • PTO/SB/04 (Supplemental Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (37 CFR 1.67)) • PTO/SB/AIA04 (Substitute Statement in Lieu of an Oath or Declaration for Plant Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64)) • PTO/SB/AIA11 (Substitute Statement Supplemental Sheet (Supplemental Sheet for PTO/SB/AIA04)) • PTO/SB/AIA10 (Declaration (Supplemental Sheet for PTO/SB/ AIA09)) • PTO/SB/101 through 110 (Declaration and Power of Attorney for Patent Application (in various foreign languages)) • PTO/SB/01A (Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76)) • PTO/SB/03A (Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Plant Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76)) • PTO/SB/14 EFS-Web (Application Data Sheet Form) • PTO/AIA/14 (Application Data Sheet 37 CFR 1.76) • EFS-Web (Electronic New Utility Patent Application and Electronic New Design Application) • PTO/SB/29 (For Design Applications Only: Continued Prosecution Application (CPA) Request Transmittal) • PTO/SB/29A (For Design Applications Only: Receipt for Facsimile Transmitted CPA) • PTO/SB/16 (Provisional Application for Patent Cover Sheet—Paper and Electronic Filing) Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Private sector; individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 633,209 respondents per year. Estimated Number of Responses: 633,209 responses per year. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it takes the respondents between 45 minutes to 40 hours (.75 to 40 hours) to complete a response, depending on the complexity of the particular item. This includes the time to gather the necessary information, create the documents, and submit the completed item to the USPTO. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 15,598,813 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Hourly Cost Burden: $6,239,525,200. E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1 60970 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 29, 2020 / Notices TABLE 1—TOTAL HOURLY BURDEN FOR PRIVATE SECTOR RESPONDENTS Item No. 1 2 3 4 Estimated annual respondents Item ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... 5 ......................... 6 ......................... 7 ......................... 8 ......................... 9 ......................... 10 ....................... 11 ....................... 12 ....................... 13 ....................... 14 ....................... Total ........... Estimated annual responses (year) Estimated time for response (hours) Estimated annual burden (hour/year) Rate 1 ($/hour) Estimated annual burden (a) (b) (a) × (b) = c (d) (c) × (d) = e Original New Utility Applications ......... Original New Plant Applications ......... Original New Design Applications ...... Continuation/Divisional of an International Application. Utility Continuation/Divisional Applications. Plant Continuation/Divisional Application. Design Continuation/Divisional Application. Continued Prosecution Applications— Design (Request Transmittal and Receipt). Utility Continuation-in-Part Applications. Design Continuation-in-Part Applications. Provisional Application for Patent Cover Sheet. Petition to Accept Unintentionally Delay Priority/Benefit Claim. Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other Than all the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor. Papers filed under the following: ........ 1.41(c) or 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA)— to supply the name or names of the inventor or inventors after the filing date without a cover sheet as prescribed by 37 CFR 1.51(c)(1) in a provisional application. 1.48(d)—for correction of inventorship in a provisional application.. 1.53 (c)(2) or 1.53(c)(2) (pre-PLT (AIA))—to convert a nonprovisional application filed under 1.53(b) to a provisional application filed under 1.53(c). 283,425 1,333 38,425 10,055 283,425 1,333 38,425 10,055 40 9 7 4 11,337,000 11,997 268,975 40,220 $400 400 400 400 $4,534,800,000 4,798,800 107,590,000 16,088,000 94,820 94,820 4 379,280 400 151,712,000 12 12 3 36 400 14,400 5,238 5,238 1 5,238 400 2,095,200 1,272 1,272 1 1,272 400 508,800 10,831 10,831 20 216,620 400 86,648,000 1,078 1,078 3 3,234 400 1,293,600 158,174 158,174 18 2,847,132 400 1,138,852,800 1,978 1,978 1 1,978 400 791,200 39 39 1 39 400 15,600 7,026 7,026 .75 5,270 400 2,108,000 ............................................................. 613,706 613,706 ........................ 15,118,291 ........................ 6,047,316,400 1 2019 Report of the Economic Survey, published by the Committee on Economics of Legal Practice of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); https://www.aipla.org/detail/journal-issue/2019-report-of-the-economic-survey. The USPTO uses the mean rate for attorneys in private firms which is $400 per hour. TABLE 2—TOTAL HOURLY BURDEN FOR INDIVIDUALS AND HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDENTS Item No. 1 2 3 4 ......................... ......................... ......................... ......................... jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 5 ......................... 6 ......................... 8 ......................... 9 ......................... 10 ....................... 11 ....................... 12 ....................... 13 ....................... 14 ....................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated annual respondents Item Original New Utility Applications ............... Original New Plant Applications ................ Original New Design Applications ............. Continuation/Divisional of an International Application. Utility Continuation/Divisional Applications Design Continuation/Divisional Application Continued Prosecution Applications—Design (Request Transmittal and Receipt). Utility Continuation-in-Part Applications .... Design Continuation-in-Part Applications Provisional Application for Patent Cover Sheet. Petition to Accept Unintentionally Delay Priority/Benefit Claim. Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other Than all the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor. Papers filed under the following: 18:14 Sep 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Estimated annual responses (year) Estimated time for response (hours) Estimated annual burden (hour/year) Rate 2 ($/hour) Estimated annual burden (a) (b) (a) × (b) = c (d) (c) × (d) = e 9,009 42 1,221 320 9,009 42 1,221 320 40 9 7 4 360,360 378 8,547 1,280 $400 400 400 400 $144,144,000 151,200 3,418,800 512,000 3,013 166 40 3,013 166 40 4 1 1 12,052 166 40 400 400 400 4,820,800 66,400 16,000 344 34 5,027 344 34 5,027 20 3 18 6,880 102 90,486 400 400 400 2,752,000 40,800 36,194,400 63 63 1 63 400 25,200 1 1 1 1 400 400 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1 60971 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 29, 2020 / Notices TABLE 2—TOTAL HOURLY BURDEN FOR INDIVIDUALS AND HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDENTS—Continued Item No. Estimated annual respondents Item 1.41(c) or 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA)—to supply the name or names of the inventor or inventors after the filing date without a cover sheet as prescribed by 37 CFR 1.51(c)(1) in a provisional application. Estimated annual responses (year) Estimated time for response (hours) Estimated annual burden (hour/year) Rate 2 ($/hour) Estimated annual burden (a) (b) (a) × (b) = c (d) (c) × (d) = e 223 223 .75 167 400 66,800 19,503 19,503 ........................ 480,522 ........................ 192,208,800 1.48(d)—for correction of inventorship in a provisional application. 1.53(c)(2) or 1.53(c)(2) (pre-PLT (AIA))—to convert a nonprovisional application filed under 1.53(b) to a provisional application filed under 1.53(c). Total ........... .................................................................... 2 2019 Report of the Economic Survey, published by the Committee on Economics of Legal Practice of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); https://www.aipla.org/detail/journal-issue/2019-report-of-the-economic-survey. The USPTO uses the mean rate for attorneys in private firms which is $400 per hour. Estimated Total Annual Non-Hour Respondent Cost Burden: $1,205,915,848. There are no maintenance, operation, capital start-up, or recordkeeping costs associated with this information collection. However, this information collection does have annual (non-hour) costs in the form of postage, drawing costs, and filing fees. Although the USPTO prefers that the items in this information collection be submitted electronically, the items may be submitted by mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPTO estimates that the average cost for sending a patent application by Priority Mail Express® 1 day legal envelope will be $26.50 and that up to 14,440 applications may be mailed to the USPTO, resulting in $382,660 in postage costs. The USPTO estimates that the petitions and other papers covered under this information collection, if submitted by mail, will be sent by firstclass mail (2 Day Priority Express for a flat rate legal envelope) at an average postage rate of $8.05. The USPTO estimates that up to 301 petitions and other papers may be mailed per year, thus resulting in $2,423 in first-class mailing costs. Patent applicants can submit drawings with the applications covered under this information collection. As a basis for estimating the drawing costs, the USPTO expects that all applicants will have their drawings prepared by patent illustration firms. Estimates for the drawings can vary greatly, depending on the number of figures that need to be produced, the total number of pages for the drawings, and the complexity of the drawings. Because there are many variables involved, the USPTO is using the average of the cost ranges found for the application drawings to derive the estimated cost per sheet that is then used to calculate the total drawing costs. The USPTO estimates that total drawing cost is $601,432,030. The break-down of costs for utility, design, plant, and provisional drawings is broken down in table 3 below. TABLE 3—DRAWING COST TO RESPONDENTS Item No. Item Estimated drawing costs amount ($) Drawing cost totals (a) (b) (a) × (b) = c 1 ................................... 3 ................................... 2 ................................... 15 ................................. Utility Application Drawings ................................................................................................. Design Applications Drawings ............................................................................................ Plant Application Drawings (Photographs) ......................................................................... Provisional Application Drawings ........................................................................................ 292,434 39,646 1,375 163,201 $1,150 1,930 680 1,150 $336,299,100 76,516,780 935,000 187,681,150 Total Drawing Costs. .............................................................................................................................................. 496,656 ........................ 601,432,030 In this information collection, there is also an annual (non-hour) cost burden jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Estimated annual responses VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Sep 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 in the way of filing fees. The total estimated filing cost for this information PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 collection is $604,098,735 and is detailed in table 4 below. E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1 60972 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 29, 2020 / Notices TABLE 4—TOTAL NON-HOUR RESPONDENT COST Item No. Item 1, 4 .............................. 1, 4 .............................. 1, 4 .............................. 1, 4 .............................. 1, 4 .............................. 1, 4 .............................. 1, 4 .............................. 1, 4 .............................. 1, 4 .............................. 1, 4 .............................. 1, 4 .............................. 1, 4 .............................. 1,2 4–6, and 9 ............. 1,2 4–6, and 9 ............. 1,2 4–6, and 9 ............. 1,2 4–6, and 9 ............. 1,2 4–6, and 9 ............. 1,2 4–6, and 9 ............. 1,2 4–6, and 9 ............. 1,2 4–6, and 9 ............. 1,2 4–6, and 9 ............. 2, 5 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 3, 6 .............................. 15 ................................. 15 ................................. 15 ................................. 15 15 15 16 ................................. ................................. ................................. ................................. 16 ................................. 16 ................................. 16 16 16 17 ................................. ................................. ................................. ................................. 17 ................................. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 17 ................................. 17 ................................. Total Filing Fee .... VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated annual responses Amount Totals (a) (b) (a) × (b) = c Basic Filing fee—Utility (Paper Filing—Also Requires Non-Electronic Filing Fee Under 1.16(t)) (large entity). Basic Filing fee—Utility (Paper Filing—Also Requires Non-Electronic Filing Fee Under 1.16(t)) (small entity). Basic Filing fee—Utility (Paper Filing—Also Requires Non-Electronic Filing Fee Under 1.16(t)) (micro entity). Utility Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (large entity). Utility Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (small entity). Utility Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (micro entity). Utility Search Fee (large entity) .......................................................................................... Utility Search Fee (small entity) .......................................................................................... Utility Search Fee (micro entity) ......................................................................................... Utility Examination Fee (large entity) .................................................................................. Utility Examination Fee (small entity) ................................................................................. Utility Examination Fee (micro entity) ................................................................................. Each Independent Claim in Excess of Three (large entity) ................................................ Each Independent Claim in Excess of Three (small entity) ............................................... Each Independent Claim in Excess of Three (micro entity) ............................................... Each Claim in Excess of 20 (large entity) .......................................................................... Each Claim in Excess of 20 (small entity) .......................................................................... Each Claim in Excess of 20 (micro entity) ......................................................................... Multiple Dependent Claim (large entity) ............................................................................. Multiple Dependent Claim (small entity) ............................................................................. Multiple Dependent Claim (micro entity) ............................................................................. Plant Examination Fee (micro entity) .................................................................................. Basic Filing Fee—Design (large entity) .............................................................................. Basic Filing Fee—Design (small entity) .............................................................................. Basic Filing Fee—Design (micro entity) ............................................................................. Basic Filing Fee—Design (CPA) (large entity) ................................................................... Basic Filing Fee—Design (CPA) (small entity) ................................................................... Basic Filing Fee—Design (CPA) (micro entity) .................................................................. Design Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (large entity). Design Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (small entity). Design Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (micro entity). Design Search Fee (large entity) ........................................................................................ Design Search Fee (small entity) ....................................................................................... Design Search Fee (micro entity) ....................................................................................... Design Examination Fee (large entity) ............................................................................... Design Examination Fee (small entity) ............................................................................... Design Examination Fee (micro entity) ............................................................................... Provisional Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (large entity). Provisional Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (small entity). Provisional Application Size Fee—for Each Additional 50 Sheets That Exceeds 100 Sheets (micro entity). Provisional Application Filing Fee (large entity) ................................................................. Provisional Application Filing Fee (small entity) ................................................................. Provisional Application Filing Fee (micro entity) ................................................................. Surcharge—Late Filing Fee, Search Fee, Examination Fee, Inventor’s Oath or Declaration, or Application Filed Without at least One Claim or by Reference (large entity). Surcharge—Late Filing Fee, Search Fee, Examination Fee, Inventor’s Oath or Declaration, or Application Filed Without at least One Claim or by Reference (small entity). Surcharge—Late Filing Fee, Search Fee, Examination Fee, Inventor’s Oath or Declaration, or Application Filed Without at least One Claim or by Reference (micro entity). Surcharge—Late Provisional Filing Fee or Cover Sheet (large entity) .............................. Surcharge—Late Provisional Filing Fee or Cover Sheet (small entity) .............................. Surcharge—Late Provisional Filing Fee or Cover Sheet (micro entity) ............................. Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other Than all the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor (micro entity). Electronic Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other Than the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor (large entity). Electronic Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other Than the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor (small entity). Electronic Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing by Other Than the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor (micro entity). 233,866 $320 $74,837,120 749 160 119,840 15,940 80 1,275,200 7,242 420 3,041,640 3,885 210 815,850 108 105 11,340 233,861 79,942 15,718 233,362 79,842 15,696 31,900 11,200 1,100 57,300 25,800 1700 1144 750 146 10 18,613 17,665 5,634 534 455 153 70 700 $350 175 800 400 200 480 240 120 100 50 25 860 430 215 165 220 110 55 220 110 55 420 163,702,700 $27,979,700 2,750,650 186,689,600 31,936,800 3,139,200 15,312,000 2,688,000 132,000 5,730,000 1,290,000 42,500 983,840 322,500 31,390 1,650 4,094,860 1,943,150 309,870 117,480 50,050 8,415 29,400 38 210 7,980 4 105 420 19,107 17,962 5,607 19,082 17,922 5,596 2,621 160 80 40 640 320 160 420 3,057,120 1,436,960 224,280 12,212,480 5,735,040 895,360 1,100,820 3,264 210 685,440 107 105 11,235 63,168 71,968 30,253 80,603 300 150 75 160 18,950,400 10,795,200 2,268,975 12,896,480 36,442 80 2,915,360 4,403 40 176,120 1,798 2,849 3,308 1 60 30 15 50 107,880 85,470 49,620 50 37 200 7,400 1 100 100 1 50 50 .............................................................................................................................................. ........................ ........................ 604,098,735 18:14 Sep 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 29, 2020 / Notices Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits. ACTION: IV. Request for Comments The USPTO is soliciting public comments to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Minimize the burden of the 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. All comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of public record. USPTO will include or summarize each comment in the request to OMB to approve this information collection. Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in a comment, be aware that the entire comment— including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask in your comment to withhold personal identifying information from public view, USPTO cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. SUMMARY: Kimberly Hardy, Information Collections Officer, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2020–21519 Filed 9–28–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Patent and Trademark Office Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Trademark Submissions Regarding Correspondence and Regarding Attorney Representation United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: 18:14 Sep 28, 2020 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on the extension and revision of an existing information collection: 0651–0056 (Trademark Submissions Regarding Correspondence and Regarding Attorney Representation). The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the information collection to OMB. DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this information collection must be received on or before November 30, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by any of the following methods. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0056 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. • Mail: Kimberly Hardy, 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 Catherine Cain, Attorney Advisor, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272–8946; or by email to catherine.cain@uspto.gov with ‘‘0651–0056 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 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE VerDate Sep<11>2014 Notice of an information collection; request for comment. Jkt 250001 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) administers the Trademark Act, 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 their marks with the USPTO. Such individuals and business may also submit various communications to the USPTO regarding their pending PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60973 applications or registered trademarks, including providing additional information needed to process a pending application, filing amendments to the applications, or filing the papers necessary to keep a trademark in force. In the majority of circumstances, individuals and business retain attorneys to handle these matters. As such, these parties may also submit communications to the USPTO regarding the appointment of attorneys to represent applicants or registrants in the application and post-registration processes or, in the case of applicants or registrants who are not domiciled in the United States, the appointment of domestic representatives on whom may be served notices of process in proceedings affecting the mark, the revocation of an attorney’s or domestic representative’s appointment, and requests for permission to withdraw from representation. The regulations implementing the Act are set forth in 37 CFR part 2. Regulations regarding representation of others before the USPTO are also set forth in 37 CFR part 11. In addition to governing the registration of trademarks, the Act and regulations govern the appointment and revocation of attorneys and domestic representatives and provide the specifics for filing requests for permission to withdraw as the attorney of record. The information in this information collection is available to the public. II. Method of Collection Items in this information collection must be submitted via online electronic submissions. In limited circumstances, applicants may be permitted to submit the information in paper form by mail, fax, or hand delivery. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0651–0056. Forms: • PTO Form 2300: (TEAS Change Address or Representation Form) • PTO Form 2201: (TEAS Request for Withdrawal as Attorney of Record/ Update of USPTO’s Database After Power of Attorney Ends) Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits, not-for-profit institutions; individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 204,323 respondents per year. Estimated Number of Responses: 204,323 responses per year. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public between 12 minutes (0.2 hours) E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 189 (Tuesday, September 29, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

 Patent and Trademark Office


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Initial Patent Applications

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

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments 
on the extension and revision of an existing information collection: 
0651-0032 (Initial Patent Applications). The purpose of this notice is 
to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the 
information collection to OMB.

DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this information 
collection must be received on or before November 30, 2020.

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ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by 
any of the following methods. Do not submit Confidential Business 
Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0032 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Mail: Kimberly Hardy, 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 the attention of Raul Tamayo, 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 571-272-7728; or by email to [email protected]. 
Additional information about this information collection is also 
available at http://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection 
Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The USPTO is required by Title 35 of the United States Code, 
including 35 U.S.C. 131, to examine applications for patents. The USPTO 
administers the patent statutes through various rules in Chapter 37 of 
the Code of Federal Regulations, including 37 CFR 1.16 through 1.84. 
Each patent applicant must provide sufficient information to allow the 
USPTO to properly examine the application to determine whether it meets 
the criteria set forth in the patent statutes and regulations for 
issuance as a patent. For example, the patent statutes and regulations 
require that an application for patent include the following 
information:
    (1) A specification containing a description of the invention and 
at least one claim defining the property right sought by the applicant;
    (2) A drawing(s) or photograph(s), where necessary, for an 
understanding of the invention;
    (3) An oath or declaration signed by the applicant; and
    (4) A filing fee.
    The following types of patent applications are covered under the 
present information collection:
    (1) New original utility, plant, design, and provisional 
applications;
    (2) Continuation/divisional applications of international 
applications;
    (3) Continued prosecution applications (design); and
    (4) Continuation, divisional, and continuation-in-part applications 
of utility, plant, and design applications.
    In addition, this information collection covers petitions to accept 
an unintentionally delayed priority or benefit claim, petitions under 
37 CFR 1.47 (pre-Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA)) to accept a 
filing by other than all of the inventors or a person not the inventor, 
petitions under 37 CFR 1.6(g) to accord an application under 37 CFR 
1.495(b) a receipt date, and papers filed under 37 CFR 1.41(c), 
1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA), 1.48(d), 1.53(c)(2), and 1.53(c)(2) (pre-Patent 
Law Treaty (PLT) (AIA)) (the particular items covered under this 
information collection are identified in more detail at Table 1 below).
    Most applications for a patent, including new utility, design, and 
provisional applications, can be submitted through the USPTO patent 
electronic filing systems (EFS-Web or Patent Center). EFS-Web and 
Patent Center are the USPTO's systems for electronic filing of patent 
correspondence and are accessible via the internet on the USPTO 
website. The Legal Framework for Patent Electronic System is available 
at https://www.uspto.gov/patents-application-process/filing-online/legal-framework-efs-web.
    The forms in this information collection include: (1) Versions of 
the inventor's oath and declaration forms that were created to comply 
with the changes resulting from the AIA, e.g., forms AIA/01, AIA/02, 
etc., (2) pre-AIA versions of the oath and declaration forms, e.g., 
forms SB/01, SB/02, etc., and (3) foreign language translations of the 
oath and declaration forms, e.g., forms AIA/01CN, SB/02CN, etc. Items 
in this information collection that do not have forms associated with 
them include the petitions and the papers filed under 37 CFR 1.41(c), 
1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA), 1.48(d), 1.53(c)(2), and 1.53(c)(2) (pre-PLT 
(AIA)).

II. Method of Collection

    As set forth in the Legal Framework for Patent Electronic System, 
available at https://www.uspto.gov/patents-application-process/filing-online/legal-framework-efs-web, most of the items in this information 
collection can be submitted through EFS-Web. The USPTO also will accept 
submissions by mail, facsimile (except that in accordance with 37 CFR 
1.6(d), the items covered under this information collection that may be 
submitted by facsimile are limited to the petitions and the papers 
filed under 37 CFR 1.41(c), 1.41(a)(2) (pre-AIA), 1.48(d), 1.53(c)(2), 
and 1.53(c)(2) (pre-PLT (AIA))), or hand delivery to the USPTO.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-0032.
    Form Number(s): (AIA= American Invents; SB = Specimen Book).

 PTO/SB/06 (Patent Application Fee Determination Record 
(Substitute for Form PTO-875)
 PTO/SB/07 (Multiple Dependent Claim Fee Calculation Sheet 
(Substitute for Form PTO-1360; For Use with Form PTO/SB/06)
 PTO/SB/17 (Fee Transmittal Form)
 PTO/AIA/15 (Utility Patent Application Transmittal)
 PTO/AIA/18 (Design Patent Application Transmittal)
 PTO/AIA/19 (Plant Patent Application Transmittal)
 PTO/SB/01 (Declaration for Utility or Design Patent 
Application (37 CFR 1.63))
 PTO/SB/AIA/01 (Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design 
Patent Application using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76))
 PTO/AIA/01CN (Chinese Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for 
Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 
1.76))
 PTO/AIA/01DE (German Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for 
Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 
1.76))
 PTO/AIA/01ES (Spanish Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for 
Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 
1.76))
 PTO/AIA/01FR (French Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for 
Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 
1.76))
 PTO/AIA/01IT (Italian Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for 
Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 
1.76))
 PTO/AIA/01JP (Japanese Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for 
Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 
1.76))
 PTO/AIA/01KR (Korean Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for 
Utility or Design Application Using An Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 
1.76))
 PTOAIA/01NL (Dutch Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for 
Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 
1.76))
 PTO/AIA/01RU (Russian Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for 
Utility or Design Application Using An Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 
1.76))
 PTO/AIA/01SE (Swedish Language Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for 
Utility or Design Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 
1.76))

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 PTO/SB/AIA08 (Declaration for Utility or Design Patent 
Application (37 CFR 1.63))
 PTO/SB/AIA10 (Declaration (Supplemental Sheet for PTO/SB/
AIA08, Declaration (Additional Inventors) and Supplemental Priority 
Data Sheet)
 PTO/SB/02 (Declaration (Supplemental Sheet for PTO/SB/AIA08 
Declaration (Additional Inventors) and Supplemental Priority Data 
Sheet)
 PTO/SB/02A (Declaration--Additional Inventors--Supplemental 
Sheet)
 PTO/SB/AIA02 (Substitute Statement in Lieu of an Oath or 
Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) 
and 37 CFR 1.64))
 PTO/SB/AIA11 (Substitute Statement Supplemental Sheet 
(supplemental sheet for PTO/SB/AIA02))
 PTO/SB/02B (Declaration--Supplemental Priority Data Sheet)
 PTO/SB/02CN (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and 
Supplemental Priority Data Sheets [2 pages] (Chinese Language 
Declaration for Additional Inventors)
 PTO/AIA/02CN (Chinese (Simplified) Language Substitute 
Statement in Lieu of an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design 
Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64))
 PTO/SB/02DE (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and 
Supplemental Priority Data Sheets [2 pages] (German Language 
Declaration for Additional Inventors))
 PTO/AIA/02DE (German Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of 
an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 
U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64))
 PTO/SB/02ES (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and 
Supplemental Priority Data Sheet [2 pages] (Spanish Language 
Declaration for Additional Inventors))
 PTO/AIA/02ES (Spanish Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of 
an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 
U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64))
 PTO/SB/02FR (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and 
Supplemental Priority Data Sheet [2 pages] (French Language Declaration 
for Additional Inventors))
 PTO/AIA/02FR (French Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of 
an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 
U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64))
 PTO/SB/02IT (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and 
Supplemental Priority Data Sheet [2 pages] (Italian Language 
Declaration for Additional Inventors))
 PTO/AIA/02IT (Italian Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of 
an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 
U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64))
 PTO/SB/02JP (Japanese Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of 
an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 
U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64))
 PTO/SB/02KR (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and 
Supplemental Priority Data Sheet [2 pages] (Korean Language Declaration 
for Additional Inventors))
 PTO/AIA/02KR (Korean Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of 
an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 
U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64))
 PTO/SB/02NL (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and 
Supplemental Priority Data Sheet [2 pages] (Dutch Language Declaration 
for Additional Inventors))
 PTO/AIA/02NL (Dutch Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of 
an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 
U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64))
 PTO/SB/02RU (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and 
Supplemental Priority Data Sheet [2 pages] (Russian Language 
Declaration for Additional Inventors))
 PTO/AIA/02RU (Russian Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of 
an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 
U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64))
 PTO/SB/02SE (Declaration (Additional Inventors) and 
Supplemental Priority Data Sheet [2 pages] (Swedish Language 
Declaration for Additional Inventors))
 PTO/AIA/02SE (Swedish Language Substitute Statement in Lieu of 
an Oath or Declaration for Utility or Design Patent Application (35 
U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 1.64))
 PTO/SB/02LR (Declaration Supplemental Sheet for Legal 
Representatives (35 U.S.C. 117) on Behalf of a Deceased or 
Incapacitated Inventor)
 PTO/SB/03 (Plant Patent Application (35 U.S. C. 161) 
Declaration (37 CFR 1.63))
 PTO/SB/AIA03 (Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Plant Patent 
Application using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76))
 PTO/SB/AIA09 (Plant Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 161) 
Declaration (37 CFR 1.162))
 PTO/SB/04 (Supplemental Declaration for Utility or Design 
Patent Application (37 CFR 1.67))
 PTO/SB/AIA04 (Substitute Statement in Lieu of an Oath or 
Declaration for Plant Patent Application (35 U.S.C. 115(d) and 37 CFR 
1.64))
 PTO/SB/AIA11 (Substitute Statement Supplemental Sheet 
(Supplemental Sheet for PTO/SB/AIA04))
 PTO/SB/AIA10 (Declaration (Supplemental Sheet for PTO/SB/
AIA09))
 PTO/SB/101 through 110 (Declaration and Power of Attorney for 
Patent Application (in various foreign languages))
 PTO/SB/01A (Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Utility or Design 
Application Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76))
 PTO/SB/03A (Declaration (37 CFR 1.63) for Plant Application 
Using an Application Data Sheet (37 CFR 1.76))
 PTO/SB/14 EFS-Web (Application Data Sheet Form)
 PTO/AIA/14 (Application Data Sheet 37 CFR 1.76)
 EFS-Web (Electronic New Utility Patent Application and 
Electronic New Design Application)
 PTO/SB/29 (For Design Applications Only: Continued Prosecution 
Application (CPA) Request Transmittal)
 PTO/SB/29A (For Design Applications Only: Receipt for 
Facsimile Transmitted CPA)
 PTO/SB/16 (Provisional Application for Patent Cover Sheet--
Paper and Electronic Filing)

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Affected Public: Private sector; individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 633,209 respondents per year.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 633,209 responses per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it takes the 
respondents between 45 minutes to 40 hours (.75 to 40 hours) to 
complete a response, depending on the complexity of the particular 
item. This includes the time to gather the necessary information, 
create the documents, and submit the completed item to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 15,598,813 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Hourly Cost Burden: 
$6,239,525,200.

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                                               Table 1--Total Hourly Burden for Private Sector Respondents
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                                                                          Estimated
                                                          Estimated        annual      Estimated time     Estimated     Rate \1\  ($/   Estimated annual
         Item No.                     Item                 annual         responses     for response    annual burden       hour)            burden
                                                         respondents       (year)          (hours)       (hour/year)
                                                                                  (a)             (b)   (a) x (b) = c             (d)      (c) x (d) = e
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1........................  Original New Utility               283,425         283,425              40      11,337,000            $400     $4,534,800,000
                            Applications.
2........................  Original New Plant                   1,333           1,333               9          11,997             400          4,798,800
                            Applications.
3........................  Original New Design                 38,425          38,425               7         268,975             400        107,590,000
                            Applications.
4........................  Continuation/Divisional of          10,055          10,055               4          40,220             400         16,088,000
                            an International
                            Application.
5........................  Utility Continuation/               94,820          94,820               4         379,280             400        151,712,000
                            Divisional Applications.
6........................  Plant Continuation/                     12              12               3              36             400             14,400
                            Divisional Application.
7........................  Design Continuation/                 5,238           5,238               1           5,238             400          2,095,200
                            Divisional Application.
8........................  Continued Prosecution                1,272           1,272               1           1,272             400            508,800
                            Applications--Design
                            (Request Transmittal and
                            Receipt).
9........................  Utility Continuation-in-            10,831          10,831              20         216,620             400         86,648,000
                            Part Applications.
10.......................  Design Continuation-in-              1,078           1,078               3           3,234             400          1,293,600
                            Part Applications.
11.......................  Provisional Application            158,174         158,174              18       2,847,132             400      1,138,852,800
                            for Patent Cover Sheet.
12.......................  Petition to Accept                   1,978           1,978               1           1,978             400            791,200
                            Unintentionally Delay
                            Priority/Benefit Claim.
13.......................  Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47              39              39               1              39             400             15,600
                            (pre-AIA) to Accept a
                            Filing by Other Than all
                            the Inventors or a Person
                            not the Inventor.
14.......................  Papers filed under the               7,026           7,026             .75           5,270             400          2,108,000
                            following:.
                              1.41(c) or 1.41(a)(2)
                               (pre-AIA)--to supply
                               the name or names of
                               the inventor or
                               inventors after the
                               filing date without a
                               cover sheet as
                               prescribed by 37 CFR
                               1.51(c)(1) in a
                               provisional
                               application.
                              1.48(d)--for correction
                               of inventorship in a
                               provisional
                               application..
                              1.53 (c)(2) or
                               1.53(c)(2) (pre-PLT
                               (AIA))--to convert a
                               nonprovisional
                               application filed
                               under 1.53(b) to a
                               provisional
                               application filed
                               under 1.53(c).
                             ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total................  ..........................         613,706         613,706  ..............      15,118,291  ..............      6,047,316,400
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\1\ 2019 Report of the Economic Survey, published by the Committee on Economics of Legal Practice of the American Intellectual Property Law Association
  (AIPLA); https://www.aipla.org/detail/journal-issue/2019-report-of-the-economic-survey. The USPTO uses the mean rate for attorneys in private firms
  which is $400 per hour.


                                         Table 2--Total Hourly Burden for Individuals and Households Respondents
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                             Estimated
                                                             Estimated        annual      Estimated time     Estimated     Rate \2\  ($/     Estimated
         Item No.                       Item                  annual         responses     for response    annual burden       hour)       annual burden
                                                            respondents       (year)          (hours)       (hour/year)
                                                                                     (a)             (b)   (a) x (b) = c             (d)   (c) x (d) = e
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.........................  Original New Utility                   9,009           9,009              40         360,360            $400    $144,144,000
                             Applications.
2.........................  Original New Plant                        42              42               9             378             400         151,200
                             Applications.
3.........................  Original New Design                    1,221           1,221               7           8,547             400       3,418,800
                             Applications.
4.........................  Continuation/Divisional of               320             320               4           1,280             400         512,000
                             an International
                             Application.
5.........................  Utility Continuation/                  3,013           3,013               4          12,052             400       4,820,800
                             Divisional Applications.
6.........................  Design Continuation/                     166             166               1             166             400          66,400
                             Divisional Application.
8.........................  Continued Prosecution                     40              40               1              40             400          16,000
                             Applications--Design
                             (Request Transmittal and
                             Receipt).
9.........................  Utility Continuation-in-Part             344             344              20           6,880             400       2,752,000
                             Applications.
10........................  Design Continuation-in-Part               34              34               3             102             400          40,800
                             Applications.
11........................  Provisional Application for            5,027           5,027              18          90,486             400      36,194,400
                             Patent Cover Sheet.
12........................  Petition to Accept                        63              63               1              63             400          25,200
                             Unintentionally Delay
                             Priority/Benefit Claim.
13........................  Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47                 1               1               1               1             400             400
                             (pre-AIA) to Accept a
                             Filing by Other Than all
                             the Inventors or a Person
                             not the Inventor.
14........................  Papers filed under the
                             following:

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                               1.41(c) or 1.41(a)(2)                 223             223             .75             167             400          66,800
                                (pre-AIA)--to supply the
                                name or names of the
                                inventor or inventors
                                after the filing date
                                without a cover sheet as
                                prescribed by 37 CFR
                                1.51(c)(1) in a
                                provisional application.
                                                         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               1.48(d)--for correction
                                of inventorship in a
                                provisional application.
                               1.53(c)(2) or 1.53(c)(2)
                                (pre-PLT (AIA))--to
                                convert a nonprovisional
                                application filed under
                                1.53(b) to a provisional
                                application filed under
                                1.53(c).
                                                         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.................  ............................          19,503          19,503  ..............         480,522  ..............     192,208,800
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\2\ 2019 Report of the Economic Survey, published by the Committee on Economics of Legal Practice of the American Intellectual Property Law Association
  (AIPLA); https://www.aipla.org/detail/journal-issue/2019-report-of-the-economic-survey. The USPTO uses the mean rate for attorneys in private firms
  which is $400 per hour.

    Estimated Total Annual Non-Hour Respondent Cost Burden: 
$1,205,915,848. There are no maintenance, operation, capital start-up, 
or recordkeeping costs associated with this information collection. 
However, this information collection does have annual (non-hour) costs 
in the form of postage, drawing costs, and filing fees.
    Although the USPTO prefers that the items in this information 
collection be submitted electronically, the items may be submitted by 
mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPTO 
estimates that the average cost for sending a patent application by 
Priority Mail Express[supreg] 1 day legal envelope will be $26.50 and 
that up to 14,440 applications may be mailed to the USPTO, resulting in 
$382,660 in postage costs.
    The USPTO estimates that the petitions and other papers covered 
under this information collection, if submitted by mail, will be sent 
by first-class mail (2 Day Priority Express for a flat rate legal 
envelope) at an average postage rate of $8.05. The USPTO estimates that 
up to 301 petitions and other papers may be mailed per year, thus 
resulting in $2,423 in first-class mailing costs.
    Patent applicants can submit drawings with the applications covered 
under this information collection. As a basis for estimating the 
drawing costs, the USPTO expects that all applicants will have their 
drawings prepared by patent illustration firms.
    Estimates for the drawings can vary greatly, depending on the 
number of figures that need to be produced, the total number of pages 
for the drawings, and the complexity of the drawings. Because there are 
many variables involved, the USPTO is using the average of the cost 
ranges found for the application drawings to derive the estimated cost 
per sheet that is then used to calculate the total drawing costs.
    The USPTO estimates that total drawing cost is $601,432,030. The 
break-down of costs for utility, design, plant, and provisional 
drawings is broken down in table 3 below.

                                      Table 3--Drawing Cost to Respondents
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                     Estimated       Estimated
             Item No.                           Item                  annual       drawing costs   Drawing  cost
                                                                     responses      amount ($)        totals
                                                                             (a)             (b)   (a) x (b) = c
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1................................  Utility Application Drawings.         292,434          $1,150    $336,299,100
3................................  Design Applications Drawings.          39,646           1,930      76,516,780
2................................  Plant Application Drawings              1,375             680         935,000
                                    (Photographs).
15...............................  Provisional Application               163,201           1,150     187,681,150
                                    Drawings.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
    Total Drawing Costs..........  .............................         496,656  ..............     601,432,030
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    In this information collection, there is also an annual (non-hour) 
cost burden in the way of filing fees. The total estimated filing cost 
for this information collection is $604,098,735 and is detailed in 
table 4 below.

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                                     Table 4--Total Non-Hour Respondent Cost
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                     Estimated
             Item No.                           Item                  annual          Amount          Totals
                                                                     responses
                                                                             (a)             (b)   (a) x (b) = c
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1, 4.............................  Basic Filing fee--Utility             233,866            $320     $74,837,120
                                    (Paper Filing--Also Requires
                                    Non-Electronic Filing Fee
                                    Under 1.16(t)) (large
                                    entity).
1, 4.............................  Basic Filing fee--Utility                 749             160         119,840
                                    (Paper Filing--Also Requires
                                    Non-Electronic Filing Fee
                                    Under 1.16(t)) (small
                                    entity).
1, 4.............................  Basic Filing fee--Utility              15,940              80       1,275,200
                                    (Paper Filing--Also Requires
                                    Non-Electronic Filing Fee
                                    Under 1.16(t)) (micro
                                    entity).
1, 4.............................  Utility Application Size Fee--          7,242             420       3,041,640
                                    for Each Additional 50
                                    Sheets That Exceeds 100
                                    Sheets (large entity).
1, 4.............................  Utility Application Size Fee--          3,885             210         815,850
                                    for Each Additional 50
                                    Sheets That Exceeds 100
                                    Sheets (small entity).
1, 4.............................  Utility Application Size Fee--            108             105          11,340
                                    for Each Additional 50
                                    Sheets That Exceeds 100
                                    Sheets (micro entity).
1, 4.............................  Utility Search Fee (large             233,861             700     163,702,700
                                    entity).
1, 4.............................  Utility Search Fee (small              79,942            $350     $27,979,700
                                    entity).
1, 4.............................  Utility Search Fee (micro              15,718             175       2,750,650
                                    entity).
1, 4.............................  Utility Examination Fee               233,362             800     186,689,600
                                    (large entity).
1, 4.............................  Utility Examination Fee                79,842             400      31,936,800
                                    (small entity).
1, 4.............................  Utility Examination Fee                15,696             200       3,139,200
                                    (micro entity).
1,2 4-6, and 9...................  Each Independent Claim in              31,900             480      15,312,000
                                    Excess of Three (large
                                    entity).
1,2 4-6, and 9...................  Each Independent Claim in              11,200             240       2,688,000
                                    Excess of Three (small
                                    entity).
1,2 4-6, and 9...................  Each Independent Claim in               1,100             120         132,000
                                    Excess of Three (micro
                                    entity).
1,2 4-6, and 9...................  Each Claim in Excess of 20             57,300             100       5,730,000
                                    (large entity).
1,2 4-6, and 9...................  Each Claim in Excess of 20             25,800              50       1,290,000
                                    (small entity).
1,2 4-6, and 9...................  Each Claim in Excess of 20               1700              25          42,500
                                    (micro entity).
1,2 4-6, and 9...................  Multiple Dependent Claim                 1144             860         983,840
                                    (large entity).
1,2 4-6, and 9...................  Multiple Dependent Claim                  750             430         322,500
                                    (small entity).
1,2 4-6, and 9...................  Multiple Dependent Claim                  146             215          31,390
                                    (micro entity).
2, 5.............................  Plant Examination Fee (micro               10             165           1,650
                                    entity).
3, 6.............................  Basic Filing Fee--Design               18,613             220       4,094,860
                                    (large entity).
3, 6.............................  Basic Filing Fee--Design               17,665             110       1,943,150
                                    (small entity).
3, 6.............................  Basic Filing Fee--Design                5,634              55         309,870
                                    (micro entity).
3, 6.............................  Basic Filing Fee--Design                  534             220         117,480
                                    (CPA) (large entity).
3, 6.............................  Basic Filing Fee--Design                  455             110          50,050
                                    (CPA) (small entity).
3, 6.............................  Basic Filing Fee--Design                  153              55           8,415
                                    (CPA) (micro entity).
3, 6.............................  Design Application Size Fee--              70             420          29,400
                                    for Each Additional 50
                                    Sheets That Exceeds 100
                                    Sheets (large entity).
3, 6.............................  Design Application Size Fee--              38             210           7,980
                                    for Each Additional 50
                                    Sheets That Exceeds 100
                                    Sheets (small entity).
3, 6.............................  Design Application Size Fee--               4             105             420
                                    for Each Additional 50
                                    Sheets That Exceeds 100
                                    Sheets (micro entity).
3, 6.............................  Design Search Fee (large               19,107             160       3,057,120
                                    entity).
3, 6.............................  Design Search Fee (small               17,962              80       1,436,960
                                    entity).
3, 6.............................  Design Search Fee (micro                5,607              40         224,280
                                    entity).
3, 6.............................  Design Examination Fee (large          19,082             640      12,212,480
                                    entity).
3, 6.............................  Design Examination Fee (small          17,922             320       5,735,040
                                    entity).
3, 6.............................  Design Examination Fee (micro           5,596             160         895,360
                                    entity).
15...............................  Provisional Application Size            2,621             420       1,100,820
                                    Fee--for Each Additional 50
                                    Sheets That Exceeds 100
                                    Sheets (large entity).
15...............................  Provisional Application Size            3,264             210         685,440
                                    Fee--for Each Additional 50
                                    Sheets That Exceeds 100
                                    Sheets (small entity).
15...............................  Provisional Application Size              107             105          11,235
                                    Fee--for Each Additional 50
                                    Sheets That Exceeds 100
                                    Sheets (micro entity).
15...............................  Provisional Application                63,168             300      18,950,400
                                    Filing Fee (large entity).
15...............................  Provisional Application                71,968             150      10,795,200
                                    Filing Fee (small entity).
15...............................  Provisional Application                30,253              75       2,268,975
                                    Filing Fee (micro entity).
16...............................  Surcharge--Late Filing Fee,            80,603             160      12,896,480
                                    Search Fee, Examination Fee,
                                    Inventor's Oath or
                                    Declaration, or Application
                                    Filed Without at least One
                                    Claim or by Reference (large
                                    entity).
16...............................  Surcharge--Late Filing Fee,            36,442              80       2,915,360
                                    Search Fee, Examination Fee,
                                    Inventor's Oath or
                                    Declaration, or Application
                                    Filed Without at least One
                                    Claim or by Reference (small
                                    entity).
16...............................  Surcharge--Late Filing Fee,             4,403              40         176,120
                                    Search Fee, Examination Fee,
                                    Inventor's Oath or
                                    Declaration, or Application
                                    Filed Without at least One
                                    Claim or by Reference (micro
                                    entity).
16...............................  Surcharge--Late Provisional             1,798              60         107,880
                                    Filing Fee or Cover Sheet
                                    (large entity).
16...............................  Surcharge--Late Provisional             2,849              30          85,470
                                    Filing Fee or Cover Sheet
                                    (small entity).
16...............................  Surcharge--Late Provisional             3,308              15          49,620
                                    Filing Fee or Cover Sheet
                                    (micro entity).
17...............................  Petition Under 37 CFR 1.47                  1              50              50
                                    (pre-AIA) to Accept a Filing
                                    by Other Than all the
                                    Inventors or a Person not
                                    the Inventor (micro entity).
17...............................  Electronic Petition Under 37               37             200           7,400
                                    CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept
                                    a Filing by Other Than the
                                    Inventors or a Person not
                                    the Inventor (large entity).
17...............................  Electronic Petition Under 37                1             100             100
                                    CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept
                                    a Filing by Other Than the
                                    Inventors or a Person not
                                    the Inventor (small entity).
17...............................  Electronic Petition Under 37                1              50              50
                                    CFR 1.47 (pre-AIA) to Accept
                                    a Filing by Other Than the
                                    Inventors or a Person not
                                    the Inventor (micro entity).
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
    Total Filing Fee.............  .............................  ..............  ..............     604,098,735
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


[[Page 60973]]

    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.

IV. Request for Comments

    The USPTO is soliciting public comments to:
    (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    (b) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (d) Minimize the burden of the 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.
    All comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. USPTO will include or summarize each comment in the 
request to OMB to approve this information collection. Before including 
an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying 
information in a comment, be aware that the entire comment-- including 
personal identifying information--may be made publicly available at any 
time. While you may ask in your comment to withhold personal 
identifying information from public view, USPTO cannot guarantee that 
it will be able to do so.

Kimberly Hardy,
Information Collections Officer, Office of the Chief Administrative 
Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2020-21519 Filed 9-28-20; 8:45 am]
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