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Download as PDF 60964 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 29, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES NMFS is providing notification that the agency is not identifying additional fisheries to observe on the 2021 AD, pursuant to its authority under the ESA. NMFS is not identifying additional fisheries at this time given lack of dedicated resources to implement new observer programs or expand existing observer programs to focus on sea turtles. The two fisheries identified on the 2018 AD (see Table 1) will remain on the AD for a 5-year period and are therefore required to carry observers upon NMFS’ request until December 31, 2022. The four fisheries identified on the 2020 AD (see Table 1) will remain on the AD for a 5-year period and are therefore required to carry observers upon NMFS’ request until September 29, 2025. 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; International Design Applications (Hague Agreement) United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of an 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: TABLE 1—STATE AND FEDERAL COM- 0651–0075 (International Design MERCIAL FISHERIES INCLUDED ON Applications (Hague Agreement)). The THE 2018 AND 2020 ANNUAL DE- purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding TERMINATIONS submission of the information collection Years eligible to OMB. Fishery to carry DATES: To ensure consideration, observers comments regarding this information collection must be received on or before Trawl Fisheries November 30, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are Southeastern U.S. Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico shrimp invited to submit written comments by trawl ................................... 2020–2025 any of the following methods. Do not Gulf of Mexico mixed spesubmit Confidential Business cies fish trawl .................... 2020–2025 Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. Gillnet Fisheries • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0075 Mid-Atlantic gillnet ................ 2018–2022 comment’’ in the subject line of the Chesapeake Bay inshore gillnet ................................. 2020–2025 message. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: https:// Long Island inshore gillnet ... 2020–2025 www.regulations.gov. • Mail: Kimberly Hardy, Office of the Pound Net/Weir/Seine Fisheries Chief Administrative Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Gulf of Mexico menhaden purse seine ....................... 2018–2022 P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313– 1450. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: September 23, 2020. Requests for additional information Donna S. Wieting, should be directed to Rafael Bacares, Director, Office of Protected Resources, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent National Marine Fisheries Service. Legal Administration, United States [FR Doc. 2020–21468 Filed 9–28–20; 8:45 am] Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box BILLING CODE 3510–22–P 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272–3276; or by email to Rafael.Bacares@uspto.gov with ‘‘0651–0075 comment’’ in the subject line. Additional information about this information collection is also available at https://www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract The Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLTIA) VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Sep 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 amends the patent laws to implement the provisions of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs (hereinafter ‘‘Hague Agreement’’) in title 1, and the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) in title 2. The Hague Agreement is an international agreement that enables an applicant to file a single international design application which may have the effect of an application for protection for the design(s) in countries and/or intergovernmental organizations that are Parties to the Hague Agreement (the ‘‘Contracting Parties’’) designated in the applications. The United States is a Contracting Party to the Hague Agreement, which took effect with respect to the United States on May 13, 2015. The Hague Agreeement is administered by the International Bureau (IB) of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) located in Geneva, Switzerland. This collection covers information filed by U.S. applicants for the prosecution of international design applications ‘‘indirectly’’ through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which will forward the applications to the IB or ‘‘directly’’ with the IB. The IB ascertains whether the international design application complies with formal requirements, registers the international design in the International register, and publishes the international registration in the International Designs Bulletin. The international registration contains all of the data of the international application, any reproduction of the industrial design, date of the international registration, number of the international registration, and relevant class of the International Classification. The IB will provide a copy of the publication of the international registration to each Contracting party designated by the applicant. A designated Contracting Party may perform a substantive examination of the design application. The USPTO will perform a substantive examination for patentability of the international design application, as in the case of regular U.S. design applications. The industrial design or designs will be eligible for protection in all the Contracting Parties designated by applicants. In addition, this collection covers the various fees related to the processing of International design applications, such as the: (1) Basic fee; (2) standard designation fee(s); (3) individual designation fee(s); and (4) publication fee. Also, an additional fee is required where the applications contain a description that exceeds 100 words, and a transmittal fee is required for E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1 60965 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 29, 2020 / Notices international design applications filed through an office of indirect filing. The fees required by the IB may be paid either directly to the IB or through the USPTO as an office of indirect filing in the amounts specified on the WIPO website. If applicants want to pay the required fees through USPTO as an office of indirect filing, the fees must be paid no later than the date of payment of the transmittal fee. The fees will then be forwarded to the IB. The Hague Agreement enables applicants from Contracting Parties to obtain protection of their designs with minimal formalities and expenses in multiple countries and/or regions. The Hague Agreement is administered by the IB, which simplifies the management of an industrial design registration. For example, through the IB, applicants can record changes of their representatives or changes in ownership, and renew their international registration. II. Method of Collection Most of the items in this information collection can either be submitted electronically through Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web) or mailed to the USPTO. III. Data OMB Number: 0651–0075. Form Numbers: WIPO DM = WIPO Dessins et Modeles (design representations); PTOL = Patent Trademark Office Legal • WIPO DM/1 (Application for International Registration—entitled Hague Agreement Concerning The International Registration of Industrial Design) • PTOL–85 Part B (Hague): (Issue Fee to USPTO for an International Design Application) • WIPO DM/1/I Annex: (Declaration on Inventorship for Purposes of Designation of the United States) • WIPO DM/1/I Annex: (Substitute Statement in Lieu of a Declaration of Inventorship for the Purpose of Designating the United States) • WIPO DM/1/III Annex: (Information On Eligibility For Protection) • WIPO DM/1/IV Annex: (Reduction of United States Individual Designation Fee) • WIPO DM/1/V Annex: (Supporting Document(s) Concerning Priority Claim To The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)) • PTO–1595: (Assignment Cover Sheet) Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Private sector; individuals and households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,406 respondents per year. Estimated Number of Responses: 1,706 responses per year. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public between 15 minutes (0.25 hours) and 6 hours to complete a response, depending upon the complexity of the situation. This includes the time to gather the necessary information, prepare the appropriate documents, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. Estimated Total Response Burden Hours: 2,301 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: $1,279,400. TABLE 1—TOTAL ESTIMATED HOURLY BURDEN FOR PRIVATE SECTOR RESPONDENTS Item No. 1 ........................ 2 ........................ 3 ........................ 4 ........................ 5 ........................ 6 ........................ 7 ........................ 8 ........................ 9 ........................ 10 ...................... 11 ...................... 12 ...................... jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 13 ...................... 14 ...................... Totals ......... Application for International Registration (WIPO DM/1). Claim and Reproductions (Drawings) Transmittal Letter ............................... Appointment of a Representative (WIPO) (WIPO DM/7) filed indirectly through the USPTO Petition to Excuse a Failure to Comply with a Time Limit. Petition to Convert to a Design Application under 35 U.S.C. Chapter 16. Petition to Review a Filing Date ........ Fee Authorization ............................... Petitions to the Commissioner ........... Declaration on Inventorship for Purposes of Designation of the United States (WIPO DM/1/I Annex) filed indirectly through the USPTO. Substitute Statement in Lieu of a Declaration of Inventorship for the Purposes of Designating the United States (WIPO DM/1/I Annex) filed indirectly through the USPTO. Information On Eligibility For Protection (WIPO DM/1/III Annex) filed indirectly through the USPTO. Supporting Document(s) Concerning Priority Claim To The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) (WIPO DM/1/V (Annex) filed indirectly through the USPTO. Issue Fee to USPTO for an International Design Application. ............................................................ 1 2019 Report of the Economic Survey from the Law Practice Management Committee of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated annual respondents Item 18:14 Sep 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 Estimated annual responses Estimated time for response (hours) Estimated annual burden hours Rate 1 ($/hour) Estimated annual burden (a) (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) 151 ....................... 151 6 ........................... 906 $400 $362,400 Same as line 1 ..... Same as line 1 ..... Same as line 1 ..... 151 5 62 4 ........................... 2 ........................... 0.25 (15 minutes) 604 10 16 400 400 400 241,600 4,000 6,400 Same as line 1 ..... 1 4 ........................... 4 400 1,600 Same as line 1 ..... 1 4 ........................... 4 400 1,600 ..... ..... ..... ..... 2 10 4 30 4 ........................... .25 (15 minutes) ... 4 ........................... 0.50 (30 minutes) 8 3 16 15 400 400 400 400 3,200 1,200 6,400 6,000 Same as line 1 ..... 2 0.50 (30 minutes) 1 400 400 Same as line 1 ..... 3 1 ........................... 3 400 1,200 Same as line 1 ..... 5 .5 (30 minutes) ..... 3 400 1,200 1,219 .................... 1,219 .5 (30 minutes) ..... 610 400 244,000 1,370 .................... 1,646 ............................... 2,203 ................ 881,200 Same Same Same Same as as as as line line line line 1 1 1 1 American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). https://www.aipla.org/detail/journal- PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 issue/2019-report-of-the-economic-survey. The hourly rate of $400. E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1 60966 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 29, 2020 / Notices TABLE 2—TOTAL ESTIMATED HOURLY BURDEN FOR INDIVIDUAL AND HOUSEHOLD RESPONDENTS Item No. 1 ........................ 2 ........................ 3 ........................ 4 ........................ 5 ........................ 6 ........................ 7 ........................ 8 ........................ 9 ........................ 11 ...................... 12 ...................... 14 ...................... 15 ...................... Totals ......... Estimated annual respondents Item Application for International Registration (Micro-Entity). Claim and Reproductions (Drawings). Transmittal Letter ......................... Appointment of a Representative (WIPO DM/7) filed indirectly through the USPTO. Petition to Excuse a Failure to Comply with a Time Limit. Petition to Convert to a Design Application under 35 U.S.C. Chapter 16. Petition to Review a Filing Date .. Fee Authorization ........................ Petitions to the Commissioner .... Declaration on Inventorship for Purposes of Designation of the United States (WIPO DM/1/I Annex) filed indirectly through the USPTO. Substitute Statement in Lieu of a Declaration of Inventorship for the Purposes of Designating the United States (WIPO DM/1/ I Annex) filed indirectly through the USPTO. Issue Fee to UPSTO for an International Design Application. Reduction of United States Individual Designation Fee (WIPO DM/1/IV (Annex) filed indirectly through the USPTO. ...................................................... Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: $3,389,280. There are no maintenance, operation, capital start-up, or recordkeeping costs associated with this information Estimated annual responses Estimated time for response (hours) Estimated annual burden hours Rate 2 ($/hour) Estimated annual respondent cost burden (a) (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) 6 ........................... 6 6 .................................. 36 $400 $14,400 Same as line 1 ..... 6 4 .................................. 24 400 9,600 Same as line 1 ..... Same as line 1 ..... 1 2 2 .................................. 0.25 (15 minutes) ....... 2 1 400 400 800 400 Same as line 1 ..... 1 4 .................................. 4 400 1,600 Same as line 1 ..... 1 4 .................................. 4 400 1,600 Same Same Same Same ..... ..... ..... ..... 1 1 1 3 4 .................................. 0.25 (15 minutes) ....... 0.25 (15 minutes) ....... 0.50 (30 minutes) ....... 4 1 1 2 400 400 400 400 1,600 400 400 800 Same as line 1 ..... 1 0.50 (30 minutes) ....... 1 400 400 30 ......................... 30 0.50 (30 minutes) ....... 15 400 6,000 Same as line 1 ..... 6 0.50 (30 minutes) ....... 3 400 1,200 36 ......................... 60 ..................................... 98 ................ 39,200 as as as as line line line line 1 1 1 1 collection. However, this information collection does have annual (non-hour) costs in the form of filing fees, drawing costs, and postage fees. The total estimated filing fee costs for this information collection is $3,376,872, detailed in Table 3 below. TABLE 3—FILING FEES Item No. Item 1 .................................. 1 .................................. 1 .................................. 1 .................................. 1 .................................. 1 .................................. 1 .................................. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 1 .................................. 1 .................................. 1 .................................. Filing fee Amount Total filing fee cost (a) (b) (a) × (b) = (c) Application for International Registration (electronic)—Average Fee per registration to WIPO (USPTO collects and transmits it to WIPO). Application for International Registration (electronic)—Designation Fee (first part) for the U.S. (collecting for WIPO) (regular entity). Application for International Registration (electronic)—Designation Fee (first part) for the U.S. (collecting for WIPO) (small entity). Application for International Registration (electronic)—Designation Fee (first part) for the U.S. (collecting for WIPO) (micro entity). Application for International Registration submitted to WIPO—Designation Fee (first part) for the U.S. (Transmitting to the USPTO by WIPO) (regular entity). Application for International Registration submitted to WIPO—Designation Fee (first part) for the U.S. (Transmitting to the USPTO by WIPO) (small entity). Application for International Registration submitted to WIPO—Designation Fee (first part) for the U.S. (Transmitting to the USPTO by WIPO) (micro entity). Application for International Registration (electronic)—Transmittal Fee (set by and collected by USPTO) (regular entity). Application for International Registration (electronic)—Transmittal Fee (set by and collected by USPTO) (small entity). Application for International Registration (electronic)—Transmittal Fee (set by and collected by USPTO) (micro entity). 2 2019 Report of the Economic Survey from the Law Practice Management Committee of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated annual response 18:14 Sep 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). https://www.aipla.org/detail/journal- PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 157 $2,131 $334,567 10 960 9,600 11 480 5,280 6 240 1,440 1,651 960 1,584,960 527 480 252,960 138 240 33,120 89 120 10,680 62 60 3,720 6 30 180 issue/2019-report-of-the-economic-survey The hourly rate of $400. E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1 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

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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; International Design Applications (Hague Agreement)

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

ACTION: Notice of an 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: 
0651-0075 (International Design Applications (Hague Agreement)). 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: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0075 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: https://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 Rafael Bacares, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of 
Patent Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 
P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-3276; 
or by email to [email protected] with ``0651-0075 comment'' in 
the subject line. Additional information about this information 
collection is also available at https://www.reginfo.gov under 
``Information Collection Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLTIA) amends 
the patent laws to implement the provisions of the Geneva Act of the 
Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial 
Designs (hereinafter ``Hague Agreement'') in title 1, and the Patent 
Law Treaty (PLT) in title 2. The Hague Agreement is an international 
agreement that enables an applicant to file a single international 
design application which may have the effect of an application for 
protection for the design(s) in countries and/or intergovernmental 
organizations that are Parties to the Hague Agreement (the 
``Contracting Parties'') designated in the applications. The United 
States is a Contracting Party to the Hague Agreement, which took effect 
with respect to the United States on May 13, 2015. The Hague Agreeement 
is administered by the International Bureau (IB) of World Intellectual 
Property Organization (WIPO) located in Geneva, Switzerland.
    This collection covers information filed by U.S. applicants for the 
prosecution of international design applications ``indirectly'' through 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which will 
forward the applications to the IB or ``directly'' with the IB. The IB 
ascertains whether the international design application complies with 
formal requirements, registers the international design in the 
International register, and publishes the international registration in 
the International Designs Bulletin. The international registration 
contains all of the data of the international application, any 
reproduction of the industrial design, date of the international 
registration, number of the international registration, and relevant 
class of the International Classification.
    The IB will provide a copy of the publication of the international 
registration to each Contracting party designated by the applicant. A 
designated Contracting Party may perform a substantive examination of 
the design application. The USPTO will perform a substantive 
examination for patentability of the international design application, 
as in the case of regular U.S. design applications. The industrial 
design or designs will be eligible for protection in all the 
Contracting Parties designated by applicants.
    In addition, this collection covers the various fees related to the 
processing of International design applications, such as the: (1) Basic 
fee; (2) standard designation fee(s); (3) individual designation 
fee(s); and (4) publication fee. Also, an additional fee is required 
where the applications contain a description that exceeds 100 words, 
and a transmittal fee is required for

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international design applications filed through an office of indirect 
filing. The fees required by the IB may be paid either directly to the 
IB or through the USPTO as an office of indirect filing in the amounts 
specified on the WIPO website. If applicants want to pay the required 
fees through USPTO as an office of indirect filing, the fees must be 
paid no later than the date of payment of the transmittal fee. The fees 
will then be forwarded to the IB.
    The Hague Agreement enables applicants from Contracting Parties to 
obtain protection of their designs with minimal formalities and 
expenses in multiple countries and/or regions. The Hague Agreement is 
administered by the IB, which simplifies the management of an 
industrial design registration. For example, through the IB, applicants 
can record changes of their representatives or changes in ownership, 
and renew their international registration.

II. Method of Collection

    Most of the items in this information collection can either be 
submitted electronically through Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web) 
or mailed to the USPTO.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-0075.
    Form Numbers: WIPO DM = WIPO Dessins et Modeles (design 
representations); PTOL = Patent Trademark Office Legal

 WIPO DM/1 (Application for International Registration--
entitled Hague Agreement Concerning The International Registration of 
Industrial Design)
 PTOL-85 Part B (Hague): (Issue Fee to USPTO for an 
International Design Application)
 WIPO DM/1/I Annex: (Declaration on Inventorship for Purposes 
of Designation of the United States)
 WIPO DM/1/I Annex: (Substitute Statement in Lieu of a 
Declaration of Inventorship for the Purpose of Designating the United 
States)
 WIPO DM/1/III Annex: (Information On Eligibility For 
Protection)
 WIPO DM/1/IV Annex: (Reduction of United States Individual 
Designation Fee)
 WIPO DM/1/V Annex: (Supporting Document(s) Concerning Priority 
Claim To The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO))
 PTO-1595: (Assignment Cover Sheet)

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Affected Public: Private sector; individuals and households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,406 respondents per year.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 1,706 responses per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public between 15 minutes (0.25 hours) and 6 hours to complete a 
response, depending upon the complexity of the situation. This includes 
the time to gather the necessary information, prepare the appropriate 
documents, and submit the completed request to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Response Burden Hours: 2,301 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: $1,279,400.
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    \1\ 2019 Report of the Economic Survey from the Law Practice 
Management Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law 
Association (AIPLA). https://www.aipla.org/detail/journal-issue/2019-report-of-the-economic-survey. The hourly rate of $400.

                                          Table 1--Total Estimated Hourly Burden for Private Sector Respondents
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                                                                        Estimated                                Estimated                   Estimated
       Item No.                Item             Estimated annual         annual        Estimated time  for     annual  burden   Rate \1\  annual  burden
                                                  respondents           responses       response  (hours)          hours        ($/hour)
                                                                                (a)  (b)....................  (a) x (b) = (c)        (d)     (c) x (d) =
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1.....................  Application for     151....................             151  6......................              906       $400        $362,400
                         International
                         Registration
                         (WIPO DM/1).
2.....................  Claim and           Same as line 1.........             151  4......................              604        400         241,600
                         Reproductions
                         (Drawings).
3.....................  Transmittal Letter  Same as line 1.........               5  2......................               10        400           4,000
4.....................  Appointment of a    Same as line 1.........              62  0.25 (15 minutes)......               16        400           6,400
                         Representative
                         (WIPO) (WIPO DM/
                         7) filed
                         indirectly
                         through the USPTO
5.....................  Petition to Excuse  Same as line 1.........               1  4......................                4        400           1,600
                         a Failure to
                         Comply with a
                         Time Limit.
6.....................  Petition to         Same as line 1.........               1  4......................                4        400           1,600
                         Convert to a
                         Design
                         Application under
                         35 U.S.C. Chapter
                         16.
7.....................  Petition to Review  Same as line 1.........               2  4......................                8        400           3,200
                         a Filing Date.
8.....................  Fee Authorization.  Same as line 1.........              10  .25 (15 minutes).......                3        400           1,200
9.....................  Petitions to the    Same as line 1.........               4  4......................               16        400           6,400
                         Commissioner.
10....................  Declaration on      Same as line 1.........              30  0.50 (30 minutes)......               15        400           6,000
                         Inventorship for
                         Purposes of
                         Designation of
                         the United States
                         (WIPO DM/1/I
                         Annex) filed
                         indirectly
                         through the USPTO.
11....................  Substitute          Same as line 1.........               2  0.50 (30 minutes)......                1        400             400
                         Statement in Lieu
                         of a Declaration
                         of Inventorship
                         for the Purposes
                         of Designating
                         the United States
                         (WIPO DM/1/I
                         Annex) filed
                         indirectly
                         through the USPTO.
12....................  Information On      Same as line 1.........               3  1......................                3        400           1,200
                         Eligibility For
                         Protection (WIPO
                         DM/1/III Annex)
                         filed indirectly
                         through the USPTO.
13....................  Supporting          Same as line 1.........               5  .5 (30 minutes)........                3        400           1,200
                         Document(s)
                         Concerning
                         Priority Claim To
                         The Korean
                         Intellectual
                         Property Office
                         (KIPO) (WIPO DM/1/
                         V (Annex) filed
                         indirectly
                         through the USPTO.
14....................  Issue Fee to USPTO  1,219..................           1,219  .5 (30 minutes)........              610        400         244,000
                         for an
                         International
                         Design
                         Application.
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    Totals............  ..................  1,370..................           1,646  .......................            2,203  .........         881,200
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                                     Table 2--Total Estimated Hourly Burden for Individual and Household Respondents
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                                                                                                                                             Estimated
                                             Estimated  annual       Estimated        Estimated  time for        Estimated      Rate \2\      annual
       Item No.               Item              respondents           annual           response  (hours)       annual  burden  ($/hour)     respondent
                                                                     responses                                     hours                    cost burden
                                                                             (a)  (b).......................  (a) x (b) = (c)        (d)     (c) x (d) =
                                                                                                                                                     (e)
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1....................  Application for    6.....................               6  6.........................               36       $400         $14,400
                        International
                        Registration
                        (Micro-Entity).
2....................  Claim and          Same as line 1........               6  4.........................               24        400           9,600
                        Reproductions
                        (Drawings).
3....................  Transmittal        Same as line 1........               1  2.........................                2        400             800
                        Letter.
4....................  Appointment of a   Same as line 1........               2  0.25 (15 minutes).........                1        400             400
                        Representative
                        (WIPO DM/7)
                        filed indirectly
                        through the
                        USPTO.
5....................  Petition to        Same as line 1........               1  4.........................                4        400           1,600
                        Excuse a Failure
                        to Comply with a
                        Time Limit.
6....................  Petition to        Same as line 1........               1  4.........................                4        400           1,600
                        Convert to a
                        Design
                        Application
                        under 35 U.S.C.
                        Chapter 16.
7....................  Petition to        Same as line 1........               1  4.........................                4        400           1,600
                        Review a Filing
                        Date.
8....................  Fee Authorization  Same as line 1........               1  0.25 (15 minutes).........                1        400             400
9....................  Petitions to the   Same as line 1........               1  0.25 (15 minutes).........                1        400             400
                        Commissioner.
11...................  Declaration on     Same as line 1........               3  0.50 (30 minutes).........                2        400             800
                        Inventorship for
                        Purposes of
                        Designation of
                        the United
                        States (WIPO DM/
                        1/I Annex) filed
                        indirectly
                        through the
                        USPTO.
12...................  Substitute         Same as line 1........               1  0.50 (30 minutes).........                1        400             400
                        Statement in
                        Lieu of a
                        Declaration of
                        Inventorship for
                        the Purposes of
                        Designating the
                        United States
                        (WIPO DM/1/I
                        Annex) filed
                        indirectly
                        through the
                        USPTO.
14...................  Issue Fee to       30....................              30  0.50 (30 minutes).........               15        400           6,000
                        UPSTO for an
                        International
                        Design
                        Application.
15...................  Reduction of       Same as line 1........               6  0.50 (30 minutes).........                3        400           1,200
                        United States
                        Individual
                        Designation Fee
                        (WIPO DM/1/IV
                        (Annex) filed
                        indirectly
                        through the
                        USPTO.
                                         ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Totals...........  .................  36....................              60  ..........................               98  .........          39,200
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    Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: 
$3,389,280.
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    \2\ 2019 Report of the Economic Survey from the Law Practice 
Management Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law 
Association (AIPLA). https://www.aipla.org/detail/journal-issue/2019-report-of-the-economic-survey The hourly rate of $400.
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    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 filing fees, drawing costs, and postage fees.
    The total estimated filing fee costs for this information 
collection is $3,376,872, detailed in Table 3 below.

                                              Table 3--Filing Fees
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                                                                     Estimated
              Item No.                           Item                 annual        Filing fee     Total filing
                                                                     response         Amount         fee cost
                                      ..........................             (a)             (b)     (a) x (b) =
                                                                                                             (c)
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1...................................  Application for                        157          $2,131        $334,567
                                       International
                                       Registration
                                       (electronic)--Average Fee
                                       per registration to WIPO
                                       (USPTO collects and
                                       transmits it to WIPO).
1...................................  Application for                         10             960           9,600
                                       International
                                       Registration
                                       (electronic)--Designation
                                       Fee (first part) for the
                                       U.S. (collecting for
                                       WIPO) (regular entity).
1...................................  Application for                         11             480           5,280
                                       International
                                       Registration
                                       (electronic)--Designation
                                       Fee (first part) for the
                                       U.S. (collecting for
                                       WIPO) (small entity).
1...................................  Application for                          6             240           1,440
                                       International
                                       Registration
                                       (electronic)--Designation
                                       Fee (first part) for the
                                       U.S. (collecting for
                                       WIPO) (micro entity).
1...................................  Application for                      1,651             960       1,584,960
                                       International
                                       Registration submitted to
                                       WIPO--Designation Fee
                                       (first part) for the U.S.
                                       (Transmitting to the
                                       USPTO by WIPO) (regular
                                       entity).
1...................................  Application for                        527             480         252,960
                                       International
                                       Registration submitted to
                                       WIPO--Designation Fee
                                       (first part) for the U.S.
                                       (Transmitting to the
                                       USPTO by WIPO) (small
                                       entity).
1...................................  Application for                        138             240          33,120
                                       International
                                       Registration submitted to
                                       WIPO--Designation Fee
                                       (first part) for the U.S.
                                       (Transmitting to the
                                       USPTO by WIPO) (micro
                                       entity).
1...................................  Application for                         89             120          10,680
                                       International
                                       Registration
                                       (electronic)--Transmittal
                                       Fee (set by and collected
                                       by USPTO) (regular
                                       entity).
1...................................  Application for                         62              60           3,720
                                       International
                                       Registration
                                       (electronic)--Transmittal
                                       Fee (set by and collected
                                       by USPTO) (small entity).
1...................................  Application for                          6              30             180
                                       International
                                       Registration
                                       (electronic)--Transmittal
                                       Fee (set by and collected
                                       by USPTO) (micro entity).

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5...................................  Petition to Excuse a                     1           2,000           2,000
                                       Failure to Comply with a
                                       Time Limit (regular
                                       entity).
5...................................  Petition to Excuse a                     1           1,000           1,000
                                       Failure to Comply with a
                                       Time Limit (small entity).
5...................................  Petition to Excuse a                     1             500             500
                                       Failure to Comply with a
                                       Time Limit (micro entity).
6...................................  Petition to Convert to a                 1             180             180
                                       Design Application under
                                       35 U.S.C. Chapter 16
                                       (regular entity).
6...................................  Petition to Convert to a                 1              90              90
                                       Design Application under
                                       35 U.S.C. Chapter 16
                                       (small entity).
6...................................  Petition to Convert to a                 1              45              45
                                       Design Application under
                                       35 U.S.C. Chapter 16
                                       (micro entity).
7...................................  Petition to Review a                     1             400             400
                                       Filing Date (regular
                                       entity).
7...................................  Petition to Review a                     1             200             200
                                       Filing Date (small
                                       entity).
7...................................  Petition to Review a                     1             100             100
                                       Filing Date (micro
                                       entity).
9...................................  Petitions to Commissioner                3             400           1,200
                                       (regular entity).
9...................................  Petitions to Commissioner                1             200             200
                                       (small entity).
9...................................  Petitions to Commissioner                1             100             100
                                       (micro entity).
14..................................  Issue Fee to UPSTO for an              972             700         680,400
                                       International Design
                                       Application (regular
                                       entity).
14..................................  Issue Fee to UPSTO for an              247             350          86,450
                                       International Design
                                       Application (small
                                       entity).
14..................................  Issue Fee to UPSTO for an               30             175           5,250
                                       International Design
                                       Application (micro
                                       entity).
14..................................  Application for                        420             700         294,000
                                       International
                                       Registration submitted to
                                       WIPO--Issue Fee (Second
                                       part) for the U.S.
                                       (Transmitting to the
                                       USPTO by WIPO) (regular
                                       entity).
14..................................  Application for                        155             350          54,250
                                       International
                                       Registration submitted to
                                       WIPO--Issue Fee (Second
                                       part) for the U.S.
                                       (Transmitting to the
                                       USPTO by WIPO) (small
                                       entity).
14..................................  Application for                         80             175          14,000
                                       International
                                       Registration submitted to
                                       WIPO--Issue Fee (Second
                                       part) for the U.S.
                                       (Transmitting to the
                                       USPTO by WIPO) (micro-
                                       entity).
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
    Total...........................  ..........................  ..............  ..............       3,376,872
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    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.

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. 2020-21553 Filed 9-28-20; 8:45 am]
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