New Implementation Date for Patent Practitioner Registration Statement and Continuing Legal Education Certification, 30920-30921 [2021-12149]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 30920 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 110 / Thursday, June 10, 2021 / Notices Type of Request: New information collection. Number of Respondents: 36. Average Hours per Response: 60 hours. Burden Hours: 2,160 hours. Needs and Uses: In 2012, the Next Generation 911 (NG911) Advancement Act of 2012 (Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, Pub. L. 112–96, Title VI, Subtitle E (codified at 47 U.S.C. 942)) enacted changes to this program. It reauthorized the 911 Implementation Coordination Office (ICO), a joint effort between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). 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AGENCY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) is delaying the implementation of the biennial mandatory registration statement required from registered patent practitioners and individuals granted limited recognition to practice before the USPTO in patent matters until November 1, 2024. However, beginning in the spring of 2022, registered patent practitioners and individuals granted recognition to practice before the USPTO in patent matters may voluntarily certify that they have completed six credit hours of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 continuing legal education (CLE) in the preceding 24 months. DATES: New Implementation Date: The USPTO anticipates that the registration statement will first be collected on November 1, 2024. The voluntary certification of CLE will commence in the spring of 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Covey, Deputy General Counsel and Director OED, at 571–272–4097. Please direct media inquiries to the USPTO’s Office of the Chief Communications Officer at 571–272– 8400. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the final rule, Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2020, 85 FR 46932 (Aug. 3, 2020), registered patent practitioners and individuals granted limited recognition to practice before the USPTO in patent matters may be required to biennially submit a mandatory registration statement. See 37 CFR 11.11(a)(2). The final rule also provided that registered patent practitioners and individuals granted limited recognition to practice before the USPTO in patent matters who have completed six credits of CLE in the preceding 24 months (including five hours of CLE in patent law and practice and one hour of CLE in ethics) may voluntarily certify such completion to the OED Director. 37 CFR 11.11(a)(3)(i). In the final rule, the USPTO anticipated that practitioners would first be required to submit a registration statement in the spring of 2022, and that patent practitioners would make the voluntary CLE certification, if desired, when submitting the registration statement. 85 FR 46932, at 46948. On October 9, 2020, the USPTO published proposed CLE guidelines with a request for comments in the Federal Register, seeking public input on the guidelines. 85 FR 64128. The request for comments closed on January 7, 2021. The USPTO received 26 comments, addressing both the proposed CLE guidelines and the provisions of the final patent fee rule which establish the biennial electronic registration statement. After considering numerous factors, the USPTO has decided to delay the implementation of the registration statement. The decision to delay is based, in part, on the USPTO’s consideration of public comments received regarding the registration statement in response to the request for public comments on the proposed CLE guidelines. The USPTO’s decision is also based on a close analysis of operational priorities and budget. The USPTO notes that delaying E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM 10JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 110 / Thursday, June 10, 2021 / Notices implementation of the registration statement will allow the Office to conserve resources by integrating the registration statement with other USPTO information systems. Based on these considerations, the USPTO anticipates that the registration statement will first be collected on November 1, 2024. Once a new date for collection of the registration statement is certain, the public will be given at least 120 days advance notice. However, as stated in the 2020 patent fee rule, the USPTO will proceed with the voluntary CLE certification beginning in the spring of 2022. Prior to the implementation of the registration statement (i.e., prior to November 1, 2024), registered patent practitioners and individuals granted limited recognition to practice in patent matters before the Office may voluntarily certify their CLE completion in accordance with 37 CFR 11.11(a)(3)(i) by logging into the Office of Enrollment and Discipline Information System— Customer Interface (OEDIS–CI), available at https://oedci.uspto.gov/ OEDCI/SignInServlet. As registered patent practitioners and individuals granted limited recognition to practice in patent matters before the USPTO already use the OEDIS–CI system to update other information with OED, the USPTO believes that it will be efficient and convenient for practitioners to make the voluntary CLE certification, if they wish, through this same system. The USPTO will issue more specific guidance and instructions for making the certification in subsequent months. Andrew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2021–12149 Filed 6–9–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Applications for New Awards; Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2022 for the Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs, Assistance Listing Numbers (ALNs) 84.305A, 84.305B, 84.305D, 84.305R, 84.305S, SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:15 Jun 09, 2021 Jkt 253001 and 84.324X. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 4040–0001. DATES: The dates when applications are available and the deadlines for transmittal of applications invited under this notice are indicated in the chart at the end of this notice and in the Requests for Applications (RFAs) that are posted at the following websites: https://ies.ed.gov/funding, www.ed.gov/ programs/edresearch/index.html, and www.ed.gov/programs/ specialedresearch/index.html. ADDRESSES: For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768) and available at www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-201902-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The contact person associated with a particular research competition is listed in the chart at the end of this notice, as well as in the relevant RFA and application package. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1–800–877– 8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: In awarding these grants, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) intends to provide national leadership in expanding knowledge and understanding of (1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for a disability, (2) education outcomes for all learners from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education, and (3) employment and wage outcomes when relevant (such as for those engaged in career and technical, postsecondary, or adult education). The IES research grant programs are designed to provide interested individuals and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all learners. These interested individuals include parents, educators, learners, researchers, and policymakers. In carrying out its grant programs, IES provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30921 Competitions in This Notice: IES is announcing seven research competitions through two of its centers: The IES National Center for Education Research (NCER) is announcing five competitions—one competition in each of the following areas: Education research; education research training; systematic replication in education; statistical and research methodology in education; and using longitudinal data to support State education recovery policymaking. The IES National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) is announcing two competitions for research to accelerate pandemic recovery in special education. NCER Competitions The Education Research Competition. Under this competition, NCER will consider only applications that address one of the following topics: • Career and Technical Education. • Civics Education and Social Studies. • Cognition and Student Learning. • Early Learning Programs and Policies. • Effective Instruction. • English Learners. • Improving Education Systems. • Postsecondary and Adult Education. • Literacy. • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education. • Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning. Note: While NCER is not now establishing a separate, stand-alone topic area within the Education Research Grants competition inviting research related to COVID–19 as authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), we invite applications to the standing topics listed above designed to accomplish this purpose. If you intend to submit a project in one of the topic areas identified above that is specifically intended to address COVID–19 learning loss, we ask that you express or state this intention clearly in your proposal and on item 4(b) of the SF424 Federal Application Assistance Form. The Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences Competition. Under this competition, NCER will consider only applications that address one of the following topics: • Early Career Mentoring Program for Faculty at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs).1 1 To qualify as an MSI for the purpose of the Early Career Mentoring Program, the institution must E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM Continued 10JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 110 (Thursday, June 10, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 30920-30921]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-12149]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No. PTO-C-2021-0016]


New Implementation Date for Patent Practitioner Registration 
Statement and Continuing Legal Education Certification

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

ACTION: Notice of revised implementation date.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or 
Office) is delaying the implementation of the biennial mandatory 
registration statement required from registered patent practitioners 
and individuals granted limited recognition to practice before the 
USPTO in patent matters until November 1, 2024. However, beginning in 
the spring of 2022, registered patent practitioners and individuals 
granted recognition to practice before the USPTO in patent matters may 
voluntarily certify that they have completed six credit hours of 
continuing legal education (CLE) in the preceding 24 months.

DATES: New Implementation Date: The USPTO anticipates that the 
registration statement will first be collected on November 1, 2024. The 
voluntary certification of CLE will commence in the spring of 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Covey, Deputy General Counsel 
and Director OED, at 571-272-4097. Please direct media inquiries to the 
USPTO's Office of the Chief Communications Officer at 571-272-8400.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the final rule, Setting and 
Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2020, 85 FR 46932 (Aug. 3, 
2020), registered patent practitioners and individuals granted limited 
recognition to practice before the USPTO in patent matters may be 
required to biennially submit a mandatory registration statement. See 
37 CFR 11.11(a)(2). The final rule also provided that registered patent 
practitioners and individuals granted limited recognition to practice 
before the USPTO in patent matters who have completed six credits of 
CLE in the preceding 24 months (including five hours of CLE in patent 
law and practice and one hour of CLE in ethics) may voluntarily certify 
such completion to the OED Director. 37 CFR 11.11(a)(3)(i). In the 
final rule, the USPTO anticipated that practitioners would first be 
required to submit a registration statement in the spring of 2022, and 
that patent practitioners would make the voluntary CLE certification, 
if desired, when submitting the registration statement. 85 FR 46932, at 
46948.
    On October 9, 2020, the USPTO published proposed CLE guidelines 
with a request for comments in the Federal Register, seeking public 
input on the guidelines. 85 FR 64128. The request for comments closed 
on January 7, 2021. The USPTO received 26 comments, addressing both the 
proposed CLE guidelines and the provisions of the final patent fee rule 
which establish the biennial electronic registration statement.
    After considering numerous factors, the USPTO has decided to delay 
the implementation of the registration statement. The decision to delay 
is based, in part, on the USPTO's consideration of public comments 
received regarding the registration statement in response to the 
request for public comments on the proposed CLE guidelines. The USPTO's 
decision is also based on a close analysis of operational priorities 
and budget. The USPTO notes that delaying

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implementation of the registration statement will allow the Office to 
conserve resources by integrating the registration statement with other 
USPTO information systems. Based on these considerations, the USPTO 
anticipates that the registration statement will first be collected on 
November 1, 2024. Once a new date for collection of the registration 
statement is certain, the public will be given at least 120 days 
advance notice.
    However, as stated in the 2020 patent fee rule, the USPTO will 
proceed with the voluntary CLE certification beginning in the spring of 
2022. Prior to the implementation of the registration statement (i.e., 
prior to November 1, 2024), registered patent practitioners and 
individuals granted limited recognition to practice in patent matters 
before the Office may voluntarily certify their CLE completion in 
accordance with 37 CFR 11.11(a)(3)(i) by logging into the Office of 
Enrollment and Discipline Information System--Customer Interface 
(OEDIS-CI), available at https://oedci.uspto.gov/OEDCI/SignInServlet. 
As registered patent practitioners and individuals granted limited 
recognition to practice in patent matters before the USPTO already use 
the OEDIS-CI system to update other information with OED, the USPTO 
believes that it will be efficient and convenient for practitioners to 
make the voluntary CLE certification, if they wish, through this same 
system. The USPTO will issue more specific guidance and instructions 
for making the certification in subsequent months.

Andrew Hirshfeld,
Commissioner for Patents, Performing the Functions and Duties of the 
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2021-12149 Filed 6-9-21; 8:45 am]
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