Mailing Address Changes Related to USPTO Deposit Accounts and Patent Maintenance Fees, 35229-35231 [2021-14035]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 125 / Friday, July 2, 2021 / Rules and Regulations access to Government information and services, and for other purposes. List of Subjects in 37 CFR Part 1 Administrative practice and procedure, Biologics, Courts, Freedom of information, Inventions and patents, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Small businesses. For the reasons stated in the preamble, the USPTO amends chapter 1 of title 37 as follows: PART 1—RULES OF PRACTICE IN PATENT CASES 1. The authority citation for part 1 continues to read as follows: Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2), unless otherwise noted. [Amended] 2. Section 1.4 is amended by removing and reserving paragraph (e). ■ § 1.6 [Amended] 3. Section 1.6 is amended by removing and reserving paragraph (d)(1). ■ 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. 2021–14036 Filed 7–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office 37 CFR Parts 1 and 2 [Docket No. PTO–P–2020–0063] RIN 0651–AD52 Mailing Address Changes Related to USPTO Deposit Accounts and Patent Maintenance Fees United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) is revising the Rules of Practice to update the addresses for payments of patent maintenance fees that are not submitted electronically, correspondence related to maintenance fees, and the replenishment of a USPTO deposit account by mail. From December 15, 2020, through December 14, 2021, maintenance fee payments, maintenance fee-related correspondence, and USPTO lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Jul 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 To improve operational efficiencies and consolidate space, the USPTO’s Office of Finance, which includes the Maintenance Fee and Deposit Account Branches, was relocated as of December 15, 2020, from 2051 Jamieson Avenue, Suite 300, in Alexandria, Virginia, to the main USPTO campus in Alexandria, Virginia. Accordingly, this final rule updates the Rules of Practice in Patent Cases and the Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases with both the new mailing address for patent maintenance fees and maintenance fee-related correspondence and the new mailing address for USPTO deposit account replenishments. As of December 15, 2020, correspondence sent by U.S. Postal Service (USPS) first-class mail to pay a USPTO patent maintenance fee, as well as other maintenance fee-related correspondence, should be mailed to: Mail Stop Maintenance Fee, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450. Also as of December 15, 2020, checks and money orders that are sent by USPS first-class mail to replenish a USPTO deposit account should be mailed to: Mail Stop Deposit Accounts, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450. From December 15, 2020, through December 14, 2021, maintenance fee payments, maintenance fee-related correspondence, and USPTO deposit account replenishments sent to the Jamieson Avenue addresses will be forwarded to the new addresses. After December 14, 2021, such mailings may be returned to the sender by the USPS. The appropriate sections of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure and the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure will be revised in due course to reflect these mailing address changes. Maintenance fee payments and USPTO deposit account replenishments submitted electronically on the USPTO website at www.uspto.gov are not SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ■ § 1.4 deposit account replenishments sent to the old addresses will be forwarded to the new addresses. DATES: This final rule is effective on July 2, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inquiries related to maintenance fees and USPTO deposit accounts may be made by calling 571–272–6500. Inquiries related to this final rule should be directed to Matthew Lee, Office of Finance, USPTO, at matthew.lee@ uspto.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 35229 affected by these mailing address changes. Discussion of Specific Rules The following is a discussion of the amendments to 37 CFR part 1. Section 1.1: Section 1.1(a) is amended to remove the reference to paragraph (d)(1) of this section from the listed exceptions. Section 1.1(d) is amended to add the paragraph heading ‘‘Payments of patent maintenance fees’’ and to change the address for payments of patent maintenance fees that are not submitted electronically and correspondence related to maintenance fees to ‘‘Mail Stop Maintenance Fee, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450.’’ Section 1.25: Section 1.25(c) is amended to remove the reference to paragraph (c)(4) of this section, as the paragraph was previously removed. Section 1.25(c)(3) is amended to change the address for payments to replenish a USPTO deposit account to ‘‘Mail Stop Deposit Accounts, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450.’’ The following is a discussion of the amendment to 37 CFR part 2. Section 2.208: Section 2.208(c)(3) is amended to change the address for payments to replenish a USPTO deposit account to ‘‘Mail Stop Deposit Accounts, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313– 1450.’’ Rulemaking Considerations A. Administrative Procedure Act: Since this final rule is directed to changing an Office address, this final rule merely involves rules of agency organization, procedure, or practice within the meaning of 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A) and is a non-substantive change to the regulations. Accordingly, this final rule may be adopted without prior notice and opportunity for public comment under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) and (c). Furthermore, the Office finds good cause to waive the 30-day delayed effectiveness period, as provided by 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), because such delay would be contrary to the public interest in providing accurate contact information for the Office. B. Regulatory Flexibility Act: As prior notice and an opportunity for public comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 (or any other law), neither a Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis nor a certification under the Regulatory E:\FR\FM\02JYR1.SGM 02JYR1 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 35230 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 125 / Friday, July 2, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) is required. See 5 U.S.C. 605(b). C. Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review): This rulemaking has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866 (Sept. 30, 1993). D. Executive Order 13563 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review): The Office has complied with Executive Order 13563 (Jan. 18, 2011). Specifically, the Office has, to the extent feasible and applicable: (1) Made a reasoned determination that the benefits justify the costs of the rule; (2) tailored the rule to impose the least burden on society consistent with obtaining the regulatory objectives; (3) selected a regulatory approach that maximizes net benefits; (4) specified performance objectives; (5) identified and assessed available alternatives; (6) involved the public in an open exchange of information and perspectives among experts in relevant disciplines, affected stakeholders in the private sector, and the public as a whole, and provided online access to the rulemaking docket; (7) attempted to promote coordination, simplification, and harmonization across government agencies and identified goals designed to promote innovation; (8) considered approaches that reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for the public; and (9) ensured the objectivity of scientific and technological information and processes. E. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism): This rulemaking does not contain policies with federalism implications sufficient to warrant preparation of a Federalism Assessment under Executive Order 13132 (Aug. 4, 1999). F. Executive Order 13175 (Tribal Consultation): This rulemaking will not: (1) Have substantial direct effects on one or more Indian tribes, (2) impose substantial direct compliance costs on Indian tribal governments, or (3) preempt tribal law. Therefore, a Tribal Summary Impact Statement is not required under Executive Order 13175 (Nov. 6, 2000). G. Executive Order 13211 (Energy Effects): This rulemaking is not a significant energy action under Executive Order 13211 because this rulemaking is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. Therefore, a Statement of Energy Effects is not required under Executive Order 13211 (May 18, 2001). H. Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice Reform): This rulemaking meets applicable standards to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Jul 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 reduce burden as set forth in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988 (Feb. 5, 1996). I. Executive Order 13045 (Protection of Children): This rulemaking does not concern an environmental risk to health or safety that may disproportionately affect children under Executive Order 13045 (Apr. 21, 1997). J. Executive Order 12630 (Taking of Private Property): This rulemaking will not affect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630 (Mar. 15, 1988). K. Congressional Review Act: Under the Congressional Review Act provisions of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), prior to issuing any final rule, the USPTO will submit a report containing the rule and other required information to the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office. The changes in this rulemaking are not expected to result in an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, a major increase in costs or prices, or significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of United States-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises in domestic and export markets. Therefore, this rulemaking is not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined in 5 U.S.C. 804(2). L. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995: The changes set forth in this rulemaking do not involve a Federal intergovernmental mandate that will result in the expenditure by state, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, of $100 million (as adjusted) or more in any one year, or a Federal private sector mandate that will result in the expenditure by the private sector of $100 million (as adjusted) or more in any one year, and will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no actions are necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995. See 2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq. M. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969: This rulemaking will not have any effect on the quality of the environment and is thus categorically excluded from review under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. See 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. N. National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995: The requirements of section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 272 note) are not applicable because this rulemaking does not contain provisions that involve the use of technical standards. O. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501) requires that the Office consider the impact of paperwork and other information collection burdens imposed on the public. This rulemaking does not involve any new information collection requirements that are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information has a valid OMB control number. List of Subjects 37 CFR Part 1 Administrative practice and procedure, Biologics, Courts, Freedom of information, Inventions and patents, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Small businesses. 37 CFR Part 2 Administrative practice and procedure, Courts, Lawyers, Trademarks. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 37 CFR parts 1 and 2 are amended as follows: PART 1—RULES OF PRACTICE IN PATENT CASES 1. The authority citation for 37 CFR part 1 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2). 2. Section 1.1 is amended by revising paragraph (a) introductory text and paragraph (d) to read as follows: ■ § 1.1 Addresses for non-trademark correspondence with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. (a) In general. Except as provided in paragraphs (a)(3)(i) and (a)(3)(ii) of this section, all correspondence intended for the United States Patent and Trademark Office must be addressed to either ‘‘Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450’’ or to specific areas within the Office as set out in paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(3)(iii) of this section. When appropriate, correspondence should also be marked E:\FR\FM\02JYR1.SGM 02JYR1 35231 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 125 / Friday, July 2, 2021 / Rules and Regulations for the attention of a particular office or individual. * * * * * (d) Payments of patent maintenance fees. Payments of patent maintenance fees that are not submitted electronically and correspondence related to maintenance fees may be addressed to: Mail Stop Maintenance Fee, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450. * * * * * 3. Section 1.25 is amended by revising paragraphs (c) introductory text and (c)(3) to read as follows: ■ § 1.25 Deposit Accounts. * * * * * (c) A deposit account holder may replenish the deposit account by submitting a payment to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A payment to replenish a deposit account must be submitted by one of the methods set forth in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2), or (c)(3) of this section. * * * * * (3) A payment to replenish a deposit account may be addressed to: Mail Stop Deposit Accounts, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450. PART 2—RULES OF PRACTICE IN TRADEMARK CASES 4. The authority citation for 37 CFR part 2 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1113, 15 U.S.C. 1123, 35 U.S.C. 2, section 10(c) of Pub. L. 112–29. 5. Section 2.208 is amended by revising paragraph (c)(3) to read as follows: ■ § 2.208 Deposit Accounts. * * * * (c) * * * (3) A payment to replenish a deposit account may be addressed to: Mail Stop Deposit Accounts, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 * 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. 2021–14035 Filed 7–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Jul 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Part 73 [MB Docket No. 21–54; RM–11879; DA 21– 702; FR ID 34796] Television Broadcasting Services Peoria and Oswego, Illinois Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: On April 14, 2021, the Media Bureau, Video Division (Bureau) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in response to a petition for rulemaking filed by Four Seasons Peoria, LLC (Petitioner), requesting an amendment of the DTV Table of Allotments to delete channel 10 at Peoria, Illinois, substitute channel 10 at Oswego, Illinois, and modify the WAOE license to specify Oswego as its community of license. For the reasons set forth in the Report and Order referenced below, channel 10 is deleted from Peoria, Illinois, and allotted to Oswego, Illinois. Further, WAOE’s community of license is modified to Oswego, Illinois. DATES: Effective July 2, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Manley, Media Bureau, at (202) 418–0596 or Andrew.Manley@fcc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed rule was published at 86 FR 18934 on April 12, 2021. The Petitioner filed comments in support of the petition. No other comments were filed. We believe the public interest would be served by allotting channel 10 at Oswego, Illinois. Oswego (pop. 34,383) is the largest community in Kendall County, Illinois, and clearly qualifies for community of license status for allotment purposes. In addition, the proposal would result in a first local service to Oswego. Moreover, the allotment is consistent with the minimum geographic spacing requirements for new DTV allotments in the Commission’s rules, and the allotment point complies with the rules as the entire community of Oswego is encompassed by the 43 dBm contour. Finally, since the Petitioner does not propose any changes in WAOE’s authorized facilities, the authorized and proposed facilities are mutually exclusive. This is a synopsis of the Commission’s Report and Order, MB Docket No. 21–54; RM–11879; DA 21– 702, adopted June 16, 2021, and released June 16, 2021. The full text of this document is available for download SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 at https://www.fcc.gov/edocs. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202–418–0530 (voice), 202– 418–0432 (tty). This document does not contain information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. In addition, therefore, it does not contain any proposed information collection burden ‘‘for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees,’’ pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107–198, see 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(4). Provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, 5 U.S.C. 601– 612, do not apply to this proceeding. The Commission will send a copy of this Report and Order in a report to be sent to Congress and the Government Accountability Office pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, see 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A). List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 73 Television. Federal Communications Commission. Thomas Horan, Chief of Staff, Media Bureau. Final Rule For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications Commission amends 47 CFR part 73 as follows: PART 73—RADIO BROADCAST SERVICES 1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154, 155, 301, 303, 307, 309, 310, 334, 336, 339. 2. In § 73.622(i), amend the PostTransition Table of DTV Allotments, under Illinois, by adding an entry in alphabetical order for ‘‘Oswego’’ and revising the entry for ‘‘Peoria’’ to read as follows: ■ § 73.622 Digital television table of allotments. * * * (i) * * * * * Community * * Channel No. * * * * * ILLINOIS * * * Oswego ................................. E:\FR\FM\02JYR1.SGM 02JYR1 10.

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office

37 CFR Parts 1 and 2

[Docket No. PTO-P-2020-0063]
RIN 0651-AD52


Mailing Address Changes Related to USPTO Deposit Accounts and 
Patent Maintenance Fees

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or 
Office) is revising the Rules of Practice to update the addresses for 
payments of patent maintenance fees that are not submitted 
electronically, correspondence related to maintenance fees, and the 
replenishment of a USPTO deposit account by mail. From December 15, 
2020, through December 14, 2021, maintenance fee payments, maintenance 
fee-related correspondence, and USPTO deposit account replenishments 
sent to the old addresses will be forwarded to the new addresses.

DATES: This final rule is effective on July 2, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inquiries related to maintenance fees 
and USPTO deposit accounts may be made by calling 571-272-6500. 
Inquiries related to this final rule should be directed to Matthew Lee, 
Office of Finance, USPTO, at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: To improve operational efficiencies and 
consolidate space, the USPTO's Office of Finance, which includes the 
Maintenance Fee and Deposit Account Branches, was relocated as of 
December 15, 2020, from 2051 Jamieson Avenue, Suite 300, in Alexandria, 
Virginia, to the main USPTO campus in Alexandria, Virginia. 
Accordingly, this final rule updates the Rules of Practice in Patent 
Cases and the Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases with both the new 
mailing address for patent maintenance fees and maintenance fee-related 
correspondence and the new mailing address for USPTO deposit account 
replenishments. As of December 15, 2020, correspondence sent by U.S. 
Postal Service (USPS) first-class mail to pay a USPTO patent 
maintenance fee, as well as other maintenance fee-related 
correspondence, should be mailed to: Mail Stop Maintenance Fee, 
Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 
1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450.
    Also as of December 15, 2020, checks and money orders that are sent 
by USPS first-class mail to replenish a USPTO deposit account should be 
mailed to: Mail Stop Deposit Accounts, Director of the United States 
Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-
1450.
    From December 15, 2020, through December 14, 2021, maintenance fee 
payments, maintenance fee-related correspondence, and USPTO deposit 
account replenishments sent to the Jamieson Avenue addresses will be 
forwarded to the new addresses. After December 14, 2021, such mailings 
may be returned to the sender by the USPS.
    The appropriate sections of the Manual of Patent Examining 
Procedure and the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure will be 
revised in due course to reflect these mailing address changes.
    Maintenance fee payments and USPTO deposit account replenishments 
submitted electronically on the USPTO website at www.uspto.gov are not 
affected by these mailing address changes.

Discussion of Specific Rules

    The following is a discussion of the amendments to 37 CFR part 1.
    Section 1.1: Section 1.1(a) is amended to remove the reference to 
paragraph (d)(1) of this section from the listed exceptions.
    Section 1.1(d) is amended to add the paragraph heading ``Payments 
of patent maintenance fees'' and to change the address for payments of 
patent maintenance fees that are not submitted electronically and 
correspondence related to maintenance fees to ``Mail Stop Maintenance 
Fee, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. 
Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450.''
    Section 1.25: Section 1.25(c) is amended to remove the reference to 
paragraph (c)(4) of this section, as the paragraph was previously 
removed.
    Section 1.25(c)(3) is amended to change the address for payments to 
replenish a USPTO deposit account to ``Mail Stop Deposit Accounts, 
Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 
1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450.''
    The following is a discussion of the amendment to 37 CFR part 2.
    Section 2.208: Section 2.208(c)(3) is amended to change the address 
for payments to replenish a USPTO deposit account to ``Mail Stop 
Deposit Accounts, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark 
Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450.''

Rulemaking Considerations

    A. Administrative Procedure Act: Since this final rule is directed 
to changing an Office address, this final rule merely involves rules of 
agency organization, procedure, or practice within the meaning of 5 
U.S.C. 553(b)(A) and is a non-substantive change to the regulations. 
Accordingly, this final rule may be adopted without prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) and (c). 
Furthermore, the Office finds good cause to waive the 30-day delayed 
effectiveness period, as provided by 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), because such 
delay would be contrary to the public interest in providing accurate 
contact information for the Office.
    B. Regulatory Flexibility Act: As prior notice and an opportunity 
for public comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 (or any 
other law), neither a Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis nor a 
certification under the Regulatory

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Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) is required. See 5 U.S.C. 
605(b).
    C. Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review): This 
rulemaking has been determined to be not significant for purposes of 
Executive Order 12866 (Sept. 30, 1993).
    D. Executive Order 13563 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory 
Review): The Office has complied with Executive Order 13563 (Jan. 18, 
2011). Specifically, the Office has, to the extent feasible and 
applicable: (1) Made a reasoned determination that the benefits justify 
the costs of the rule; (2) tailored the rule to impose the least burden 
on society consistent with obtaining the regulatory objectives; (3) 
selected a regulatory approach that maximizes net benefits; (4) 
specified performance objectives; (5) identified and assessed available 
alternatives; (6) involved the public in an open exchange of 
information and perspectives among experts in relevant disciplines, 
affected stakeholders in the private sector, and the public as a whole, 
and provided online access to the rulemaking docket; (7) attempted to 
promote coordination, simplification, and harmonization across 
government agencies and identified goals designed to promote 
innovation; (8) considered approaches that reduce burdens and maintain 
flexibility and freedom of choice for the public; and (9) ensured the 
objectivity of scientific and technological information and processes.
    E. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism): This rulemaking does not 
contain policies with federalism implications sufficient to warrant 
preparation of a Federalism Assessment under Executive Order 13132 
(Aug. 4, 1999).
    F. Executive Order 13175 (Tribal Consultation): This rulemaking 
will not: (1) Have substantial direct effects on one or more Indian 
tribes, (2) impose substantial direct compliance costs on Indian tribal 
governments, or (3) preempt tribal law. Therefore, a Tribal Summary 
Impact Statement is not required under Executive Order 13175 (Nov. 6, 
2000).
    G. Executive Order 13211 (Energy Effects): This rulemaking is not a 
significant energy action under Executive Order 13211 because this 
rulemaking is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the 
supply, distribution, or use of energy. Therefore, a Statement of 
Energy Effects is not required under Executive Order 13211 (May 18, 
2001).
    H. Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice Reform): This rulemaking 
meets applicable standards to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, 
and reduce burden as set forth in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of 
Executive Order 12988 (Feb. 5, 1996).
    I. Executive Order 13045 (Protection of Children): This rulemaking 
does not concern an environmental risk to health or safety that may 
disproportionately affect children under Executive Order 13045 (Apr. 
21, 1997).
    J. Executive Order 12630 (Taking of Private Property): This 
rulemaking will not affect a taking of private property or otherwise 
have taking implications under Executive Order 12630 (Mar. 15, 1988).
    K. Congressional Review Act: Under the Congressional Review Act 
provisions of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 
1996 (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), prior to issuing any final rule, the USPTO 
will submit a report containing the rule and other required information 
to the United States Senate, the United States House of 
Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the Government 
Accountability Office. The changes in this rulemaking are not expected 
to result in an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, a 
major increase in costs or prices, or significant adverse effects on 
competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the 
ability of United States-based enterprises to compete with foreign-
based enterprises in domestic and export markets. Therefore, this 
rulemaking is not a ``major rule'' as defined in 5 U.S.C. 804(2).
    L. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995: The changes set forth in 
this rulemaking do not involve a Federal intergovernmental mandate that 
will result in the expenditure by state, local, and tribal governments, 
in the aggregate, of $100 million (as adjusted) or more in any one 
year, or a Federal private sector mandate that will result in the 
expenditure by the private sector of $100 million (as adjusted) or more 
in any one year, and will not significantly or uniquely affect small 
governments. Therefore, no actions are necessary under the provisions 
of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995. See 2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.
    M. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969: This rulemaking will 
not have any effect on the quality of the environment and is thus 
categorically excluded from review under the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969. See 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.
    N. National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995: The 
requirements of section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and 
Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) are not applicable because 
this rulemaking does not contain provisions that involve the use of 
technical standards.
    O. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501) requires that the Office consider the impact of 
paperwork and other information collection burdens imposed on the 
public. This rulemaking does not involve any new information collection 
requirements that are subject to review by the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 
et seq.).
    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required 
to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure 
to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements 
of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information 
has a valid OMB control number.

List of Subjects

37 CFR Part 1

    Administrative practice and procedure, Biologics, Courts, Freedom 
of information, Inventions and patents, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Small businesses.

37 CFR Part 2

    Administrative practice and procedure, Courts, Lawyers, Trademarks.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 37 CFR parts 1 and 2 are 
amended as follows:

PART 1--RULES OF PRACTICE IN PATENT CASES

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1. The authority citation for 37 CFR part 1 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2).


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2. Section 1.1 is amended by revising paragraph (a) introductory text 
and paragraph (d) to read as follows:


Sec.  1.1  Addresses for non-trademark correspondence with the United 
States Patent and Trademark Office.

    (a) In general. Except as provided in paragraphs (a)(3)(i) and 
(a)(3)(ii) of this section, all correspondence intended for the United 
States Patent and Trademark Office must be addressed to either 
``Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 
1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450'' or to specific areas within the 
Office as set out in paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(3)(iii) of this section. 
When appropriate, correspondence should also be marked

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for the attention of a particular office or individual.
* * * * *
    (d) Payments of patent maintenance fees. Payments of patent 
maintenance fees that are not submitted electronically and 
correspondence related to maintenance fees may be addressed to: Mail 
Stop Maintenance Fee, Director of the United States Patent and 
Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450.
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3. Section 1.25 is amended by revising paragraphs (c) introductory text 
and (c)(3) to read as follows:


Sec.  1.25  Deposit Accounts.

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    (c) A deposit account holder may replenish the deposit account by 
submitting a payment to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 
A payment to replenish a deposit account must be submitted by one of 
the methods set forth in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2), or (c)(3) of this 
section.
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    (3) A payment to replenish a deposit account may be addressed to: 
Mail Stop Deposit Accounts, Director of the United States Patent and 
Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450.

PART 2--RULES OF PRACTICE IN TRADEMARK CASES

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4. The authority citation for 37 CFR part 2 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1113, 15 U.S.C. 1123, 35 U.S.C. 2, section 
10(c) of Pub. L. 112-29.


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5. Section 2.208 is amended by revising paragraph (c)(3) to read as 
follows:


Sec.  2.208  Deposit Accounts.

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    (c) * * *
    (3) A payment to replenish a deposit account may be addressed to: 
Mail Stop Deposit Accounts, Director of the United States Patent and 
Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450.

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.
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