Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Representative and Address Provisions, 50086-50089 [2021-19202]

Download as PDF 50086 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 170 / Tuesday, September 7, 2021 / Notices Dated: August 31, 2021. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agenda [FR Doc. 2021–19147 Filed 9–3–21; 8:45 am] The Groundfish Committee will review the recommendations from the Recreational Advisory Panel and Groundfish Advisory Panel. They will also discuss development of draft Framework Adjustment 63/ Specifications and Management Measures, specifically, (1) Set 2022 total allowable catches for U.S./Canada management units of Eastern Georges Bank (GB) cod and Eastern GB haddock, and 2022–23 specifications for the GB yellowtail flounder stock, (2) Set 2022– 24 specifications for GB cod and Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod, and possibly adjust 2022 specifications for GB haddock and GOM haddock, (3) Adjust 2022 specifications for white hake based on the rebuilding plan, (4) Adopt additional measures to promote stock rebuilding, and (5) Develop alternatives to the current default system. The Committee also plans to receive an overview of the Atlantic Cod Stock Structure Management Workshops. They will continue the preliminary discussion of possible 2022 Council priorities for groundfish and make recommendations as appropriate to the Council. Other business will be discussed as necessary. Although non-emergency issues not contained on the agenda may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Council action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the MagnusonStevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. The public also should be aware that the meeting will be recorded. Consistent with 16 U.S.C. 1852, a copy of the recording is available upon request. sradovich on DSKJLST7X2PROD with NOTICES Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, at (978) 465–0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. (Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:30 Sep 04, 2021 Jkt 253001 BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Representative and Address Provisions 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), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on the extension and revision of an existing information collection: 0651–0035 (Representative and Address Provisions). 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 8, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by any of the following methods. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information: • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0035 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. • Mail: Kimberly Hardy, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313– 1450. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to Parikha Mehta, Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272–3248; or by email to Parikha.Mehta@uspto.gov. Additional information about this information collection is also available at http:// SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 U:\07SEN1.SGM www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This information collection includes the information necessary to submit a request to grant or revoke power of attorney for an application, patent, or reexamination proceeding, and for a registered practitioner to withdraw as attorney or agent of record. This also includes the information necessary to change the correspondence address for an application, patent, or reexamination proceeding, to request a Customer Number and manage the correspondence address and list of practitioners associated with a Customer Number, and to designate or change the correspondence address or fee address for one or more patents or applications by using a Customer Number. Under 35 U.S.C. 2 and 37 CFR 1.31– 1.32, power of attorney may be granted to one or more joint inventors or a person who is registered to practice before the USPTO to act in an application or a patent. In particular, for an application filed before September 16, 2012, or for a patent which issued from an application filed before September 16, 2012, power of attorney may be granted by the applicant for patent (as set forth in 37 CFR 1.41(b) (pre-AIA)) or the assignee of the entire interest of the applicant. For an application filed on or after September 16, 2012, or for a patent which issued from an application filed on or after September 16, 2012, power of attorney may be granted by the applicant for patent (as set forth in 37 CFR 1.42) or the patent owner. The USPTO provides two different versions of the forms for establishing power of attorney based upon whether the application filing date is before or after September 16, 2012, to thereby reduce applicants’ burden in having to determine the appropriate power of attorney requirements for a given application. 37 CFR 1.36 provides for the revocation of a power of attorney at any stage in the proceedings of a case. 37 CFR 1.36 also provides a path by which a registered patent attorney or patent agent who has been given a power of attorney may withdraw as attorney or agent of record. The USPTO’s Customer Number practice permits applicants, patent owners, assignees, and practitioners of record, or the representatives of record for a number of applications or patents, to change the correspondence address of a patent application or patent with one change request instead of filing separate requests for each patent or application. 07SEN1 50087 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 170 / Tuesday, September 7, 2021 / Notices Any changes to the address or practitioner information associated with a Customer Number will be applied to all patents and applications associated with said Customer Number. The Customer Number practice is optional, in that changes of correspondence address or power of attorney may be filed separately for each patent or application without using a Customer Number. However, a Customer Number associated with the correspondence address for a patent application is required in order to access private information about the application using the Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system, which is available through the USPTO website. The use of a Customer Number is also required in order to grant power of attorney to more than ten practitioners or to establish a separate ‘‘fee address’’ for maintenance fee purposes that is different from the correspondence address for a patent or application. II. Method of Collection Items in this information collection may be submitted by mail, facsimile, hand delivery, or online electronic submissions. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0651–0035. Form Number(s): (AIA= American Invents; SB = Specimen Book). • PTO/AIA/80; PTO/SB/80 (Power of Attorney to Prosecute Applications Before the USPTO) • PTO/AIA/81 (Power of Attorney to one or More of the Joint Inventors and Change of Correspondence Address) • PTO/SB/81 (Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence Address) • PTO/AIA/81A; PTO/SB/81A (Patent—Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence Address) • PTO/AIA/81B (Reexamination or Supplemental Examination—Patent Owner Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney With a New Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence Address for Reexamination or Supplemental Examination and Patent) • PTO/SB/81B (Reexamination—Patent Owner Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence Address) • PTO/SB/81C (Reexamination—Third Party Requester Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence Address) • PTO/AIA/82A; PTO/AIA/82B; PTO/ AIA/82C (Transmittal for Power of Attorney To One Or More Registered • • • • Practitioners/Power Of Attorney By Applicant) PTO/AIA/83; PTO/SB/83 (Request for Withdrawal as Attorney or Agent and Change of Correspondence Address) PTO/SB/124 (Request for Customer Number Data Change) PTO/SB/125 (Request for Customer Number) PTO–2248 (Request to Update a PCT Application with a Customer Number) Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Private sector; individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 184,743 respondents per year. Estimated Number of Responses: 226,573 responses per year. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that the response time for activities related to Representative Address Provisions will take the public between 0.20 hours (12 minutes) to 1.5 hours (90 minutes) to complete. This includes the time to gather the necessary information, create the document, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 111,104 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Hourly Cost Burden: $16,561,175. TABLE 1—TOTAL HOURLY BURDEN FOR PRIVATE SECTOR RESPONDENTS Item No. 1 .................. 2 .................. 3 .................. sradovich on DSKJLST7X2PROD with NOTICES 4 .................. 5 .................. 6 .................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated annual respondents Item Power of Attorney to Prosecute Applications Before the USPTO. PTO/ AIA/80, PTO/SB/80. Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence. PTO/AIA/82A, PTO/AIA/82B, PTO/AIA/82C. Patent—Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence Address. PTO/AIA/ 81, PTO/SB/81, PTO/AIA/81A, PTO/ SB/81A. Reexamination—Patent Owner Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence Address. PTO/AIA/81B PTO/ SB/81B. Reexamination—Third Party Requester Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence Address. PTO/ SB/81C. Request for Withdrawal as Attorney or Agent and Change of Correspondence Address. PTO/AIA/83, PTO/ SB/83. 00:30 Sep 04, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Estimated annual responses (year) Estimated time for response (hour) Estimated annual burden (hour/year) Rate 1 ($/hour) Estimated annual respondent cost burden (a) (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) 2,425 2,910 0.5 (30 minutes) ........ 1,455 $145 $210,975 165,870 204,670 0.5 (30 minutes) ........ 102,335 145 14,838,575 165 194 0.5 (30 minutes) ........ 97 145 14,065 29 29 0.5 (30 minutes) ........ 15 145 2,175 24 24 0.5 (30 minutes) ........ 12 145 1,740 2,134 3,395 0.5 (30 minutes) ........ 1,698 400 679,200 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 U:\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 50088 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 170 / Tuesday, September 7, 2021 / Notices TABLE 1—TOTAL HOURLY BURDEN FOR PRIVATE SECTOR RESPONDENTS—Continued Item No. 7 .................. 8 .................. 9 .................. 10 ................ 11 ................ 12 ................ Totals ... Estimated annual respondents Item Petition Under 37 CFR 1.36(a) to Revoke Power of Attorney by Fewer than All the Applicants. Petition to Waive 37 CFR 1.32(b)(4) and Grant Power of Attorney by Fewer than All the Applicants. Request for Customer Number Data Change. PTO/SB/124. Request for Customer Number. PTO/ SB/125. Customer Number Upload Spreadsheet. Request to Update a PCT Application with a Customer Number. PTO– 2248. .............................................................. Estimated annual responses (year) Estimated time for response (hour) Estimated annual burden (hour/year) Rate 1 ($/hour) Estimated annual respondent cost burden (a) (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) 9 9 1 (60 minutes) ........... 9 400 3,600 9 9 1 (60 minutes) ........... 9 400 3,600 1,067 1,067 0.2 (12 minutes) ........ 213 145 30,885 6,111 6,111 0.2 (12 minutes) ........ 1,222 145 177,190 291 291 1.5 (90 minutes) ........ 437 145 63,365 1,067 1,067 0.25 (15 minutes) ...... 267 145 38,715 179,201 219,776 .................................... 107,769 ........................ 16,064,085 1 2019 Report of the Economic Survey, published by the Committee on Economics of Legal Practice of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); https://www.aipla.org/detail/journal-issue/2019-report-of-the-economic-survey. The USPTO uses the mean rate for attorneys in private firms which is $400 per hour. The hourly rate for paraprofessional/paralegals is estimated at $145 from data published in the 2018 Utilization and Compensation Survey by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA); https://www.nala.org/paralegals/research-and-survey-findings. TABLE 2—TOTAL HOURLY BURDEN FOR INDIVIDUALS OR HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDENTS Item No. 1 .................. 2 .................. 3 .................. 4 .................. 5 .................. 6 .................. 9 .................. 10 ................ sradovich on DSKJLST7X2PROD with NOTICES 11 ................ 12 ................ Totals ... Estimated annual respondents Item Power of Attorney to Prosecute Applications Before the USPTO. PTO/ AIA/80, PTO/SB/80. Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence. PTO/AIA/82A, PTO/AIA/82B, PTO/AIA/82C. Patent—Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence Address. PTO/AIA/ 81, PTO/SB/81, PTO/AIA/81A, PTO/ SB/81A. Reexamination—Patent Owner Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence Address. PTO/AIA/81B, PTO/ SB/81B. Reexamination—Third Party Requester Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence Address. PTO/ SB/81C. Request for Withdrawal as Attorney or Agent and Change of Correspondence Address. PTO/AIA/83, PTO/ SB/83. Request for Customer Number Data Change. PTO/SB/124. Request for Customer Number. PTO/ SB/125. Customer Number Upload Spreadsheet. Request to Update a PCT Application with a Customer Number. PTO– 2248. .............................................................. Estimated annual responses (year) Estimated time for response (hour) Estimated annual burden (hour/year) Rate 2 ($/hour) Estimated annual respondent cost burden (a) (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) 75 90 0.5 (30 minutes) ........ 45 $145 $6,525 5,130 6,330 0.5 (30 minutes) ........ 3,165 145 458,925 5 6 0.5 (30 minutes) ........ 3 145 435 1 1 0.5 (30 minutes) ........ 1 145 145 1 1 0.5 (30 minutes) ........ 1 145 145 66 105 0.5 (30 minutes) ........ 53 400 21,200 33 33 0.2 (12 minutes) ........ 7 145 1,015 189 189 0.2 (12 minutes) ........ 38 145 5,510 9 9 1.5 (90 minutes) ........ 14 145 2,030 33 33 0.25 (15 minutes) ...... 8 145 1,160 5,542 6,797 .................................... 3,335 ........................ 497,090 2 2019 Report of the Economic Survey, published by the Committee on Economics of Legal Practice of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); https://www.aipla.org/detail/journal-issue/2019-report-of-the-economic-survey. The USPTO uses the mean rate for attorneys in private firms which is $400 per hour. The hourly rate for paraprofessional/paralegals is estimated at $145 from data published in the 2018 Utilization and Compensation Survey by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA); https://www.nala.org/paralegals/research-and-survey-findings. VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:30 Sep 04, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 U:\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 50089 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 170 / Tuesday, September 7, 2021 / Notices The USPTO published a 60-day notice in the Federal Register in support of the renewal of this collection on January 15, 2021. In response to public feedback received regarding the January 2021 60day notice, and after further consideration of the estimated times for response for items 1–6, the USPTO has increased the estimated times for response for items 1–5 from 3 minutes to 30 minutes and the estimated time for response for item 6 from 12 minutes to 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Non-hour Respondent Cost Burden: $26,686. There are no capital start-up, maintenance, or recordkeeping costs associated with this information collection. However, USPTO estimates that the total annual (non-hour) cost Item No. 8 ............................ Total ............... The two petitions in this information collection have associated filing fees under 37 CFR 1.17(f), resulting in $8,000 in filing fees. Estimated annual responses Filing fee ($) Total non-hour cost burden (a) (b) (a) × (b) = (c) Petitions Under 37 CFR 1.36(a) to Revoke Power of Attorney by Fewer than All the Applicants. Petitions to Waive 37 CFR 1.32(b)(4) and Grant Power of Attorney by Fewer than All the Applicants. .................................................................................................................................................... Postage Costs Although the USPTO prefers that the items in this information collection be submitted electronically, responses may be submitted by mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPTO estimates that 1% of the 226,573 items will be submitted in the mail resulting in 2,265 mailed items. The USPTO estimates that the average postage cost for a mailed submission, using a Priority Mail 2-day flat rate legal envelope, will be $8.25. Therefore, the USPTO estimates the total mailing costs for this information collection at $18,686. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits. IV. Request for Comments sradovich on DSKJLST7X2PROD with NOTICES Filing Fees Item 7 ............................ 00:30 Sep 04, 2021 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 personally identifiable information (PII) in a comment, be aware that the entire comment— including PII—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask in your comment to withhold PII 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. 2021–19202 Filed 9–3–21; 8:45 am] 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 burden for this information collection, in the form of filing fees and postage is $26,686. Jkt 253001 BILLING CODE 3510–16–P COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Additions Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Additions to the procurement list. AGENCY: This action adds service(s) to the Procurement List that will be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. DATES: Date added to and deleted from the Procurement List: September 16, 2021; September 22, 2021; September 29, 2021. ADDRESSES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 U:\07SEN1.SGM 10 $400.00 $4,000 10 400.00 4,000 ........................ ........................ 8,000 Disabled, 1401 S Clark Street, Suite 715, Arlington, Virginia 22202–4149. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael R. Jurkowski, Telephone: (703) 785–6404, or email CMTEFedReg@ AbilityOne.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Additions On 6/11/2021, 6/18/2021, and 6/25/ 2021, the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled published notice of proposed additions to the Procurement List. This notice is published pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 8503 (a)(2) and 41 CFR 51–2.3. After consideration of the material presented to it concerning capability of qualified nonprofit agencies to provide the service(s) and impact of the additions on the current or most recent contractors, the Committee has determined that the service(s) listed below are suitable for procurement by the Federal Government under 41 U.S.C. 8501–8506 and 41 CFR 51–2.4. Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification I certify that the following action will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. The major factors considered for this certification were: 1. The action will not result in any additional reporting, recordkeeping or other compliance requirements for small entities other than the small organizations that will furnish the product(s) and service(s) to the Government. 2. The action will result in authorizing small entities to furnish the product(s) and service(s) to the Government. 3. There are no known regulatory alternatives which would accomplish 07SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Representative and Address Provisions

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

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as 
required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on 
the extension and revision of an existing information collection: 0651-
0035 (Representative and Address Provisions). 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 8, 2021.

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-
0035 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Mail: Kimberly Hardy, Office of the Chief Administrative 
Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, 
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to Parikha Mehta, Legal Advisor, Office of Patent 
Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. 
Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-3248; or 
by email to [email protected]. Additional information about this 
information collection is also available at http://www.reginfo.gov 
under ``Information Collection Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    This information collection includes the information necessary to 
submit a request to grant or revoke power of attorney for an 
application, patent, or reexamination proceeding, and for a registered 
practitioner to withdraw as attorney or agent of record. This also 
includes the information necessary to change the correspondence address 
for an application, patent, or reexamination proceeding, to request a 
Customer Number and manage the correspondence address and list of 
practitioners associated with a Customer Number, and to designate or 
change the correspondence address or fee address for one or more 
patents or applications by using a Customer Number.
    Under 35 U.S.C. 2 and 37 CFR 1.31-1.32, power of attorney may be 
granted to one or more joint inventors or a person who is registered to 
practice before the USPTO to act in an application or a patent. In 
particular, for an application filed before September 16, 2012, or for 
a patent which issued from an application filed before September 16, 
2012, power of attorney may be granted by the applicant for patent (as 
set forth in 37 CFR 1.41(b) (pre-AIA)) or the assignee of the entire 
interest of the applicant. For an application filed on or after 
September 16, 2012, or for a patent which issued from an application 
filed on or after September 16, 2012, power of attorney may be granted 
by the applicant for patent (as set forth in 37 CFR 1.42) or the patent 
owner. The USPTO provides two different versions of the forms for 
establishing power of attorney based upon whether the application 
filing date is before or after September 16, 2012, to thereby reduce 
applicants' burden in having to determine the appropriate power of 
attorney requirements for a given application.
    37 CFR 1.36 provides for the revocation of a power of attorney at 
any stage in the proceedings of a case. 37 CFR 1.36 also provides a 
path by which a registered patent attorney or patent agent who has been 
given a power of attorney may withdraw as attorney or agent of record.
    The USPTO's Customer Number practice permits applicants, patent 
owners, assignees, and practitioners of record, or the representatives 
of record for a number of applications or patents, to change the 
correspondence address of a patent application or patent with one 
change request instead of filing separate requests for each patent or 
application.

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Any changes to the address or practitioner information associated with 
a Customer Number will be applied to all patents and applications 
associated with said Customer Number.
    The Customer Number practice is optional, in that changes of 
correspondence address or power of attorney may be filed separately for 
each patent or application without using a Customer Number. However, a 
Customer Number associated with the correspondence address for a patent 
application is required in order to access private information about 
the application using the Patent Application Information Retrieval 
(PAIR) system, which is available through the USPTO website. The use of 
a Customer Number is also required in order to grant power of attorney 
to more than ten practitioners or to establish a separate ``fee 
address'' for maintenance fee purposes that is different from the 
correspondence address for a patent or application.

II. Method of Collection

    Items in this information collection may be submitted by mail, 
facsimile, hand delivery, or online electronic submissions.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0651-0035.
    Form Number(s): (AIA= American Invents; SB = Specimen Book).

 PTO/AIA/80; PTO/SB/80 (Power of Attorney to Prosecute 
Applications Before the USPTO)
 PTO/AIA/81 (Power of Attorney to one or More of the Joint 
Inventors and Change of Correspondence Address)
 PTO/SB/81 (Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of 
Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence 
Address)
 PTO/AIA/81A; PTO/SB/81A (Patent--Power of Attorney or 
Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change 
of Correspondence Address)
 PTO/AIA/81B (Reexamination or Supplemental Examination--Patent 
Owner Power of Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney With a New 
Power of Attorney and Change of Correspondence Address for 
Reexamination or Supplemental Examination and Patent)
 PTO/SB/81B (Reexamination--Patent Owner Power of Attorney or 
Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of Attorney and Change 
of Correspondence Address)
 PTO/SB/81C (Reexamination--Third Party Requester Power of 
Attorney or Revocation of Power of Attorney with a New Power of 
Attorney and Change of Correspondence Address)
 PTO/AIA/82A; PTO/AIA/82B; PTO/AIA/82C (Transmittal for Power 
of Attorney To One Or More Registered Practitioners/Power Of Attorney 
By Applicant)
 PTO/AIA/83; PTO/SB/83 (Request for Withdrawal as Attorney or 
Agent and Change of Correspondence Address)
 PTO/SB/124 (Request for Customer Number Data Change)
 PTO/SB/125 (Request for Customer Number)
 PTO-2248 (Request to Update a PCT Application with a Customer 
Number)

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Affected Public: Private sector; individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 184,743 respondents per year.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 226,573 responses per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that the response 
time for activities related to Representative Address Provisions will 
take the public between 0.20 hours (12 minutes) to 1.5 hours (90 
minutes) to complete. This includes the time to gather the necessary 
information, create the document, and submit the completed request to 
the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 111,104 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Hourly Cost Burden: $16,561,175.

                                               Table 1--Total Hourly Burden For Private Sector Respondents
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                                                                Estimated                                                                    Estimated
                                                Estimated        annual           Estimated time for         Estimated     Rate \1\ ($/       annual
     Item No.                Item                annual         responses          response  (hour)       annual  burden       hour)        respondent
                                               respondents       (year)                                     (hour/year)                     cost burden
                                                                        (a)  (b)........................     (a) x (b) =             (d)     (c) x (d) =
                                                                                                                     (c)                             (e)
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1................  Power of Attorney to               2,425           2,910  0.5 (30 minutes)...........           1,455            $145        $210,975
                    Prosecute Applications
                    Before the USPTO. PTO/
                    AIA/80, PTO/SB/80.
2................  Power of Attorney or             165,870         204,670  0.5 (30 minutes)...........         102,335             145      14,838,575
                    Revocation of Power of
                    Attorney with a New
                    Power of Attorney and
                    Change of
                    Correspondence. PTO/AIA/
                    82A, PTO/AIA/82B, PTO/
                    AIA/82C.
3................  Patent--Power of                     165             194  0.5 (30 minutes)...........              97             145          14,065
                    Attorney or Revocation
                    of Power of Attorney
                    with a New Power of
                    Attorney and Change of
                    Correspondence Address.
                    PTO/AIA/81, PTO/SB/81,
                    PTO/AIA/81A, PTO/SB/81A.
4................  Reexamination--Patent                 29              29  0.5 (30 minutes)...........              15             145           2,175
                    Owner Power of Attorney
                    or Revocation of Power
                    of Attorney with a New
                    Power of Attorney and
                    Change of
                    Correspondence Address.
                    PTO/AIA/81B PTO/SB/81B.
5................  Reexamination--Third                  24              24  0.5 (30 minutes)...........              12             145           1,740
                    Party Requester Power
                    of Attorney or
                    Revocation of Power of
                    Attorney with a New
                    Power of Attorney and
                    Change of
                    Correspondence Address.
                    PTO/SB/81C.
6................  Request for Withdrawal             2,134           3,395  0.5 (30 minutes)...........           1,698             400         679,200
                    as Attorney or Agent
                    and Change of
                    Correspondence Address.
                    PTO/AIA/83, PTO/SB/83.

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7................  Petition Under 37 CFR                  9               9  1 (60 minutes).............               9             400           3,600
                    1.36(a) to Revoke Power
                    of Attorney by Fewer
                    than All the Applicants.
8................  Petition to Waive 37 CFR               9               9  1 (60 minutes).............               9             400           3,600
                    1.32(b)(4) and Grant
                    Power of Attorney by
                    Fewer than All the
                    Applicants.
9................  Request for Customer               1,067           1,067  0.2 (12 minutes)...........             213             145          30,885
                    Number Data Change. PTO/
                    SB/124.
10...............  Request for Customer               6,111           6,111  0.2 (12 minutes)...........           1,222             145         177,190
                    Number. PTO/SB/125.
11...............  Customer Number Upload               291             291  1.5 (90 minutes)...........             437             145          63,365
                    Spreadsheet.
12...............  Request to Update a PCT            1,067           1,067  0.25 (15 minutes)..........             267             145          38,715
                    Application with a
                    Customer Number. PTO-
                    2248.
                                            ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Totals.......  ........................         179,201         219,776  ...........................         107,769  ..............      16,064,085
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\1\ 2019 Report of the Economic Survey, published by the Committee on Economics of Legal Practice of the American Intellectual Property Law Association
  (AIPLA); https://www.aipla.org/detail/journal-issue/2019-report-of-the-economic-survey. The USPTO uses the mean rate for attorneys in private firms
  which is $400 per hour. The hourly rate for paraprofessional/paralegals is estimated at $145 from data published in the 2018 Utilization and
  Compensation Survey by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA); https://www.nala.org/paralegals/research-and-survey-findings.


                                         Table 2--Total Hourly Burden For Individuals or Households Respondents
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                                                                Estimated                                                                    Estimated
                                                Estimated        annual           Estimated time for         Estimated     Rate \2\ ($/       annual
     Item No.                Item                annual         responses          response  (hour)       annual  burden       hour)        respondent
                                               respondents       (year)                                     (hour/year)                     cost burden
                                                                        (a)  (b)........................     (a) x (b) =             (d)     (c) x (d) =
                                                                                                                     (c)                             (e)
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1................  Power of Attorney to                  75              90  0.5 (30 minutes)...........              45            $145          $6,525
                    Prosecute Applications
                    Before the USPTO. PTO/
                    AIA/80, PTO/SB/80.
2................  Power of Attorney or               5,130           6,330  0.5 (30 minutes)...........           3,165             145         458,925
                    Revocation of Power of
                    Attorney with a New
                    Power of Attorney and
                    Change of
                    Correspondence. PTO/AIA/
                    82A, PTO/AIA/82B, PTO/
                    AIA/82C.
3................  Patent--Power of                       5               6  0.5 (30 minutes)...........               3             145             435
                    Attorney or Revocation
                    of Power of Attorney
                    with a New Power of
                    Attorney and Change of
                    Correspondence Address.
                    PTO/AIA/81, PTO/SB/81,
                    PTO/AIA/81A, PTO/SB/81A.
4................  Reexamination--Patent                  1               1  0.5 (30 minutes)...........               1             145             145
                    Owner Power of Attorney
                    or Revocation of Power
                    of Attorney with a New
                    Power of Attorney and
                    Change of
                    Correspondence Address.
                    PTO/AIA/81B, PTO/SB/81B.
5................  Reexamination--Third                   1               1  0.5 (30 minutes)...........               1             145             145
                    Party Requester Power
                    of Attorney or
                    Revocation of Power of
                    Attorney with a New
                    Power of Attorney and
                    Change of
                    Correspondence Address.
                    PTO/SB/81C.
6................  Request for Withdrawal                66             105  0.5 (30 minutes)...........              53             400          21,200
                    as Attorney or Agent
                    and Change of
                    Correspondence Address.
                    PTO/AIA/83, PTO/SB/83.
9................  Request for Customer                  33              33  0.2 (12 minutes)...........               7             145           1,015
                    Number Data Change. PTO/
                    SB/124.
10...............  Request for Customer                 189             189  0.2 (12 minutes)...........              38             145           5,510
                    Number. PTO/SB/125.
11...............  Customer Number Upload                 9               9  1.5 (90 minutes)...........              14             145           2,030
                    Spreadsheet.
12...............  Request to Update a PCT               33              33  0.25 (15 minutes)..........               8             145           1,160
                    Application with a
                    Customer Number. PTO-
                    2248.
                                            ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Totals.......  ........................           5,542           6,797  ...........................           3,335  ..............         497,090
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\2\ 2019 Report of the Economic Survey, published by the Committee on Economics of Legal Practice of the American Intellectual Property Law Association
  (AIPLA); https://www.aipla.org/detail/journal-issue/2019-report-of-the-economic-survey. The USPTO uses the mean rate for attorneys in private firms
  which is $400 per hour. The hourly rate for paraprofessional/paralegals is estimated at $145 from data published in the 2018 Utilization and
  Compensation Survey by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA); https://www.nala.org/paralegals/research-and-survey-findings.


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    The USPTO published a 60-day notice in the Federal Register in 
support of the renewal of this collection on January 15, 2021. In 
response to public feedback received regarding the January 2021 60-day 
notice, and after further consideration of the estimated times for 
response for items 1-6, the USPTO has increased the estimated times for 
response for items 1-5 from 3 minutes to 30 minutes and the estimated 
time for response for item 6 from 12 minutes to 30 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Non-hour Respondent Cost Burden: $26,686. 
There are no capital start-up, maintenance, or recordkeeping costs 
associated with this information collection. However, USPTO estimates 
that the total annual (non-hour) cost burden for this information 
collection, in the form of filing fees and postage is $26,686.

Filing Fees

    The two petitions in this information collection have associated 
filing fees under 37 CFR 1.17(f), resulting in $8,000 in filing fees.

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                                                                     Estimated
            Item No.                           Item                   annual      Filing fee ($)  Total non-hour
                                                                     responses                      cost burden
                                                                             (a)             (b)     (a) x (b) =
                                                                                                             (c)
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7..............................  Petitions Under 37 CFR 1.36(a)               10         $400.00          $4,000
                                  to Revoke Power of Attorney by
                                  Fewer than All the Applicants.
8..............................  Petitions to Waive 37 CFR                    10          400.00           4,000
                                  1.32(b)(4) and Grant Power of
                                  Attorney by Fewer than All the
                                  Applicants.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
    Total......................  ...............................  ..............  ..............           8,000
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Postage Costs

    Although the USPTO prefers that the items in this information 
collection be submitted electronically, responses may be submitted by 
mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPTO 
estimates that 1% of the 226,573 items will be submitted in the mail 
resulting in 2,265 mailed items. The USPTO estimates that the average 
postage cost for a mailed submission, using a Priority Mail 2-day flat 
rate legal envelope, will be $8.25. Therefore, the USPTO estimates the 
total mailing costs for this information collection at $18,686.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.

IV. Request for Comments

    The USPTO is soliciting public comments to:
    (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    (b) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (d) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses.
    All comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. USPTO will include or summarize each comment in the 
request to OMB to approve this information collection. Before including 
an address, phone number, email address, or other personally 
identifiable information (PII) in a comment, be aware that the entire 
comment-- including PII--may be made publicly available at any time. 
While you may ask in your comment to withhold PII 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. 2021-19202 Filed 9-3-21; 8:45 am]
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