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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 26 / Tuesday, February 8, 2022 / Notices report that compiles and evaluates potential datasets and recommends which datasets are appropriate for assessment analyses. The assessment webinars produce a report that describes the fisheries, evaluates the status of the stock, estimates biological benchmarks, projects future population conditions, and recommends research and monitoring needs. The product of the Review Workshop is an Assessment Summary documenting panel opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the stock assessment and input data. Participants for SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, HMS Management Division, and Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Participants include data collectors and database managers; stock assessment scientists, biologists, and researchers; constituency representatives including fishermen, environmentalists, and NGO’s; International experts; and staff of Councils, Commissions, and state and federal agencies. The items of discussion during the workshop are as follows: Working Group members will discuss factors that may impact the fishery for U.S. Caribbean Queen Triggerfish. Potential assessment data may also be reviewed. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 business days prior to each workshop. Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:16 Feb 07, 2022 Jkt 256001 Dated: February 3, 2022. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2022–02610 Filed 2–7–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XB780] Marine Mammals; File No. 26245 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Zoological Society of San Diego d/ b/a San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112 (Responsible Party: Paul Baribault), has applied in due form for a permit to import, export, and receive protected species parts for scientific research. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before March 10, 2022. ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for review by selecting ‘‘Records Open for Public Comment’’ from the ‘‘Features’’ box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species (APPS) home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 26245 from the list of available applications. These documents are also available upon written request via email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@ noaa.gov. Written comments on this application should be submitted via email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include File No. 26245 in the subject line of the email comment. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request via email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@ noaa.gov. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shasta McClenahan, Ph.D. or Jennifer Skidmore, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7159 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226), and the Fur Seal Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et seq.). The applicant proposes to import, export, and receive protected species parts to create a resource for current and future research and to protect the diversity of the gene pool of endangered and protected marine species. Parts from up to 60 individuals of any species of cetacean, pinniped (excluding walrus), or sea turtle under NMFS’ jurisdiction may be obtained annually. Cell lines may be received or created from samples obtained under this permit. The requested duration of the permit is five years. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that the activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the application to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. Dated: February 2, 2022. Julia M. Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2022–02521 Filed 2–7–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Practitioner Conduct and Discipline 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: 0651–0017 (Practitioner Conduct and Discipline). The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1 7160 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 26 / Tuesday, February 8, 2022 / Notices submission of the information collection to OMB. DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this information collection must be received on or before April 11, 2022. 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 ‘‘0651–0017 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: Request for additional information should be directed to Dahlia George, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272– 4097; or by email at dahlia.george@ uspto.gov with ‘‘0651–0017 comment’’ in the subject line. Additional information about this information collection is also available at http:// www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Director of the USPTO has the authority to establish regulations governing the conduct and discipline of agents, attorneys, or other persons representing applicants and other parties before the USPTO (35 U.S.C. 2 and 32–33). The USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct, set forth in subpart D, part 11 of title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations, prescribe the manner in which agents, attorneys, and other practitioners, representing applicants and other parties before the USPTO should conduct themselves professionally. Part 11 outlines practitioners’ responsibilities for recordkeeping and reporting violations or complaints of misconduct to the USPTO. Subpart C of part 11 sets forth the manner by which the USPTO investigates misconduct and imposes discipline. The USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct require a practitioner to maintain complete records of all funds, securities, and other properties of clients coming into his or her possession, and to render appropriate accounts to the client regarding the funds, securities, and other properties of clients coming into the practitioner’s possession, collectively known as ‘‘client property.’’ These recordkeeping requirements are necessary to maintain the integrity of client property. State bars require attorneys to perform similar recordkeeping. Part 11 also requires a practitioner to report knowledge of certain violations of the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct to the USPTO. The Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) may, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, suspend, exclude, or disqualify any practitioner from further practice before the USPTO based on non-compliance with the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct. Practitioners who have been excluded or suspended from practice before the USPTO, practitioners transferred to disability inactive status, and practitioners who have resigned must keep and maintain records of their steps to comply with the suspension or exclusion order, transfer to disability inactive status, or resignation. These records are necessary to demonstrate eligibility for reinstatement. Reports of alleged violations of the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct are used by the Director of OED to conduct investigations and disciplinary hearings, as appropriate. This information collection covers the various reporting and recordkeeping requirements set forth in Part 11 for practitioners representing applicants and other parties before the USPTO. Also covered are petitions for reinstatement for suspended or excluded practitioners and the means for reporting violations or complaints of misconduct to the USPTO. II. Method of Collection Items in this information collection may be submitted via online electronic submissions. Applicants may also submit the information in paper form by mail, fax, or hand delivery. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0651–0017. Forms: No forms. Type of Review: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Estimated Number of Annual Respondents 13,190 respondents. Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 13,190 responses. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that the responses in this information collection will take the public from approximately 1 to 3 hours to complete. This includes the time to gather the necessary information, prepare the forms or documents, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 14,192 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Hourly Cost Burden: $6,173,520. TABLE 1—TOTAL REPORTING BURDEN HOURS AND HOURLY COSTS TO INDIVIDUALS OR HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDENTS khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Item No. 1 .......... 2 .......... Item Estimated annual respondents Responses per respondent Estimated annual responses Estimated time for response (hours) Estimated burden (hour/year) Rate 1 ($/hour) Estimated annual respondent cost burden (a) (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) (f) (e) × (f) = (g) Complaint/Violation Reporting ..... Petition for Reinstatement under the Provisions Section 11.60(c). 216 5 1 1 216 5 3 1 648 5 $435 435 $281,880 2,175 Totals ..................................................... 221 .............................. 221 .................... 653 .................... 284,055 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:16 Feb 07, 2022 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1 7161 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 26 / Tuesday, February 8, 2022 / Notices these recordkeeping actions. Approximately 12,969 pracitioners require recordkeeping actions, for a total of 13,539 hours. recordkeeping requirements are also given for practitioners who are under suspension or exclusion. The USPTO estimates that it will take a practitioner between 1 and 20 hours to perform The USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct require practitioner agents to maintain various records to maintain the integrity of client property and meet other requirements. Additional TABLE 2—TOTAL RECORDKEEPING BURDEN HOURS AND HOURLY COSTS TO INDIVIDUALS OR HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDENTS Item No. 3 .......... Item Estimated annual responses Estimated time for response (hours) Estimated burden (hour/year) Rate 2 ($/hour) Estimated annual respondent cost burden (a) (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) Recordkeeping Maintenance and Disclosure (includes advertisements, disclosure requirements relating to soliciting professional employment, notifications by non-attorney practitioner of inadvertently sent documents, and financial books and records such as trust accounts, fiduciary accounts, and operating accounts). Recordkeeping Maintenance Regarding Practitioners Under Suspension or Exclusion. 12,939 1 12,939 $435 $5,628,465 30 20 600 435 261,000 Totals ................................................................................................. 12,969 ........................ 13,539 ........................ 5,889,465 4 .......... Estimated Total Annual Respondent Non-hourly Cost Burden: $8,419. This information collection has no capital start-up, maintenance costs, or recordkeeping costs. However, this information collection does have annual costs in the form of filing fees and postage costs. Filing Fees There is one filing fee associated with this information collection. This fee is listed in the table below. TABLE 3—ESTIMATED TOTAL ANNUAL RESPONDENT FILING FEE COST BURDEN Item No. 2 ........ Item Filing fee ($) Total non-hour cost burden (yr) (a) (b) (a) × (b) = (c) Petition for Reinstatement under the Provisions Section 11.60(c) ....................... Totals 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 221 items will be submitted in the mail resulting in 2 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 $9.25. Therefore, the USPTO estimates $19 in postage costs associated with this information collection. IV. Request for Comments khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Estimated annual responses The USPTO is soliciting public comments to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary 1 2021 Report of the Economic Survey, published by the Committee on Economics of Legal Practice of the American Intellectual Property Law VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:16 Feb 07, 2022 Jkt 256001 5 $1,680 $8,400 ........................ ........................ $8,400 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. Association (AIPLA); pg. F–27. The USPTO uses the average billing rate for intellectual property attorneys in private firms which is $435 per hour. PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 Adminstrative Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2022–02607 Filed 2–7–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P (https://www.aipla.org/home/news-publications/ economic-survey). 2 Ibid. 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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 26 (Tuesday, February 8, 2022)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Practitioner Conduct and Discipline

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-
0017 (Practitioner Conduct and Discipline). The purpose of this notice 
is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding

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submission of the information collection to OMB.

DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this information 
collection must be received on or before April 11, 2022.

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-
0017 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: Request for additional information 
should be directed to Dahlia George, Office of Enrollment and 
Discipline, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, 
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-4097; or by email at 
[email protected] with ``0651-0017 comment'' in the subject line. 
Additional information about this information collection is also 
available at http://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection 
Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Director of the USPTO has the authority to establish 
regulations governing the conduct and discipline of agents, attorneys, 
or other persons representing applicants and other parties before the 
USPTO (35 U.S.C. 2 and 32-33). The USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct, 
set forth in subpart D, part 11 of title 37 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations, prescribe the manner in which agents, attorneys, and other 
practitioners, representing applicants and other parties before the 
USPTO should conduct themselves professionally. Part 11 outlines 
practitioners' responsibilities for recordkeeping and reporting 
violations or complaints of misconduct to the USPTO. Subpart C of part 
11 sets forth the manner by which the USPTO investigates misconduct and 
imposes discipline.
    The USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct require a practitioner to 
maintain complete records of all funds, securities, and other 
properties of clients coming into his or her possession, and to render 
appropriate accounts to the client regarding the funds, securities, and 
other properties of clients coming into the practitioner's possession, 
collectively known as ``client property.'' These recordkeeping 
requirements are necessary to maintain the integrity of client 
property. State bars require attorneys to perform similar 
recordkeeping.
    Part 11 also requires a practitioner to report knowledge of certain 
violations of the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct to the USPTO. The 
Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) may, after 
notice and opportunity for a hearing, suspend, exclude, or disqualify 
any practitioner from further practice before the USPTO based on non-
compliance with the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct. Practitioners 
who have been excluded or suspended from practice before the USPTO, 
practitioners transferred to disability inactive status, and 
practitioners who have resigned must keep and maintain records of their 
steps to comply with the suspension or exclusion order, transfer to 
disability inactive status, or resignation. These records are necessary 
to demonstrate eligibility for reinstatement. Reports of alleged 
violations of the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct are used by the 
Director of OED to conduct investigations and disciplinary hearings, as 
appropriate.
    This information collection covers the various reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements set forth in Part 11 for practitioners 
representing applicants and other parties before the USPTO. Also 
covered are petitions for reinstatement for suspended or excluded 
practitioners and the means for reporting violations or complaints of 
misconduct to the USPTO.

II. Method of Collection

    Items in this information collection may be submitted via online 
electronic submissions. Applicants may also submit the information in 
paper form by mail, fax, or hand delivery.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0651-0017.
    Forms: No forms.
    Type of Review: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    Estimated Number of Annual Respondents 13,190 respondents.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 13,190 responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that the responses 
in this information collection will take the public from approximately 
1 to 3 hours to complete. This includes the time to gather the 
necessary information, prepare the forms or documents, and submit the 
completed request to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 14,192 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Hourly Cost Burden: $6,173,520.

                             Table 1--Total Reporting Burden Hours and Hourly Costs to Individuals or Households Respondents
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                                                                                                Estimated
                                                 Estimated      Responses per      Estimated     time for     Estimated   Rate \1\ ($/  Estimated annual
     Item No.                 Item                annual          respondent        annual       response   burden (hour/    hour)      respondent cost
                                                respondents                        responses     (hours)        year)                        burden
                                                         (a)                (b)   (a) x (b) =          (d)   (c) x (d) =          (f)    (e) x (f) = (g)
                                                                                          (c)                        (e)
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1.................  Complaint/Violation                  216                  1           216            3           648         $435           $281,880
                     Reporting.
2.................  Petition for                           5                  1             5            1             5          435              2,175
                     Reinstatement under the
                     Provisions Section
                     11.60(c).
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    Totals..................................             221  .................           221  ...........           653  ...........            284,055
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    The USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct require practitioner agents 
to maintain various records to maintain the integrity of client 
property and meet other requirements. Additional recordkeeping 
requirements are also given for practitioners who are under suspension 
or exclusion. The USPTO estimates that it will take a practitioner 
between 1 and 20 hours to perform these recordkeeping actions. 
Approximately 12,969 pracitioners require recordkeeping actions, for a 
total of 13,539 hours.
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    \1\ 2021 Report of the Economic Survey, published by the 
Committee on Economics of Legal Practice of the American 
Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); pg. F-27. The USPTO 
uses the average billing rate for intellectual property attorneys in 
private firms which is $435 per hour. (https://www.aipla.org/home/news-publications/economic-survey).

                           Table 2--Total Recordkeeping Burden Hours and Hourly Costs to Individuals or Households Respondents
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                                                                       Estimated    Estimated time                                      Estimated annual
         Item No.                            Item                       annual       for response    Estimated burden   Rate \2\ ($/    respondent cost
                                                                       responses        (hours)        (hour/year)          hour)            burden
                                                                               (a)             (b)    (a) x (b) = (c)             (d)    (c) x (d) = (e)
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3.........................  Recordkeeping Maintenance and                   12,939               1             12,939            $435         $5,628,465
                             Disclosure (includes advertisements,
                             disclosure requirements relating to
                             soliciting professional employment,
                             notifications by non-attorney
                             practitioner of inadvertently sent
                             documents, and financial books and
                             records such as trust accounts,
                             fiduciary accounts, and operating
                             accounts).
4.........................  Recordkeeping Maintenance Regarding                 30              20                600             435            261,000
                             Practitioners Under Suspension or
                             Exclusion.
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    Totals........................................................          12,969  ..............             13,539  ..............          5,889,465
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    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Non-hourly Cost Burden: $8,419. 
This information collection has no capital start-up, maintenance costs, 
or recordkeeping costs. However, this information collection does have 
annual costs in the form of filing fees and postage costs.
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Filing Fees

    There is one filing fee associated with this information 
collection. This fee is listed in the table below.

                        Table 3--Estimated Total Annual Respondent Filing Fee Cost Burden
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                                                                  Estimated
        Item No.                          Item                     annual      Filing fee ($)    Total non-hour
                                                                  responses                     cost burden (yr)
                                                                          (a)             (b)    (a) x (b) = (c)
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2.......................  Petition for Reinstatement under                  5          $1,680             $8,400
                           the Provisions Section 11.60(c).
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                            Totals                             ..............  ..............             $8,400
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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 221 items will be submitted in the mail 
resulting in 2 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 $9.25. Therefore, the USPTO estimates $19 
in postage costs associated with this information collection.

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 Adminstrative 
Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2022-02607 Filed 2-7-22; 8:45 am]
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