Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Patent Review and Derivation Proceedings, 10343 [2022-03943]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 37 / Thursday, February 24, 2022 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Patent Review and Derivation Proceedings The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, on or after the date of publication of this notice. The USPTO invites comment on this information collection renewal, which helps the USPTO assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on December 7, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce. Title: Patent Review and Derivation Proceedings. OMB Control Number: 0651–0069. Needs and Uses: The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which was enacted into law on September 16, 2011, provided for many changes to the procedures of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (‘‘PTAB’’ or ‘‘Board,’’ formerly the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences) procedures. These changes included the introduction of inter partes review, post-grant review, derivation proceedings, and the transitional program for covered business method patents. Under these administrative trial proceedings, third parties may file a petition with the PTAB challenging the validity of issued patents, with each proceeding having different requirements regarding timing restrictions, grounds for challenging validity, and who may request review. Inter partes review is a trial proceeding conducted at the Board to review the patentability of one or more claims in a patent only on a ground that could be raised under §§ 102 or 103, and only on the basis of prior art consisting of patents or printed publications. Post grant review is a trial proceeding conducted at the Board to review the patentability of one or more claims in a patent on any ground that could be raised under § 282(b)(2) or (3). A VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:46 Feb 23, 2022 Jkt 256001 derivation proceeding is a trial proceeding conducted at the Board to determine whether (1) an inventor named in an earlier application derived the claimed invention from an inventor named in the petitioner’s application, and (2) the earlier application claiming such invention was filed without authorization. The transitional program for covered business method patents is a trial proceeding conducted at the Board to review the patentability of one or more claims in a covered business method patent. The covered business method program expired on September 16, 2020 and the Board no longer accepts new petitions related to this program, but continues to accept papers in previously-instituted proceedings. This information collection covers information submitted by the public to petition the Board to initiate an inter partes review, post-grant review, derivation proceeding, and the transitional program for covered business method patents, as well as any responses to such petitions, and the filing of any motions, replies, oppositions, and other actions, after a review/proceeding has been instituted. Form Numbers: None. Type of Review: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Private sector; individuals or households. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Frequency: On occasion. Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 9,238 respondents. Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 12,338 responses. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that the responses in this information collection will take the public between 30 minutes (0.5 hours) and 165 hours 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: 1,368,058 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Non-Hourly Cost Burden: $69,638,370. This information collection request may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce, USPTO information collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for this information collection should be submitted within 30 days of the publication of this notice on the following website www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10343 collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function and entering either the title of the information collection or the OMB Control Number 0651–0069. Further information can be obtained by: • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0069 information request’’ in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Kimberly Hardy, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313– 1450. Kimberly Hardy, Information Collections Officer, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2022–03943 Filed 2–23–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION [Docket No. CFPB–2022–0011] Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau or CFPB) is requesting to extend the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) approval for an existing information collection, titled ‘‘Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (Regulation O).’’ DATES: Written comments are encouraged and must be received on or before April 25, 2022 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by the title of the information collection, OMB Control Number (see below), and docket number (see above), by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Email: PRA_Comments@cfpb.gov. Include Docket No. CFPB–2022–0011 in the subject line of the email. • Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Comment Intake, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Attention: PRA Office), 1700 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20552. Please note that due to circumstances associated with the COVID–19 pandemic, the Bureau discourages the submission of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1

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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; Patent Review and Derivation Proceedings

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will submit 
the following information collection request to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, on or after the date of 
publication of this notice. The USPTO invites comment on this 
information collection renewal, which helps the USPTO assess the impact 
of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's 
reporting burden. Public comments were previously requested via the 
Federal Register on December 7, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. 
This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments.
    Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of 
Commerce.
    Title: Patent Review and Derivation Proceedings.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0069.
    Needs and Uses: The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which was 
enacted into law on September 16, 2011, provided for many changes to 
the procedures of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (``PTAB'' or 
``Board,'' formerly the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences) 
procedures. These changes included the introduction of inter partes 
review, post-grant review, derivation proceedings, and the transitional 
program for covered business method patents. Under these administrative 
trial proceedings, third parties may file a petition with the PTAB 
challenging the validity of issued patents, with each proceeding having 
different requirements regarding timing restrictions, grounds for 
challenging validity, and who may request review.
    Inter partes review is a trial proceeding conducted at the Board to 
review the patentability of one or more claims in a patent only on a 
ground that could be raised under Sec. Sec.  102 or 103, and only on 
the basis of prior art consisting of patents or printed publications. 
Post grant review is a trial proceeding conducted at the Board to 
review the patentability of one or more claims in a patent on any 
ground that could be raised under Sec.  282(b)(2) or (3). A derivation 
proceeding is a trial proceeding conducted at the Board to determine 
whether (1) an inventor named in an earlier application derived the 
claimed invention from an inventor named in the petitioner's 
application, and (2) the earlier application claiming such invention 
was filed without authorization. The transitional program for covered 
business method patents is a trial proceeding conducted at the Board to 
review the patentability of one or more claims in a covered business 
method patent. The covered business method program expired on September 
16, 2020 and the Board no longer accepts new petitions related to this 
program, but continues to accept papers in previously-instituted 
proceedings.
    This information collection covers information submitted by the 
public to petition the Board to initiate an inter partes review, post-
grant review, derivation proceeding, and the transitional program for 
covered business method patents, as well as any responses to such 
petitions, and the filing of any motions, replies, oppositions, and 
other actions, after a review/proceeding has been instituted.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Type of Review: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Affected Public: Private sector; individuals or households.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 9,238 respondents.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 12,338 responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that the responses 
in this information collection will take the public between 30 minutes 
(0.5 hours) and 165 hours 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: 1,368,058 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Non-Hourly Cost Burden: 
$69,638,370.
    This information collection request may be viewed at 
www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of 
Commerce, USPTO information collections currently under review by OMB.
    Written comments and recommendations for this information 
collection should be submitted within 30 days of the publication of 
this notice on the following website www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. 
Find this particular information collection by selecting ``Currently 
under 30-day Review--Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search 
function and entering either the title of the information collection or 
the OMB Control Number 0651-0069.
    Further information can be obtained by:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0069 information request'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Kimberly Hardy, Office of the Chief Administrative 
Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, 
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.

Kimberly Hardy,
Information Collections Officer, Office of the Chief Administrative 
Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2022-03943 Filed 2-23-22; 8:45 am]
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