Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Patents External Quality Survey, 14517-14518 [2022-05472]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2022 / Notices II. Method of Collection NIST will collect this information by electronic means when possible, as well as by mail, fax, telephone, technical discussions, and in-person interviews. NIST may also utilize observational techniques to collect this information. BILLING CODE 3510–13–P OMB Control Number: 0693–0078. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Revision. Affected Public: Individuals or households; first responders; weather forecasters; members of the media; water, power, transportation, and communications infrastructure operators; businesses or other for-profit organizations; not-for-profit institutions; State, local or tribal government; Federal government; Standards-making bodies; Universities. Estimated Number of Respondents: 25,000. Estimated Time per Response: Varied, dependent upon the data collection method used. The possible response time to complete a questionnaire may be 15 minutes or 2 hours to participate in an interview. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 18,000. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. IV. Request for Comments khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2022–05417 Filed 3–14–22; 8:45 am] III. Data NIST invites comments on: (a) 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) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this ICR. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying VerDate Sep<11>2014 information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. 21:10 Mar 14, 2022 Jkt 256001 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; Patents External Quality Survey 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: 0651–0057 (Patents External Quality Survey). The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the information collection to OMB. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before May 16, 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 ‘0651–0057 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 David Fitzpatrick, Management Analyst, Office of Patent Quality Assurance, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272–0525; or by email at David.Fitzpatrick@uspto.gov, with ‘‘0651–0057 comment’’ in the subject line. Additional information about this SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14517 information collection is also available at http://www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Quality Survey is an instrument designed to measure opinions about the services that USPTO provides its patent application customers. The results from this voluntary survey will assist USPTO in guiding improvements and enhancements in the future. The USPTO conducts the Patents External Quality Survey as part of its quality improvement efforts under E.O. 14058, Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery to Rebuild Trust in Government (Dec. 13, 2021). This survey narrows the focus of customer satisfaction to examination quality and uses a longitudinal, rotating panel design to assess changes in customer perceptions and to identify key areas for examiner training and opportunities for improvement. The USPTO surveys patent agents, attorneys, and other individuals from large domestic corporations (including those with 500+ employees), small and medium-size businesses, independent inventors, and universities and other non-profit research organizations. This survey does not include foreign entities. The USPTO random sample used in this survey is drawn from the Patent Application and Location Management (PALM) database. The sample population is drawn from the top filing firms and entities that have filed more than 5 patent applications in a 12month period. This ongoing survey is generally conducted twice a year. USPTO uses a rotating panel design where participants will take the survey twice in back-to-back survey periods. Half the participants in each survey period are new, completing the survey for the first time, and half are returning to complete the survey for a second time. This design allows a precise measurement of changes in customer experience over time. The Patents External Quality Survey is primarily a web-based survey, although respondents can also complete the survey via paper and mail if they prefer. The content of both versions is identical. Potential respondents are sent either an email or mailed pre-survey letter, depending on noted preferences for contact. At the beginning of each survey period, respondents are provided instructions for accessing and completing the survey electronically. After a specified response period, a survey packet containing the E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1 14518 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2022 / Notices questionnaire, a separate cover letter prepared by the Deputy Commissioner for Patents, and a postage-paid, preaddressed return envelope are mailed to all sample members that have not yet submitted a response. Sampled members receiving a paper survey can still complete the survey electronically if they prefer. Reminder/thank you postcards and telephone calls are used to encourage response from sample members. Method of Collection The survey may be submitted electronically or in paper form via postal mail. II. Data OMB Control Number: 0651–0057. Form(s): • PTO/2325 (Patents External Quality Survey). Type of Review: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Private sector. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 1,875 respondents. Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 3,100 responses. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public between 2 minutes (0.03 hours) and 10 minutes (.17 hours) to complete a response in this information collection. This includes the time to gather the necessary information, answer the survey prompts, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 444 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Hourly Cost Burden: $193,140. TABLE 1—TOTAL BURDEN HOURS AND HOURLY COSTS TO PRIVATE SECTOR RESPONDENTS Item No. 1 ....... 2 ....... 3 ....... Item Estimated annual respondents Responses per respondent Estimated annual responses Estimated time for response (hours) Estimated burden (hour/year) Rate 1 Estimated annual respondent cost burden (a) (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) (f) (e) × (f) = (g) Patents External Quality Survey 1,250 .................... (One survey within a single year). Patents External Quality Survey 625 ....................... (Two surveys within same year). Non-Response Follow-up Survey Same respondents Card. as item 1 and 2. Total ....................................... 1,875 .................... 1 1,250 0.17 (10 minutes) 213 $435 $92,655 2 1,250 0.17 (10 minutes) 213 435 92,655 1 600 0.03 (2 minutes) ... 18 435 7,830 ........................ 3,100 ............................... 444 ............ 193,140 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). khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Estimated Total Annual Respondent Non-hourly Cost Burden: $0. There are no capital start-up, maintenance costs, recordkeeping costs, filing fees, or postage costs associated with this information collection. The USPTO covers the costs of all survey materials and provides postage-paid, preaddressed return envelopes for the surveys that are returned by mail. III. Request for Comments The USPTO is soliciting public comments to: (a) Evaluate whether the 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 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:10 Mar 14, 2022 Jkt 256001 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. 2022–05472 Filed 3–14–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army [Docket ID: USA–2021–HQ–0015] Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Department of the Army, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: 30-Day information collection notice. AGENCY: The Department of Defense has submitted to OMB for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act. DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by April 14, 2022. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela Duncan, 571–372–7574, whs.mcSUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 50 (Tuesday, March 15, 2022)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14517-14518]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-05472]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

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; Patents External Quality Survey

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

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

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-
0057 (Patents External Quality Survey). The purpose of this notice is 
to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the 
information collection to OMB.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before May 16, 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 `0651-0057 
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 David Fitzpatrick, Management Analyst, Office of 
Patent Quality Assurance, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 
P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-0525; 
or by email at [email protected], with ``0651-0057 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

    This United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Quality 
Survey is an instrument designed to measure opinions about the services 
that USPTO provides its patent application customers. The results from 
this voluntary survey will assist USPTO in guiding improvements and 
enhancements in the future. The USPTO conducts the Patents External 
Quality Survey as part of its quality improvement efforts under E.O. 
14058, Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery to 
Rebuild Trust in Government (Dec. 13, 2021). This survey narrows the 
focus of customer satisfaction to examination quality and uses a 
longitudinal, rotating panel design to assess changes in customer 
perceptions and to identify key areas for examiner training and 
opportunities for improvement. The USPTO surveys patent agents, 
attorneys, and other individuals from large domestic corporations 
(including those with 500+ employees), small and medium-size 
businesses, independent inventors, and universities and other non-
profit research organizations. This survey does not include foreign 
entities.
    The USPTO random sample used in this survey is drawn from the 
Patent Application and Location Management (PALM) database. The sample 
population is drawn from the top filing firms and entities that have 
filed more than 5 patent applications in a 12-month period. This 
ongoing survey is generally conducted twice a year. USPTO uses a 
rotating panel design where participants will take the survey twice in 
back-to-back survey periods. Half the participants in each survey 
period are new, completing the survey for the first time, and half are 
returning to complete the survey for a second time. This design allows 
a precise measurement of changes in customer experience over time.
    The Patents External Quality Survey is primarily a web-based 
survey, although respondents can also complete the survey via paper and 
mail if they prefer. The content of both versions is identical. 
Potential respondents are sent either an email or mailed pre-survey 
letter, depending on noted preferences for contact. At the beginning of 
each survey period, respondents are provided instructions for accessing 
and completing the survey electronically. After a specified response 
period, a survey packet containing the

[[Page 14518]]

questionnaire, a separate cover letter prepared by the Deputy 
Commissioner for Patents, and a postage-paid, pre-addressed return 
envelope are mailed to all sample members that have not yet submitted a 
response. Sampled members receiving a paper survey can still complete 
the survey electronically if they prefer. Reminder/thank you postcards 
and telephone calls are used to encourage response from sample members.

Method of Collection

    The survey may be submitted electronically or in paper form via 
postal mail.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0651-0057.
    Form(s):
     PTO/2325 (Patents External Quality Survey).
    Type of Review: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Affected Public: Private sector.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 1,875 respondents.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 3,100 responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public between 2 minutes (0.03 hours) and 10 minutes (.17 hours) to 
complete a response in this information collection. This includes the 
time to gather the necessary information, answer the survey prompts, 
and submit the completed request to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 444 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Hourly Cost Burden: $193,140.

                                       Table 1--Total Burden Hours and Hourly Costs to Private Sector Respondents
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                                             Estimated
                                   Estimated annual      Responses per     Estimated       Estimated time for       Estimated      Rate       annual
 Item No.         Item               respondents          respondent        annual          response (hours)      burden (hour/    \1\      respondent
                                                                           responses                                  year)                 cost burden
                               (a)....................             (b)     (a) x (b) =  (d)....................     (c) x (d) =      (f)     (e) x (f) =
                                                                                   (c)                                      (e)                      (g)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1........  Patents External    1,250..................               1           1,250  0.17 (10 minutes)......             213     $435         $92,655
            Quality Survey
            (One survey
            within a single
            year).
2........  Patents External    625....................               2           1,250  0.17 (10 minutes)......             213      435          92,655
            Quality Survey
            (Two surveys
            within same year).
3........  Non-Response        Same respondents as                   1             600  0.03 (2 minutes).......              18      435           7,830
            Follow-up Survey    item 1 and 2.
            Card.
                              --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
              Total..........  1,875..................  ..............           3,100  .......................             444  .......         193,140
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
\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).

    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Non-hourly Cost Burden: $0. There 
are no capital start-up, maintenance costs, recordkeeping costs, filing 
fees, or postage costs associated with this information collection. The 
USPTO covers the costs of all survey materials and provides postage-
paid, pre-addressed return envelopes for the surveys that are returned 
by mail.

III. Request for Comments

    The USPTO is soliciting public comments to:
    (a) Evaluate whether the 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 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. 2022-05472 Filed 3-14-22; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-16-P