Extension of the Patent Application Backlog Reduction Stimulus Plan
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) provides a basis (the Patent Application Backlog Reduction Stimulus Plan) under which an applicant may have an application accorded special status for examination if the applicant expressly abandons another copending unexamined application. The Patent Application Backlog Reduction Stimulus Plan allows applicants having multiple applications currently pending before the USPTO to have greater control over the priority with which their applications are examined while also stimulating a reduction of the backlog of unexamined patent applications pending before the USPTO. The USPTO is extending the Patent Application Backlog Reduction Stimulus Plan until December 31, 2011.
President's Export Council: Meeting of the President's Export Council
The President's Export Council will hold a meeting to discuss topics related to the National Export Initiative, and to provide advice regarding how to promote U.S. exports, jobs, and growth.
Polyethylene Terephthalate Film, Sheet, and Strip From the Republic of Korea: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
On July 14, 2010 the Department of Commerce (the Department) published the preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping order on polyethylene terephthalate film, sheet and strip (PET film) from the Republic of Korea (Korea). See Polyethylene Terephthalate Film, Sheet, and Strip from the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 75 FR 40784 (July 14, 2010) (Preliminary Results). This review covers one manufacturer/exporter of the subject merchandise to the United States, Kolon Industries, Inc. (Kolon). The period of review (POR) is June 1, 2008, through May 31, 2009. Based on our analysis of the comments received, we have made changes in the margin calculation for Kolon. Therefore, the final results differ from the preliminary results. The final weighted-average dumping margin is listed below in the section entitled ``Final Results of Review.''
Certain Steel Threaded Rod From the People's Republic of China: Extension of Time Limit for the Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
The Department of Commerce (``Department'') is extending the time limit for the preliminary results of the administrative review of certain steel threaded rod from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). The review covers the period October 8, 2008, through March 31, 2010.
Certain Iron Construction Castings From Brazil, Canada, and the People's Republic of China: Continuation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders
As a result of the determinations by the Department of Commerce (``the Department'') that revocation of the antidumping duty (``AD'') orders on certain iron construction castings (``castings'') from Brazil, Canada, and the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping, that revocation of the countervailing duty (``CVD'') order on castings from Brazil would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of a countervailable subsidy, and the determinations by the International Trade Commission (``ITC'') that revocation of these AD and CVD orders would likely lead to a continuation or recurrence of material injury to an industry in the United States, the Department is publishing this notice of continuation of these AD and CVD orders.
Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee
Nominations are being sought for appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC or Committee) beginning in January 2011. MAFAC is the only Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary to assist in the development and implementation of Departmental regulations, policies and programs critical to the mission and goals of the NMFS. Nominations are encouraged from all interested parties involved with or representing interests affected by NMFS actions in managing living marine resources. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to the management of living marine resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings. Individuals serve for a term of three years for no more than two consecutive terms if re-appointed. NMFS is seeking qualified nominees to fill upcoming vacancies being created by vacancies and the expiration of an existing appointment in January, thereby bringing the Committee to its full complement of 21 members.
Eastern North Pacific Gray Whale; Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period on Marine Mammal Protection Act Petition
On November 9, 2010, NMFS announced receipt of a petition to designate the Eastern North Pacific population of gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) as a depleted stock under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and solicited comments on the petition. NMFS is extending the public comment period on the petition until December 8, 2010.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Reporting of Sea Turtle Entanglement in Fishing Gear or Marine Debris
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council); Public Meetings
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting of its Spiny Lobster Committee, Personnel Committee (Closed Session), King and Spanish Mackerel Committee, Ecosystem-Based Management Committee, Golden Crab Committee, Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) Committee (a portion of the meeting will be closed), Joint Executive and Finance Committees, Standard Operating, Policy and Procedures (SOPPs) Committee, Snapper Grouper Committee, and a meeting of the Full Council. The Council will take action as necessary. The Council will also hold an informal public question and answer session, a public comment session regarding agenda items, and public comment on Regulatory Amendment 10. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional details.
Petroleum Wax Candles From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Expedited Third Sunset Review of Antidumping Duty Order
On July 9, 2010, the Department of Commerce (``Department'') initiated the third sunset review of the antidumping duty order on petroleum wax candles from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). On the basis of a timely notice of intent to participate and an adequate substantive response filed on behalf of a domestic interested party, as well as an inadequate response from any respondent interested parties (in this case, no response), the Department conducted an expedited sunset review. As a result of the sunset review, the Department finds that revocation of the antidumping duty order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the margins identified in the Final Results of Review section of this notice.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Greater Than or Equal to 60 Feet (18.3 Meters) Length Overall Using Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by pot catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2010 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) specified for pot catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA in the BSAI.
Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes From Taiwan: Notice of Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
On June 30, 2010, the U.S. Department of Commerce (the Department) published a notice of initiation of an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on circular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes from Taiwan. The review covers two firms: Yieh Phui Enterprise Co., Ltd. (Yieh Phui) and Yieh Hsing Enterprise Co., Ltd. (Yieh Hsing). Based on a withdrawal of the request for review from United States Steel Corporation (Petitioner), we are now rescinding this administrative review with respect to Yieh Hsing.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The New England Fishery Management Council's (Council) VMS/ Enforcement Committee will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Global Free Flow of Information on the Internet
The Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force announces that the closing deadline for submission of comments responsive to the September 29, 2010 notice of inquiry on the global free flow of information on the Internet has been reopened and will extend until 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on December 6, 2010.
Certain Coated Paper Suitable for High-Quality Print Graphics Using Sheet-Fed Presses From the People's Republic of China: Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Order
Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of Commerce (``Department'') and the International Trade Commission (``ITC''), the Department is issuing an antidumping duty order on certain coated paper suitable for high-quality print graphics using sheet-fed presses (``coated paper'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). On November 10, 2010, the ITC notified the Department of its affirmative determination of threat of material injury to a U.S. industry. See Certain Coated Paper Suitable for High-Quality Print Graphics Using Sheet-Fed Presses from China (Investigation No. 731-TA- 1159 (Final), USITC Publication 4192 (November 2010). In addition, the Department is amending its final determination as a result of ministerial errors.
Certain Coated Paper Suitable for High-Quality Print Graphics Using Sheet-Fed Presses From Indonesia: Countervailing Duty Order
Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of Commerce (the Department) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the Department is issuing a countervailing duty order on certain coated paper suitable for high-quality print graphics using sheet-fed presses (certain coated paper) from Indonesia.
Certain Coated Paper Suitable for High-Quality Print Graphics Using Sheet-Fed Presses From the People's Republic of China: Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Countervailing Duty Order
Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of Commerce (``the Department'') and the International Trade Commission (``ITC''), the Department is issuing a countervailing duty order on certain coated paper suitable for high-quality print graphics using sheet-fed presses (``coated paper'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). Also, as explained in this notice, the Department is amending its final determination to correct certain ministerial errors.
Certain Coated Paper Suitable for High-Quality Print Graphics Using Sheet-Fed Presses From Indonesia: Antidumping Duty Order
Based on an affirmative final determination by the Department of Commerce (the Department) and the International Trade Commission (the ITC), the Department is issuing an antidumping duty order on certain coated paper suitable for high-quality print graphics using sheet-fed presses (certain coated paper) from Indonesia.
Chlorinated Isocyanurates From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of 2008-2009 Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on chlorinated isocyanurates from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') covering the period June 1, 2008, through May 31, 2009. We invited interested parties to comment on our preliminary results. Based on our analysis of the comments received, we have made changes to our margin calculations. Therefore, the final results differ from the preliminary results. The final dumping margin for this review is listed in the ``Final Results of Review'' section below.
Certain Activated Carbon From the People's Republic of China: Final Results and Partial Rescission of Second Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
On May 13, 2010, the Department of Commerce (``Department'') published in the Federal Register the preliminary results of the second administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain activated carbon from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). See Certain Activated Carbon From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Preliminary Results of the Second Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, and Preliminary Rescission in Part, 75 FR 26927 (May 13, 2010) (``Preliminary Results''). We gave interested parties an opportunity to comment on the Preliminary Results. Based upon our analysis of the comments and information received, we made changes to the margin calculations for the final results. We continue to find that certain exporters have sold subject merchandise at less than normal value during the period of review (``POR''), April 1, 2008, through March 31, 2009.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Specifications and Management Measures
NMFS proposes 2011 specifications and management measures for Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish (MSB). This action proposes to modify the measure that transfers Loligo squid (Loligo) quota underages from Trimester I to Trimesters II and III by limiting the Trimester II quota increase to no more than 50 percent. This action also proposes to revise the 72-hr pre-trip observer notification requirement for the Loligo fishery to accommodate vessels departing for multiple day trips in a week. These proposed specifications and management measures promote the utilization and conservation of the MSB resource.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries; 2011 Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Specifications; 2011 Research Set-Aside Projects
NMFS proposes specifications for the 2011 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries and provides notice of three projects that may be requesting Exempted Fishing Permits (EFPs) as part of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Research Set-Aside (RSA) program. The implementing regulations for the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP) require NMFS to publish specifications for the upcoming fishing year for each of these species and to provide an opportunity for public comment. Furthermore, regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., require a notice to be published to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment on applications for EFPs. The intent of this action is to establish 2011 specifications for the summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries, and to provide notice of EFP requests, in accordance with the FMP and Magnuson-Stevens Act.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene two webinars of the Gag Update Assessment Work Group.
Fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Assessment Process Webinar for Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fisheries Sandbar, Dusky, and Blacknose Sharks
The SEDAR 21 assessments of the HMS of sandbar, dusky, and blacknose sharks will consist of a series of workshops and webinars: A Data Workshop, a series of Assessment webinars, and a Review Workshop. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC) will hold its inaugural meeting to provide an orientation of new committee members, discuss administrative procedures and future work products to fulfill the RE&EEAC's mandate.
Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC), Request for Nominations
The Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC) was established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C. App., and pursuant to Section 2313(c) of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988, as amended, 15 U.S.C. 4728(c). ETTAC was first chartered on May 31, 1994. By statute, the ETTAC advises, through the Secretary of Commerce, the Environmental Trade Working Group (ETWG) of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC). The Secretary appoints the chair of the ETWG from among the employees of the Department. Although the ETWG is not currently active, the Department continues to function as chair of the ETWG, and the Department, as ETWG chair, utilizes the advice of the ETTAC and shares it with the TPCC or relevant TPCC member agencies as appropriate. ETTAC advises on the development and administration of policies and programs to expand U.S. exports of environmental technologies, goods, and services. The Department of Commerce rechartered the ETTAC on October 25, 2010 and is currently seeking nominations for membership on the ETTAC for the new charter term.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Proposed Endangered Status for the Hawaiian Insular False Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment
We, the NMFS, have completed a comprehensive status review of the Hawaiian insular false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in response to a petition submitted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to list the Hawaiian insular false killer whale as an endangered species. After reviewing the best scientific and commercial information available, we have determined that the Hawaiian insular false killer whale is a distinct population segment (DPS) that qualifies as a species under the ESA. Moreover, after evaluating threats facing the species, and considering efforts being made to protect the Hawaiian insular DPS, we have determined that the DPS is declining and is in danger of extinction throughout its range. We propose to list it as endangered under the ESA. Although we are not proposing to designate critical habitat at this time, we are soliciting information to inform the development of the final listing rule and designation of critical habitat in the event the DPS is listed.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Herring Fishery; Temporary Removal of 2,000-lb (907.2 kg) Herring Trip Limit in Atlantic Herring Management Area 1A
NMFS announces a temporary removal of the 2,000-lb (907.2 kg) trip limit for the Atlantic herring fishery in Management Area 1A (Area 1A). The trip limit removal is because catch data indicate that 95 percent of the total allowable catch (TAC) threshold in Area 1A has not been fully attained. Vessels issued a Federal permit to harvest Atlantic herring may resume fishing for and landing herring, in amounts greater than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg), consistent with their respective Atlantic herring permit categories, effective 0001 hrs, November 15, 2010, through 0001 hrs, November 17, 2010. At 0001 hrs, November 17, 2010, vessels will again be prohibited from fishing for, catching, possessing, transferring, or landing more than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring per trip or calendar day.
Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure, Seventh Edition
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') issued the seventh edition of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (``TMEP''), and made available archived copies of the fourth, fifth, and sixth editions, on October 15, 2010.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a public meeting of the Texas Habitat Protection Advisory Panel (AP).
(NOAA) Science Advisory Board (SAB)
The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management. Time and Date: The meeting will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Wednesday, December 1, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page http:// www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/meetings.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda. Place: The meeting will be held both days at Dupont Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 483 6000. Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov for confirmation of the venue and for directions. Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 30- minute public comment period on November 30 at 5:15 p.m. (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by November 19, 2010 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after November 19, 2010, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first- served basis. Matters to be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) NOAA Overview, Background and Introduction to the Climate Service, including Responses to the Reviews and Reports from the SAB Climate Working Group; (2) Strategic Framework for the Climate Service; (3) Report on the Climate Service Study by the National Academy of Public Administration; (4) The Plan for NOAA Reorganization to Form the Climate Service and Strengthen Science; (5) The Future of NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research; (6) NOAA Response to the Ecosystem Science and Management Working Group Recommendations on the Ocean Color Satellite Continuity Mitigation Study; (8) NOAA Response to the Ecosystem Sciences and Management Working Group Recommendations on the NOAA Coastal Strategy Initiative; (9) Report on the Review of the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER); (10) NOAA Cooperative Institutes: New CIs and New Models for CIs; (11) NOAA Education Programs: Results of the National Academy of Sciences Report; (12) NOAA Educational Partnership Program Cooperative Science Centers; (13) Update of the SAB Working Group Subcommittee and (14) Updates from SAB Working Groups.
New NOAA Cooperative Institutes (CIs): (1) A Cooperative Institute To Improve Mesoscale and Stormscale High Impact Weather Forecasts, Watches, and Warnings Through the Use of, and Enhancement of, Weather Radar and (2) A Cooperative Institute To Support NOAA Northwest Research Facilities in the Area of Marine Resources
The NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) invite applications for: (1) A cooperative institute (CI) to improve mesoscale and stormscale high impact weather forecasts, watches, and warnings through the use of, and enhancement of, weather radar and (2) a CI to support NOAA research facilities in the northwest U.S. in the area of marine resources. Applicants should review the CI Interim Handbook prior to preparing a proposal for this announcement (http://www.nrc.noaa.gov/ ci).
National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee Meeting
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) Nomination Evaluation Committee will meet in closed session on Tuesday, November 30, 2010. The primary purpose of the meeting is the discussion of relative merits of persons and companies nominated for the NMTI award.
Plan for Periodic Review of Regulations
The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) requires that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) periodically review existing regulations that have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, such as small businesses, small organizations, and small governmental jurisdictions. This plan describes how NMFS will perform this review and describes the regulations that are being proposed for review during the current review-cycle.
Marine Mammals; File No. 15206
Notice is hereby given that Sea World, LLC, 9205 South Park Center Loop, Suite 400, Orlando, FL 32819 [Brad Andrews, Responsible Party] has been issued a permit to import one beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) for public display.
Request for Comments on the Draft Revision of the Estuary Habitat Restoration Strategy Prepared by the Estuary Habitat Restoration Council
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, on behalf of the interagency Estuary Habitat Restoration Council, is soliciting comments on the draft revision of the ``Estuary Habitat Restoration Strategy.''
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the Western Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Western Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2010 allocation of Pacific ocean perch in this area allocated to vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery.
Impact of Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention on Commercial Activities Involving “Schedule 1” Chemicals, Including Production of Schedule 1 Chemicals as Intermediates, Through Calendar Year 2010
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is seeking public comments on the impact that implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), through the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act (CWCIA) and the Chemical Weapons Convention Regulations (CWCR), has had on commercial activities involving ``Schedule 1'' chemicals during calendar year 2010. BIS reminds the public that the CWC, CWCIA, or CWCR have potential impacts on commercial activities whenever Schedule 1 chemicals (e.g., nitrogen mustards) are intermediates in the synthesis of other chemicals, not just when the Schedule 1 chemicals are end products. The purpose of this notice of inquiry is to collect information to assist BIS in its preparation of the annual certification to the Congress, which is required under Condition 9 of Senate Resolution 75, April 24, 1997, in which the Senate gave its advice and consent to the ratification of the CWC.