Department of Commerce December 16, 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Glycine From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Pursuant to Settlement; 2012-2013
Document Number: 2015-31630
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is amending the final results of the 2012-2013 antidumping administrative review of glycine from the People's Republic of China (PRC) with respect to Evonik Rexim (Nanning) Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Evonik Rexim S.A.S. (collectively, Evonik) pursuant to an agreement that settles the related litigation.
USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Program
Document Number: 2015-31627
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
This rulemaking is required by a Public Law enacted on December 16, 2014. This law requires the United States Patent and Trademark Office (``Office'' or ``USPTO'') Director to establish regulations and procedures for application to and participation in the USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Program. This law removed the ``pilot'' status of the USPTO's existing law school clinic certification program. The program allows students enrolled in a participating law school's clinic to practice patent and trademark law before the USPTO under the direct supervision of a faculty clinic supervisor by drafting, filing, and prosecuting patent or trademark applications, or both, on a pro bono basis for clients who qualify for assistance from the law school's clinic. In this way, these student practitioners gain valuable experience drafting, filing, and prosecuting patent and trademark applications that would otherwise be unavailable to students while in law school. The program also facilitates the provision of pro bono services to trademark and patent applicants who lack the financial resources to pay for legal representation. The proposed rules incorporate the requirements and procedures developed and implemented during the pilot phase of the program.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; North Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota Cost Recovery Programs
Document Number: 2015-31624
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS publishes individual fishing quota (IFQ) standard prices and fee percentage for cost recovery for the IFQ Program for the halibut and sablefish fisheries of the North Pacific (IFQ Program). The fee percentage for 2015 is 3.0 percent. This action is intended to provide holders of halibut and sablefish IFQ permits with the 2015 standard prices and fee percentage to calculate the required payment for IFQ cost recovery fees due by January 31, 2016.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to a Test Pile Program
Document Number: 2015-31620
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA), through its Port of Anchorage (POA) department, for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to implementation of a Test Pile Program, including geotechnical characterization of pile driving sites, near its existing facility in Anchorage, Alaska. The POA requests that the IHA be valid for 1 year from April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to POA to incidentally take marine mammals, by Level B Harassment only, during the specified activity.
Limitation of Duty-Free Imports of Apparel Articles Assembled in Haiti Under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as Amended by the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity Through Partnership Encouragement Act (HOPE)
Document Number: 2015-31598
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
CBERA, as amended, provides duty-free treatment for certain apparel articles imported directly from Haiti. One of the preferences is known as the ``value-added'' provision, which requires that apparel meet a minimum threshold percentage of value added in Haiti, the United States, and/or certain beneficiary countries. The provision is subject to a quantitative limitation, which is calculated as a percentage of total apparel imports into the United States for each 12-month annual period. For the annual period from December 20, 2015 through December 19, 2016, the quantity of imports eligible for preferential treatment under the value- added provision is 350,962,661 square meters equivalent.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-31592
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Patents External Quality Survey
Document Number: 2015-31586
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; “International Work Sharing”
Document Number: 2015-31585
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Education Mission to Africa: South Africa and Ghana (Optional Stop to Cote d'Ivoire); March 6-12, 2016
Document Number: 2015-31584
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, is organizing an education mission to South Africa and Ghana with an optional stop in the C[ocirc]te d'Ivoire. Department of Commerce is partnering with the Department of State's EducationUSA Advising Centers in each location. This trade mission will be led by a senior Department of Commerce official and the emphasis will be on higher education programs, community college programs and summer, undergraduate and graduate programs, or consortia/associations of U.S. educational institutions offering said programs. This mission will seek to connect U.S. higher education institutions to potential students and university/institution partners in these three African countries. The mission will include student fairs organized by Education USA, embassy briefings, site visits, and networking events in our target cities of Johannesburg, Accra, and Abidjan. Participation in the Education Mission to these nations, rather than traveling independently to each market, will enhance the ability of participants to secure appropriate meetings with productive contacts in the target markets. This mission is intended to include representatives from a variety of accredited U.S. education institutions and consortia/associations representing groupings of U.S. accredited education institutions. Summer programs seeking to participate should be appropriately accredited by an accreditation body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Community colleges, undergraduate and graduate programs seeking to participate should be accredited by a recognized accreditation body listed in Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or Accrediting Council for Education and Training (ACCET), in the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA), or any accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The delegation will include representatives from approximately 25 different educational institutions or consortia/associations.