[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 145 (Tuesday, July 29, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 44010-44011]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-17790]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office


 Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department 
of Commerce.
SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will 
submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the 
following proposal for collection of information under the provisions 
of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).
    Title: Patent Petitions Related to Application and Reexamination 
Processing Fees.
    Form Number(s): PTO/SB/17P, PTO/SB/23, PTO/SB/24a, PTO/SB/28 (EFS-
Web only), and PTO/SB/140 (EFS-Web only).
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0059.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 35,596 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 33,119 responses per year.
    Avg. Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it takes the 
public approximately 5 minutes (0.08 hours) to 12 hours to complete 
items in this collection, depending on the petition. This includes the 
time to gather the necessary information, prepare the petitions and 
petition fee transmittals, and submit them to the USPTO. The USPTO 
estimates that it takes the same amount of time (and possibly less 
time) to gather the necessary information, prepare the submission, and 
submit it electronically as it does to submit the information in paper 
form.
    Needs and Uses: The public uses the information in this collection 
to petition for various actions under 37 CFR 1.17(f), (g), and (h), 
such as petitioning for a suspension of the rules, requesting access to 
an assignment record, or requesting the withdrawal of an

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application from issue either before or after paying the issue fee. In 
addition, the public uses these petitions to obtain copies of documents 
that have been submitted in a form other than that provided by the 
rules of practice, to request accelerated examination, to request 
abandonment of an application to avoid publication of said application, 
and to request an extension of time. The public uses the transmittal 
form to remit the required fees for the various petitions. The USPTO 
uses the information collected from the petitions and transmittal form 
to determine whether to grant the various requests and to ensure that 
the proper fees have been remitted and are processed accordingly.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    OMB Desk Officer: Nicholas A. Fraser, email: Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov.
    Once submitted, the request will be publicly available in 
electronic format through the Information Collection Review page at 
www.reginfo.gov.
    Paper copies can be obtained by:
     Email:InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-0059 
copy request'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Margaret McElrath, Deputy Director, Office of 
Information Management Services, United States Patent and Trademark 
Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent on or before August 28, 2014 to Nicholas A. 
Fraser, OMB Desk Officer, via email to Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov, or by fax to 202-395-5167, marked to the attention 
of Nicholas A. Fraser.

    Dated: July 22, 2014.
Margaret McElrath,
Deputy Director, Office of Information Management Services, United 
States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2014-17790 Filed 7-28-14; 8:45 am]
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