[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 184 (Thursday, September 24, 2009)]
[Page 48715]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-23033]



Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    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).
    Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
    Title: Invention Promoters/Promotion Firms Complaints.
    Form Number(s): PTO/SB/2048.
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0044.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 38 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 100 responses per year.
    Avg. Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the 
public approximately 15 minutes (0.25 hours) to gather the necessary 
information, prepare the form, and submit a complaint to the USPTO and 
approximately 30 minutes (0.5 hours) for an invention promoter or 
promotion firm to prepare and submit a response to a complaint.
    Needs and Uses: The Inventors' Rights Act of 1999 requires the 
USPTO to provide a forum for the publication of complaints concerning 
invention promoters and responses from the invention promoters to these 
complaints. An individual may submit a complaint to the USPTO, which 
will then forward the complaint to the identified invention promoter 
for response. The complaints and responses are published on the USPTO 
Web site. The public uses this information collection to submit a 
complaint to the USPTO regarding an invention promoter or to respond to 
a complaint. The USPTO uses this information to comply with its 
statutory duty to publish the complaint along with any response from 
the invention promoter. The USPTO does not investigate these complaints 
or participate in any legal proceedings against invention promoters or 
promotion firms.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households, businesses or other 
for-profits, and not-for-profit institutions.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    OMB Desk Officer: Nicholas A. Fraser, e-mail: [email protected].
    Once submitted, the request will be publicly available in 
electronic format through the Information Collection Review page at 
    Paper copies can be obtained by:
     E-mail: [email protected]. Include ``0651-0044 
Invention Promoters Complaints copy request'' in the subject line of 
the message.
     Fax: 571-273-0112, marked to the attention of Susan K. 
     Mail: Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, Office of the 
Chief Information Officer, Administrative Management Group, United 
States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent on or before October 26, 2009 to Nicholas A. 
Fraser, OMB Desk Officer, via e-mail at [email protected], or by fax to 202-395-5167, marked to the attention 
of Nicholas A. Fraser.

    Dated: September 17, 2009.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer, 
Administrative Management Group.
[FR Doc. E9-23033 Filed 9-23-09; 8:45 am]