[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 35 (Tuesday, February 23, 2010)]
[Pages 8038-8039]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-3481]



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: Patent Cooperation Treaty.
    Form Number(s): PCT/RO/101, PCT/RO/134, PCT/IB/372, PCT/IPEA/401, 
PTO-1382, PTO-1390, PTO/SB/61/PCT, PTO/SB/64/PCT.
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0021.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 341,840 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 363,809 responses per year.
    Avg. Hours Per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the 
public approximately 15 minutes (0.25 hours) to 8 hours to gather the 
necessary information, prepare the appropriate form or documents, and 
submit the information to the USPTO.
    Needs and Uses: The purpose of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) 
is to provide a standardized filing format and procedure that allows an 
applicant to seek protection for an invention in several countries by 
filing one international application in one location, in one language, 
and paying one initial set of fees. The information in this collection 
is used by the public to submit a patent application under the PCT and 
by the USPTO to fulfill its obligation to process, search, and examine 
the application as directed by the treaty. The USPTO is updating this 
information collection to reflect the current practice and fee 
structure for PCT applications entering the national stage at the 
USPTO. A form is being added to this collection for the previously 
approved information requirement for the withdrawal of an international 
application. This form (PCT/IB/372) is developed and maintained by the 
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profits; and not-for-profit institutions.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    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 ``0651-0021 PCT 
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, United States Patent and

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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 March 25, 2010 to Nicholas A. 
Fraser, OMB Desk Officer, via e-mail to [email protected], or by fax to 202-395-5167, marked to the attention 
of Nicholas A. Fraser.

    Dated: February 16, 2010.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-3481 Filed 2-22-10; 8:45 am]