[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 133 (Tuesday, July 13, 2010)]
[Page 39913]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-17000]



United States 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), Commerce.
    Title: Deposit of Biological Materials.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0022.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 3,505 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 3,501 responses per year. The USPTO expects 
that 3,500 patent applications on inventions dealing with deposits of 
biological materials will be filed each year, and that 1 depository 
will seek recognition every three years.
    Avg. Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 1 
hour for the average patent applicant respondent to collect and submit 
the necessary deposit information and an average of 5 hours for the 
average depository seeking approval to store biological material to 
gather and submit the necessary approval information.
    Needs and Uses: Information on the deposit of biological materials 
in depositories is required for (a) the USPTO determination of 
compliance with 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2) and 112, and 37 CFR 1.801-1.809 and 
1.14, where inventions sought to be patented rely on biological 
material subject to the deposit requirement, including notification to 
the interested public about where to obtain samples of deposits; and 
(b) in compliance with 37 CFR 1.803 to demonstrate that the 
depositories are qualified to store and test the biological material 
submitted to them. This collection is used by the USPTO to determine 
whether or not the applicant has met the requirements of the patent 
regulations. In addition, the USPTO uses this information to determine 
the suitability of a respondent depository based upon administrative 
and technical competence and the depository's agreement to comply with 
the requirements set forth by the USPTO.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profits; 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-
0022 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 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 12, 2010 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. 

Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-17000 Filed 7-12-10; 8:45 am]