[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 136 (Friday, July 16, 2010)]
[Page 41435]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-17367]



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. chap. 35).
    Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
    Title: Post Allowance and Refiling.
    Form Number(s): PTO/SB/44/50/51/51S/52/53/56 and PTOL-85B.
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0033.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 124,359 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 217,184 responses per year.
    Avg. Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the 
public from approximately 12 minutes (0.20 hours) to 5 hours to gather 
the necessary information, prepare the appropriate form or other 
documents, and submit the information in this collection to the USPTO.
    Needs and Uses: The USPTO is required by 35 U.S.C. 131 and 151 to 
examine applications and issue them as patents when appropriate. The 
applicant must then pay the required issue fee to receive the patent 
and avoid abandonment of the application. The public uses this 
information collection to pay fees for issuing patents, to request 
corrections of errors in issued patents, and to apply for reissue 
patents. This collection previously included information requirements 
related to patent reexaminations. These items are being removed from 
this collection and were approved by OMB in February 2010 as a separate 
new collection, 0651-0064 Patent Reexaminations.
    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-
0033 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 16, 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.

Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-17367 Filed 7-15-10; 8:45 am]