[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 171 (Friday, September 3, 2010)]
[Pages 54086-54087]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-22041]



Patent and Trademark Office

Global Intellectual Property Academy Program Survey

ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.


SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part 
of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, 
invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this 
opportunity to comment on this new information collection, as required 
by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before November 2, 

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     E-mail: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
00xx Global Intellectual Property Academy Program Survey comment'' in 
the subject line of the message.
     Fax: 571-273-0112, marked to the attention of Susan 
     Mail: Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, Office of the 
Chief Information Officer, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 
1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
     Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to the attention of J. David Binsted, Program 
Manager, Global Intellectual Property Academy, United States Patent and 
Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by 
telephone 571-272-1500; or by e-mail at [email protected].


I. Abstract

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office plans to survey participants 
of the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) technical assistance 
programs. The survey data will be collected in order to obtain 
assessment data for the U.S. Government's accountability process, 
better known as the PART, or Program Assessment Rating Tool. Assessment 
of the GIPA programs will provide the USPTO information to implement 
best practices and program improvements, where necessary.
    Participants will be limited to those individuals, both national 
and international, who have attended or are attending GIPA training. 
These surveys will be done in three parts: Pre-program, post-program, 
and alumnus. Program participants will be asked to complete the pre-
program survey immediately prior to their program, the post-program 
survey immediately after the program, and the alumni survey 
approximately one year after the program. The surveys are expected to 
be conducted online using a recognized survey partner, the Federal 
Consulting Group.
    Participants will access the online survey through links provided 
in e-mails or through the USPTO Web site. Participants will not need 
usernames, passwords, or survey ID numbers to access the online survey.
    Survey responses will be kept confidential. The USPTO does not 
intend to collect any personal identifying data from participants 
taking the survey. Data collected from the survey will be linked to the 
participants. The USPTO intends to maintain contact information for the 
participants in a separate file from the quantitative data.
    The USPTO expects to follow-up with participants who do not respond 
to the survey. Participants who do not respond will be contacted up to 
three times.

II. Method of collection

    Electronically over the Internet or by e-mail. In-person surveys 
may potentially be conducted.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-00xx.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: New collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,500 responses per year (500 
participants x 3 surveys each).
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
approximately 20 minutes (0.33 hours) for participants to provide their 
responses. This estimate includes the time to gather the necessary 
information, complete the survey, and submit it to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 495 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $71,775. The 
audience for the GIPA training programs typically consists of high-
ranking government officials, judges, lawyers, examiners, and others. 
The USPTO estimates that roughly 20% of the attendees fall into the 
high-ranking categories, while the rest make up 80% of the attendees. 
The USPTO estimates that the hourly labor rate for 20% of the attendees 
would be roughly equivalent to the professional hourly rate of $325, 
while the rest would be roughly equivalent to the para-professional 
rate of $100. Using these U.S. hourly rates, the USPTO estimates a 
professional hourly rate of $65 (20% of $325) and a para-professional 
rate of $80 (80% of $100), for a total hourly rate of $145. Using the 
total hourly rate, the USPTO estimates $71,775 per year for salary 
costs associated with respondents.

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                                                                  Estimated time     Estimated       Estimated
                              Item                                 for response       annual       annual burden
                                                                       (min)         responses         hours
Pre-Program Survey..............................................              20             500             165
Post Program Survey.............................................              20             500             165
Alumnus Survey..................................................              20             500             165
    Totals......................................................  ..............           1,500             495

    Estimated Total Annual Non-Hour Respondent Cost Burden: $0. There 
are no capital start-up, maintenance, recordkeeping, or postage costs 
associated with these surveys, nor are there any filing or other fees 
for these surveys.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, e.g., the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or 
included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they will also become a matter of public record.

Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-22041 Filed 9-2-10; 8:45 am]