[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 188 (Wednesday, September 29, 2010)]
[Pages 60073-60074]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-24354]



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).
    Title: Initial Patent Applications.
    Form Number(s): PTO/SB/01 and 01A, PTO/SB/02A and 02B, 02CN, 02DE, 
02ES, 02FR, 02IT, 02JP, 02KR, 02NL, 02RU, 02SE, and 02LR, PTO/SB/03 and 
03A, PTO/SB/04 through 07, PTO/SB/13/PCT, PTO/SB/14 and EFS-Web, PTO/
SB/16 and EFS-Web, PTO/SB/17 through 19, PTO/SB/29 and 29A, and PTO/SB/
101 through 110.
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0032.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 11,553,888 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 513,221 responses per year, with an 
estimated 466,385 responses filed electronically.
    Avg. Hours Per Response: The USPTO estimates that it takes the 
public between 24 minutes (0.40 hours) and 33 hours and 12 minutes 
(33.2 hours) to complete the applications, petitions,

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and additional papers in this collection, depending on the request. 
This includes the time to gather the necessary information, prepare the 
application, petition, or other papers, and submit the completed 
request to the USPTO. The USPTO calculates that, on balance, it takes 
the same amount of time to gather the necessary information, prepare 
the utility, design, or provisional application, and submit it to the 
USPTO, whether the applicant submits it in paper form or 
    Needs and Uses: This collection of information is required by 35 
U.S.C. 131 and 37 CFR 1.16 through 1.84. Each patent applicant must 
provide sufficient information to allow the USPTO to properly examine 
the application, petition, or paper to determine whether the 
application, petition, or paper meets the criteria set forth in the 
patent statutes and regulations. The various fee and application 
transmittal forms, the declarations, the cover sheets, the petitions, 
and the papers filed under 37 CFR 1.41, 1.48, and 1.53(c)(2) permit 
applicants to supply all of the information necessary to process the 
application and enables the USPTO to ensure that all of the information 
has been provided in order to process the application.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for profits and non-profit 
    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-
0032 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 October 29, 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. 

    Dated: September 23, 2010.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-24354 Filed 9-28-10; 8:45 am]