[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 143 (Tuesday, July 26, 2011)]
[Pages 44578-44579]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-18812]



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: Substantive Submissions Made During the Prosecution of the 
Trademark Application.
    Form Number(s): PTO-1553, 1981, 2194, 2195, 2200.
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0054.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 48,471 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 289,521 responses per year.
    Avg. Hours per Response: The USPTO expects that it will take the 
public approximately 5 to 30 minutes (0.08 to 0.50 hours) to gather the 
necessary information, create the document, and submit the completed 
request, depending upon the type of request and the method of 
submission (electronic or paper).
    Needs and Uses: This collection of information is required by the 
Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq., which provides for the Federal 
registration of trademarks, service marks, collective trademarks and 
servicemarks, collective membership marks, and certification marks. 
Individuals and businesses that use or intend to use such marks in 
commerce may file an application to register their marks with the 
USPTO. Such individuals and businesses may also submit various 
communications to the USPTO, including requests to amend their 
registrations to delete goods or services that are no longer being used 
by the registrant. The rules implementing the Trademark Act are set 
forth in 37 CFR part 2.
    The forms in this collection are available in electronic format 
through the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS). The USPTO 
is proposing to add six new items into the inventory at this time to 
take into account a new method of electronic submission of information 
when a TEAS form having dedicated data fields is not yet available 
(i.e., TEAS Global forms). These TEAS Global forms can also be 
submitted in paper format. The USPTO is also proposing to delete the 
Other Petitions requirement and is introducing specific petitions in 
its place, namely in the TEAS Global format.
    The information in this collection is a matter of public record and 
is used by the public for a variety of private business purposes 
related to establishing and enforcing trademark rights. The information 
is available at USPTO facilities and can also be accessed at the USPTO 
Web site.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
    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-
0054 copy request'' in the subject line of the message.
     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 25, 2011 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.

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    Dated: July 21, 2011.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-18812 Filed 7-25-11; 8:45 am]