[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 148 (Tuesday, August 2, 2011)]
[Page 46280]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-19497]



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: Submissions Regarding Correspondence and Regarding Attorney 
Representation (Trademarks).
    Form Number(s): PTO Forms 2196, 2197, and 2201.
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0056.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 10,927 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 123,010 responses per year. Of this total, 
the USPTO estimates that 117,151 responses will be submitted through 
    Avg. Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it takes the 
public approximately 5 to 30 minutes (0.08 to 0.50 hours) to complete 
this information, depending on the application. This includes the time 
to gather the necessary information, prepare the requests, and submit 
them to the USPTO. The time estimates shown for the electronic forms in 
this collection are based on the average amount of time needed to 
complete and electronically file the associated form.
    Needs and Uses: The public uses the information in this collection 
to appoint attorneys and domestic representatives to act on their 
behalf in the prosecution of their applications, to revoke those same 
appointments, to request permission to withdraw as the attorney of 
record or domestic representative, to request replacement of the 
attorney of record with another already-appointed attorney, and to 
request a change of the owner's or domestic representative's address. 
The USPTO uses the collected information to process the requests.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations.
    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-
0056 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 September 1, 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.

    Dated: July 28, 2011.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-19497 Filed 8-1-11; 8:45 am]