[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 185 (Friday, September 23, 2011)]
[Page 59114]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-24506]



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: Representative and Address Provisions.
    Form Number(s): PTO/SB/80/81/81A/81B/81C/83/84, PTO/SB/122/123/
123A/123B/124/125, and PTO-2248.
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0035.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 33,867 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 592,315 responses per year.
    Avg. Hours Per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the 
public approximately 3 minutes (0.05 hours) to 1.5 hours to submit the 
information in this collection, including the time to gather the 
necessary information, prepare the appropriate form or document, and 
submit the completed request to the USPTO.
    Needs and Uses: Under 35 U.S.C. 2 and 37 CFR 1.31-1.36, the public 
uses this information collection to grant or revoke power of attorney, 
to withdraw as attorney or agent of record, to authorize a practitioner 
to act in a representative capacity, to change a correspondence 
address, to request a Customer Number, and to change the data 
associated with a Customer Number. The USPTO's Customer Number practice 
permits authorized individuals to change the correspondence address or 
representatives of record for a number of applications, patents, or 
reexamination proceedings with one change request instead of filing 
separate requests for each application, patent, or reexamination 
proceeding. The USPTO uses the information in this collection to 
determine who is authorized to take action in an application, patent, 
or reexamination proceeding and where to send correspondence regarding 
an application, patent, or reexamination proceeding.
    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-
0035 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 October 24, 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: September 20, 2011.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-24506 Filed 9-22-11; 8:45 am]