[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 225 (Tuesday, November 22, 2011)]
[Pages 72178-72179]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-30063]



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: Fastener Quality Act Insignia Recordal Process.
    Form Number(s): PTO-1611.
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0028.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 24 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 95 responses per year.
    Average Hours per Response: The USPTO expects that it will take the 
public approximately 15 minutes (0.25 hours) to gather the necessary 
information, create the document, and submit the completed request.

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    Needs and Uses: Under Section 5 of the Fastener Quality Act of 1999 
(FQA), 15 U.S.C. 5401 et seq., certain industrial fasteners must bear 
an insignia identifying the manufacturer. It is also mandatory for 
manufacturers of fasteners covered by the FQA to submit an application 
to the USPTO for recordal of the insignia on the Fastener Insignia 
    The procedures for the recordal of fastener insignia under the FQA 
are set forth in 15 CFR 280.300 et seq. The purpose of requiring both 
the insignia and the recordation is to ensure that certain fasteners 
can be traced to their manufacturers and to protect against the sale of 
mismarked, misrepresented, or counterfeit fasteners.
    The public uses this information collection to comply with the 
insignia recordal provisions of the FQA. An applicant may choose to use 
either the Application for Recordal of Insignia or Renewal/Reactivation 
of Recordal Under the Fastener Quality Act (PTO-1611) or prepare 
requests for recordal using a separate document that includes the 
information required by 15 CFR 280.310(b)(1)-(8).
    The USPTO uses the information in this collection to record, renew, 
or reactivate insignias under the FAQ and to maintain the Fastener 
Insignia Register, which is open to public inspection. The public may 
download the Fastener Insignia Register from 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, email: [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:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0028 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 December 22, 2011 to Nicholas A. 
Fraser, OMB Desk Officer, via email to [email protected], or by fax to (202) 395-5167, marked to the 
attention of Nicholas A. Fraser.

    Dated: November 17, 2011.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-30063 Filed 11-21-11; 8:45 am]