[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 10 (Tuesday, January 17, 2012)]
[Pages 2275-2276]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-720]



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).

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    Title: Patent and Trademark Resource Centers Metrics.
    Form Number(s): N/A.
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-00xx.
    Type of Request: New information collection.
    Burden: 162 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 324 responses per year (81 libraries 
reporting their metrics quarterly).
    Avg. Hours Per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the 
Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) librarians approximately 30 
minutes (0.50 hours) to submit the information in this collection, 
including the time to gather the necessary information, prepare the 
worksheet, and submit the completed request to the USPTO.
    Needs and Uses: The USPTO has developed an electronic worksheet to 
gather the metrics required under 35 U.S.C. 2(a)(2). The PTRCs will use 
this electronic worksheet to provide quarterly metrics to the USPTO 
concerning the public's use of the member library's patent and 
trademark services and the member library's public outreach efforts. 
The USPTO will use the information in this collection to determine how 
to more effectively train the PTRC staff and to determine what types of 
new and different services the PTRCs should provide to the public in 
the future.
    Affected Public: Non-profit organizations.
    Frequency: Quarterly.
    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-
00xx Patent and Trademark Resource Centers Metrics 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 February 16, 2012 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: January 11, 2012.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-720 Filed 1-13-12; 8:45 am]