[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 30 (Tuesday, February 14, 2012)]
[Pages 8220-8221]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-3392]



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: Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Certificate Action Form.
    Form Number(s): PTO-2042.
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0045.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 2,250 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 4,500 responses per year.
    Avg. Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the 
public approximately 30 minutes (0.5 hours) to read the instructions 
and subscriber agreement, gather the necessary information, prepare the 
Certificate Action Form, and submit the completed request.
    Needs and Uses: The USPTO uses Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) 
technology to support electronic commerce between the USPTO and its 
customers. In order to access secure online systems offered by the 
USPTO for transactions such as electronic filing of patent applications 
and retrieving confidential patent application information, customers 
must first obtain a digital certificate. The public uses this 
collection to request a new digital certificate, the revocation of a 

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certificate, or the recovery of a lost certificate.
    This collection includes the Certificate Action Form (PTO-2042), 
which is provided by the USPTO to ensure that customers submit the 
necessary information for processing certificate requests. The 
accompanying subscriber agreement explains the regulations governing 
the use of the digital certificates and the software that creates and 
validates the encryption keys.
    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, 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-
0045 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 March 15, 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: February 9, 2012.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-3392 Filed 2-13-12; 8:45 am]