[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 49 (Tuesday, March 13, 2012)]
[Pages 14765-14766]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-5989]



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: Recording Assignments.
    Form Number(s): PTO-1594 and PTO-1595.
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0027.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 234,414 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 468,826 responses per year.
    Avg. Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the 
public approximately 30 minutes (0.5 hours) to prepare and submit a 
patent or trademark assignment recordation request.
    Needs and Uses: Under 35 U.S.C. 261 and 262 and 15 U.S.C. 1057 and 
1060, the USPTO records patent and trademark assignment documents that 
show the transfer of ownership of applications, patents, and trademark 
registrations from one entity to another. The USPTO provides cover 
sheets to ensure all the necessary assignment data is submitted for 
accurate recording. In order to file a request to record an assignment, 
the respondent must submit an appropriate cover sheet along with copies 
of the assignment documents to be recorded and payment of the 
appropriate fee. The recorded documents are available for public 
inspection, except for those documents that are sealed under secrecy 
orders or related to unpublished patent applications.
    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].

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Include ``0651-0027 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 April 12, 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: March 8, 2012.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-5989 Filed 3-12-12; 8:45 am]