[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 19 (Tuesday, January 29, 2013)]
[Page 6073]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01736]



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. 35).
    Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
    Title: Patent Processing (Updating).
    Form Number(s): PTO/SB/08a/08b, eIDS, PTO/SB/17i, PTO/SB/21-22, 
PTO/SB/24-27, PTO/AIA/22, PTO/SB/24B, PTO/AIA/24, PTO/AIA/24B, PTO/SB/
30-33, PTO/AIA/31-33, PTO/SB/35-39, PTO/SB/43, PTO/SB/61, PTO/SB/63-64, 
PTO/SB/64a, PTO/SB/67-68, PTO/SB/91-92, PTO/SB/96-97, PTO/AIA/96, PTO/
SB/130, PTO-2053-A/B, PTO-2054-A/B, PTO-2055-A/B, PTOL/413A & 413C, and 
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0031.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 11,972,191 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 4,827,580 responses per year, with an 
estimated 1,255,171 (26%) submitted by small entities.
    Avg. Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the 
public an average of 1 minute, 48 seconds (0.03 hours) to 10 hours to 
complete either the paper or the electronic versions of the information 
described in this submission, depending on the nature of the 
information. This estimated time includes gathering the necessary 
information, creating the documents, and submitting the completed 
requests to the USPTO.
    Needs and Uses: During the pendency of a patent application or the 
period of enforceability of a patent, situations arise that require 
collection of information for the USPTO to further process the patented 
file or the patent application. This information can be used by the 
USPTO to continue the processing of the patent or application or to 
ensure that applicants are complying with the patent regulations. These 
situations involve responses filed by applicants to various USPTO 
actions and may include information disclosures and citations; requests 
for extensions of time; the establishment of small entity status; 
abandonment or revival of abandoned applications; disclaimers; appeals; 
expedited examination of design applications; transmittal forms; 
requests to inspect, copy and access patent applications; publication 
requests; and certificates of mailing/transmission.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profits; and non-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-
0031 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 28, 2013 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 23, 2013.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-01736 Filed 1-28-13; 8:45 am]