[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 37 (Monday, February 25, 2013)]
[Page 12744]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04200]



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: Requirements for Patent Applications Containing Nucleotide 
Sequence and/or Amino Acid Sequence Disclosures.
    Form Number(s): PTO/SB/93.
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0024.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 138,225 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 25,250 responses per year.
    Avg. Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the 
public approximately six minutes (0.10 hours) to six hours to gather 
the necessary information, prepare the form or sequence listing, and 
submit it to the USPTO.
    Needs and Uses: Patent applications that contain nucleotide and/or 
amino acid sequence disclosures must include a copy of the sequence 
listing in accordance with the requirements in 37 CFR 1.821-1.825. 
Applicants may submit sequence listings for both U.S. and international 
patent applications. The USPTO uses the sequence listings during the 
examination process to determine the patentability of the associated 
patent application. Sequence listings are also disclosed as part of the 
published patent application or issued patent. Applicants use sequence 
data when preparing biotechnology patent applications and may also 
search sequence listings after publication.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; not-for-profit 
    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-
0024 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 27, 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: February 20, 2013.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-04200 Filed 2-22-13; 8:45 am]