[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 1 (Friday, January 2, 2015)]
[Pages 31-32]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-30678]



United States Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request: Applications for 
Trademark Registration

    The Department of Commerce 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, Commerce.
    Title: Applications for Trademark Registration.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0009.
    Form Number(s):


    Type of Request: Regular.
    Number of Respondents: 387,981.
    Average Minutes per Response: 30.
    Burden Hours: 149,267.
    Cost Burden: $103,000,869.42.
    Needs and Uses: The United States Patent and Trademark Office 
(USPTO) administers the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq., which 
provides for the Federal registration of trademarks, service marks, 
collective trademarks and service marks, collective membership marks, 
and certification marks. Individuals and businesses who use their 
marks, or intend to use their marks, in commerce regulable by Congress, 
may file an application with the USPTO to register their marks. 
Registered marks remain on the register indefinitely, so long as the 
owner of the registration files the necessary maintenance documents. 
The rules implementing the Trademark Act are set forth in 37 CFR part 
    The Act and rules mandate that each certificate of registration 
include the mark, the particular goods and/or services for which the 
mark is registered, the owner's name, dates of use of the mark in 
commerce, and certain other information. The USPTO also provides 
similar information to the public concerning pending applications. 
Individuals or businesses may determine the availability of a mark by 
accessing the register through the USPTO's Web site. Accessing and 
reviewing the USPTO's publicly available information may reduce the 
possibility of initiating use of a mark previously registered or 
adopted by another. Thus, the Federal trademark registration process 
reduces unnecessary litigation and its associated costs and burdens. 
The information in this collection is available to the public.
    Trademarks can be registered on either the Principal or 
Supplemental Register. Registrations on the Principal Register confer 
all of the benefits of registration provided under the Trademark Act. 
Certain marks that are not eligible for registration on the Principal 
Register, but are capable of

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functioning as a trademark, may be registered on the Supplemental 
Register. Registrations on the Supplemental Register do not have all of 
the benefits of marks on the Principal Register. Registrations on the 
Supplemental Register cannot be transferred to the Principal Register, 
but owners of registrations on the Supplemental Register may apply for 
registration of their marks on the Principal Register.
    The information in this collection can be submitted in paper format 
or electronically through the Trademark Electronic Application System 
(TEAS). Applicants that file applications using the TEAS RF or TEAS 
Plus forms pay a reduced filing fee if they agree to file certain 
communications regarding the application through TEAS and to receive 
communications concerning the application by email. TEAS Plus 
applicants are also subject to the additional requirement to file a 
complete application. TEAS Plus applications are only available for 
trademark/service mark applications. There are no TEAS Plus application 
forms available for the certification marks, collective marks, 
collective membership marks, and applications for registration on the 
Supplemental Register at this time.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; not-for-profit 
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits.
    This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. 
Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections 
currently under review by OMB.
    Written comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0009 Applications for Trademark Registration'' in the subject line of 
the message.
     Mail: Marcie Lovett, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, 
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

Margaret McElrath,
Deputy Director, Office of Information Management Services, Department 
of Commerce--USPTO.
[FR Doc. 2014-30678 Filed 12-31-14; 8:45 am]