[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 17 (Tuesday, January 27, 2015)]
[Pages 4254-4255]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-01392]



Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Patent Prosecution 
Highway (PPH) Program

    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 Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0058.
    Form Number(s):
    Type of Request: Regular.
    Number of Respondents: 8,210.
    Average Hours per Response: 2.
    Burden Hours: 16,420 hours annually.
    Cost Burden: $0.
    Needs and Uses: The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a framework 
in which an application whose claims have been determined to be 
patentable by an Office of Earlier Examination (OEE) is eligible to go 
through an accelerated examination in an Office of Later Examination 
with a simple procedure upon an applicant's request. By leveraging the 
search and examination work product of the OEE, PPH programs (1) 
deliver lower prosecution costs, (2) support applicants in their 
efforts to obtain stable patent rights efficiently around the world, 
and (3) reduce the search and examination burden, while improving the 
examination quality, of participating patent offices.
    The forms in this collection allow participants to file in a U.S. 
application a request to make the U.S. application special under a PPH 
or PCT-PPH program.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.

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    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-
0058 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program'' in the subject line of 
the message.
     Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records Management Division Director, 
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.

    Dated: January 21, 2015.
Marcie Lovett,
Records Management Division Director, USPTO, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-01392 Filed 1-26-15; 8:45 am]