[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 110 (Tuesday, June 9, 2015)]
[Pages 32538-32539]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-14085]



Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; ``Post Registration 
(Trademark Processing)''

    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, Commerce.
    Title: Post Registration (Trademark Processing).
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0055.
    Form Number(s):

 PTO Form 1563
 PTO Form 1573
 PTO Form 1583
 PTO Form 1597
 PTO Form 1963
 PTO Global Form

    Type of Request: Regular.
    Number of Respondents: 185,047 responses per year. Of this total, 
the USPTO expects that 175,846 responses will be submitted through TEAS 
and 9,201 will be submitted on paper.
    Average Hours Per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
approximately 5 minutes (0.08 hours) to 35 minutes (0.58 hours) to 
complete a single item in this collection, depending on the instrument 
used. This includes the time to gather the necessary information, 
create the documents, and submit the completed request to the USPTO.
    Burden Hours: 43,095.72 hours.
    Cost Burden: $54,392,518.33.
    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 that use or intend to 
use such marks in commerce may file an application to register their 
marks with the USPTO.
    Such individuals and businesses may also submit various 
communications to the USPTO, including requests to amend their 
registrations to delete goods or services that are no longer being used 
by the registrant. Registered marks remain on the register for ten 
years and can be renewed, but will be cancelled unless the owner files 
with the USPTO a declaration attesting to the continued use (or 
excusable non-use) of the mark in commerce, and a renewal application, 
within specific deadlines. Applicants may also request to amend or 
divide a registration, respond to a post-registration Office action, 
and surrender a registration.
    The rules implementing the Act are set forth in 37 CFR part 2. 
These rules mandate that each register entry include the mark, the 
goods and/or services in connection with which the mark is used, 
ownership information, dates of use, and certain other information. The 
USPTO also provides similar information concerning pending 
applications. The register and pending application information may be 
accessed by an individual or by businesses to determine the 
availability of a mark. By accessing the USPTO's information, parties 
may reduce the possibility of initiating use of a mark previously 
adopted by another. Thus, the Federal trademark registration process 
may reduce unnecessary litigation and its accompanying costs and 
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profit institutions, 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 reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view 
Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB.
    Further information can be obtained by:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0055 copy request'' 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.
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent on or before July 9, 2015 to Nicholas A. 
Fraser, OMB Desk Officer, via email to

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[email protected], or by fax to 202 395-5167, marked to 
the attention of Nicholas A. Fraser.

    Dated: June 1, 2015.
Marcie Lovett,
Records Management Division Director, USPTO, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-14085 Filed 6-8-15; 8:45 am]