[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 110 (Tuesday, June 9, 2015)]
[Pages 32537-32538]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-14090]



 Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; ``Third-Party 
Submissions and Protests''

    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).

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    Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.
    Title: Third-Party Submissions and Protests.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0062.
    Form Number(s): PTO/SB/429.
    Type of Request: Renewal.
    Number of Respondents: 1,560.
    Average Time per Response: 10 hours.
    Burden Hours: 15,600.
    Cost Burden: $237,619.25.
    Needs and Uses: This information collection (the information 
collected via third-party submissions under 37 CFR 1.290 and protests 
under 37 CFR 1.291) is necessary so that the public may contribute to 
the quality of issued patents. Through the third-party submissions, 
members of the public may submit patents, published patent 
applications, or other printed publications of potential relevance to 
the examination of an application in accordance with 37 CFR 1.290. 
Through the protests, members of the public may call attention to any 
facts that--in the protestor's opinion--would make the grant of a 
patent improper. The USPTO will use this information, as appropriate, 
during the patent examination process to assist in evaluating the 
patent application and to, where necessary, avoid the issuance of an 
invalid patent.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profits; 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-
0062 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 [email protected], 
or by fax to 202-395-5167, marked to the attention of Nicholas A. 

    Dated: June 1, 2015.
Marcie Lovett,
Records Management Division Director, USPTO, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-14090 Filed 6-8-15; 8:45 am]