[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 224 (Friday, November 20, 2015)]
[Page 72709]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-29644]



Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Practitioner Conduct 
and Discipline

    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: Practitioner Conduct and Discipline.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0017.
    Form Number(s):
     No forms associated.
    Type of Request: Regular.
    Number of Respondents: 11,065.
    Average Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public between 1 and 20 hours, depending upon the complexity of the 
situation, to gather the necessary information, prepare, and submit the 
requirements in this collection.
    Burden Hours: 12,225 hours annually.
    Cost Burden: $1,083.05.
    Needs and Uses: This information is required by 35 U.S.C. 2, 32, 
and 33 and administered by the USPTO through 37 CFR 10.20-10.112 and 37 
CFR 11.19-11.61. The information is used by the Director of the Office 
of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) to investigate and, where 
appropriate, prosecute practitioners for violations of the USPTO Code 
of Professional Responsibility. Registered practitioners are required 
to maintain proper documentation so that they can fully cooperate with 
an investigation in the event of a report of an alleged violation. 
There are no forms associated with this collection of information.
    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 may be requested by:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0017 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 December 21, 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: November 13, 2015.
Rhonda Foltz,
Director, Office of Information Management Services, USPTO, Office of 
the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-29644 Filed 11-19-15; 8:45 am]