[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 4 (Thursday, January 7, 2016)]
[Pages 757-758]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-00020]



 Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Invention Promoters/
Promotion Firms Complaints

    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: Invention Promoters/Promotion Firms Complaints.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0044.
    Form Number(s):
    Type of Request: Regular.
    Number of Respondents: 50.
    Average Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public 15 minutes (0.25 hours) to gather the necessary information, 
prepare the form, and submit a complaint to the USPTO and 30 minutes 
(0.5 hours) for an invention promoter or promotion firm to prepare and 
submit a response to a complaint.
    Burden Hours: 17.5 burden hours annually.
    Cost Burden: $493.70.
    Needs and Uses: The Inventors' Rights Act of 1999 requires the 
USPTO to provide a forum for the publication of complaints concerning 
invention promoters and responses from invention promoters to those 
complaints. An individual may submit a complaint to the USPTO, which 
will then forward the complaint to the identified invention promoter 
for response. The complaints and responses are published on the USPTO 
Web site. The USPTO uses the information collected to comply with its 
statutory duty to publish the complaint along with any response from 
the invention promoter. The USPTO does not investigate these complaints 
or participate in any legal proceedings against invention promoters or 
promotion firms.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profits; and not-for-profit institutions.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    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-
0044 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.

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    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent on or before February 8, 2016 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: December 29, 2015.
Randy Hill,
Director, Collaborative Services Division, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-00020 Filed 1-6-16; 8:45 am]