[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 81 (Wednesday, April 27, 2016)]
[Pages 24798-24799]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-09808]



United States Patent and Trademark Office

Intellectual Property Education Outreach Council Survey

ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.


SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part 
of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, 
invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on the 
proposed information collection as required by the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 27, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
00XX comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to Anthony Knight, Director, Office of Stakeholder 
Outreach, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, 
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-3687; or by email to 
[email protected] with ``0651-00XX comment'' in the subject 
line. Additional information about this collection is also available at 
http://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection Review.''


I. Abstract

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Intellectual 
Property Education Outreach Council is responsible for conducting 
training for parties external to the USPTO. The Council is conducting a 
new survey to gather public feedback regarding their satisfaction with 
USPTO lectures and other outreach efforts.
    Collecting feedback will allow for the Agency to have a pulse on 
customer satisfaction and adjust where necessary to meet and exceed 
expectations. This feedback collection will provide for ongoing, 
collaborative, and actionable

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communication between the Agency and its customers and stakeholders. It 
also will enable the Agency to garner customer and stakeholder feedback 
in an efficient and timely manner, in accordance with the USPTO's 
commitment to improving services. The information collected from Agency 
customers and stakeholders will help ensure users have an opportunity 
to convey their experience with USPTO outreach efforts.
    Improving Agency outreach efforts requires ongoing assessment. The 
Agency will collect, analyze, and interpret information gathered to 
identify strengths and weaknesses of current services. Based on 
feedback received, the Agency will identify changes needed to improve 
services. The Agency is committed to hearing feedback from its 
customers. If this information is not collected, then the Agency will 
miss opportunities to obtain vital feedback from its customers and 
stakeholders on ways to improve their program and services.

II. Method of Collection

    Respondents can submit the information electronically by means of 
the internet, or in-person at the conclusion of a USPTO outreach event.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-00XX.
    IC Instruments and Forms: There are no forms associated with this 
collection. The individual instruments in this collection are listed in 
the table below.
    Type of Review: New.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households, businesses or other 
for-profits; and not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes (.083 hours).
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 833.33 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: 
$161,391.67. The USPTO expects that attorneys, paralegals and pro se 
applicants will complete these applications. The professional hourly 
rate for attorneys is $410, and the hourly rates for paralegals and pro 
se applicants are $141 and $30, respectively. The average of the 
combined respondent rate is $193.67. The time per response, estimated 
annual responses, and estimated annual burden associated with each 
instrument in this information collection is shown in the table below.

                                                                         Estimated time for       Estimated annual   Estimated annual
                 Number                             Item                 response  (minutes)         responses         burden hours       Rate  ($/hr)
                                                                     (a).......................                (b)   (a) x (b) / 60 =  .................
1......................................  Survey....................  5 (0.083 hrs).............             10,000             833.33            $193.67
    Total..............................  ..........................  ..........................             10,000             833.33  .................

    Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: There are 
no capital start-up, maintenance, postage, or recordkeeping costs 
associated with this information collection. Additionally, there are no 
filing fees associated with this collection.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on:
    (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information shall have practical utility;
    (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including 
hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information;
    (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, e.g., the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or 
included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: April 21, 2016.
Marcie Lovett,
Records Management Division Director, OCIO, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2016-09808 Filed 4-26-16; 8:45 am]