[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 123 (Monday, June 27, 2016)]
[Pages 41524-41525]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-15108]



United States Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Patent Cooperation 

    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 Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).
    Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.
    Title: Patent Cooperation Treaty.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0021.
    Form Numbers:


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    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Number of Respondents: 423,970 responses per year.
    Average Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public approximately 0.25 hours (15 minutes) to 8 hours to gather 
the necessary information, prepare the appropriate form or documents, 
and submit the information to the USPTO.
    Burden Hours: 364,830 burden hours per year.
    Cost Burden: $149,380,300 per year.
    Needs and Uses: The purpose of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) 
is to provide a standardized filing format and procedure that allows an 
applicant to seek protection for an invention in several countries by 
filing one international application in one location, in one language, 
and paying one initial set of fees. The information in this collection 
is used by the public to submit a patent application under the PCT and 
by the USPTO to fulfill its obligation to process, search, and examine 
the application as directed by the treaty.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; business 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. Fraiser, 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-
0021 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 27, 2016 to Nicholas A. 
Fraiser, OMB Desk Officer, via email to 
[email protected], or by fax to 202-395-5167, marked to 
the attention of Nicholas A. Fraiser.

    Dated: June 21, 2016.
Marcie Lovett,
Records Management Division Director, USPTO, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-15108 Filed 6-24-16; 8:45 am]