[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 208 (Thursday, October 27, 2016)]
[Page 74774]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-25949]



 Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Patent Law Treaty

    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: Patent Law Treaty.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0073.
    Form Number(s): No form numbers.
    Type of Request: Regular.
    Number of Respondents: 500.
    Estimated Average Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it 
will take approximately 1 hour (60 minutes) to complete the information 
in this collection, including the time it takes for reading the 
instructions for the forms, gathering the necessary information, 
completing the forms, and submitting them to the USPTO.
    Burden Hours: 500 burden hours.
    Cost Burden: $748,064.50.
    Needs and Uses: The Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 
(PLTIA) amends the patent laws to implement the provisions of the 
Patent Law Treaty (PLT) in title II. The PLT harmonizes and streamlines 
formal procedures pertaining to the filing and processing of patent 
    As covered in the final rule titled, ``Changes to Implement the 
Patent Law Treaty'' (RIN 0651-AC85), the USPTO adopted the rules of 
practice for consistency with the PLT and title II of the PLTIA. The 
information in this collection relates to the petitions for restoration 
that may be filed in accordance with the revised rules.
    The information in this collection can be submitted electronically 
through EFS-Web, the USPTO's Web-based electronic filing system, as 
well as on paper. The USPTO is therefore accounting for both electronic 
and paper submissions in this collection.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits.
    OMB Desk Officer: Kimberly Keravuori, email: 
[email protected].
    Once submitted, the request will be publicly available in 
electronic format through www.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-
0073 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 November 28, 2016 to Kimberly 
Keravuori, OMB Desk Officer, via email to 
[email protected], or by fax to 202-395-5167, marked to 
the attention of Kimberly Keravuori.

    Dated: October 20, 2016.
Marcie Lovett,
Records Management Division Director, USPTO, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-25949 Filed 10-26-16; 8:45 am]