[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 7 (Wednesday, January 10, 2018)]
[Pages 1242-1243]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-00265]



United States Patent and Trademark Office

National Summer Teacher Institute

ACTION: Revision of a currently approved collection.


SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as 
required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a 
proposed extension of an existing information collection.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 12, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0077 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records and Information Governance 
Division Director, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, United 
States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to Joyce Ward, Under Secretary of Commerce for 
Intellectual Property, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. 
Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-8424; or 
by email to [email protected] with ``0651-0077 comment'' in the 
subject line. Additional information about this collection is also 
available at http://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection 


I. Abstract

    Since 2014, the USPTO has sponsored a program entitled ``National 
Summer Teacher Institute''. This program accepts applicants for a 
summer teaching workshop. Interested individuals are required to submit 
an application requesting to participate in the program. In the 
application, applicants are required to certify that they are educators 
with at least 3 years' experience; identify STEM-related fields they 
have taught in the last year; identify STEM related fields they plan to 
teach in the upcoming year; and acknowledge their commitment to 
incorporate the learnings from the Summer Teacher Institute into their 
curriculum, where applicable, and cooperate with sharing lessons and 
outcomes with teachers and PTO.
    The USPTO seeks committed educators in science fields who will 
learn about innovative strategies to help increase student learning and 
achievement in these fields together with elements of invention and IP. 
Outside scientists and inventors will among the presenters and workshop 
leads. Educators will also participate in field trips (i.e. to NASA) 
and have opportunities for networking with other educators and invited 
experts. The USPTO may various host webinars in conjunction with the 
Summer Institute. USPTO plans to conduct surveys of both the Institute 
and the webinars in order to gain useful feedback from program 

II. Method of Collection

    Applications and corresponding surveys will be submitted 
electronically through the www.uspto.gov/education website.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0651-0077.
    Form Numbers: NSTI 1-3.
    Type of Review: Revision of a Previously Existing Information 
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; not-for-profit 
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 900 responses per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public approximately 5 (0.08 hours) to 30 minutes (0.5 hours) to 
submit the information in this collection, including the time to gather 
the necessary information, prepare the appropriate form or document, 
and submit the completed request to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 291.67 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: $8,613.02. 
The USPTO expects that secondary school teachers will complete the 
applications and surveys. The professional hourly rate for secondary 
school teachers is $29.53, based upon the May 2016 Occupational Labor 
Statistics Report for secondary school teachers (25-2031). Using this 
hourly rate, the USPTO estimates that the total respondent cost burden 
for this collection is $8,613.02 per year.

                                                                            (a)             (b)    (a) x (b)/60 = (c)             (d)    (c) x (d) = (e)
1. Summer Teacher Institute Application (NSTI 1)...............            0.50             500                   250          $29.53          $7,382.50
2. Summer Teacher Institute Participant Survey (NSTI 2)........            0.17             100                 16.67           29.53             492.27
3. Summer Teacher Institute Webinar Survey (NSTI 3)............            0.08             300                    25           29.53             738.25
    Total......................................................  ..............             900                291.67  ..............          $8,613.02

    Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: $0. There 
are no capital start-up, maintenance, postage, or recordkeeping costs. 
All applications and surveys will be received electronically.

IV. Request for Comments

    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.
    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;

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    (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.

Marcie Lovett,
Records and Information Governance Division Director, OCTO, United 
States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2018-00265 Filed 1-9-18; 8:45 am]