[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 61 (Thursday, March 29, 2018)]
[Pages 13480-13481]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-06295]



Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Fastener Quality Act 
Insignia Recordal Process

    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: Fastener Quality Act Insignia Recordal Process.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0028.
    Form Number(s): N/A.
    Type of Request: Regular.
    Number of Respondents: 96 responses per year.
    Average Hours per Response: 20 minutes (0.33 hours) per response.
    Burden Hours: 32 hours annually.
    Cost Burden: $2,121.96.
    Needs and Uses: Under Section 5 of the Fastener Quality Act of 1999 
(FQA), 15 U.S.C. 5401 et seq., certain industrial fasteners must bear 
an insignia identifying the manufacturer. It is also mandatory for 
manufacturers of fasteners covered by the FQA to submit an application 
to the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for recordal 
of the insignia on the Fastener Insignia Register.
    The procedures for the recordal of fastener insignia under the FQA 
are set forth in 15 CFR 280.300 et seq. The purpose of requiring both 
the insignia and the recordation is to ensure that certain fasteners 
can be traced to their manufacturers and to protect against the

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sale of mismarked, misrepresented, or counterfeit fasteners.
    This information collection was created to facilitate the public's 
compliance with the insignia recordal provisions of the FQA. The USPTO 
uses the information in this collection to record or renew insignias 
under the FQA and to maintain the Fastener Insignia Register, which is 
open to public inspection. The public may download the Fastener 
Insignia Register from the USPTO website at https://www.uspto.gov/trademark/laws-regulations/fastener-quality-act-fqa/fastener-quality-act-fqa.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; not-for-profit 
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits.
    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-
0028 copy request'' in the subject line of the message.
     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 
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent on or before April 30, 2018 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. 

Marcie Lovett,
Records and Information Governance Division Director, OCTO, United 
States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2018-06295 Filed 3-28-18; 8:45 am]