[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 225 (Wednesday, November 21, 2018)]
[Page 58761]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-25409]

[[Page 58761]]



United States Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; ``Patent Review and 
Derivation Proceedings''

    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 Review and Derivation Proceedings.
    Form Number(s): N/A.
    Type of Request: Regular.
    Number of Respondents: 11.994 responses per year.
    Average Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public between an estimated 6 minutes (0.10 hours) to 165.30 hours 
to complete an individual form in this collection.
    Burden Hours: 1,474,449 hours.
    Cost Burden: $54,307,175 per year.
    Needs and Uses: The public will use this information collection to 
petition the Board to seek the institution of--and to participate in--
inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, covered business method 
patent reviews, and derivation proceedings.
    The Board disseminated information that it collections (unless 
filed under seal) through various publications and databases. This 
information collection includes the filings of the parties and 
decisions and orders by the Board in trials and derivation proceedings.
    Opinions authored by the Board have varying degrees of authority 
attached to them. There are precedential opinions which, when 
published, are binding and provide the criteria and authority that the 
Board will use to decide all other factually similar cases (until the 
opinion is overruled or changed by statute). There are informative 
opinions, which are non-precedential and illustrate the norms of Board 
decision-making for the public. There are representative opinions, 
which are non-precedential and are publicly available opinions that are 
not designed as precedential or informative. Since public policy favors 
a widespread publication of opinions, the Board publishes all publicly 
available opinions, even if the opinions are not binding precedent upon 
the Board.
    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 publically 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-
0069 copy request'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records and Information Governance 
Division Director, Office of the Chief Administrative 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 December 21, 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 Management Division Director, USPTO, Office of the Chief 
Administrative Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-25409 Filed 11-20-18; 8:45 am]