[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 74 (Wednesday, April 17, 2019)]
[Page 16006]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-07642]



 Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Patents External 
Quality Survey

    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 (USPTO).
    Title: Patents External Quality Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0057.
    Form Number(s):
     No forms associated.
    Type of Request: Regular collection renewal.
    Number of Respondents: 2,500.
    Average Minutes per Response: USPTO estimates that it will take the 
public 10 minutes (.17 hours) to gather the necessary information, 
prepare, and submit the requirements in this collection.
    Burden Hours: 416.67.
    Cost Burden: $0.
    Needs and Uses: Individuals who work at firms that file more than 
six patent applications a year use the Patents External Quality Survey 
to provide the USPTO with their perceptions of examination quality. The 
USPTO uses the feedback gathered from the survey to assist them in 
targeting key areas for examination quality improvement and to identify 
important areas for examiner training.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profits; and not-for-profit institutions.
    Frequency: Semi-annually.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    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-
0057 copy request'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Marcie Lovett, Chief, Records and Information 
Governance Branch, Office of the Chief Adminstrative 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 May 17, 2019 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,
Chief, Records and Information Governance Branch, Office of the Chief 
Administrative Officer, USPTO.
[FR Doc. 2019-07642 Filed 4-16-19; 8:45 am]