[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 165 (Monday, August 26, 2019)]
[Page 44602]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-18276]



Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; ``Patent Cooperation 

    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 of 1995.
    Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.
    Title: Patent Cooperation Treaty.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0021.
    Form Number(s):


    Type of Request: Regular.
    Number of Respondents: 431,135.
    Average Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public between 15 minutes (0.25 hours) and 4 hours to gather the 
necessary information, prepare the appropriate form or document, and 
submit the information to the USPTO.
    Burden Hours: 352,769.78.
    Cost Burden: $302,074,235.50.
    Needs and Uses: The information requested in this collection is 
necessary for respondents to file an international patent application 
and for the USPTO to process, search, and examine international 
applications and related correspondence under the PCT. If this 
information were not collected, the USPTO would not be able to fulfill 
its obligations under the PCT as an RO, ISA, or IPEA. The IB also uses 
this information to administer international applications as required 
by the PCT.
    Some of the information in this collection has associated forms as 
indicated in Table 2 below. Use of the forms is not mandatory, but the 
USPTO advises applications to use these forms to ensure that all of the 
necessary information is provided and to assist the USPTO in processing 
the international applications quickly and efficiently. The Request and 
Demand forms include Annexes (Fee Calculation Sheets) and Notes with 
instructions on completing these forms. The WIPO also furnishes the PCT 
Applicant's Guide and other documents to give the public additional 
guidance on preparing the international applications.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Maintain Benefits.
    OMB Desk Officer: Nicholas A. Fraser, email: 
[email protected].
    Once submitted, the request will be publicly available in public 
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-
0021 information request'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records and Information Governance 
Branch Chief, Office of the Chief Administrative 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 September 25, 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. Fraser.

Marcie Lovett,
Records and Information Governance Division Director, OCTO, United 
States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2019-18276 Filed 8-23-19; 8:45 am]