[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 21 (Friday, January 31, 2020)]
[Pages 5636-5637]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-01852]



Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Deposit of Biological 

    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, Department of 
    Title: Deposit of Biological Materials.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0022.
    Form Number(s): There are no forms in this information collection.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information 
    Number of Respondents: 951 respondents.
    Average Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public 1 hour to gather the necessary information, prepare the 
appropriate documents, and submit the information to the USPTO for a 
deposit of biological materials. The USPTO estimates that it will take 
5 hours to collect and submit the information required to become a 
    Burden Hours: 955 hours.
    Hourly Cost Burden: $42,914.
    Annual (non-hourly) Cost: $2,823,237.
    Needs and Uses: Information on the deposit of biological materials 
in depositories is required for (a) the USPTO determination of 
compliance with 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2) and 112, and 37 CFR 1.801-1.809 and 
1.14, where inventions sought to be patented rely on biological 
material subject to the deposit requirement, including notification to 
the interested public about where to obtain samples of deposits; and 
(b) in compliance with 37 CFR 1.803 to demonstrate that the 
depositories are qualified to store and test the biological material 
submitted to them. This information collection is used by the USPTO to 
determine whether or not the applicant has met the requirements of

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the patent regulations. In addition, the USPTO uses this information to 
determine the suitability of a respondent depository based upon 
administrative and technical competence and the depository's agreement 
to comply with the requirements set forth by the USPTO.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; and not-for-
profit institutions.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain and 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 information collections 
currently under review by OMB.
    Further information can be obtained by:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0022 information request'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Kimberly Hardy, 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 March 2, 2020 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, Office of Administrative Services, Strategic 
and Data Transport Division.
[FR Doc. 2020-01852 Filed 1-30-20; 8:45 am]