[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 40 (Friday, February 28, 2020)]
[Pages 11970-11971]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-04134]



United States Patent and Trademark Office

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Secrecy and License 
To Export

    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: Secrecy and License to Export.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0034.
    Form Number(s): There are no forms in this information collection.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information 
    Number of Respondents: 4,434.
    Average Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public from 30 minutes (0.50 hours) to 4 hours to gather the 
necessary information, prepare the appropriate document, and submit the 
information to the USPTO.
    Burden Hours: 2,798 hours.
    Hourly Cost Burden: $1,225,524.
    Non-hourly Cost Burden: $788,287.
    Needs and Uses:
    In the interest of national security, patent laws and regulations 
place certain limitations on the disclosure of information contained in 
patents and patent applications and on the filing of applications for 
patents in foreign countries.
    The filing of a patent application is considered a request for a 
foreign filing license. However, in some instances an applicant may 
need a license for filing patent applications in foreign countries 
prior to a filing in the USPTO or sooner than the anticipated licensing 
of a pending patent application.
    Responses to this information collection are necessary to obtain a 
permit to disclose, modify, or rescind a secrecy order; to obtain 
general or group permits; to obtain foreign filing licenses, including 
retroactive foreign filing licenses; to expedite the handling of a 
license; or to change the scope of a license.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; private sector.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    OMB Desk Officer: Nicholas A. Fraser, email: 
[email protected].

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    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-
0034 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 30, 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. 

Kimberly Hardy,
Information Collections Officer, Office of the Chief Administrative 
Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2020-04134 Filed 2-27-20; 8:45 am]