[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 24 (Monday, February 8, 2021)]
[Page 8610]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-02571]



Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No.: PTO-P-2020-0057]

Extension of the Period for Comments on the National Strategy for 
Expanding American Innovation

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of 

ACTION: Extension of the comment period.


SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently 
sought input from the public regarding the National Council for 
Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI). The USPTO is extending the 
comment period to ensure that all stakeholders have sufficient 
opportunity to submit comments on this important effort to develop a 
national strategy to expand innovation demographically, geographically, 
and economically.

DATES: To be ensured of consideration, written comments must be 
received on or before February 23, 2021.

ADDRESSES: For reasons of Government efficiency, comments must be 
submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at 
www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via www.regulations.gov, enter 
docket number PTO-P-2020-0057 on the homepage and click ``Search.'' The 
site will provide a search results page listing all documents 
associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice and click 
on the ``Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter 
or attach your comments. Attachments to electronic comments will be 
accepted in ADOBE[supreg] portable document format or MICROSOFT 
WORD[supreg] format. Because written comments and testimony will be 
made available for public inspection, information that a respondent 
does not desire to be made public, such as a phone number, should not 
be included in the testimony or written comments.
    Visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal website (www.regulations.gov) 
for additional instructions on providing comments via the portal. If 
electronic submission of comments is not feasible due to a lack of 
access to a computer and/or the internet, please contact the USPTO 
using the contact information below for special instructions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please send your questions or comments 
regarding this notice to [email protected], or telephone 
Janine Scianna, Office of Governmental Affairs, USPTO, at 571-272-0502.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The USPTO is extending the period for public 
comment on the NCEAI. The goal of the NCEAI is to create a national 
strategy to promote and increase participation by underrepresented 
groups in inventing and innovation. The NCEAI includes distinguished 
leaders from industry, academia, government, and nonprofit 
    In a Federal Register notice, Request for Comments on the National 
Strategy for Expanding American Innovation, 85 FR 83906 (Dec. 23, 2020) 
(the Notice), the USPTO sought input from the public regarding the 
development of a national strategy to create opportunities to expand 
our innovation ecosystem. In view of the importance of this effort, and 
given the desire to receive input from as broad a cross-section of the 
public as possible, the USPTO is now extending the period to address 
the questions raised in the Notice, or to provide any additional 
comments, until February 23, 2021.

Andrew Hirshfeld,
Commissioner for Patents, Performing the Functions and Duties of the 
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2021-02571 Filed 2-5-21; 8:45 am]