[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 108 (Tuesday, June 8, 2021)]
[Page 30449]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-11933]

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United States Patent and Trademark Office

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Fastener Quality Act Insignia Recordal Process

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will submit 
the following information collection request to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, on or after the date of 
publication of this notice. The USPTO invites comment on this 
information collection renewal, which helps the USPTO assess the impact 
of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's 
reporting burden. Public comments were previously requested via the 
Federal Register on January 15, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. 
This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments.
    Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of 
    Title: Fastener Quality Act Insignia Recordal Process.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0028.
    Form Number:

 PTO-1611 (Application for Recordal of Insignia or Renewal/
Reactivation of Recordal Under the Fastener Quality Act)

    Type of Review: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Number of Respondents: 96 respondents per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public approximately 30 minutes (0.5 hours) to gather the necessary 
information, prepare the form, and submit the request for recordal or 
renewal of a fastener insignia to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 48 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Non-Hour Cost Burden: $2,136.
    Needs and Uses: Under Section 5 of the Fastener Quality Act (FQA) 
of 1999, (15 U.S.C. 5401 et seq.), certain industrial fasteners must 
bear an insignia identifying the manufacturer. It is also mandatory for 
manufacturers of fasteners covered by the FQA to submit an application 
to the USPTO for recordal of the insignia on the Fastener Insignia 
Register. The purpose of requiring both the insignia and the 
recordation is to ensure that certain fasteners can be traced to their 
manufacturers and to protect against the sale of mismarked, 
misrepresented, or counterfeit fasteners. The procedures for the 
recordal of fastener insignia under the FQA are set forth in 15 CFR 
280.300 et seq.
    This information collection covers data gathered by the FQA 
applications for Recordal of Insignia and the applications for Renewal/
Reactivation of Recordal. The USPTO uses the information in this 
information collection to record or renew insignias under the FQA and 
to maintain the Fastener Insignia Register, which is open to public 
inspection. The public may download the Fastener Insignia Register from 
the USPTO website at https://www.uspto.gov/trademark/laws-regulations/fastener-quality-act-fqa/fastener-quality-act-fqa.
    Affected Public: Private sector.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    This information collection request may be viewed at 
www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of 
Commerce, USPTO information collections currently under review by OMB.
    Written comments and recommendations for this information 
collection should be submitted within 30 days of the publication of 
this notice on the following website www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. 
Find this particular information collection by selecting ``Currently 
under 30-day Review--Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search 
function and entering either the title of the information collection or 
the OMB Control Number 0651-0028.
    Further information can be obtained by:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0028 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.

Kimberly Hardy,
Information Collections Officer, Office of the Chief Administrative 
Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2021-11933 Filed 6-7-21; 8:45 am]