[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 120 (Friday, June 25, 2021)]
[Pages 33685-33686]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-13502]



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; Public Search Facility User ID and Badging

    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 April 16, 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: Public Search Facility User ID and Badging.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0041.
    Form Numbers:
     PTO-2030 (Application for Public User ID).
     PTO-2224 (Security Identification Badges for Public 
    Type of Review: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 5,525 respondents per year.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 5,925 responses per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public approximately 5 minutes (0.08 hours) to complete the 
information in this information collection, depending on the form. This 
includes the time to gather the necessary information, prepare the 
appropriate form, and submit the completed item to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 474 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Non-Hour Cost Burden: $1,505.
    Needs and Uses: The United States Patent and Trademark Office 
(USPTO) is required by 35 U.S.C. 41(i)(1) to maintain a Public Search 
Facility to make publicly accessible USPTO patent and trademark 
collections for search and retrieval. The Public Search Facility is 
located in a publicly accessible portion of USPTO headquarters in 
Alexandria, Virginia, and offers the public access to the collection's 
paper, microfilm, and electronic files and trained staff to assist 
users with searches. The USPTO also offers training courses to assist 
users with the advanced electronic search systems available at the 
    This information collection covers information collected in 
applications required for those members of the public who wish to use 
the electronic search systems at the Public Search Facility to 
establish a USPTO online access account, and to obtain, renew, or 
replace online access accounts. The public may apply for an online 
access account at the Public Search Facility reference desk by 
providing the necessary information and proper identification. The 
access account includes a bar-coded user number and an expiration date. 
Users may renew their account by validating and updating the required 
information and may obtain a replacement for a lost account information 
by providing proper identification. Users who wish to register for the 
voluntary training courses may do so by completing the appropriate 
    This information collection also covers information in applications 
to establish, renew, or replace security identification badges issued, 
under the authority provided in 41 CFR part 102-81, to members of the 
public who wish to access the Public Search Facility. Users may apply 
for a security badge in-person at the USPTO Security Office by 
providing the necessary information and presenting a valid form of 
identification with photograph. A security badge includes a color 
photograph of the user and must be worn at all times while within the 
USPTO facilities.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    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 0651-0041.
    Further information can be obtained by:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0041 information request'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Kimberly Hardy, Office of the Chief Administrative 
Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office,

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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. 2021-13502 Filed 6-24-21; 8:45 am]