[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 13 (Thursday, January 20, 2022)]
[Pages 3089-3090]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-01075]



Patent and Trademark Office

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Matters Related to First Inventor To File

    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 October 5, 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: Matters Related to First Inventor To File.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0071.

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    Needs and Uses: The United States Patent System uses a `first to 
file' system, as introduced by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act 
(AIA) which was enacted into law on September 16, 2011. To determine 
the first inventor to file, information is needed in order to identify 
the inventorship and ownership, or obligation to assign ownership, of 
each claimed invention on its effective filing date. Section 3 of the 
AIA, inter alia, amended 35 U.S.C. 102 and 103 consistent with the 
objectives of the AIA, including the conversion of the United States 
patent system from a ``first to invent'' system to a ``first inventor 
to file'' system. The changes in section 3 of the AIA went into effect 
on March 16, 2013, but apply only to certain applications filed on or 
after March 16, 2013.
    This information collection covers information required by 37 CFR 
1.55(k), 1.78(a)(6), and 1.78(d)(6) to assist the USPTO in determining 
whether an application is subject to 35 U.S.C. 102 and 103 as amended 
by Section 3 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), or 35 U.S.C. 
102 and 103, in effect on March 15, 2013.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Type of Review: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Affected Public: Private sector; individuals or households.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 99 respondents.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 144 responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that the responses 
in this information collection will take the public 2 hours to 
complete. This includes the time to gather the necessary information, 
create the document, and submit the completed request to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 288 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Non-Hourly Cost Burden: $8.
    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 0651-0071.
    Further information can be obtained by:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0071 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. 2022-01075 Filed 1-19-22; 8:45 am]