Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Trademark Petitions

CourtUnited States Patent And Trademark Office
Citation86 FR 23350
Publication Date03 May 2021
Record Number2021-09235
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 83 (Monday, May 3, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 83 (Monday, May 3, 2021)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 23350-23352]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-09235]
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                DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
                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; Trademark Petitions
                ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.
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                SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in
                accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments
                on the extension and revision of an existing information collection:
                0651-0061 (Trademark Petitions). The purpose of this notice is to allow
                60 days for public comment preceding submission of the information
                collection to OMB.
                DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this information
                collection must be received on or before July 2, 2021.
                ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by
                any of the following methods. Do not submit Confidential Business
                Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.
                 Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
                0061 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
                 Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
                 Mail: Kimberly Hardy, Office of the Chief Administrative
                Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450,
                Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information
                should be directed to Catherine Cain, Attorney Advisor, Office of the
                Commissioner for Trademarks, United States Patent and Trademark Office,
                P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-8946;
                or by email to [email protected] with ``0651-0061 comment'' in
                the subject line. Additional information about this information
                collection is also available at http://www.reginfo.gov under
                ``Information Collection Review.''
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                I. Abstract
                 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) administers
                the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq., which provides for the
                registration of trademarks, service marks, collective trademarks and
                collective service marks, collective membership marks, and
                certification marks. Individuals and businesses that use or intend to
                use such marks in commerce may file an application to register their
                marks with the USPTO.
                 This information collection covers various trademark related
                communications to the USPTO, including letters of protest, requests to
                make special, responses to petition inquiry letters, petitions to make
                special, requests to restore a filing date, and requests for
                reinstatement. The information is used by the public for a variety of
                private business purposes related to establishing and enforcing
                trademark rights. Information relating to the registration of a
                trademark is made available to the public by the USPTO. However, the
                release of information in a letter of protest is controlled and may be
                available only upon request.
                 A letter of protest is a procedure whereby third parties who object
                to the registration of a mark in a pending application may bring to the
                attention of the USPTO evidence bearing on the registrability of the
                mark. A letter of protest must identify the application being protested
                and the proposed grounds for refusing registration and include relevant
                evidence to support the protest.
                 A request to make special may be submitted where an applicant
                requests that initial examination of an application be advanced out of
                its regular order because the mark in the application was the subject
                of an inadvertently cancelled or expired previous registration.
                 A response to a petition inquiry letter is submitted by a
                petitioner who is responding to a notice of deficiency that the USPTO
                issued after receiving an incomplete petition to the Director. A
                petition may be considered incomplete if, for example, it does not
                include the fee required by 37 CFR 2.6 or if it includes an unverified
                assertion that is not supported by evidence.
                 The USPTO generally examines applications in the order in which
                they are received. A petition to make special is a request by the
                applicant to advance the initial examination of an application out of
                its regular order.
                 A request to restore a filing date is submitted by an applicant who
                previously filed an application that was denied a filing date. The
                request must include evidence showing that the applicant is entitled to
                the earlier filing date.
                 If an applicant has proof that an application was abandoned due to
                a USPTO error, an applicant may file a request to reinstate the
                application instead of a petition to revive. To support such a request,
                the applicant must include evidence of the USPTO error.
                II. Method of Collection
                 Items in this information collection must be submitted via online
                electronic submissions through the Trademark Electronic Application
                System (TEAS). In limited circumstances, applicants may also be
                permitted to submit the information in paper form by mail or hand
                delivery.
                III. Data
                 OMB Control Number: 0651-0061.
                 Form Numbers:
                 PTO 2303 (Letter of Protest)
                 PTO 2304 (Request to Make Special)
                 PTO 2305 (Response to Petition to Director Inquiry Letter)
                 PTO 2306 (Petition to Make Special)
                 PTO 2307 (Request to Restore Filing Date)
                 PTO 2308 (Request for Reinstatement)
                 Type of Review: Extension and revision of a currently approved
                information collection.
                 Affected Public: Private sector; individuals or households.
                 Estimated Number of Respondents: 6,221 respondents per year.
                 Estimated Number of Responses: 6,221 responses per year.
                 Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it takes the
                public
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                approximately 40 minutes (0.67 hours) to 90 minutes (1.25 hours), to
                complete a response, depending on the complexity of the situation. This
                includes the time to gather the necessary information, prepare the
                appropriate documents, and submit the information to the USPTO.
                 Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 6,953 hours.
                 Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: $2,781,200.
                 Table 1--Total Hourly Burden for Private Sector Respondents
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                 Estimated
                 Estimated Estimated Estimated time for response Estimated Rate \1\ annual
                 Item No. Item annual annual (hours) burden (hour/ ($/hour) respondent
                 respondents responses year) cost burden
                 (a) (b)......................... (a) x (b) = (d) (c) x (d) =
                 (c) (e)
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                1........................ Letter of Protest (TEAS) 3,683 3,683 1.25 (75 minutes)........... 4,604 $400 $1,841,600
                 PTO/2303.
                2........................ Request to Make Special 175 175 0.67 (40 minutes)........... 117 400 46,800
                 (TEAS) PTO/2304.
                3........................ Response to Petition to 321 321 0.83 (50 minutes)........... 266 400 106,400
                 Director Inquiry Letter
                 (TEAS) PTO/2305.
                4........................ Petition to Make Special 523 523 0.67 (40 minutes)........... 350 400 140,000
                 (TEAS) PTO/2306.
                5........................ Request to Restore 13 13 0.67 (40 minutes)........... 9 400 3,600
                 Filing Date (TEAS) PTO/
                 2307.
                6........................ Request for 263 263 0.83 (50 minutes)........... 218 400 87,200
                 Reinstatement (TEAS)
                 PTO/2308.
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                 Total................ ........................ 4,978 4,978 ............................ 5,564 ........... 2,225,600
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                \1\ 2019 Report of the Economic Survey, published by the Committee on Economics of Legal Practice of the American Intellectual Property Law Association
                 (AIPLA); https://www.aipla.org/detail/journal-issue/2019-report-of-the-economic-survey. The USPTO uses the mean rate for attorneys in private firms
                 which is $400 per hour.
                 Table 2--Total Hourly Burden for Individuals or Households Respondents
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                 Estimated
                 Estimated Estimated Estimated time for response Estimated Rate \2\ ($/ annual
                 Item No. Item annual annual (hours) burden (hour/ hour) respondent
                 respondents responses year) cost burden
                 (a) (b)......................... (a) x (b) = (d) (c) x (d) =
                 (c) (e)
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                1........................ Letter of Protest (TEAS) 920 920 1.25 (75 minutes)........... 1150 $400 $460,000
                 PTO/2303.
                2........................ Request to Make Special 44 44 0.67 (40 minutes)........... 29 400 11,600
                 (TEAS) PTO/2304.
                3........................ Response to Petition to 80 80 0.83 (50 minutes)........... 66 400 26,400
                 Director Inquiry Letter
                 (TEAS) PTO/2305.
                4........................ Petition to Make Special 131 131 0.67 (40 minutes)........... 88 400 35,200
                 (TEAS).
                 PTO/2306................
                5........................ Request to Restore 3 3 0.67 (40 minutes)........... 2 400 800
                 Filing Date (TEAS) PTO/
                 2307.
                6........................ Request for 65 65 0.83 (50 minutes)........... 54 $400 $21,600
                 Reinstatement (TEAS)
                 PTO/2308.
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                 Total................ ........................ 1,243 1,243 ............................ 1,389 ........... 555,600
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                \2\ 2019 Report of the Economic Survey, published by the Committee on Economics of Legal Practice of the American Intellectual Property Law Association
                 (AIPLA); https://www.aipla.org/detail/journal-issue/2019-report-of-the-economic-survey. The USPTO uses the mean rate for attorneys in private firms
                 which is $400 per hour.
                 Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: $328,390.
                This information collection has no capital start-up, maintenance, or
                operating fees. However, this information collection does have filing
                fees ($328,350) and postage costs ($40).
                Filing Fees
                 Table 3--Filing Fees (Non-Hour) Cost Burden for Trademark Petitions
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                 Estimated Estimated non-
                 Item No. Item annual Estimated hour cost
                 responses cost burden
                 (a) (b) (a) x (b) =
                 (c)
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                1................................. Letter of Protest (TEAS).... 4,603 $50 $230,150
                4................................. Petition to Make Special 653 150 97,950
                 (TEAS).
                4................................. Petition to Make Special 1 250 250
                 (Paper).
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                 Total......................... ............................ .............. .............. 328,350
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                Postage Cost
                 Although the USPTO requires that the items in this information
                collection be submitted electronically, the items may, in limited
                situations, be submitted by mail through the United States Postal
                Service (USPS). The USPTO estimates that the average first-class
                postage cost for a mailed submission will be $8.05 and that
                approximately 5 submissions may be mailed to the USPTO, for a total
                postage cost of $40 per year.
                 Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
                IV. Request for Comments
                 The USPTO is soliciting public comments to:
                 (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is
                necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency,
                including
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                whether the information shall have practical utility;
                 (b) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of
                the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the
                methodology and assumptions used;
                 (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to
                be collected; and
                 (d) Minimize the burden of the collection on those who are to
                respond, including through the use of appropriate automated,
                electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or
                other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic
                submission of responses.
                 All comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of
                public record. The USPTO will include or summarize each comment in the
                request to OMB to approve this information collection. Before including
                an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying
                information (PII) in a comment, be aware that the entire comment--
                including PII--may be made publicly available at any time. While you
                may ask in your comment to withhold PII from public view, the USPTO
                cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.
                Kimberly Hardy,
                Information Collections Officer, Office of the Chief Administrative
                Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
                [FR Doc. 2021-09235 Filed 4-30-21; 8:45 am]
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