New Implementation Date for Patent Practitioner Registration Statement and Continuing Legal Education Certification

CourtCommerce Department,Patent And Trademark Office
Citation86 FR 30920
Publication Date10 Jun 2021
Record Number2021-12149
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Type of Request: New information
collection.
Number of Respondents: 36.
Average Hours per Response: 60
hours.
Burden Hours: 2,160 hours.
Needs and Uses: In 2012, the Next
Generation 911 (NG911) Advancement
Act of 2012 (Middle Class Tax Relief
and Job Creation Act of 2012, Pub. L.
112–96, Title VI, Subtitle E (codified at
47 U.S.C. 942)) enacted changes to this
program. It reauthorized the 911
Implementation Coordination Office
(ICO), a joint effort between the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) and the National
Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA). It delineated the
responsibilities of the ICO to include a
joint program to establish and facilitate
coordination and communication
between Federal, State, and local
emergency communications systems,
emergency personnel, public safety
organizations, telecommunications
carriers, and telecommunications
equipment manufacturers and vendors
involved in the implementation of 911
services.
The NG911 Advancement Act
provided funding for grants to be used
for the implementation and operation of
911 services, E911 services, migration to
an IP-enabled emergency network, and
adoption and operation of NG911
services and applications; the
implementation of IP-enabled
emergency services and applications
enabled by NG911 services, including
the establishment of IP backbone
networks and the application layer
software infrastructure needed to
interconnect the multitude of
emergency response organizations; and
training public safety personnel,
including call-takers, first responders,
and other individuals and organizations
who are part of the emergency response
chain in 911 services. In August 2019,
NTIA and NHTSA made $109,250,000
in grant awards to 36 agencies.
The information collected for the
closeout of this grant program will
include various reporting requirements.
The closeout performance report is a
new collection instrument. All grantees
will submit the closeout performance
report, tangible property report and final
financial report in accordance with 2
CFR part 200, the Uniform
Administrative Requirements, Cost
Principles, and Audit Requirements for
Federal Awards (OMB Uniform
Guidance). It is important for NTIA and
NHTSA to have this information so that
they can effectively administer the grant
program and account for the
expenditure of funds.
Affected Public: Under this proposed
effort, all grantees are required to submit
the required report electronically via
email. Reporting entities are the 36
grantees, making the total maximum
number of respondents 36.
Frequency: One time. The reporting
entities will be required to submit the
Closeout Performance Report, Tangible
Property Report and a final financial
report.
Respondents’ Obligation: Mandatory.
Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 942.
This information collection request
may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov.
Follow the instructions to view the
Department of Commerce collections
currently under review by OMB.
Written comments and
recommendations for the proposed
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 the title of the collection.
Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of
the Chief Information Officer, Commerce
Department.
[FR Doc. 2021–12224 Filed 6–9–21; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510–WL–P
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Patent and Trademark Office
[Docket No. PTO–C–2021–0016]
New Implementation Date for Patent
Practitioner Registration Statement
and Continuing Legal Education
Certification
AGENCY
: United States Patent and
Trademark Office, Department of
Commerce.
ACTION
: Notice of revised
implementation date.
SUMMARY
: The United States Patent and
Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) is
delaying the implementation of the
biennial mandatory registration
statement required from registered
patent practitioners and individuals
granted limited recognition to practice
before the USPTO in patent matters
until November 1, 2024. However,
beginning in the spring of 2022,
registered patent practitioners and
individuals granted recognition to
practice before the USPTO in patent
matters may voluntarily certify that they
have completed six credit hours of
continuing legal education (CLE) in the
preceding 24 months.
DATES
: New Implementation Date: The
USPTO anticipates that the registration
statement will first be collected on
November 1, 2024. The voluntary
certification of CLE will commence in
the spring of 2022.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
William Covey, Deputy General Counsel
and Director OED, at 571–272–4097.
Please direct media inquiries to the
USPTO’s Office of the Chief
Communications Officer at 571–272–
8400.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: Pursuant
to the final rule, Setting and Adjusting
Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2020, 85
FR 46932 (Aug. 3, 2020), registered
patent practitioners and individuals
granted limited recognition to practice
before the USPTO in patent matters may
be required to biennially submit a
mandatory registration statement. See
37 CFR 11.11(a)(2). The final rule also
provided that registered patent
practitioners and individuals granted
limited recognition to practice before
the USPTO in patent matters who have
completed six credits of CLE in the
preceding 24 months (including five
hours of CLE in patent law and practice
and one hour of CLE in ethics) may
voluntarily certify such completion to
the OED Director. 37 CFR 11.11(a)(3)(i).
In the final rule, the USPTO anticipated
that practitioners would first be
required to submit a registration
statement in the spring of 2022, and that
patent practitioners would make the
voluntary CLE certification, if desired,
when submitting the registration
statement. 85 FR 46932, at 46948.
On October 9, 2020, the USPTO
published proposed CLE guidelines
with a request for comments in the
Federal Register, seeking public input
on the guidelines. 85 FR 64128. The
request for comments closed on January
7, 2021. The USPTO received 26
comments, addressing both the
proposed CLE guidelines and the
provisions of the final patent fee rule
which establish the biennial electronic
registration statement.
After considering numerous factors,
the USPTO has decided to delay the
implementation of the registration
statement. The decision to delay is
based, in part, on the USPTO’s
consideration of public comments
received regarding the registration
statement in response to the request for
public comments on the proposed CLE
guidelines. The USPTO’s decision is
also based on a close analysis of
operational priorities and budget. The
USPTO notes that delaying
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To qualify as an MSI for the purpose of the Early
Career Mentoring Program, the institution must
Continued
implementation of the registration
statement will allow the Office to
conserve resources by integrating the
registration statement with other
USPTO information systems. Based on
these considerations, the USPTO
anticipates that the registration
statement will first be collected on
November 1, 2024. Once a new date for
collection of the registration statement
is certain, the public will be given at
least 120 days advance notice.
However, as stated in the 2020 patent
fee rule, the USPTO will proceed with
the voluntary CLE certification
beginning in the spring of 2022. Prior to
the implementation of the registration
statement (i.e., prior to November 1,
2024), registered patent practitioners
and individuals granted limited
recognition to practice in patent matters
before the Office may voluntarily certify
their CLE completion in accordance
with 37 CFR 11.11(a)(3)(i) by logging
into the Office of Enrollment and
Discipline Information System—
Customer Interface (OEDIS–CI),
available at https://oedci.uspto.gov/
OEDCI/SignInServlet. As registered
patent practitioners and individuals
granted limited recognition to practice
in patent matters before the USPTO
already use the OEDIS–CI system to
update other information with OED, the
USPTO believes that it will be efficient
and convenient for practitioners to make
the voluntary CLE certification, if they
wish, through this same system. The
USPTO will issue more specific
guidance and instructions for making
the certification in subsequent months.
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. 2021–12149 Filed 6–9–21; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510–16–P
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Applications for New Awards;
Education Research and Special
Education Research Grant Programs
AGENCY
: Institute of Education Sciences,
Department of Education.
ACTION
: Notice.
SUMMARY
: The Department of Education
(Department) is issuing a notice inviting
applications for new awards for fiscal
year (FY) 2022 for the Education
Research and Special Education
Research Grant Programs, Assistance
Listing Numbers (ALNs) 84.305A,
84.305B, 84.305D, 84.305R, 84.305S,
and 84.324X. This notice relates to the
approved information collection under
OMB control number 4040–0001.
DATES
: The dates when applications are
available and the deadlines for
transmittal of applications invited under
this notice are indicated in the chart at
the end of this notice and in the
Requests for Applications (RFAs) that
are posted at the following websites:
https://ies.ed.gov/funding, www.ed.gov/
programs/edresearch/index.html, and
www.ed.gov/programs/
specialedresearch/index.html.
ADDRESSES
: For the addresses for
obtaining and submitting an
application, please refer to our Common
Instructions for Applicants to
Department of Education Discretionary
Grant Programs, published in the
Federal Register on February 13, 2019
(84 FR 3768) and available at
www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-
02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
: The
contact person associated with a
particular research competition is listed
in the chart at the end of this notice, as
well as in the relevant RFA and
application package.
If you use a telecommunications
device for the deaf (TDD) or a text
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay
Service (FRS), toll free, at 1–800–877–
8339.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
Full Text of Announcement
I. Funding Opportunity Description
Purpose of Program: In awarding
these grants, the Institute of Education
Sciences (IES) intends to provide
national leadership in expanding
knowledge and understanding of (1)
developmental and school readiness
outcomes for infants and toddlers with
or at risk for a disability, (2) education
outcomes for all learners from early
childhood education through
postsecondary and adult education, and
(3) employment and wage outcomes
when relevant (such as for those
engaged in career and technical,
postsecondary, or adult education). The
IES research grant programs are
designed to provide interested
individuals and the general public with
reliable and valid information about
education practices that support
learning and improve academic
achievement and access to education
opportunities for all learners. These
interested individuals include parents,
educators, learners, researchers, and
policymakers. In carrying out its grant
programs, IES provides support for
programs of research in areas of
demonstrated national need.
Competitions in This Notice: IES is
announcing seven research
competitions through two of its centers:
The IES National Center for Education
Research (NCER) is announcing five
competitions—one competition in each
of the following areas: Education
research; education research training;
systematic replication in education;
statistical and research methodology in
education; and using longitudinal data
to support State education recovery
policymaking.
The IES National Center for Special
Education Research (NCSER) is
announcing two competitions for
research to accelerate pandemic
recovery in special education.
NCER Competitions
The Education Research Competition.
Under this competition, NCER will
consider only applications that address
one of the following topics:
Career and Technical Education.
Civics Education and Social
Studies.
Cognition and Student Learning.
Early Learning Programs and
Policies.
Effective Instruction.
English Learners.
Improving Education Systems.
Postsecondary and Adult
Education.
Literacy.
Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Mathematics (STEM) Education.
Social and Behavioral Context for
Academic Learning.
Note: While NCER is not now
establishing a separate, stand-alone
topic area within the Education
Research Grants competition inviting
research related to COVID–19 as
authorized under the American Rescue
Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), we invite
applications to the standing topics listed
above designed to accomplish this
purpose. If you intend to submit a
project in one of the topic areas
identified above that is specifically
intended to address COVID–19 learning
loss, we ask that you express or state
this intention clearly in your proposal
and on item 4(b) of the SF424 Federal
Application Assistance Form.
The Research Training Programs in
the Education Sciences Competition.
Under this competition, NCER will
consider only applications that address
one of the following topics:
Early Career Mentoring Program for
Faculty at Minority-Serving Institutions
(MSIs).
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