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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Title: Initial Patent Applications.

Form Number(s): PTO/SB/01/01A/02A/02B/02LR/03/03A/04/05/06/07/13PCT/16/17/18/19/29/29A/101 through 110/Electronic New Utility and Provisional Application Forms.

Agency Approval Number: 0651-0032.

Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Burden: 4,171,568 hours annually.

Number of Respondents: 454,287 responses per year.

Avg. Hours Per Response: The USPTO estimates that it takes between 24 minutes to 10 hours and 45 minutes to gather the information, prepare, and submit the various paper and electronic applications in this collection, depending on the situation and the amount of information that needs to be submitted. Based on estimates of similar petitions, the USPTO believes that it takes 1 hour to gather the information, prepare, and submit the petitions to accept an unintentionally delayed priority claim and to accept non-signing inventors or legal representatives/filing by other than all the inventors or a person not the inventor. The USPTO estimates that it takes 22 minutes to copy an oversized new original utility or provisional application that cannot be submitted electronically through EFS onto a CD-ROM, print the application transmittal, and prepare the cover letter submitting the submission.

Needs and Uses: The USPTO is submitting this information collection in support of a notice of proposed rulemaking, “Changes to Support Implementation of the United States Patent and Trademark Office 21st Century Strategic Plan” (RIN 0651-AB64) which will be forwarded to the Federal Register for publication. This proposed rule increases the filing fee for the Petition to Accept Non-Signing Inventors or Legal Representatives/Filing by Other than all the Inventors or a Person not the Inventor from $130 to $200 and adds capital start-up costs for DVD drives, recorders, and media, in addition to DVD and technical drawing software. Capital start-up costs related to the utility, design, and plant drawings have also been added to this collection. The proposed rule does not change the needs and uses currently reported for this collection.

Affected Public: Individuals or households, business or other for-profit, not-for-profit institutions, farms, the Federal Government, and State, Local, or Tribal Governments.

Frequency: On occasion.

Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.

OMB Desk Officer: David Rostker, (202) 395-3897.

Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Susan K. Brown, Records Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Data Architecture and Services, Data Administration Division, 703-308-7400, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313, Attn: CPK 3 Suite 310; or by e-mail at susan.brown@uspto.gov.

Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent on or before October 9, 2003 to David Rostker, OMB Desk Officer, Room 10202, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503.

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Dated: September 2, 2003.

Susan K. Brown,

Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Data Architecture and Services, Data Administration Division.

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[FR Doc. 03-22881 Filed 9-8-03; 8:45 am]

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