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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will submit 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 of 1995.

Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce.

Title: Deposit of Biological Materials.

OMB Control Number: 0651-0022.

Form Number(s): There are no forms in this information collection.

Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information collection.

Number of Respondents: 951 respondents.

Average Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public 1 hour to gather the necessary information, prepare the appropriate documents, and submit the information to the USPTO for a deposit of biological materials. The USPTO estimates that it will take 5 hours to collect and submit the information required to become a depository.

Burden Hours: 955 hours.

Hourly Cost Burden: $42,914.

Annual (non-hourly) Cost: $2,823,237.

Needs and Uses: Information on the deposit of biological materials in depositories is required for (a) the USPTO determination of compliance with 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2) and 112, and 37 CFR 1.801-1.809 and 1.14, where inventions sought to be patented rely on biological material subject to the deposit requirement, including notification to the interested public about where to obtain samples of deposits; and (b) in compliance with 37 CFR 1.803 to demonstrate that the depositories are qualified to store and test the biological material submitted to them. This information collection is used by the USPTO to determine whether or not the applicant has met the requirements of Start Printed Page 5637the patent regulations. In addition, the USPTO uses this information to determine the suitability of a respondent depository based upon administrative and technical competence and the depository's agreement to comply with the requirements set forth by the USPTO.

Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; and not-for-profit institutions.

Frequency: On occasion.

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

OMB Desk Officer: Nicholas A. Fraser, email: Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov. Once submitted, the request will be publicly available in electronic format through reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce information collections currently under review by OMB.

Further information can be obtained by:

  • Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include “0651-0022 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.

Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent on or before March 2, 2020 to Nicholas A. Fraser, OMB Desk Officer, via email to Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov, or by fax to 202-395-5167, marked to the attention of Nicholas A. Fraser.

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Marcie Lovett,

Chief, Records and Information Governance Branch, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, Office of Administrative Services, Strategic and Data Transport Division.

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[FR Doc. 2020-01852 Filed 1-30-20; 8:45 am]

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