The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 requires Federal agencies to obtain Office of Management and Budget approval before requesting most types of information from the public. When OMB approves an agency request to collect information from the public, OMB (i) provides a valid OMB Control Number and expiration date for the agency to display on the instrument that will be used to collect the information and (ii) requires the agency to inform the public about the OMB Control Number's legal significance in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.5(b).
The Office has requested and obtained OMB approvals for information it collects through the EFS-Web screens. Valid OMB control numbers and expiration dates, as well as PRA burden statements and information about the OMB Control Numbers' legal significance, for each of the PDF-based eProcesses submitted through EFS-Web are displayed directly on the corresponding PDF-based eProcess forms. However, EFS-Web based eProcessings submitted through EFS-Web do not have a corresponding PDF-based eProcesses form on which the required information can be displayed. The following information is thus provided for the EFS-Web based eProcesses submitted through EFS-Web.
For the EFS-Web based eProcess titled "Web-based Issue Fee Payment (Web 85b)," the OMB Control Number is 0651-0033, and OMB's current approval is valid through March 31, 2023. The information being collected is required for the public to obtain or retain the benefit provided for in 37 CFR 1.311. The collection of information is estimated to take 30 minutes to complete, including gathering, preparing, and submitting the information to the USPTO. Time will vary depending upon the individual case.