[Federal Register: January 9, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 6)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office

 
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    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 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).
    Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
    Title: Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Certificate Action Form.
    Form Number(s): PTO-2042.
    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0045.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Burden: 1,383 hours annually.
    Number of Respondents: 4,126 responses per year.
    Avg. Hours Per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the 
public approximately 30 minutes (0.5 hours) to read the instructions 
and subscriber agreement, gather the necessary information, prepare the 
Certificate Action Form, and submit the completed request. The USPTO 
estimates that it will take the public approximately 10 minutes (0.17 
hours) to complete and electronically submit the information required 
for certificate self-recovery.
    Needs and Uses: The USPTO uses Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) 
technology to support electronic commerce between the USPTO and its 
customers. In order to access secure online systems offered by the 
USPTO for transactions such as electronic filing of patent applications 
and retrieving confidential patent application information, customers 
must first obtain a digital certificate. The public uses this 
collection to request a new digital certificate, the revocation of a 
current certificate, or the recovery of a lost certificate. This 
collection includes the existing Certificate Action Form (PTO-2042), 
which is provided by the USPTO to ensure that customers submit the 
necessary information for processing certificate requests. The 
accompanying subscriber agreement explains the regulations governing 
the use of the digital certificates and the software that creates and 
validates the encryption keys. The online self-recovery form allows the 
public to recover lost keys without having to contact support staff at 
the USPTO.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other 
for-profits; and not-for-profit institutions.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    OMB Desk Officer: Nicholas A. Fraser, e-mail: Nicholas_A._
Fraser@omb.eop.gov.
    Once submitted, the request will be publicly available in 
electronic format through the Information Collection Review page at 
http://www.reginfo.gov.
    Paper copies can be obtained by:
     E-mail: Susan.Fawcett@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-0045 PKI 
Certificate Action Form copy request'' in the subject line of the 
message.
     Fax: 571-273-0112, marked to the attention of Susan K. 
Fawcett.
     Mail: Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, Office of the 
Chief Information Officer, Customer Information Services Group, Public 
Information Services Division, 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 February 9, 2009, to Nicholas A. 
Fraser, OMB Desk Officer, via e-mail at Nicholas_A._
Fraser@omb.eop.gov, or by fax to 202-395-5167, marked to the attention 
of Nicholas A. Fraser.

    Dated: January 5, 2009.
Susan K. Fawcett,
Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer, 
Customer Information Services Group, Public Information Services 
Division.
 [FR Doc. E9-185 Filed 1-8-09; 8:45 am]

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