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(385) Department of Commerce Patent and Trademark Office 37 CFR Parts 15 and 15a [Docket No. 960722200-6200-01] RIN 0651-XX07 Service of Process; Testimony by Employees and the Production of Documents in Legal Proceedings Agency: Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. Action: Final rule. Summary: This final rule removes parts dealing with service of process on Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) employees in their official capacity and with testimony by employees and production of documents in legal proceedings. The PTO will rely on analogous Commerce Department regulations found in title 15 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Effective Date: August 19, 1996 For Further Information Contact: Kenneth Corsello by telephone at (703) 305-9041; by mail marked to his attention and addressed to the Office of the Solicitor, Box 8, Washington, D.C. 20231; by electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; or by fax marked to his attention at (703) 305-9373. Supplementary Information: In March 1995, President Clinton issued a directive to Federal agencies regarding their responsibilities under his Regulatory Reform Initiative. This initiative is part of the National Performance Review and calls for immediate, comprehensive regulatory reform. The President directed all agencies to undertake, as part of this initiative, an exhaustive review of all of their regulations--with an emphasis on eliminating or modifying those that are osbolete or otherwise in need of reform. This final rule is part of the Regulatory Reform Initiative. The Department of Commerce regulations dealing with service of process (15 CFR Part 15) and with employee testimony and the production of documents (15 CFR Part 15a) apply to the PTO. Therefore, the PTO is removing 37 CFR Parts 15 and 15a because they are unnecessary and duplicative. This rule is not a significant rule for the purposes of Executive Order 12866. Notice and comment is not required for this rulemaking because it relates to agency management or personnel, 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2), and thus no regulatory flexibility analysis is required, 5 U.S.C. 603(a). This rule does not change the paperwork burden imposed on the public. See 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. List of Subjects 37 CFR Part 15 Attorneys, Administrative practice and procedure, Courts, Government employees. 37 CFR Part 15a Attorneys, Administrative practice and procedure, Courts, Government employees. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, and pursuant to the authority contained in 35 U.S.C. 6, 37 CFR Chapter I is amended as follows: Part 15 -- [Removed and Reserved] 1. Part 15 is removed and reserved. Part 15a -- [Removed and Reserved] 1. Part 15a is removed and reserved. August 13, 1996 BRUCE A. LEHMAN Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks [1190 OG 46]