Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The Fastener Quality Act of 1999, Public Law 101-592 (as amended by Pub. L. 104-113, Pub. L. 105-234 and Pub. L. 106-34) requires the Secretary of Commerce to establish a program for the recordation of the identifying insignia of certain fasteners. The rules set forth at Subpart D of 15 CFR 280.300
The efficiency of the insignia recordation program will be enhanced if documents submitted in connection with the program are mailed to a postal box that is at the USPTO's headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Accordingly, Sections 280.300
This final rule amends section 280.310, Application for Insignia, and section 280.323, Transfer or Assignment of the Trademark Registration or Recorded Insignia, to identify the postal box to which all documents pertaining to recordation should be sent. The United States Postal Service has provided a separate routing +4 zip code to distinguish mail relating to the Fastener Quality Act (FQA) from other USPTO mail, and all such correspondence should now be sent to the USPTO's main headquarters, addressed with the separate routing +4 zip code.
The USPTO appreciates that it will take some period of time for all persons filing correspondence relating to the FQA to become accustomed to the address change. Although the address change is effective immediately, the USPTO plans to arrange for continued delivery of correspondence addressed to the former Arlington, Virginia 22215 address as a courtesy for a limited period of time. The USPTO cannot ensure the availability of the Arlington, Virginia Post Office Box for receipt of FQA correspondence after October 31, 2007.
This rule of agency organization and management is not subject to Executive Order 12866.
This rule does not contain policies with Federalism implications sufficient to warrant preparation of a Federalism assessment under Executive Order 12612.
Prior notice and an opportunity for public comment are not required for this rule of agency organization, procedure, or practice. 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A). This rule revises the regulations to identify the address where documents submitted in connection with the recordal of fastener insignia may be mailed.
Because notice and comment are not required under 5 U.S.C. 553, or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601
This rule involves a collection of information that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), and that has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under control number 0651-0028. Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person is required to comply, nor shall any person be subject to penalty for failure to comply, with a collection of information, subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number.
This rule will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment. Therefore, an environmental assessment or Environmental Impact Statement is not required to be prepared under the
Business and industry, Imports, Laboratories, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.
15 U.S.C. 5401
(d) Applications and other documents should be addressed to: Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office, ATTN: FQA, 600 Dulany Street, MDE-10A71, Alexandria, VA 22314-5793.
(a) A trademark application or registration which forms the basis of a fastener recordal may be transferred or assigned. Any transfer or assignment of such an application or registration must be recorded in the United States Patent and Trademark Office within three months of the transfer or assignment. A copy of such transfer or assignment must also be sent to: Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office, ATTN: FQA, 600 Dulany Street, MDE-10A71, Alexandria, VA 22314-5793.