Avg. Hours per Response:The USPTO estimates that it takes the public approximately ten minutes (0.17 hours) to complete either the paper or online version of this survey. This estimated time includes gathering the necessary information, completing the survey, and submitting the completed survey to the USPTO.
Needs and Uses:Individuals who work at firms that file more than six patent applications a year use the Patents External Quality Survey to provide the USPTO with their perceptions of examination quality. The USPTO uses the feedback gathered from the survey to assist them in targeting key areas for examination quality improvement and to identify important areas for examiner training.
Affected Public:Individuals or households; businesses or other for-profits; and non-profit institutions.
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 the Information Collection Review page atwww.reginfo.gov.
Paper copies can be obtained by:
*Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov.Include "0651-0057 copy request" in the subject line of the message.
*Mail:Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, Office of the Chief Information 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 November 13, 2012 to Nicholas A. Fraser, OMB Desk Officer, via email toNicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov,or by fax to 202-395-5167, marked to the attention of Nicholas A. Fraser.