Bookmark and Share


Federal Register Summary for week of 27 July

    Commerce

  • Advisory Committee and Species Working Group Technical Advisor Appointment

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Nominations.


    SUMMARY: NMFS is soliciting nominations to the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) as established by the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA). NMFS is also soliciting nominations for technical advisors to the Advisory Committee's species working groups.

    DATES: Nominations must be received by October 1, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent via email (Rachel.O'Malley@noaa.gov). In the alternative, nominations may be sent via mail to Rachel O'Malley at NMFS, Office of International Affairs, Room 12622, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel O'Malley, Office of International Affairs, 301-427-8373.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-26/html/2012-18296.htm

  • Changes To Implement the First Inventor To File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

    AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.


    SUMMARY: The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) amends the patent laws pertaining to the conditions of patentability to convert the United States patent system from a "first to invent'' system to a "first inventor to file'' system; treats United States patents and United States patent application publications as prior art as of their earliest effective United States, foreign, or international filing date; eliminates the requirement that a prior public use or sale be "in this country'' to be a prior art activity; and treats commonly owned or joint research agreement patents and patent application publications as being by the same inventive entity for purposes of novelty, as well as nonobviousness. The AIA also repeals the provisions pertaining to statutory invention registrations. The current rules of practice in patent cases have a number of provisions based on the conditions of patentability of a "first to invent'' patent system. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is proposing to amend the rules of practice in patent cases to implement the changes to the conditions of patentability in the AIA, and to eliminate the provisions pertaining to statutory invention registrations.

    DATES: Comment Deadline Date: Written comments must be received on or before October 5, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent by electronic mail message over the Internet addressed to: fitf_rules@uspto.gov. Comments may also be submitted by postal mail addressed to: Mail Stop Comments--Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA, 22313-1450, marked to the attention of Susy Tsang-Foster, Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration.

    Comments may also be sent by electronic mail message over the Internet via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. See the Federal eRulemaking Portal Web site (http://www.regulations.gov) for additional instructions on providing comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal.

    Although comments may be submitted by postal mail, the Office prefers to receive comments by electronic mail message over the Internet because sharing comments with the public is more easily accomplished. Electronic comments are preferred to be submitted in plain text, but also may be submitted in ADOBE[supreg] portable document format or MICROSOFT WORD[supreg] format. Comments not submitted electronically should be submitted on paper in a format that facilitates convenient digital scanning into ADOBE[supreg] portable document format.

    The comments will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Commissioner for Patents, currently located in Madison East, Tenth Floor, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia. Comments also will be available for viewing via the Office's Internet Web site (http://www.uspto.gov). Because comments will be made available for public inspection, information that the submitter does not desire to make public, such as an address or phone number, should not be included in the comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susy Tsang-Foster, Legal Advisor ((571) 272-7711), Pinchus M. Laufer, Senior Legal Advisor ((571) 272- 7726), or Eugenia A. Jones, Senior Legal Advisor ((571) 272-7727), Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-26/html/2012-18121.htm

  • Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First-Inventor-to- File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

    AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

    ACTION: Request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is publishing proposed examination guidelines concerning the first-inventor-to-file (FITF) provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The AIA amends the patent laws pertaining to the conditions of patentability to convert the United States patent system from a "first to invent'' system to a "first inventor to file'' system, treats United States patents and United States patent application publications as prior art as of their earliest effective United States, foreign, or international filing date, eliminates the requirement that a prior public use or sale activity be "in this country'' to be a prior art activity, and treats commonly owned or joint research agreement patents and patent application publications as being by the same inventive entity for purposes of novelty, as well as nonobviousness. The changes to the conditions of patentability in the AIA result in greater transparency, objectivity, predictability, and simplicity in patentability determinations. These guidelines will assist Office personnel in, and inform the public of how the Office is, implementing the FITF provisions of the AIA. The Office is concurrently proposing in a separate action (RIN 0651-AC77) published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register to amend the rules of practice in patent cases to implement the FITF provisions of the AIA.

    DATES: Written comments must be received on or before October 5, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent by electronic mail message over the Internet addressed to: fitf_guidance@uspto.gov. Comments may also be submitted by mail addressed to: Mail Stop Comments--Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450, marked to the attention of Mary C. Till, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy.

    Comments may also be sent by electronic mail message over the Internet via the Federal eRulemaking Portal, http://www.regulations.gov.

    Although comments may be submitted by postal mail, the Office prefers to receive comments by electronic mail message over the Internet in order to facilitate posting on the Office's Internet Web site. Plain text is preferred, but comments may also be submitted in ADOBE[supreg] portable document format or MICROSOFT WORD[supreg] format. Comments not submitted electronically should be submitted on paper, and will be digitally scanned into ADOBE[supreg] portable document format.

    The comments will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Commissioner for Patents, currently located at Madison Building East, Tenth Floor, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia. Comments also will be available for viewing via the Office's Internet Web site (http://www.uspto.gov). Because comments will be made available for public inspection, information that the submitter does not desire to be made public, such as an address or phone number, should not be included in the comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary C. Till, Senior Legal Advisor (telephone (571) 272-7755; email mary.till@uspto.gov) or Kathleen Kahler Fonda, Senior Legal Advisor (telephone (571) 272-7754; email kathleen.fonda@uspto.gov), of the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy. Alternatively, mail may be addressed to Ms. Till or Ms. Fonda at Commissioner for Patents, attn: FITF, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-26/html/2012-17898.htm

  • Genome in a Bottle Consortium--Work Plan Review Workshop

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


    SUMMARY: NIST announces the Genome in a Bottle Consortium meeting to be held on Thursday and Friday, August 16 and 17, 2012. The Genome in a Bottle Consortium is planning to develop the reference materials, reference methods, and reference data needed to assess confidence in human whole genome variant calls. A principal motivation for this consortium is to enable performance assessment of sequencing and science-based regulatory oversight of clinical sequencing. The purpose of this meeting is to get broad input from stakeholders about the draft consortium work plan, broadly solicit consortium membership from interested stakeholders, and invite members to participate in work plan implementation.

    DATES: The Genome in a Bottle Consortium meeting will be held on Thursday and Friday, August 16 and 17, 2012. Attendees must register by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, August 9, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 in Room C103-C106, Building 215. Please note admittance instructions under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Justin Zook by email at jzook@nist.gov or by phone at (301) 975-4133 or Marc Salit by email at salit@nist.gov or by phone at (301) 975-3646. To register, go to: https://www-s.nist.gov/CRS/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-24/html/2012-18064.htm

  • National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC); Open Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule of a forthcoming meeting of the DoC NOAA National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC).

    Time and Date: The meeting will be held Wednesday, August 15, 2012 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

    Place: This meeting will be a conference call. Public access will be available at the office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, Conference Room A, Suite 250, 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20006. Please check the National Climate Assessment Web site for additional information at http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 10- minute public comment period from 4:45-4:55 p.m. The NCADAC expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of two minutes. Written comments should be received in the NCADAC Designated Federal Officials (DFO) office by Friday, August 10, 2012, to provide sufficient time for NCADAC review. Written comments received by the NCADAC DFO after Friday, August 10, 2012, will be distributed to the NCADAC, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date.

    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2012, to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East- West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Matters To Be Considered: Please refer to the Web page http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/NCADAC/index.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda, when available.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-25/html/2012-18034.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); Notice of Workshop

    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the National Institutes of Health; the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); the Transformational Medical Technologies (TMT); and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) are holding an Animal Model Development Workshop to explore the scientific and regulatory challenges of developing medical countermeasures (MCM) under the "Animal Rule'' (21 CFR 314.600 for drugs; 21 CFR 601.90 for biological products). The goals of this workshop are to highlight the significant progress made in animal model development for MCMs, review recent case studies of products under development using animal models, and capture lessons learned to inform future animal model development efforts. In addition, the workshop will provide a forum to discuss current challenges and identify potential solutions or mitigation strategies.

    DATES: The workshop will be held on September 17-18, 2012, at 8 a.m. EST. Participants must register by September 10, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the NIH Natcher Conference Center, Building 45, 45 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-25/html/2012-18168.htm

  • Interior

  • Announcement of the U.S. Geological Survey Science Strategy Planning Feedback Process

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of feedback process.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Geological Survey is creating 10-year strategies for each of its Mission Areas: Climate and Land Use Change, Core Science Systems, Ecosystems, Energy and Minerals, Environmental Health, Natural Hazards, and Water. This process involves gathering input from the public on draft strategy documents. Feedback can be offered at http://www.usgs.gov/startwithscience.

    DATES: The comment period on questions and drafts has been extended to midnight on September 1, 2012.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Listed below are contacts for each USGS Mission Area:

    Global Change

    Core Science Systems

    Ecosystems

    Energy and Minerals

    Environmental Health

    Natural Hazards

    Water

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-23/html/2012-17832.htm

back to Federal Register Resource

Bookmark and Share