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Federal Register Summary for week of 17 August

    Agriculture

  • Notice of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Meeting; Correction

    AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The notice announced the USDA's August 27-28 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). The notice was published in the Federal Register on August 6, 2012.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Schechtman, 202-720-3817.

    Correction

    In the Federal Register of August 6, 2012 in FR Doc. 151, on page 46681 in the supplementary information section, correct, Para two, line six, to read as follows:

    On August 27, 2012, if time permits, reasonable provision will be made for oral presentations of no more than five minutes each in duration. Comments may also be provided by Email or by fax to Dr. Schechtman at the addresses indicated above by no later than August 22, 2012. Please include your full name, address, and relevant affiliation in any comments submitted.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-15/html/2012-19652.htm

  • Commerce

  • Notice of Roundtable on the Implementation of the First Inventor to File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

    AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a notice of proposed rulemaking and a notice of proposed examination guidelines to implement the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The USPTO plans to conduct a roundtable to obtain public input from organizations and individuals on issues relating to the USPTO's proposed implementation of the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the AIA. The USPTO plans to invite a number of roundtable participants from among patent user groups, practitioners, industry, independent inventor organizations, academia, and government. The roundtable also is open for any member of the public to provide input.

    DATES: The roundtable will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2012, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), and ending at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

    The deadline for receipt of written comments in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking and notice of proposed examination guidelines to implement the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the AIA is October 5, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The roundtable will be held at the USPTO in the Madison Auditorium on the concourse level of the Madison Building, which is located at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

    Comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking 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 on the proposed examination guidelines 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 on the notice of proposed rulemaking and the proposed examination guidelines 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: Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator, by telephone at (571) 272-8734, or by electronic mail message at janet.gongola@uspto.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-16/html/2012-20239.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Establish an Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request approval of this collection. In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13), we are providing an opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting that OMB approve clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

    DATES: Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden or any other aspect of this collection of information requirements by October 16, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the information collection and requests for copies of the proposed information collection request should be addressed to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm. 295, Arlington, VA 22230, or by email to splimpto@nsf.gov.

    Comments: Written comments are invited on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; or (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 295, Arlington, Virginia 22230; telephone (703) 292-7556; or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Federal holidays).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: Grantee Reporting Requirements for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program.

    OMB Approval Number: 3145-New.

    Expiration Date: Not applicable.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-17/html/2012-20255.htm

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