The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seeks comments under the Paperwork Reduction Act on the revision of a continuing information collection relating to applications for patents. The Office of Management and Budget approved the collection on January 8, 2011, but its notice of action included terms of clearance requiring USPTO to conduct stakeholder outreach as to the burden of 0651–0032 Initial Patent Applications and ways to potentially reduce it before the next collection renewal.

The Federal Register notice includes estimates of the time and expense burdens of completing and filing nearly 70 forms. Comments and recommendations are requested by December 2, 2013.