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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD17 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Changes to United States Patent and Trademark Office Freedom of Information Act Regulations 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office proposes to amend its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations to reflect changes made to the FOIA by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Info./Admin./Other 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 102   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 requires changes to agency FOIA regulations.  12/28/2016 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2020 
NPRM Comment Period End  08/00/2020 
Final Action  11/00/2020 
Final Action Effective  01/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
John Ricou Heaton
Associate Counsel
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1450,
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
Phone:571 270-7420
Fax:571 273-0099