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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD24 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Removal of Regulations Governing Requests for Presidential Proclamations Under the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984 and Certain Rules Relating to Registration to Practice and Discipline 
Abstract: In accordance with Executive Order 13777, "Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda," and Executive Order 13771, "Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs," the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) proposes to remove its regulations governing requests for Presidential Proclamations under the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984 (SCPA). In addition, this proposed rule would revise the rules of practice in patent cases to eliminate the requirement for handwritten personal signatures on correspondence relating to registration to practice before the Office, and other matters in the purview of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED). This proposed rule implements the USPTO's work to identify and propose regulations for removal, modification, and streamlining because they are outdated, unnecessary, ineffective, costly, or unduly burdensome on the agency or the private sector. The revisions proposed herein would put into effect the work USPTO has done, in part through its participation in the Regulatory Reform Task Force established by the Department of Commerce pursuant to Executive Order 13777, to review and identify regulations that are candidates for removal. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 1    37 CFR 150   
Legal Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/25/2019  84 FR 64800   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/26/2019 
Final Action  06/00/2020 
Final Action Effective  07/00/2020 
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:
Darren Pogoda
Attorney-Adviser
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1450,
Alexandria, VA 22313
Phone:571 272-5519
Fax:571 273-0052
Email: darren,pogoda@uspto.gov