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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD17 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Changes to the Freedom of Information Act Regulation 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) amends 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 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 102   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552    5 U.S.C. 552a    5 U.S.C. 553    31 U.S.C. 3717    35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2)    35 U.S.C. 21    35 U.S.C. 41    35 U.S.C. 42    35 U.S.C. 122    44 U.S.C. 3101   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2023 
NPRM Comment Period End  01/00/2024 
Final Action  10/00/2024 
Final Action Effective  11/00/2024 
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:
Kyu S. Lee
Associate Counsel
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
Office of the General Counsel, P. O. Box 1450, Madison East, 10th Floor,
Alexandria, VA 22313
Phone:571 272-6421
Fax:571 273-0099