Regulatory Flexibility Act and Expert Support Services for PTO

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ICF supported Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in evaluating the regulatory burden, including the paperwork burden, expected to fall on small entity patent applicants as a result of proposed and final rulemakings.

ICF worked on a series of tasks that involved conducting a detailed small entity analysis and preparing a carefully-documented report that supported USPTO’s certification under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA)—that the rulemaking would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. ICF provided additional analysis related to litigation, analyzed paperwork costs, prepared a draft Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA), and analyzed public comments on the IRFA in order to develop the draft Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (FRFA).

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Client: U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Location: US

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