Fastener Quality Act Insignia Recordal Process

ICR 202103-0651-003

OMB: 0651-0028

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0651-0028 202103-0651-003
Received in OIRA 201804-0651-002
Fastener Quality Act Insignia Recordal Process
Revision of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 06/09/2021
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved 06/30/2021
96 96
48 32
2,136 2,122

Under Section 5 of the Fastener Quality Act (FQA) of 1999, (15 U.S.C. 5401 et seq.), certain industrial fasteners must bear an insignia identifying the manufacturer. It is also mandatory for manufacturers of fasteners covered by the FQA to submit an application to the USPTO for recordal of the insignia on the Fastener Insignia Register. The purpose of requiring both the insignia and the recordation is to ensure that certain fasteners can be traced to their manufacturers and to protect against the sale of mismarked, misrepresented, or counterfeit fasteners. The procedures for the recordal of fastener insignia under the FQA are set forth in 15 CFR 280.300 et seq. This information collection covers data gathered by the FQA applications for Recordal of Insignia and the applications for Renewal/Reactivation of Recordal. The USPTO uses the information in this information collection to record or renew insignias under the FQA and to maintain the Fastener Insignia Register, which is open to public inspection. The public may download the Fastener Insignia Register from the USPTO website at

PL: Pub.L. 101 - 592 1 Name of Law: Fastener Quality Act

Not associated with rulemaking

  86 FR 4007 01/15/2021
86 FR 30449 06/08/2021

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 96 96 0 0 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 48 32 0 0 16 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 2,136 2,122 0 0 14 0
The total respondent cost burden for this information collection has increased by $14,560 (from $4,640.00 to $19,200) from the previous renewal due to: • Increases in estimated hourly rates. The 2018 renewal used an estimated rate of $145 per hour for respondents (paraprofessionals) to this information collection. For the current renewal, the USPTO is using a professional hourly rate of $400. • Increases in estimated burden hours. The total estimated burden hours have increased from 32 in the 2018 renewal to 48 for the current renewal due to changes in the estimated time to complete the application. For this renewal, the USPTO estimates that the total annual (non-hour) costs will increase by $14 (from $2,122.00 to $2,136.00) due to an increase in the postage rates used to calculate the mailing costs associated with these applications.

Catherine Cain 571 272-8946 [email protected]


On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.

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