Law & Order

Congressional Committees Pass Bills to Provide Small Businesses IP Protection Training


By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The Small Business Committees for both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed legislation directing leadership at the Small Business Administration (SBA), U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to collaborate and develop a small business intellectual property (IP) protection training program.

The focus of attention under the bipartisan “Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017” is to educate small businesses about including domestic and international IP protection within their business plan models. The training program would be an online resource and available at physical locations, including at an SBA Small Business Development Center and the USPTO headquarters and regional offices. 

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