IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 25, 2016
Mr. Peters (for himself, Mr. Vitter, and Mr. Risch) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
To amend the Small Business Act to expand intellectual property education and training for small businesses, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2016.
In this Act—
the term Administrator means the Administrator of the SBA;
the term Director means the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO;
the term SBA means the Small Business Administration;
the term small business concern has the meaning given the term in section 3(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(a));
the term small business development center means a center described in section 21 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648); and
the term USPTO means the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Congress finds that—
the USPTO and the SBA are positioned to—
build upon several successful intellectual property and training programs aimed at small business concerns; and
increase the availability of and the participation in those programs across the United States; and
any education and training program administered by the USPTO and the SBA should be scalable so that the program is able to reach more small business concerns.
SBA and USPTO partnerships
Beginning not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Director, shall develop partnership agreements that—
provide for the—
development of high-quality training, including in-person or modular training sessions, for small business concerns relating to domestic and international protection of intellectual property;
leveraging of training materials already developed for the education of inventors and small business concerns; and
participation of a nongovernmental organization; and
through electronic resources, including Internet-based webinars; and
at physical locations, including—
a small business development center; and
the headquarters or a regional office of the USPTO.
Small Business Development Centers
Section 21(c)(3) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648(c)(3)) is amended—
in subparagraph (S), by striking
and at the end;
in subparagraph (T), by striking the period at the end and inserting
; and; and
by adding at the end the following:
in conjunction with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, providing training—
to small business concerns relating to—
domestic and international intellectual property protections; and
how those protections should be considered in the business plans and growth strategies of the small business concerns; and
which may be delivered—
in person; or
through a website.