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S. 2846 (114th): Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2016

The text of the bill below is as of May 24, 2016 (Reported by Senate Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.


Calendar No. 483


2d Session

S. 2846


April 25, 2016

(for himself, Mr. Vitter, Mr. Risch, Mr. Coons, and Ms. Hirono) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

May 24, 2016

Reported by , without amendment


To amend the Small Business Act to expand intellectual property education and training for small businesses, and for other purposes.


Short title

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


In general

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


provide training—


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.


May 24, 2016

Reported without amendment