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S. 791 (115th): Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 18, 2018 (Passed the Senate).

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

S. 791 directs the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to develop partnership agreements to leverage existing outreach programs to educate more small businesses on domestic and international patent protections. Specifically, these partnership agreements will provide for developing high-quality training for small businesses related to intellectual property, leveraging training materials already developed for the education of investors and small businesses, and participating in nongovernmental organizations. Additionally, the agreements shall provide training through electronic resources and physical locations, including a small business development center.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. …


2d Session

S. 791



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 2017.



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 the programs described in subparagraph (A) 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 the protections described in subclause (I) should be considered in the business plans and growth strategies of the small business concerns; and


that may be delivered—


in person; or


through a website.


Passed the Senate July 18, 2018.