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Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017
This bill directs the Small Business Administration to develop partnership agreements that provide for:
These agreements must also provide training:
The bill amends the Small Business Act to require services at an SBDC to include training in person or through a website relating to:
the third day of January, two thousand and eighteen
To amend the Small Business Act to expand intellectual property education and training for small businesses, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the “Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017”.
In this Act—
(1) the term “Administrator” means the Administrator of the SBA;
(2) the term “Director” means the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO;
(3) the term “SBA” means the Small Business Administration;
(4) 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));
(5) the term “small business development center” means a center described in section 21 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648); and
(6) the term “USPTO” means the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Congress finds that—
(A) build upon several successful intellectual property and training programs aimed at small business concerns; and
(B) increase the availability of and the participation in the programs described in subparagraph (A) across the United States; and
(2) 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.
(A) 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;
(B) leveraging of training materials already developed for the education of inventors and small business concerns; and
(C) participation of a nongovernmental organization; and
(A) through electronic resources, including Internet-based webinars; and
(i) a small business development center; and
(ii) the headquarters or a regional office of the USPTO.
Section 21(c)(3) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648(c)(3)) is amended—
(1) in subparagraph (S), by striking “and” at the end;
(2) in subparagraph (T), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and
(3) by adding at the end the following:
“(I) domestic and international intellectual property protections; and
“(II) how the protections described in subclause (I) should be considered in the business plans and growth strategies of the small business concerns; and
“(I) in person; or
“(II) through a website.”.