The United States Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership recently announced the release of an updated beta version of their web-based Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment Tool. This tool is designed to help manufacturers, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and independent inventors assess their knowledge of intellectual property issues. The tool was designed to help educate people about the intellectual property protections that are available to them.
Intellectual property rights and issues often stymie small business owners, inventors, and entrepreneurs. These people may encounter trouble because they do not know the extent of their intellectual property assets or how to adequately protect those assets from disclosure and theft.
By using the new testing tool to answer a comprehensive set of questions regarding intellectual property issues and then utilizing the training resources tailored to specifically identified needs, people can increase their knowledge and awareness. The assessment includes questions in five intellectual property protection categories (Utility Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, and Design Patents) plus five general intellectual property categories (Intellectual Property Strategies & Best Practices, Using Technology of Others, Licensing Technology to Others, International Intellectual Property Rights, and Intellectual Property Asset Tracking).
The tool is available online at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website.
Intellectual property concerns—whether they relate to trademarks, service marks, copyrights, or trade secrets—trip up many businesses. If you need help with an intellectual property concern, call Dallas intellectual property litigation lawyer Mazin A. Sbaiti at 214-432-2899 or fill out an online contact form.