Small Business IP Watch: Protecting Your Innovations and Ideas

By at 20 July, 2018, 10:17 pm

Small Business Insider

By Karen Kerrigan-

At a July 11 House Small Business Committee hearing on helping small businesses to protect their intellectual property (IP), Committee members examined how entrepreneurs in the digital technology industry use IP to help their business, and the issues they face when navigating the IP process. As noted by the House Small Business Committee, “America’s intellectual property is worth $6.6 trillion, and intellectual property-intensive industries employ over 45 million Americans.”

As explained by Frank Cullen, Vice President of U.S. Policy at the Global Innovation Policy Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at the hearing: “Intellectual Property, an umbrella term covering copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secrets, is often the secret sauce that gives a new, up-and-coming company its competitive edge. The loss of that edge, through theft or other appropriation, invites unfair competition that can devastate even a large company, much less a small one.”

Cullen joined us for a SBE Council/Forbes Books Radio podcast where he discussed the importance and role of protecting IP for our economy, entrepreneurship and small businesses. He provided useful information and tips for small businesses and entrepreneurs for protecting their IP. Take the time to   Listen to this great podcast!

On July 10, the full House unanimously passed H.R. 2655, the Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017, which advanced out of the Small Business Committee in March. The bill would expand intellectual property education and training for small businesses at Small Business Development Centers.

SBE Council Provides Comments to USPTO

On July 9, SBE Council submitted comments to the United States and Patent Trademark Office with regard to proposed changes to the claim construction standard used in Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) hearings.  SBE Council supports the proposed changes as the consistency, fairness and efficacy they promote will be very beneficial for entrepreneurs and small businesses.  Read the comments and why this is important to entrepreneurs and small business here.

New Study on Benefits of Trademarking

A new working paper by USPTO and the U.S. Census Bureau reviews the connection between trademark application filing and firm performance. Read the report here.


STOP Fakes Roadshow Hits Seattle

Hosted by: U.S. Department of Commerce

July 24, 2018

8:45 a.m.  – Full Day Event

COST: $45 includes Lunch

Safeguard Your Intellectual Property Internationally and Domestically. Learn about IP and how to protect it Online, while Exporting and at Trade Shows. This is an opportunity to learn the basics of IPR protection and U.S. government resources available to help you protect your IPR at home and abroad.

Ideal for:

● Entrepreneurs / Innovators / Inventors

● Small / Large Businesses

● Start-up Companies / Venture Capital Firms

● IP Attorneys

● IT/Biotech firms

This event will feature presentations by intellectual property experts and law enforcement officials.

Seminar Topics Include:

● The Basics of Intellectual Property Rights

● Recording a Copyright or Trademark with Customs

● How to Report IP Violations

● Protecting your Business from Trade Secret Theft

● Protecting your IP in Export Markets & Online

Attendees will have the opportunity to record your trademarks at the event and have one on ones with U.S. Government IP experts. To register or for more information, click here.

Portland, Oregon event is July 26!


Invention-Con 2018 – August 17-18

Sponsored by: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Alexandria, VA

Invention-Con 2018 is a free, two-day independent inventors’ conference to inform and equip inventors and small businesses with intellectual property know-how! The Agenda for Invention-Con 2018 is full of hot topics of interest for inventors and entrepreneurs and the speakers assembled are ready to share their expertise and personal experiences with patents and trademarks. Learn from successful business owners and inventors who will relate their personal experiences of bringing their ideas to market.

For the full agenda and FREE Registration information, click here.

Karen Kerrigan is president & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.

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