DOD SBIR/STTR Training & Advocacy

Resources to help protect your ideas, your technology, and your company.

DATA RIGHTS & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

 
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING SBIR AND STTR DATA RIGHTS

This course, from the U.S. Small Business Administration, introduces some basic SBIR and STTR Data Rights concepts by means of questions and answers. These frequently asked questions provide an opportunity to introduce some basic facts about this complex subject by means of real questions that SBIR entrepreneurs and their staffs frequently ask. To access, click HERE - clicking this link will redirect you to reference material provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration

IP AND SBIR DATA RIGHTS

Learn how IP can help your business protect core products & services; discourage copying and infringement; create valuable assets; increases litigation readiness; expand market share; acquire venture capital and funding; demonstrate technology leadership; generate revenue stream.  Access our Tip Sheet on this subject by clicking HERE.

WHAT ARE SBIR DATA RIGHTS AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?

This course, from the U.S. Small Business Administration, covers SBIR/STTR Data protection, which is one of the most unique and important protections accorded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) firms. These protections apply to all phases of the SBIR and STTR programs. To access this course, click HERE - clicking this link will redirect you to reference material provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

CAN I HAVE A PATENT AND SBIR DATA RIGHTS?

SBIR and STTR-funded firms develop new and innovative technologies that they must protect. This need for protection inevitably leads to a consideration of whether or not to patent. The question of whether and when an SBIR or STTR-funded firm should patent runs through not only the patent laws, but also the SBIR/STTR rules and regulations, and requires an understanding of both. To access this course, click HERE - clicking this link will redirect you to reference material provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

HOW DO I LICENSE SBIR DATA RIGHTS?

Licensing under a patent is very common. But if the SBIR firm did not patent, and is protecting its SBIR Data by means of the government’s nondisclosure obligation, then licensing will permit another firm to use the small firm’s SBIR Data and its underlying technology. To access this course, click HERE - clicking this link will redirect you to reference material provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

IDENTIFY AND PROTECT PATENTABLE SUBJECT MATTER

Ideas themselves are not patentable or protectable. They need to be nurtured and developed into inventions. Inventions then need to be refined and captured. To be patentable, an invention must meet four criteria. Access our Tip Sheet on this subject by clicking HERE.

Patent Enforcement and litigation

Learn the basics regarding patent infringement litigation. Access our Tip Sheet on this subject by clicking HERE

HOW TO READ A PATENT

Patents are complex documents that bury a handful of important sentences under a mountain of jargon. If Intellectual Property is an important part of your business, it is vital to know how to read a patent efficiently. There are two main parts you need to understand to navigate this document: Specification and Claims. Access our Tip Sheet on this subject by clicking HERE

PROTECTING YOUR BRAND AND THE IMPORTANCE OF TRADEMARK PROTECTION

Your brand is a symbol of your business. Trademarks help protect your brand integrity by preventing others from using similar symbols and benefitting from your reputation. Access our Tip Sheet on this subject by clicking HERE

COPYRIGHTS AND FAIR USE

Copyright protects the creative expression of an idea, but never the idea itself. Copying ideas is always allowed, but copying expression is generally prohibited. Registration is not required to secure rights but is recommended for recovery of damages. Scope is generally worldwide, and the term is the life of the author plus 50 years. Access our Tip Sheet on this subject by clicking HERE.

DESIGN PATENTS

Learn the basics about design patents, which protect the appearance of a design for 15 years. Access our Tip Sheet on this subject by clicking HERE.

Additional Resources

  • Government Agencies Aiding IP Enforcement
  • Global Partners Aiding IP Enforcement
  • Business Tools for IP Enforcement
  • USPTO Inventors Assistance Center (IAC) - Provides patent information and services to the public. The IAC is staffed by former Primary Examiners, Supervisory Patent Examiners, and senior patent managers who answer general questions concerning patent examining policy and procedure.
  • IP Help for Independent Inventors and Small Businesses - The Independent Inventors section of the USPTO web site provides information on programs to assist independent inventors and small businesses in registering their IP. The Inventor Assistance Program is part of the Office of Commissioner and offers bi-monthly online chats for inventors and small businesses. A panel of experts from across the USPTO answer question for one hour every other month.
  • List of Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) - Patent and Trademark Resource Centers are a nationwide network of public, state and academic libraries that are designated to disseminate patent and trademark information and to support the diverse intellectual property needs of the public.  They make freely available to the public a minimum 20-year backfile of U.S. patents and are available to assist the pubic in the efficient use of the collection.  The intellectual property collections of some libraries significantly exceed the core requirements. All libraries have access to U.S. patents since 1790. 
  • Public Search Facility at USPTO - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Public Search Facility located in Alexandria, VA provides public access to patent and trademark information in a variety of formats including on-line, microfilm, and print. Trained staff are available to assist public users.
  • Copyright Office - The United States Copyright Office is a part of the Library of Congress and administers the registration and rulemaking for copyrights in the United States.