Summary: S.791 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate without amendment (03/19/2018)

Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017

This bill directs the Small Business Administration to develop partnership agreements that provide for:

  • development of high-quality training for small businesses related to domestic and international protection of intellectual property,
  • leveraging of training materials already developed for the education of inventors and small businesses, and
  • participation of a nongovernmental organization.

These agreements must also provide training:

  • through electronic resources, including Internet-based webinars; and
  • at physical locations, including a small business development center (SBDC) and the headquarters or a regional office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The bill amends the Small Business Act to require services at an SBDC to include training, in person or through a website, relating to:

  • domestic and international intellectual property protections, and
  • how those protections should be considered in the business plans and growth strategies of small businesses.