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Public Law No: 115-259 (10/09/2018)

[115th Congress Public Law 259]
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Public Law 115-259
115th Congress

                                 An Act

    To amend the Small Business Act to expand intellectual property 
       education and training for small businesses, and for other 
              purposes. <<NOTE: Oct. 9, 2018 -  [S. 791]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Small Business 
Innovation Protection Act of 2017. 15 USC 631 note.>> 

    This Act may be cited as the ``Small Business Innovation Protection 
Act of 2017''.
SEC. 2. <<NOTE: 15 USC 648c note.>>  DEFINITIONS.

    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 
            (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.
SEC. 3. <<NOTE: 15 USC 648c note.>>  FINDINGS.

    Congress finds that--
            (1) the USPTO and the SBA are positioned to--
                    (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) <<NOTE: Effective date. Deadline. Consultation. 15 USC 648c.>>  
In General.--Beginning not later than 180 days after the date of 
enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the 
Director, shall develop partnership agreements that--
            (1) provide for the--

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                    (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; 
            (2) provide training--
                    (A) through electronic resources, including 
                Internet-based webinars; and
                    (B) at physical locations, including--
                          (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 
            (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:
            ``(U) in conjunction with the United States Patent and 
        Trademark Office, providing training--
                    ``(i) to small business concerns relating to--
                          ``(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
                    ``(ii) that may be delivered--
                          ``(I) in person; or
                          ``(II) through a website.''.

    Approved October 9, 2018.


            July 18, considered and passed Senate.
            Sept. 25, considered and passed House.


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