Web-Based IP Assessment Tool Gets Update From USPTO

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By Kelly Burke for Intellectual Property Watch

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released an updated version of their web-based intellectual property assessment tool, which aims to make small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) more aware of their IP assets.

Since many individuals and SMEs are unaware of the extent of their IP rights, the tool seeks “to help manufacturers, small businesses, entrepreneurs and independent inventors easily assess their knowledge of intellectual property,” according to a USPTO press release, and may even offer significant competitive advantages as users better understand the rights they hold to their innovations.

The online tool prompts users to answer a series of general questions regarding IP and protection to evaluate overall awareness, after which the tool provides a set of tailored training resources for the user so they can more effectively manage their intellectual property.

Jointly developed by the USPTO and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the tool was originally unveiled in March 2012.

The tool is available on the USPTO’s website at www.uspto.gov/inventors/assessment/.

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