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  • Submitted on 27 January 2015

    Created on January 27, 2015
     

    WebinarThe Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

    Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.

    By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.Get to know the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Translation (STTR) programs.

  • Submitted on 09 January 2015

    Created on January 9, 2015
     

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    All participants will receive on-line calculators and checklists

    Speakers:

    Matt Varilek, Small Business Administration, Region VIII Administrator

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    Doug Priest, U.S. Bank representative and liaison through Xcel Energy alliance; funding the Green Industry since 2000

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  • Submitted on 30 December 2014

    Created on December 30, 2014
     

    Patented StampHelping small businesses and independent inventors with limited resources is an important goal of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and supports the Administration’s commitment to balance the playing field for all entrepreneurs looking to innovate. It also supports the White House executive actions issued to improve the patent system.

    One of those executive actions aims to expand coverage of the Patent Pro Bono Program to all 50 states, and I am pleased to announce that we are making great strides towards bringing pro bono assistance to inventors across the country.

    Because patents fuel our economy and stimulate job creation, the USPTO wants to make sure the patent system is accessible to all. With this in mind, the USPTO works with intellectual property law associations and local bar associations across the country to help them establish pro bono inventor assistance programs in their specific regions.

  • Submitted on 10 December 2014

    Created on December 10, 2014
     

    Each year, the 11 federal agencies that provide funding via the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs hit the road for a National Conference. The goal? To get the word out about the programs and to meet the entrepreneurs who are driving U.S. innovation.

    Hats off to Texas in their starring role as host of the recent National SBIR/STTR Conference in Austin, which was a great success. Startups and other small businesses in Texas and nationwide are learning more every day about the programs—and they’re liking what they see. After all, the programs are the nation's largest source of early stage, high-risk R&D funding for small business.

  • Submitted on 25 November 2014

    Created on November 25, 2014
     

    Intellectual Property Webinar Series

    Helpful TipsThe Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host a free webinar series to help business owners understand the intellectual property process, starting on Tuesday, December 9.

    To join the event:

    • To participate click here to join the webinar.

    • To join the audio, call-in toll number: 1-650-479-3208; Follow the instructions that you hear on the phone. Your Cisco Unified MeetingPlace meeting ID: 996 407 651

    Register today!

    This three-part webinar series will provide participants with insightful tips for success on getting a patent or registering a trademark or copyright. Tune in and get answers from USPTO and U.S. Copyright Office senior intellectual property experts Elizabeth Dougherty, Anthony Knight, Susan Anthony, Craig Morris, and Sylvester Simpkins. The information shared will help you protect and promote your intellectual property rights.

  • Submitted on 10 November 2014

    Created on November 10, 2014
     

    Inventors AssistanceEvery day, all across America, good ideas are converted into tangible inventions and products that solve problems large and small and lift our quality of life. Do you have a good idea yourself? Maybe you’ve even developed it into a proof of concept or prototype. The next step you should consider is how you can protect what you’ve created.

    Patents are issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). They give their owners the right to exclude others from making, selling, offering for sale, or importing an invention protected by the patent. While getting a patent is a complex undertaking, here are five steps and resources to get you started on the road to protecting your invention.

  • Submitted on 04 November 2014

    Created on November 4, 2014
     

    Fall National SBIR/STTR Conference

  • Submitted on 06 August 2014

    Created on August 6, 2014
     

    Register NowThe Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host the second of three complementary three part webinar series to help business owners understand the intellectual property process, starting on Wednesday, August 12.

    This webinar series will teach attendees how to electronically file a copyright, patent, and trademark application. Join us as we provide minority business owners and innovators with a wealth of information, resources, and tools to protect and promote their intellectual property. Get answers from USPTO and Copyright Office intellectual property experts Sylvester Simpkins, Craig Morris, and Jeffrey Wong.

    While there is no cost for the next USPTO-MBDA webinar, virtual space is limited, so you’ll want to register as soon as you can.

  • Submitted on 05 August 2014

    Created on August 5, 2014
     

    Originally posted on the SBA.gov Blog

    InnovateSmall businesses are the key to advancing America’s economy by bringing cutting-edge, high-impact technologies to the marketplace that improve health care, strengthen our military and protect the environment. However, small businesses often have difficulty competing with larger technology companies due to lack of capital for research and development (R&D) work that is critical for moving products from the planning to deployment stages. 

    To help entrepreneurs successfully commercialize their products and services, the federal government established the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program, commonly known as SBIR. Eleven federal agencies including the departments of Health and Human Services, Defense and Energy participate in SBIR, which provide small businesses competitive funding for projects that meet government research needs and boost technological innovation in the public and private sectors. The Small Business Administration doesn’t directly administer the SBIR funding awards, but it oversees and manages the SBIR program by coordinating with other agencies, reviewing progress and reporting to Congress.

  • Submitted on 25 April 2014

    Created on April 25, 2014
     

    This post originally appeared on International Trade Administration Tradeology blog.

    Ken Mouradian is the Director of the International Trade Administration’s Orlando Export Assistance Center.

    You spent the time and money to build your business, including the development of products and services (patents, trade secrets and copyrights), business methods (trade secrets), brands (trademarks and service marks), and your presence on the Internet (trademarks and associated domain names, copyrights). Why wouldn’t you protect these Intellectual Property (IP) assets from unauthorized use?

    Stopfakes.gov is your portal to resources for protecting intellectual property.Many small businesses are at a disadvantage in not having the expertise or resources to prevent theft of their intellectual property in the global marketplace. So in recognition of World IP Day on April 26, here are some simple, practical measures that any exporter can take to protect their IP assets:

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