New web-based tool designed for manufacturers, small businesses, entrepreneurs

Earlier this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office and National Institute of Standards and Technology unveiled a new web-based Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment Tool designed to help manufacturers, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and independent inventors easily assess their knowledge of intellectual property (IP).

The tool enables users to measure and increase their awareness of IP issues related to their creative projects and business goals and provides personalized training resources.

Types of Questions

The full assessment includes questions in five IP protection categories (utility patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and design patents) plus five general IP categories (IP strategies and best practices, using technology of others, licensing technology to others, international IP rights, and IP asset tracking. The questions in each category have been designed to discover participants' overall IP awareness related to their IP asset protection needs.

How Much Time Will It Take?

The full assessment (62 questions) takes approximately 20-30 minutes. If you're not interested in taking the full assessment, a pre-assessment (five questions, about three minutes) is available to help you identify your potential IP assets. Based on pre-assessment results, you can take a customized assessment specific to your potential IP protection needs. The customized assessment may take 10-30 minutes.

After completing the assessment, the results along with links for suggested training material will be displayed and can be printed or converted to a PDF format for future use and training. Get started here.