Wondering if you have an IP that can be protected? If so, check out this new Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment Tool. It was created by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and National Institute of Standards and Technology. It’s designed to help inventors, entrepreneurs and small businesses find their IP assets. After completing the assessment, the tool then provides links to suggested training resources to help educate you on how to secure and manage your IP assets.
The full assessment (62 questions) takes about 20-30 minutes. It covers 5 IP protection categories (utility patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and design patents) and five strategy and licensing categories (IP strategies and best practices, using technology of others, licensing technology to others, international IP rights, and IP asset tracking). A shorter option is the quick pre-evaluation which is five questions and takes about three minutes. Based on the pre-evaluation results, you can take a customized assessment (runs about 10-30 minutes) specific to your potential IP protection needs.
You’ll get the results of your IP assessment (which can be printed or converted to a PDF) along with links for suggested training material.
Ready to get started? Click here. (http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/assessment/start.html)
Special Report – 5 Ways to License Your Intellectual Property
Click here to get this quick strategy guide on 5 ways to license your intellectual property.
Here’s what’s in the free special report:
- General Approach
- Segment Specific
- Joint Ventures
- License Directly
Rand Brenner is an IP professional whose passion is helping inventors, startups, and businesses of all sizes use licensing to turn their IP into income-producing products, services, and technologies. His decades of experience run the gamut from medical devices to food technology to consumer products. He’s licensed some of the biggest Hollywood entertainment blockbusters including the Batman Movies (1 and 2), and the number one kid’s action TV show, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Rand speaks about licensing and is a featured speaker at investment conferences, trade shows, colleges and startup events. He’s a published writer with articles appearing in several prestigious trade magazine including The Licensing Journal, Intellectual Property Magazine, and License India. Rand also mentors at the Cal State Fullerton School of Business and Economics and is a judge for their startup business plan competitions.