15 U.S. Code § 648c. SBA and USPTO partnerships

(a) In generalBeginning not later than 180 days after October 9, 2018, the Administrator, in consultation with the Director, shall develop partnership agreements that—
(1) provide for the—
(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; and
(2) provide training—
(A)
through electronic resources, including Internet-based webinars; and
(B) at physical locations, including—
(ii)
the headquarters or a regional office of the USPTO.
Codification

Section was enacted as part of the Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017, and not as part of the Small Business Act which comprises this chapter.

Findings

Pub. L. 115–259, § 3, Oct. 9, 2018, 132 Stat. 3664, provided that:

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.”
Definitions

Pub. L. 115–259, § 2, Oct. 9, 2018, 132 Stat. 3664, provided that:

“In this Act [see Short Title of 2018 Amendment note set out under section 631 of this title]—
“(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 Administration;
“(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.”