USPTO and NIST unveil new IP awareness assessment tool

The USPTO and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) recently unveiled a new web-based IP Awareness Assessment Tool designed to help manufacturers, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and independent inventors easily assess their knowledge of intellectual property (IP). The tool is available on USPTO’s website at

“This Administration is committed to supporting innovative business tools, which help drive U.S. technological leadership worldwide and support a 21st century economy that is built to last,” said David Kappos, Director of the USPTO. “The IP Awareness Assessment Tool will help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality and bring them to market faster, thereby creating jobs more quickly, too.”

The tool enables users to measure and increase their awareness of IP issues, relevant to their creative projects and business goals. Users answer a comprehensive set of questions regarding IP, after which the tool provides a set of training resources tailored to specifically identified needs, reports.