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Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment
Department of Commerce
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The IP Awareness Assessment, developed under the joint efforts of United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology/Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP), is a web-based tool designed to assess intellectual property (IP) knowledge and provide personalized training resources for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and inventors. The assessment helps evaluate a user’s IP asset awareness and target areas specific to those related business needs. The tool provides access to educational materials based on the assessment results. 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 & Best Practices, Using Technology of Others, Licensing Technology to Others, International IP Rights and IP Asset Tracking). The questions presented in each category have been designed to discover the participant’s overall IP awareness as they relate to their IP asset protection needs.

Full assessment (62 questions) takes approximately 20-30 minutes. If a user is not interested in taking the full assessment, a pre-assessment (five questions; takes about three minutes) is available to help identify potential IP assets. Based on the pre-assessment results, users can take a customized assessment specific to their potential IP protection needs. Customized assessment may take 10-30 minutes. Whether taking the customized or full assessment, users will have the opportunity to assess their awareness of all the general IP categories.

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.

For more information about the assessment tool, email Anthony Knight at

Please note that the information provided herein in the training materials and response to assessment questions is intended for providing general guidance and increasing awareness about potential IP in your business. To get specific legal advice on how to best protect your IP rights of any kind, please contact a qualified IP professional.