P3 to PIII Newsletter

Welcome to the P3 to PIII newsletter: timely news from MTIP to help you leverage public-private partnership (P3) opportunities through the SBIR/STTR programs and prepare you for Phase III commercialization success

MTIP Summer SBIR Webinar Series:
National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Funding

with special guest
NSF SBIR/STTR program director,
Rick Schwerdtfeger

Join us from anywhere to learn about NSF SBIR and STTR programs in this interactive webinar led by NSF program director, Rick Schwerdtfeger!

Date: Friday July 19
Time:12PM-1:30PM MT
Where: Online

RSVP on Eventbrite

Since 2012, NSF’s SBIR/STTR programs have awarded nearly 3,000 non-dilutive grants to startups and small businesses including Montana companies like Blocky, Prime Labs, Agile Focus Designs, S2 Corp, NanoValent, and others!

We’ll discuss the NSF SBIR/STTR programs, what they fund, the NSF Project Pitch and review processes, and have time for Q&A with Rick. Webex conference details will be provided to registered participants, so RSVP soon!

Register Today
Who should attend:
  • Anyone planning to prepare an NSF SBIR/STTR phase I or phase II proposal
  • Anyone interested in learning more about the NSF SBIR/STTR programs
  • University researchers interested in partnering with NSF SBIR/STTR applicants
  • Service providers or business partners supporting NSF SBIR/STTR applicant
Did you miss our Spring market research and SBIR proposal writing workshops?  Stay tuned for information about our Fall Innovation Readiness series dates, updated and new course offerings for Montana high-tech entrepreneurs.

Don’t miss this August Webinar Series from USPTO!

Intellectual Property Webinars for
SBIR/STTR Awardees

For small businesses currently participating in the federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, understanding intellectual property (IP)—including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights—is necessary to protect your ideas, products, and product names in today’s knowledge economy. This series of seven 90-minute webinars, organized by the USPTO and the U.S. Small Business Administration, has been designed to specifically address the most common IP issues facing small businesses funded by the SBIR and STTR programs. They not only cover all aspects of IP protection but will also help you understand your IP data rights under the SBIR/STTR grant or contract.

Space is limited to 200 people per webinar, so early registration is advised. Please note these webinars are open only to small businesses currently engaged in either Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the SBIR/STTR programs.

Webinars will be offered at 1 pm Eastern Time on the following days:

Tuesday, August 13, 2019: Overview: U.S. Intellectual Property Rights and the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
Presenter: Henry Wixon, Chief Counsel, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Please click here to register.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019: Trademarks in the U.S. for SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
Please click here to register.

Thursday, August 15, 2019: The International Trademark Portfolio for SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
Presenter: Susan Anthony, Attorney, Global Intellectual Property Academy, USPTO
Please click here to register.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019: Basic US Patent Practice for SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
Please click here to register.

Wednesday August 21, 2019: Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Hague Strategies for Filing Abroad for SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
Please click here to register.

Thursday, August 22, 2019: Intermediate/Advanced US Patent Practice for SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
Presenter: Oleg Asanbayev, Patent Examiner, USPTO
Please click here to register.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019: Copyright (Domestic and International) for SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
Presenter: Susan Anthony, Attorney, Global Intellectual Property Academy, USPTO
Please click here to register.

Speaking of Intellectual Property:  Trademark basics

Guest post from MTIP senior advisor, Christie Bell
It’s common for entrepreneurs to be overwhelmed and intimidated by the complexities of intellectual property concerns. The term intellectual property, often referred to as “IP,” includes patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, trade secrets, and more. Today, we offer a brief breakdown of the general aspects of trademarks and service marks. Read more on this subject in MTIP’s recently updated Trademark Guide.

Trademarks and service marks distinguish a company’s goods and services from others. The protection extends from brand names such as Nike®; stylized logos like the Boar’s Head® meat products logo, and to words in well-known catch phrases as in, “Hasta la Vista Baby®” from the movie The Terminator.

There are two types of enforceable trademarks that can be created by

businesses or individuals; the TM symbol, “TM” or circle-r, “®.” Both are applied using a superscript font to the immediate right of the protectable brand words or images. When protecting a service offering, such as an electrician, the superscript “SM” can be applied.

When a company applies for and is awarded trademark or service mark rights from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), they can use the circle-r (®) symbol. The circle-r affords a company of a registered brand official documentation that presumes national ownership of a trademark, national protection and a stronger case against infringement, and certain international assurances.

With the assistance of an IP attorney, USPTO registrations start at about $1,700. A private attorney can provide legal advice, respond to requests or a refusal from the USPTO, and help in conducting a thorough patent search reducing the risk of infringement. Contact the State Bar of Montana for a list of local IP legal counselors.

Open solicitations

  • Environmental Protection Agency current SBIR solicitation closes July 31, 2019.
  • Department of Defense 19.3 (SBIR) and 19.c (STTR) BAA  will open for pre-release on August 23, 2019.
  • DARPA‘s five out-of-cycle topics will close for submissions on August 6, 2019.
  • Department of Energy release I SBIR/STTR Phase I topics will be issued on July 15, 2019 and the funding announcement will be released in August.
  • ARPA-E has two open SBIR/STTR funding opportunities. Refer to FOAs for due dates.
  •  NIH omnibus. Next due date is September 5, 2019. Be sure to check Grants.gov for other NIH SBIR/STTR funding opportunities.
  •  NSF current submission window is June 14, 2019 through December 12, 2019.
  • USDA – anticipated in July. Watch here.

Reach out today to schedule time to work with one of our consultants!
Apply today for one of the few remaining 2019 FAST microgrants!

Partner Spotlight:

The Montana Department of Commerce promotes job growth and opportunities for Montana companies in all areas, including our thriving high-tech start-ups. They support so many programs, like MTIP, Small Business Development Centers, MMEC, and certified economic development organizations throughout the state. Their programs support rural and urban economic development in the state that creates jobs, help Montana companies launch and stay in Montana, and diversify the types of careers, products, and services our beautiful state offers.

One of the programs I get asked about often is MBRCT or Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology since it had such alignment with SBIR ready companies. Unfortunately, this program was not renewed in the last legislative session. You can read more in the Commerce Connection newsletter here. We and all of our partners are here to help you with technology commercialization. Commerce will also be announcing their SBIR/STTR Matching Funds program in the coming months. While MTIP does not run that program, we will absolutely help you to apply and we’ll share more details as soon as the current funding announcement is available.