IP Related Reports Produced by U.S. Government Agencies
IPRs are the subject of many agencies beyond the U.S.P.T.O. and the Copyright Office. This site will begin to collect IP related content from various government agencies to show how pervasive IPRs are as a subject of the U.S. Government.
Office of Industrial Technology at the Department of Energy - OIT supports technology partnerships to improve industrial energy efficiency today and tomorrow. They offer inventor assistance including the following resources:
Inventor Assistance Source Directory (PDF 900KB). August 2000.
This directory is intended to be used to locate organizations that provide assistance to inventors and entrepreneurs. It may also help assistance providers locate others in the local area that may supplement services.
Commercial Progress and Impacts of Inventions and Innovations (PDF 99KB). August 1999.
This report prepared by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory presents the survey results from the 1997 Inventions and Innovation evaluation questionnaire. It documents performance metrics for grant-receiving inventions including sales data, employment impact, and energy savings.
From Invention to Innovation (PDF 685KB). August 1999.
This handbook is designed to guide inventors through the commercialization process?from concept to engineering prototype to production to market penetration. This process requires you to answer questions about the market, your competition, your business structure, and legal and regulatory requirements. Careful and honest consideration of these questions is crucial for inventors expecting to penetrate the market in a sustained way. The lessons learned of over 400 inventors have been incorporated into this volume.
Making the Licensing Decision (PDF 210KB). October 1998.
This document is designed to help small businesses and independent inventors better understand intellectual property licensing. It provides straightforward, clear descriptions of the major issues facing inventors and small firms: making decisions to license for business reasons, finding a licensee, and negotiating a license.