Patenting Considerations for SBIR Awardees

Awardees of funding from the Small Business Innovative Research (“SBIR”) program face unique strategic questions as they plan their intellectual property development. Like all companies, SBIR awardees must decide whether to file patent applications on their technical developments, and they must also decide when in the R&D cycle to file those patent applications. In making these decisions, SBIR awardees may benefit by considering certain additional factors that do not pertain to other companies.