The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have launched an updated version of the Web-based Intellectual Property (IP) Awareness Assessment Tool, which provides small businesses, entrepreneurs and independent inventors the means to assess their need for available IP protections thus enabling them to exercise the rights they hold to their innovations. According to USPTO, “[u]sers answer a comprehensive set of questions regarding IP, after which the tool provides a set of training resources tailored to specifically identified needs.” Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea said, “The IP Awareness Assessment Tool will help educate independent inventors and small businesses on the intellectual property protections available to them as they seek to turn their ideas into reality and bring them to market.” See USPTO Press Release, February 25, 2013.