INFORMATION FOR NATIVE INNOVATORS AND INVENTORS
NAIPEC is a non-profit, largely volunteer, or Pro Bono supported organization. Our primary goal is to support the protection of intellectual property (IP) where possible. The projects we take on are dependent on three critical factors:
All applicants for assistance from NAIPEC must complete, and comply with NAIPEC’s intake procedure, available upon request.
As part of our charter we help:
1) Individual Native American, or Alaska Native Inventors, who are either:
Verified low-income individuals
Are willing to share a percentage of revenue gained from the Patent, Trademark, Copyright, or any product derived from it, with a registered Native American, or Alaska Native Tribe.
2) Native American or Alaska Native Tribes
3) Native American or Alaska Native wholly or majority owned businesses
IS YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ABLE TO BE PROTECTED?
For more information on Patents, Trademarks and Copyright, here are some useful resources:
Patents | USPTO Website
Trademarks | USPTO Website
Copyrights | US Copyright Office Website
PATENTS | QUICK INFORMATION
Who can apply for a patent?
A patent may be applied for only in the name(s) of the actual inventor(s).
What can and cannot be patented?
What can be patented – utility patents are provided for a new, non-obvious and useful:
Note: In addition to utility patents, encompassing one of the categories above, patent protection is available for (1) ornamental design of an article of manufacture or (2) asexually reproduced plant varieties by design and plant patents.
What cannot be patented:
Invention must also be:
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