I visit the USPTO website so much that finally decided to save it as my homepage. Lame? A little. Anyways, I’ve noticed for a while now that the USPTO website includes a tab for kids. I never bothered to click on it because I’m not a kid, and I usually don’t have the time to explore the website extensively.
This morning, I was reading the January issue of ABA Journal, and what do I see on page 13? An article about the kids section of the USPTO website (titled, “Mommy, What’s a Patent?”). So I decided to check it out.
The kids’ tab is actually kind of cute. There is a section for kids, teens, parents and teachers, so it seems to cater to a wide range of audience. The kids’ section also features a variety of educational material, such as videos, activities, collectable cards, and “IP Patch,” among others. What is “IP Patch” you ask? Good question. I had no idea. Naturally, that was the next link I clicked on.
Apparently, IP Patch is a Girl Scout patch that Girl Scouts can earn by participating in an Intellectual Property Patch program. It was “developed as a joint partnership between the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital and the USPTO in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation.”
Though I didn’t spend an extensive amount of time in the kids’ section, I can tell that this is a very good effort by the USPTO to try to get kids to learn about intellectual property and means of protecting it. Well done.
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