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April 14, 2008


The above title reads like junk email in a foreign language that your computer can't decipher. How appropriate, because that's the name of the USPTO's new curriculum to teach rug rats about intellectual property. i-©®eaTM educates educators to educate "tweens" (ages 8-11) "to be creative and invent." Like they don't get into enough trouble as is. To launch the program, the agency has radio and TV commercials with the message, "Anything's possible. Keep thinking." Hey PTO, how about something crazily creative, like "examination on the merits"?!

The PTO has launched a web site, InventNow.org, to inspire young'uns to "invent now." The site includes a page on "Groundhogs and the Olympics," because the air is so filthy in Beijing, they've relocated the 2008 games underground, so Chinese groundhogs get the best seats. Good thinking.

Posted by Patent Hawk at April 14, 2008 2:44 PM | The Patent Office



Inventing is the easy part...

Getting paid for your invention is the hard part

Perhaps PTO should start teaching us how to get paid for a patented invention after all those recent SCOTUS decisions undermining patent enforcement by small non-manufactoring entities

Posted by: angry dude at April 15, 2008 6:11 AM

Heck, PTO should really start educating all prospective inventors NOT to file for patent protection in US (or elsewhere for that matter), because the probability of getting paid for a patented invention is ALMOST ZERO now...
Of course, it will be exactly ZERO if Patent "Deform" of 2007 becomes law, but right now the situation is extremely grim for small patent holders:
Check this link: http://mcsmith.blogs.com/eastern_district_of_texas/2008/04/2007---the-annu.html

Hey, PTO, start telling young kids to stay as far away from patents as possible (unless of course they want to be slaves of large corporations in which case they will be getting a 1000 dollar check and a nice pat on the back from their corporate masters for each patented invention)
heck, it's better start selling drugs on the street
At least I know of more people whos life was ruined by patenting their inventions than by selling drugs...
Such an "american dream" he have today...
Better play a lottery, kids
Seriously, I'm not kidding

Posted by: angry dude at April 15, 2008 7:14 AM

Actually, I did a sort of community outreach project with Jr High aged kids in Merrifield, VA (just outside the Beltway) on just such a thing. Split them into groups of 4, gave them a problem (derived from a simple patent) and asked them to come up with a solution within about 10-15 minutes. At the end, we discussed their solutions, and I showed them the patented solution.

They seemed to have a good time.

Posted by: bierbelly at April 15, 2008 10:29 AM

Maybe Peterlin can solicit business advice from those same tweens about how to reduce the backlog.

Posted by: anonymousAgent at April 15, 2008 11:50 AM