United States Patent & Trademark Office's 'Kids' Pages'

From United States Patent and Trademark Office 

This site gathers together informative interactive games and activities for grades K-6 and 6-12, although the activities are most appropriate for late primary and middle school students.  The strongest games and activities can be accessed in the "Fun House" and "Bright Lights 6th-12th" section.

How do you use it?

This site hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office gathers games and activities to introduce basic principles of trademark and patent law.  Presenters can chose whether to select activities by "type" or by age group (see the list at the top of the Kids' Pages):  "Twinkle Lights" is for primary children, for example, and "Bright Lights" is for 6th through 12th graders.  There is also a "Guiding Lights" section that acts as a guide for the adult presenters.   The site can also be accessed via search terms.

This site does not provide a lesson plan or other complete presentation, but rather provides only a "jumping-off point" for a discussion which the presenter must lead.  Therefore a presenter should budget time both to select which games and activities to use — some are better than others — and presentation time to consider how to use the game or activity selected.

Who is the audience?

USPTO's "Kids' Pages" provide a lively introduction for primary, middle as well as high school students to patent and trademark law.   

What other resources will complement this?

  1. Dialogue on Law in the 21st Century  Lesson plan and resources from the American Bar Association (M, H)  
  2. Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright  Videos from the Library of Congress (P, M)
  3. Educating about Intellectual Property  From Street Law Inc. and Constitutional Rights Foundation (M, H)

Additional Recommended Resources Off-Site Links

  1. A Constitutional Timeline
    • Multi-aged audience timeline that highlights key dates in history of Constitution, with links to text, audio and video clips. From National Constitution Center's Constitution Day site. 
  2. Interactive Constitution
    • Multi-aged audience site that enables users to search Constitution by keyword or topic, with access to explanatory materials throughout. From National Constitution Center.   
  3. The Annenberg Guide to the United States Constitution
    • Multi-aged audience site that lists the text of each section of every article in the Constitution, and provides explanation of what the text means in plain language.  From the Leonore Annenberg Institute of Civics. 
  4. Understanding the Federal Courts
    • Multi-aged online textbook-type document that includes sections on Article III, the Federal Court system and the geographical boundaries of the Courts of Appeal and the District Courts, the code of conduct for judges, juror qualifications, exemptions and terms of service, as well as categories of bankruptcy cases.  From the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts.