Gear Grinder #4.5: Children and Patents


Introductory Note: Welcome back to “Gear Grinder with Danny Rooney.” This week we have Danny’s chipper cousin Stevie to fill in. We aim to bring this series to you on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Here are our previous installments: #1, #2, #3, and #4. This post is based on a fictitious character!

Like our distant cousin Wayne, Danny Rooney’s been suspended this week for getting his gears ground a little too hard and dropping some choice swear-bombs on the unassuming children across the world.

In his place I, Stevie Rooney, will be bringing you something to smile about regarding the patent world. Inspired by a blog post I saw about a child’s reaction to finding out that their parent was a patent researcher, today I’ll be talking about the USPTO’s fun website designed to educate kids about the world of intellectual property. Read on for the antidote to being grumpy at work!


If I had to describe the USPTO’s Kids’ Pages in one word it would be “superdupercuteyeteducational.” If Mary Poppins can make up words (mythbuster behind the word; contains some naughty language), so can Stevie.

The site contains the following educational pages:

  • takes you to our leader! – A welcome message
  • time machine – Links to calendars and USPTO history centered pages
  • whowhat – Answers to frequently asked questions
  • puzzles – A few brainteasers
  • games – A few more brainteasers
  • links – Handy links to other US Government kids’ pages
  • stop piracy – Introduction to what piracy is, at a kid’s level
  • listen to a mark – Clips of registered sound trademarks that kids might recognize

Despite the pages being a little dated, I imagine they would be a fun time waster for kids that just might teach them a thing or two!

How do you interact with children when the topic of intellectual property comes up? What techniques do you use to educate them? I’d love to hear what you do in the comments below!

Don’t worry, Danny Rooney will be back with his classic gear grinding soon enough. Until then, smile away!

Patent Information from Landon IP

This post was contributed by Intellogist Team member Chris Jagalla. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company, Landon IP, a major provider of patent search, technical translation, and information services.

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4 Responses

  1. [...] of the month. Here are our previous installments: #1, #2, #3, and #4. Last time, my cousin Stevie filled in. This post is based on a fictitious character, and readers should be aware of the underlying snark [...]

  2. [...] the month. Here are our previous installments: #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5. Previously, my cousin Stevie filled in. This post is based on a fictitious character, and readers should be aware of the underlying snark [...]

  3. [...] #2, #3, #4, and #5, and #6 (about common patent application mistakes). Previously, my cousin Stevie filled in. This post is based on a fictitious character, and readers should be aware of the underlying snark [...]

  4. [...] a lack of links to the kids’ section of the USPTO website.  How are we going to enforce a love of patents in children if we can’t even direct them to their section of the website?  Think of the children, [...]

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