2018 IP for Apps: From Conception to Creation

Elementary, middle and high school students spend a day learning about coding and IP.

A Free Coding Program to Support the 2018 Congressional App Challenge


The United States Patent and Trademark Office, in support of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge is proud to announce the “IP for Apps” program, a day of learning about intellectual property (IP) and its application to the creation, design, development, and implementation of apps. The program will feature several sessions that deliver instruction and hands-on learning activities especially designed for K-12 students. Students will learn about app and game development and how IP protection in the form of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets plays a vital role at each stage in the commercialization process, from concept to product. Participants will work in teams to address real-world problems of their choice from a wide range of topics, including pets, fashion, games, sports, college, and more!

Sessions offered:

  • App Design Process
  • App and Game Development
  • Making Compelling Apps
  • Developers & Designers
  • Getting Feedback
  • Presenting App Concept

Learning outcomes

  • IP for Apps
  • App Development
  • Wireframing/StoryBoard
  • Coding Strategies
  • Pitching App Concepts

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Registration is free but space is limited to the first 200 students. To register for this event, please send an e-mail to education@uspto.gov and include the number and grade level (elementary, middle, and high school) of students planning to attend.  Reserve your spot today!