Intellectual property (IP) workshop for K-12 educators

Patent #9,511,833 received by Doug Scott and students for their ROV ice rescue robot.

The Office of Education at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosts a monthly virtual professional development workshop for K-12 educators interested in integrating intellectual property (IP), innovation, and invention activities into their STEM/STEAM curriculum. Educators learn about different types of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Sessions are held on the last Tuesday of each month 6-7:30 p.m. ET. To learn more about the Office of Education, please visit USPTO Kids or contact   

This month's program features a special fireside chat between Drew Hirshfeld, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and Doug Scott, Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) awardee, USPTO National Summer Teacher Institute alumnus, and U.S. patent recipient. Drew and Doug will discuss invention education, project-based learning, and strategies for educating K-12 students in intellectual property. A Q&A session will follow.

Attendees are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time to

Registration is encouraged but not mandatory.  

To learn more about Doug Scott’s journey as an educator and inventor, check out this month’s USPTO Journeys of Innovation feature article.

This event is part of a series: K-12 education