September 24, 2008
Street Law staff traveled to Baltimore, MD, September 19–20, 2008, to train teachers from California, New Jersey, and Virginia to teach about intellectual property law. The training was part of Street Law’s Educating to Protect Intellectual Property (ePIP) initiative. The goal of ePIP is to educate young people about the role and importance of intellectual property in our society and the laws and policies in place to protect both the property and the citizens who use it.
The Baltimore training brought together teachers from several disciplines, including language arts, science, social studies, and technology. Participants received a toolkit of resources including lesson plans on the following IP-related issues:
- What is intellectual property?
- Forged, fake, and phony pharmaceuticals
- What is fair use?
- What is plagiarism?
The participants will pilot the lessons in their classrooms and conduct awareness sessions and professional development workshops for their colleagues over the course of the school year.
Assisting Street Law staff at the training were three IP attorneys: Mark Traphagen, a copyright attorney from Traphagen Law PLLC, and two attorneys from the Washington office of Arent Fox LLP, one specializing in patent law and the other on trademarks.
Street Law is currently developing a web site for teachers to access lessons and resources for teaching about intellectual property. The site is scheduled to launch by the end of 2008.
Educating to Protect Intellectual Property is a collaborative effort of Street Law, Inc., the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and i-SAFE Inc. It is funded by the United States Department of Justice and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
(Reproduced with permission)