A patent judge is a specialized judge that hears and decides court cases about inventions to determine whether or not an idea/invention has been stolen.
VIRTUAL JOB SHADOW
Welcome to your first day on the job! Watch this video to see what a day in the life of a Judge is like.
Let’s explore the world of patent infringement (when someone copies someone else’s product) with fidget spinners!
STEP 1: Check out the two patents below and make a list of ALL the similarities and differences. (a Venn Diagram would work well)
STEP 2: If you were a patent judge, would you approve Fidget Spinner 2, or is it copying Fidget Spinner 1?
STEP 3: Prepare a report to summarize your ruling of why you accept or reject Fidget Spinner 2’s patent application. Be sure to use specific details to justify your ruling (just like real patent judges must do!). Share your report in the Student Showcase to build your resume!
STEP 4: BONUS – Can you find any similar patents in this database?