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Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt #1: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights

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Print out this page so you can record your answers on it and refer to it as you search the URLs given to help you. Scavenger Hunt #2 will let you search for inventors and inventions. Refer to the web sites listed for each question to find the information you need to complete this scavenger hunt. Good Luck!

1. Receiving a patent for your invention allows you to have the right to make, sell, import an invention for up to ____ years.

What is a Patent?

2. What are the 3 types of patents awarded by the U.S. Patent Office?

a. ______________ b. ______________ c. ______________

What is a Patent?

3. What is the difference between an utility patent and a design patent? Explain in complete sentences.

What is a Patent?


Give an example (name and type of product) of something that received an utility patent and a design patent.

Utility: ______________________________________

Design: ______________________________________

4. A copyright is different from a patent because it registers things that have been authored such as works of art, music and things which have been written. An example of something that has a copyright is the 1990 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie. Where would you find copyrights registered? ________________
How long does a copyright last? ___________________

What is a Patent?

5. What do we call the type of protection used by businesses and organizations which protects words, names, symbols, sounds, or colors that distinguish goods and services? Some examples of things which received this type of protection are Campbell's soup, Listerine, New York Rangers and VELCRO.______________

What is a Patent? 

6. About how long has the patent process operated in the United States to protect inventors? _____________

What is a Patent?

7. Where is the U.S. Patent Office located? ______________________

What is a Patent?

Now -See if can you answer these about the Frick Clock.

8. What type of patent did Fred Frick receive for his Electric Program Clock? _________________
(Utility, Design or Patent)

9. Are Frick's patents still protecting his invention today? ____________


(Teachers: See the answer key in the Resource Section for ideas to extend this activity.)

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Carla Schutte, Mike Lipinski, Susan Silverman
Gail Watson, Tammy Payton
March 2000