Submitted By:Kamaila A. Sanders, The University of Pennsylvania
Date:July 1, 2011
Grade Level(s):9, 10, 11, 12
In this lesson, students will be introduced to patents and patent laws. The lesson will start with a brief lecture on patents. Then students will identify what types of patents some of the most famous U.S. inventions may have been awarded. Finally, to highlight some of the issues with patents, students will listen to the Knowledge@Wharton podcast: “Battle over Blackberry: Is the U.S. Patent System Out of Whack?” and discuss some of the key ideas in it with a partner.