Since its inception, ChiWIP has hosted an annual event to help Brownie troops from Chicagoland and surrounding areas earn awards and badges directed to intellectual property. Resulting from a partnership between the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association Education Foundation, the IP Patch for Girl Scouts was designed to increase awareness of the creation and protection of intellectual property across disciplines and particularly as it relates to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for girls of all ages. At these events, ChiWIP volunteers help the troops attain their Girl Scout Inventor Badge along with their IP Patch.
"My daughter went to today's Women in IP event for Brownies and loved it! She told me all about patents and trademarks during lunch. She showed me her notebook of inventions, and her copyrighted drawings. And as a bonus, she loved the swag bag.
It was so nice to hear her talking about these new topics. You certainly don't learn about IP in school but it's nice to open their eyes to something different and a practical, career-oriented application of school (similar to Junior Achievement, which I've taught in the past).
I really want to thank all of the women who gave of their time to both plan and execute this event. I know how long it can take to plan an effective event for Girl Scouts and I really appreciate how the women who ran this event had a well-thought-out set of activities for our girls. Thank you!"
— Parent of a Brownie