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About ajhopen

U.S. Patent Attorney with smithhopen.com.

USF to Honor Student Inventor

George Seits (17) is a two-time finalist in the USF Young Innovator Competition (2012 and 2013).  In 2012, he invented a compacting shovel, particularly useful for hiking and military personnel.

USF Young Innovator - George Seits (2012)USF Young Innovator - George Seits (2012)

Then in 2013, Seits invented a novel packaging configuration for French fries to hold condiments like ketchup while reducing paper waste and costs to restaurants.

George Seits' invention at USF.George Seits presents his invention at the USF Patel Center in 2013

Seits further filed and was awarded United States Patent 8,820,806 September 2, 2014 on his 2012 shovel invention.  USF System President Judy Genshaft and the National Academy of Inventors, USF Chapter will recognize George Seits at the February 11, 2015 Finalist Competition at the Patel Center on the USF Tampa campus.

US Patent 8820806 - awarded to USF Young Innovator George Seits

Teacher Curriculum for Innovation

The USF Young Innovator Program is pleased to present freely distributable curriculum for instruction in the field of innovation.  Click on the images below for document-size enlargements suitable for printing or you can download high-quality PDF versions below:

(Updated – Adobe PDF Versions available now.)

 Brands and trademarks

This worksheet demonstrates the strength of logos and brand names.  Children as young as Kindergarten should be able to determine the goods or services associated with each of these famous brands.

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What makes a good trademark?

Why are some trademarks strong and others weak?  Students learn by easy to understand examples and then try their own hand in coming up with a creative and strong trademark for three different products.  Have the class vote on the best trademark.

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Famous Inventors Quiz

Who invented the cotton gin?  The airplane?  The world-wide-web?  This is a fun and simple quiz that also comes with a teacher’s key.

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Learn the Patent Process and New Spelling Words

How is an invention patented?  Learn fourteen (14) new spelling words in the process.

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Invention Value

Typically valuable inventions are needs versus something that people merely want (discretionary).   This worksheet helps children understand this concept with fun and easy to absorb examples.

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How to Present an Invention

How do you convey the value and advantages of an invention clearly?  This worksheet and example help student inventors organize their thoughts on paper.  Includes an example invention.

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2015 Competition Entry Form now Available

The 2015 competition entry form is available online.  The competition is accepting applications from students K-8 between November 1, 2014 and February 1, 2015. 

Competed forms may be submitted three (3) ways:

  1. Email: info@innovationexpress.org
  2. Fax to 800-726-1491
  3. Mail to: USF Young Innovator Competition, 180 Pine Avenue North, Oldsmar, FL 34677

Timeline for Competition:

  • Top 50 entries selected Feb. 3, 2015.
  • Preliminary judging by the National Academy of Inventors on Feb. 4, 2015.
  • Finalist presentation workshop (top 10 selected finalists) on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at HSN Studios (St. Pete).
  • Finalist presentations  6:00 PM, February 11, 2015 at the University of South Florida Patel Center.

Bright House Networks High School Competition

The 2015 USF Young Innovator Competition is open to children K through 8th grade.  For high school students we are pleased to endorse the Bright House Network Bright Ideas competition.

Untitled Extract PagesBright House Networks is proud to present Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth… a multi-state competition where high school students can show how STEM – that’s science, technology, engineering and math – can bring their idea to life! Students are challenged to come up with a Bright Idea that takes on a problem that hasn’t been solved before, or approaches a familiar problem in a fresh, imaginative new way!

The deadline is October 31, 2014!

Who is Eligible

Students who are in public, private, or parochial high schools who are at least 14 years old as of the date of entry and are legal residents of the following Bright House Networks service areas:

  • Bakersfield, California
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Livonia, Michigan
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Central Florida (Orlando)

How to Participate

Between September 22, 2014 and October 31, 2014, students can visit www.brighthouse.com/brightideas and follow the instructions to:

1. create a Contest account and complete the Contest registration form in its entirety;

2. enter Essay #1, an essay of no more than fifteen hundred (1,500) characters describing their idea powered by science, technology, engineering and math to make the world “a better place” including what it does, who you want to use it, and how they thought of it;

3. upload their original Drawing of their idea or upload your Video; and

4. enter Essay #2, an essay of no more than fifteen hundred (1,500) characters describing what science, technology, engineering and math tools are needed to make your idea work

About the Prize

Six finalists will be chosen, one from each Bright House Networks service area throughout the country. These students will travel to Orlando, Florida, where they will compete head-to-head on TV, in front of a studio audience. An expert panel of judges will select one winner. THE BIG winner will have the chance to work with lead innovation firm Fahrenheit 212 – which could help this student’s (or team of students’) dream or idea potentially be realized and fulfilled!
The winner will work with Fahrenheit 212, for a period of eleven weeks, in order to develop a virtual prototype and a business plan that includes:
 a 10-page pitch deck
 a video/virtual prototype/rendering
 a roadmap with next 3-4 steps
 a list of potential partners (with one or more introductions)
The work will be conducted at Fahrenheit 212’s New York office. Bright House Networks will send the Winner, along with one parent/guardian, to New York twice during the eleven week period.

Draper Laboratory Sponsors 2015 Competition

logocolor250by80The 2015 USF Young Innovator Competition is proud to welcome Draper Laboratory as a premiere sponsor.  Draper is a not-for-profit research and development laboratory focused on the design, development, and deployment of advanced technological solutions for our nation’s most challenging and important problems in security, space exploration, healthcare, and energy.  Draper’s expertise includes the areas of guidance, navigation, and control systems; fault-tolerant computing; advanced algorithms and software solutions; modeling and simulation; and MEMS and multichip module technology.

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Competition Founder Gives Keynote in Silicon Valley

August 13, 2014, Silicon Valley: Anna Hopen gave the keynote presentation at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s First Annual Teacher STEM Innovation Institute in Santa Clara.  Anna discussed the evolution of the USF Young Innovator Program and its operation.

Anna Hopen at Silicon Valley giving keynoteAnna and Anton Hopen at USPTO STEM workshop

Anna Hopen is a 15 year-old hailing from Tampa, Florida who just started her second semester at St. Petersburg College where she has a straight-A average.  In 2009 she conceived of a competition for young inventors.  In 2010 the first competition was held at Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).  Ten competitors out of 79 entries competed in a “Shark-Tank” style event.  The competition is held every year at the University of South Florida (USF) on or near Thomas Edison’s February 11 birthday.  Over 500 inventions were submitted by children around Tampa Bay in 2014.  The competition’s non-profit has received support from USF, MOSI, Outback Steak House, HSN and Bright House Networks.  Anna has appeared on television for several years now starring in public service announcements for the event.  Several of the young inventors have received patents from the United States Patent & Trademark Office and even appeared on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  Anna was recognized earlier this year by the Executive Women’s Council as a “Children’s Champion” for fostering STEM education, particularly in young girls.