Firm hosting workshop for Girl Scouts to earn IP patch at USPTO office

Brooks Kushman will host an event on Saturday, April 23, from noon to 2 p.m. for Brownies in the Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan to earn their IP Patch. The event will be held at the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Regional Outreach Center located at 300 River Place Dr. in Detroit.
During the event, Girl Scouts will attend workshops led by Brooks Kushman attorneys where they will learn to identify and design their own trademarks and create copyrighted pieces of work. In addition to the standard IP Patch curriculum, the girls will also have a chance to meet and speak with USPTO Midwest Regional Director Dr. Christal Sheppard, and to take a tour of the facility,
which is one of just four Regional Offices in the United States.

Brooks Kushman shareholder Elizabeth Janda, senior attorney Jennifer Ziegler and associate Rachel Smith will present and lead hands-on workshops during the event.

“We are proud to offer this opportunity for Girl Scouts to learn about the different tools to protect intellectual property,” said Janda. 

“We have worked with Girl Scouts throughout the state to show girls that there is an abundance of career opportunities for them in IP law and other STEM industries. These events teach girls
valuable lessons that could one day help them protect innovations in their careers. We are especially excited that the girls will have the special opportunity to tour the USPTO regional office and
meet the leadership and staff there to learn more about their role in intellectual property.”

The IP Patch is available to four levels of Girl Scouts (Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior). It was created by the Girl Scouts as a supplement to the Innovation badge series with the help of industry partners like the Intellectual Property Owners Educational Foundation and the USPTO.

As Girl Scouts earn each of the four levels of the IP Patch, they will learn how to think like an inventor, how inventions can improve lives, how to think like an entrepreneur and how to identify and develop solutions for social problems.

The event fee, which includes all supplies, a snack and the IP Patch, is $5 per girl.  Interested Girl Scouts in troops that are part of the Southeastern Michigan Council can find more information and register for the event online at