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USPTO teaches Inventing Merit Badge!

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Inventing Merit Badge with USPTO

This summer, the United States Patent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA will host the first virtual session for Scouts BSA to earn the Inventing Merit Badge.

The program includes two sessions (4 hours on July 17, 2021 and 2 hours on August 28, 2021) and work in between on your own schedule. Below is a tentative agenda. Please note, that if you are unable to attend the August 28 virtual inventing showcase, that is okay - scouts may submit their work in advance in order to complete the badge!

NEW, SECOND OPPORTUNITY: If you cannot attend on July 17, the USPTO will re-host that session on August 3rd at 5:30pm EST. You will then be connected to your Inventing Merit Badge Counselor, and can still complete in time for the August 28 showcase. However, in this case, we recommend that you start thinking about/working on requirements 5-7 as pre-work, to allow adequate time to develop your inventions. 


Tentative Agenda for Inventing Merit Badge

July 17, 2021

12:30 – 1:00 Opening remarks

1:00 – 1:30 The Impact of Invention & Inventing 

1:30 – 2:00 An Introduction to Intellectual Property 

2:10 -2:30 Invention Case Study 

2:30 - 3:15 Why do you invent: panel discussion 

3:15 - 4:15 Break-out sessions, interactive discussion



What meeting platform is the Council using?

We are using Webex for the first session hosted by the USPTO - you will receive a link to join the event the week of. We are using the ZOOM meeting platform for the August 28 event, which also has an app that works on smart phones and tablets. Before you begin your class please test your connection in advance – Test Zoom. If you need additional training on how to use Zoom please visit Zoom training videos – 

Do we need a camera and microphone?

We strongly prefer that you use a device that has both of a camera and a microphone. A phone-in option will be provided. Scouts will be participating in discussions and need to be actively engaged. Audio participation is a requirement, video participation is highly encouraged. 

How will Youth Protection and “no one-on-one contact” be maintained?

When Scouts arrive for the event, they will be placed into an online waiting room. Once the counselor determines that multiple Scouts are present, they will be admitted. We are encouraging parents to stay within earshot to monitor their Scouts activities. 

When will I receive instructions from my Merit Badge Counselor?

Normally, you will receive your instructions from your Merit Badge Counselor 24 hours before class begins. Please check your junk mail, sometimes the email classifies the opt-in link email as junk mail.

How will I receive notice of completion?

We will issue completion letters (or partial completion letters) to you by email within a few weeks of the final session. These letters have been approved by our Council Advanacement Commitee for use in the MeritBadges@Home program and may be shown to your units to be entered into your advancement records. 

Can I register if I am not an NCAC Scout?

Absolutely! Please be aware of the time zone difference if you live out of state. NCAC is in the Washington D.C. metro area which is Eastern Standard Time (EST).

I'd like to get involved as a Merit Badge Counselor/volunteer. How can I connect?

Great! please email: or call 240.395.0601


See here for photos of USPTO's past Inventing Merit Badge sessions (in-person, pre-covid!)

When & Where
Inventing Merit Badge class
Via Zoom
Saturday 07-17-2021 12:30 PM ET to 4:30 PM ET Past
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Inventing Merit Badge class (make-up opportunity)
Via Zoom
Tuesday 08-03-2021 5:30 PM ET to 9:00 PM ET Past
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Invention Showcase
Via Zoom
Saturday 08-28-2021 10:30 AM ET to
Sunday 08-29-2021 12:30 PM ET Past
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