Inventions & Patents for Kids
Copyright © 2004 Fred Thomas
What is the difference between an
invention and a patent?
Some Silly Inventions, but they
• Dog Umbrella
• Method of Breaking Free-Standing Rock
What makes an Invention an
• Utility –
• Novelty –
• Unobviousness –
What Does Obtaining a Patent
Do for the Inventor?
• It gives the inventor the legal right to stop
others from practicing her invention for 20
How do we Invent Something?
• First, find a problem you want to solve.
Remember, an invention has to have utility.
• Second, create a solution based on new things.
Things being materials, methods or new
combinations of old materials and methods.
Remember, an invention has to be novel &
• Show that your invention will work. With words
or build it!
Let’s Invent Something!
• You are provided with a new material –
elastomeric gel. I call it Flubber!
• You get a piece of Flubber.
• Let’s talk about a few example inventions
• Find a problem to solve.
• Write up or build your invention.
Properties of Flubber
• It is much more squishy than any other
elastomer/rubber-like material. 10 times more
• It is 70% mineral oil. Solid oil!
• It is sticky.
• It can be cleaned with soap and water.
• It can be melted to form different shapes. Must be
melted in a non-oxygen environment. Don’t do it
My Invention – Page 1
Inventor’s name: __________________
Description of Problem solved:___________________________
Description of my Invention:_____________________________
Drawing of My Invention – Page 2
US Patent & Trademark Office