IP Video Contest

August 1, 2015
Maximum Award: 
All ages

A patent grants certain rights to an inventor for a limited time period. It is a form of intellectual property. In order to be granted a patent an inventor must prove that their concept is not obvious and previously undisclosed. The Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation believes that the patent system protects inventors and promotes progress. Toward that end they are sponsoring the IP Video Contest.

Create an original video that conveys why you think the patent system is important for a chance to win a cash prize or scholarship. Your video should be creative and concise. Since the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation is devoted to promoting intellectual property rights, don’t use copyrighted material in your video.

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There are three age brackets for this video contest:

13-15 year-olds: Two winners will each receive a $1,500 cash prize
16-18 year-olds: Two winners will each receive a $5,000 scholarship
Adults 19 and over: One winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize


  • Videos must be no more than 90 seconds in length.
  • Videos must be compressed into a digital file of no more than 100 mb in order to submit them online.
  • Videos can be in .wmv, .avi, .mov, .mp4, and .mpg file formats.
  • Recommended settings:
    • Entrants must not use copyrighted material in their videos.
    • MPEG4 (Divx, Xvid) format
    • Minimum 720p resolution, optimally 1080HD
    • MP3 audio
    • 30 frames per second
  • Entrants must not use pre-recorded or copyrighted music in their videos unless they have a Master Use and Synchronization license. Entrants may use royalty-free music or their own original score.
  • Entrants must save a master copy of their video.