Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Japan wants to teach kids how to patent their ideas; Nikkei Asian Review, May 14, 2018

Natsuko Segawa, Nikkei Asian Review; Japan wants to teach kids how to patent their ideas

"[The Japanese government] revised its curriculum guidelines in March 2017, calling on elementary and junior high schools to voluntarily begin intellectual property education in the 2018 academic year, which began in April.

Beginning with the 2020 school year, elementary school textbooks will devote more space to intellectual property matters. Junior high school textbooks will follow a year later.

One lesson could be on how to legally quote or sample copyrighted works. Another could be to let children think about how to improve everyday objects, say a bookend."

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