Ars ElectronicaSTARTS PRIZENomination 2019 PatentPandas.orgJie Qi, Carol Lin, May Qi, Ira Winder Nomination PatentPandas.org is a resource built to explain (scary!) patent law using (not-scary!) panda comics. The website has three core parts: Resources: information pages that explain the patent system (like prior art, what is patentable, infringement, etc.) using friendly language and humorous panda comics. Stories: accounts by everyday inventors who had adventures (or misadventures) involving patents and highlights what they learned from their experiences. Get Help: for innovators who are in need of legal support, we compiled a list of pro bono law clinics that offer to help innovators referred fromPatentPandas.org All pages have been reviewed by legal experts for accuracy. PatentPandas.org was born at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School by fellow Jie Qi, after she experienced patent issues of her own. One company tried to patent her work after a job interview and, in another case, a crowdfunding campaign backer successfully patented her and her collaborators’ product. In communities known for innovation, patent issues happen more often than many of us know. Our hope is to share our knowledge so that others don’t have to suffer the fear and confusion that we did. PatentPandas.org shares important information that is often difficult to find and only learned through many conversations with experienced patent lawyers and inventors. We believe that patent law is important for all creators to know—to understand the laws surrounding what we make empowers us to better share our work with the world. Credits Creator and Author: Jie Qi, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School; MIT Media Lab; University of Tokyo Author: Carol Lin, Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic Illustrator: May Qi, Brown University Designer and Developer: Ira Winder, MIT With legal support from: Suffolk Law School Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic University of Southern California Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic Stanford Law School Juelsgaard IP and Innovation Clinic BU/MIT Technology Law Clinic Funded by: Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School MIT Media Lab Special Thanks: Ben Virgin, Caitlin Devereaux, Austin Stenberg, Jef Pearlman, Loletta Darden, Jessica Fjeld, JP Ellis, Andy Sellars and Joi Ito Jie Qi is a designer, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur. She cofounded Chibitronics, which makes toolkits blending art with engineering, and is project assistant professor at University of Tokyo. Carol Lin is an alum of the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic and holds a JD/MBA from Harvard Law and Business schools. May Qi is a professional doodler and undergraduate at Brown University. Ira Winder is an educator, researcher, and practitioner of computational methods for urban planning and systems engineering at MIT.