About Patent Pandas

Patent Pandas is built to help make patent law friendly for everyone.

Having run into some patent misadventures of our own, we discovered that there are not enough resources out there explaining how the patent system works for everyday inventors.  So we made our own!

STORIES: personal accounts from actual inventors handling patent-related issues and what they learned

RESOURCES: overview of the patent system told through our favorite inventive critters, the Patent Pandas, and reviewed by legal experts

GET HELP: directory of legal organizations that offer free services, such as help applying for patents, invalidating patents and handling lawsuit threats


About Us


This website is brought to you by:

Jie Qi is a designer, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur. She cofounded Chibitronics 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.

Thanks Everybody! is only possible with generous support from the following:

Legal support
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, bunnie and Joi Ito