Cassidy Goldstein Named "Youth Inventor of the Year"

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By Kids For Kids Company (BKFK) announces that Cassidy Goldstein was named "Youth Inventor of the Year" by Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation in recognition of her Crayon Holder invention.

By Kids For Kids Company (BKFK) announces that Cassidy Goldstein was named "Youth Inventor of the Year" by Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation in recognition of her Crayon Holder invention. Ms. Goldstein was presented her award yesterday on Capital Hill by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and IPO Foundation President Harry Gwinnell.

Cassidy Goldstein was just 11 years old when she invented the Crayon Holder, a patented plastic drawing device which makes it possible to color with broken crayons. The Crayon Holder is licensed to Rand International and is available nationwide in retail stores and catalogues. The product has also been embraced for children with fine motor challenges as it makes it easier to hold and draw with crayons.

"I am deeply honored to be the first youth to receive the IPO's 'Inventor of the Year' award," said Cassidy Goldstein, now 18 years old. "Kids have boundless creativity, but have been under recognized. For example, did you know that the television was invented by a 14 year old, Braille by a 12 year old and the Calculator by an 18 year old? Awards like this draw needed attention to the creative potential of young people."

The process of patenting and licensing is very difficult. Many adult inventors - let alone kid inventors - lack the resources and knowledge to navigate the process. Through sharing in his daughter's experiences, Norman Goldstein was inspired to found the By Kids For Kids Co., an organization dedicated to making the invention and commercialization process easy and accessible for all kids.

Norman Goldstein, Founder and CEO of By Kids For Kids, commented: "I am very proud of Cassidy and all kid inventors. It is vitally important for America's kids to develop their 'Inventive Thinking' skills. Our nation's children are facing the prospect of growing up in a world that is "worlds apart" from the one I grew up in, both in terms of the emerging global workforce and transborder competition. Success will come only to the thinkers, the innovators."

In order to prepare the next generation for these coming challenges, By Kids For Kids has recently announced a partnership with the National Education Association (NEA) that will make the company's "Inventive Thinking" educational program available free of charge to their 2.8 million members across the country.

Cassidy's recognition can serve as the inspiration for other kids to pursue their creative ideas and try to make them a reality.

About By Kids For Kids

By Kids For Kids Co., a closely held corporation based in Stamford, Conn., is the leading integrated marketing, branding and licensing company in America dedicated to making kids' ideas a reality. Their mission is to inspire, motivate and stimulate the innovative spirit within all kids. In addition to providing free support and educational resources to America's children, BKFK provides entrepreneurial experiences for young inventors and supports the entire ideation through commercialization process. By Kids For Kids represents some of the most brilliant young minds in America.

For more information about By Kids For Kids, visit http://www.bkfk.com

Cassidy Goldstein is now 18 years old and a sophomore at Syracuse University where she studies Communications. She continues to inspire kid inventors and sits on the BKFK Kids Advisory Board as well as the Student Board of the National Gallery for America's Young Inventors. In addition to winning the IPO's Youth Inventor of the Year Award, she has also won the Woman of Innovation for Youth Innovation and Leadership Award from the Connecticut Technology Council, which celebrates the State's leading women in technology. Last month, Cassidy's "Crayon Holder" product was featured on CBS' "The Early Show."

About IPO Education Foundation

Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to educational and charitable activities designed to improve intellectual property rights. IPO Foundation conducts programs to:
Broaden public understanding of systems for protecting intellectual property
Sponsor awards for the purpose of recognizing outstanding achievement in the fields of invention, creativity, and IP rights
Publish reports dealing with legal, economic, and other aspects of intellectual property
IPO Foundation is tax exempt under tax code 501(c)(3). Donations to the foundation by individuals are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. IPO Foundation was established by Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), a trade association with members who own or are interested in intellectual property rights. To find out more about IPO Education Foundation programs or how to make a donation, call 202/466-2396.

The 33-year-old "Inventor of the Year" Award honors America's most outstanding recent inventors. Its purpose is to increase public awareness of current inventors and how they benefit the nation's economy and our quality of life. This is the first year that a youth category has been added to this prestigious award.

Criteria used in judging nominations include originality of concept, ingenuity in bringing the concept to design, societal benefit, and commercial success. Notable prior winners include Robert Jarvik (inventor of the artificial heart), Amar Bose (folded acoustic waveguide speaker system), and Paul Macready ("Gossomer Condor," a human-powered flying machine).

Media Contacts:

Justin Wolf for By Kids For Kids
(203) 321-1258
media @ bkfk.com

Susan Lusk for Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation
(202) 841-1389
susan @ ipo.org

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