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Consumers Combat Counterfeits

Counterfeit products hurt American businesses and consumers. Create a video to combat fakes as part of a national public awareness campaign.

Department of Commerce - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $2000
Type of Challenge: Creative (design & multimedia)
Submission Start: 07/27/2018 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 10/31/2018 11:59 PM ET


This Trademark video contest is one way consumers can combat counterfeit products by educating the public. Submit your 30- to 60-second video on the harmful effects of counterfeit products and the need to combat counterfeiting at home and abroad.

In addition to a cash prize, all category winners will have their video become part of a public awareness campaign, receive a paid trip to an award ceremony in Alexandria, VA, and go on a special D.C. area tour.

More details can be found on our webpage at

You can learn more about anti-counterfeiting efforts at:

Entrant Categories   

We welcome entries from students, the public, and federal government employees. Select your entrant category from the list below. Entries can be team or individual efforts, but you can submit only one entry. A video recording authorization and release form must be included with your entry; for entrants under age 18, the form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Category 1: Grade School

(Ages 10-13; submissions must include applicant’s consent of guardian signature on the release form; for entrants under 13, submissions must be submitted by parent or legal guardian on the child’s behalf)

Category 2: High School

(Ages 14-18, entrants must be currently enrolled high school students in grades 9-12, submissions must include applicant’s consent of guardian signature on the release form for entrants under the age of majority)

Category 3: Undergraduate College Students

(No age limitations outside of “Eligibility” requirements; individuals registered full-time at a college or university)

Category 4: General Public

(No age limitations outside of “Eligibility” requirements but individuals eligible to participate in Categories 1, 2, and 3 are not eligible to participate in this category; submissions from IP Professional and law students are encouraged)

Category 5: Federal Government Employees

(No age limitations outside of “Eligibility” requirements; also open to spouses/domestic partners of federal government employees)

Submissions from IP professionals and law students are encouraged.

All category winners (in addition to a cash prize) will receive:

  • Their winning entry used as part of a public awareness campaign;
  • Transportation to and lodging in Alexandria, VA for the winner and one parent/guardian/guest to attend the awards ceremony (transportation will only be provided to Alexandria, VA from locations within the fifty States and District of Columbia); and
  • An invitation to join a special tour in the Washington D.C. metro area.

All prizes are subject to change.

Important Dates   

Submission period: July 27 – November 16, 2018
Judging period: November 17 – December 2018
Winners announced: Mid-December 2018
Award ceremony: January 2019 – February 2019

All dates are subject to change.


Category 1: Grade School
Cash Prize Amount: $250

Category 2: High school
Cash Prize Amount: $250

Category 3: Undergraduate
Cash Prize Amount: $500

Category 4: General public
Cash Prize Amount: $500


See the official contest rules.

Judging Criteria

Relevance to anti-counterfeiting
Percentage: 25
• Does the video address counterfeiting, its dangers, and its solutions? • How well is the message of anti-counterfeiting integrated into the video?

Accuracy and persuasiveness
Percentage: 25
• Does the video convey accurate information, presented in a manner that does not distort the facts? • Does the video inspire the audience to take action? • Is the video understandable by a wide audience?

Creativity and originality
Percentage: 25
• Is the video an original work, free of any unlicensed copyrighted material? • Does the video convey the message of anti-counterfeiting in a unique manner? • Does the video engage the audience and keep the viewer’s attention?

How To Enter

Submit your entry on  Submissions must include:
  1. The name of the contestant(s) and contact information.
  2. The entry category.
  3. A brief description of the video.
  4. A link to the YouTube video (when uploading the video to YouTube, choose the “Unlisted” category—do not upload as “Public” or “Private.”
  5. A video recording authorization and release form (with consent of guardian, if required).