There is increased confusion over an announcement about a program to teach intellectual property to scouts in Hong Kong. It has no relation to the Boy Scouts of America or its Merit Badge program. According to the Intellectual Property Department of Hong Kong, one of the co-sponsors of the program, it’s a proficiency badge for attending a series of seminars and can not even be worn on the uniform.
Numerous sites that picked up the story are trying to sound informed while making horrible connections to various Scouting programs. A little bit of research would go a long way. A post on a political blog at news.com links to the U.S. Scouting Service Project’s list of merit badges. It appears they missed the fact their story came from Hong Kong and not the U.S.