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Are You A Young Inventor? File A Patent Tips and advice on how young inventors can protect their intellectual property.

by Lauren J. Young

The children really are our future—some of the most innovative ideas and inventions can come from our youth. The creative caliber of young inventors’ scientific ideas was reflected at the May 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The world’s largest science competition, it features the projects of nearly 1,800 pre-college students. Students from grades 9 to 12 showcased experiments, applications, and designs from a solar power heater, to a remote control aircraft, to a space debris tracker. And some of these young inventors are thinking ahead on how to apply (and protect) their projects.

“As I move forward into college, I’m really looking into how I can protect the intellectual property on this,” Amber Yang, who won an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award for her artificial neural network space debris tracker, told Science Friday in a recent interview. “I think, definitely, I will either try to get my work published in a journal or actually pursue a patent so I can begin licensing my work out to companies who might be interested.”

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