Teens seek invention protection

Increasingly, young researchers seek patents to defend their innovations against theft

By Kellyn Betts, 12:09 PM March 20, 2013

Credit: Stuart Burdford / iStock Photo

Naomi Chetan Shah didn’t think much about the air inside her Portland, Ore., home until she was 11. Then the sixth grader began to wonder why her father and brother always had watery eyes and runny noses. They suffered all year. That seemed to rule out seasonal allergies often caused by the pollen from blooming flowers, trees, grasses and weeds.

It took Naomi until high school to sleuth out what caused her family’s health problems. She even invented a computer program to help others diagn...

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