Patent advice from teen inventors

How and when to apply for a patent

By Kellyn Betts, 12:03 PM March 20, 2013

After successfully building a wireless stethoscope, Catherine Wong went on to create this wireless device for transmitting information about the heart’s electrical signals.   Credit:  Patrick Thornton, SSP

“I would encourage anyone who has created anything to think about seeking a patent because so many things can be patented,” says Catherine Wong. The 17-year-old student at Morristown High School, in New Jersey, advises teen inventors to start with a provisional patent.

John Ritter agrees. “Provisional patents are an inexpensive way to get the process started while you evaluate your invention’s potential,” he says. And as a patent attorney in New Jersey, he should know. He also directs Pri...

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