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Saratoga Redwood Middle School Robotic Team uses ProvisionalBuilder® to Patent Invention for FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) 2012 Senior Solutions Challenge


Easy-to-use ProvisionalBuilder® software has enabled junior high school students to protect their inventions through the U.S. patent system. ProvisionalBuilder accelerates the patent application process, yields higher patent throughput, and delivers significant cost savings for applicants, ensuring they establish IP ownership as “first inventor to file.”

Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2012

PowerPatent announces that Cyborg-Reaper, a team of students from Redwood Middle School in Saratoga, California, is using ProvisionalBuilder® to protect inventions made during the course of their research for a national competition.

The team is participating in the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) 2012 Senior Solutions Challenge. In addition to requiring a robot design, this year's project is aimed at improving the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities. Teams must create an innovative robot-based solution for the competition.

The Cyborg-Reaper team's research resulted in a design for a wheelchair and a detachable tablet that helps seniors navigate through their home while in the wheelchair. The tablet helps seniors to verbally and visually communicate with friends and family, request menu selection from food providers, and receive medication reminders from a drug dispenser system.

Experts in the field of assisting seniors have been enthusiastic about the team's work:

“An outstanding demonstration of a bench to bedside application – and that [was accomplished] at such an early age.”
--Maheen M. Adamson, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of Clinical Neuroscience, War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC), Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital

“This wheelchair project sounds fabulous! The School of Nursing has a simulation lab with an apartment that might be [useful] for students to work with the wheelchair when it is up and running!”
--Daryl Canham , Professor, Nursing San Jose State University

"The Saratoga Middle School robotic team has come up with a great way to help seniors. I am glad they visited our lab and were able to apply concepts from our lab into their project."
--Gregorij Kurillo and Štěpán Obdržálek, Researchers,The University of California at Berkeley CITRIS Lab

The student team used ProvisionalBuilder® to capture, diagnose and format a ready-to-file patent. The team presented their research findings at the Senior Wellness Fair in San Jose on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. The Fair was sponsored by Santa Clara County Social Services Agency's Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), San Jose State University's Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP), and CommUniverCity of San Jose, California. Team members have published a Youtube video that explains the team's research and patenting process.

PowerPatent is proud to have made its patent workflow software available to the team. “The junior high student team exemplifies the inventive spirit that has made America great. Historically, what frustrates inventors and small businesses is the potentially expensive and lengthy process of defining and writing a patent. There's a clear market need for a professional-level tool that lets inventors take a more active role in the definition of their patents,” said Bao Tran, CEO and founder of PowerPatent Inc.

About PowerPatent
PowerPatent Inc. is a privately-held software applications company headquartered in Silicon Valley. Our company's products are designed and developed by a team of legal, software, user experience, and Web design professionals. Our mission is to democratize the intellectual property (IP) ecosystem. Our tools provide a cost-efficient framework for inventors to participate in the IP system and be recognized and rewarded for their ingenuity. For more information, visit, follow us @powerpatent on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

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