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If You Build It . . .

History Has Been Kind To Young Inventors.

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This story appears in the December 1997 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Youth is not necessarily an impediment to inventing success--if anything, it may actually be an advantage. That's what Thomas Edison discovered. So, too, did Alexander Graham Bell. This month, we focus on young inventors and the road they took to build a better mousetrap.

You're Never Too Young

Suppose you're 10 years old and invent a spill-proof bowl. Can you get a patent? No problem, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which places no limitation on how old a patent holder must be.

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