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Jul. 13, 2022

Law360: IDEA Act Would Help Remove Barriers To Inventor Equity by Holly Fechner

At age 17, Alissa Chavez became the youngest known Latina patent holder in the U.S. Her invention, Hot Seat, is an alarm system intended to prevent a parent from accidentally leaving a child in a hot car.

Chavez introduced the idea for Hot Seat at her eighth grade science fair. She advanced to the semifinals and caught the attention of a patent attorney who encouraged her to file for a patent.

The founder and CEO of Assila LLC, Chavez has sold hundreds of Hot Seats, and continues to invent new products to help parents, including the EasyFlo baby bottle, which allows parents to transport and mix formula and water on the go, all in a single container.