Student Winner of 2005 Astounding Inventions Competition Receives a Patent for Pool Drain Safety Device   

Posted 1/12/2012
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Richard Morley, Executive Director, Irvine Valley College Foundation, Glenn Roquemore, President, Irvine Valley College, Allison Plette, Senior, Woodbridge High School, Irvine, Inventor (Safe Filter), Mark Sontag Curriculum Coordinator, Irvine Unified School District, Jeffrey Joy, Administrative Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, Franklin Ubell, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Greenberg Traurig hosted a reception in honor of the office's youngest client, Allison Plette, a senior at Woodbridge High School, who recently received a United States patent for SAFE FILTER, a pool drain safety device she developed. Plette was the Greenberg Traurig patent winner at the 2005 Astounding Inventions Competition, a program to promote science, technology, engineering and math among students in grades K-8 in Orange County, CA.  Greenberg Traurig is the title sponsor of the competition held each year at Irvine Valley College.
A fifth grader at the time she created the invention, Plette's SAFE FILTER was designed to prevent drowning in a pool or spa when hair is caught in a filter.  The filter she designed has a blade that cuts any hair that may be caught. 
"We are delighted that we could help Allison with her great idea and assist her through the process of receiving an issued patent, " said Raymond Lee, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig's Orange County Office. "We are all very proud of Allison and encourage other students to participate in the Astounding Inventions program."
The reception in honor of Plette was held January 10, 2012 at the Irvine office of Greenberg Traurig.  The firm presented her with a copy of her patent.  
"Irvine Valley College is proud to be a community partner in this important student-focused science, technology, engineering and math program (STEM)," said Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore.  The Astounding Inventions competition was started by IVC in 1987 to promote creativity and interest in STEM education among students. Hundreds of students participate in the annual event hosted by Irvine Valley College Foundation.  As the title sponsor, Greenberg Traurig awards the top winner(s) a pro bono provisional patent application for their inventions.
Editor's Note:  Astounding Inventions to be held January 28 at Irvine Valley College
Young inventors from kindergarten through eighth grade will compete on Saturday, January 28, 2012 in the 25th Annual Irvine Valley College "Astounding Inventions" competition, presented by the Orange County Office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP and the Irvine Valley College Foundation.
The competition and exhibition will be held in IVC's Hart Gymnasium with judging of the entries held from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 11:15 a.m. Public viewing of the entries will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and an awards ceremony beginning at 1:00 p.m. In addition, a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities, displays, and demonstrations will be open to the public from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the courtyard outside of Hart Gymnasium.  Irvine Valley College is located at 5500 Irvine Center Drive, on the corner of Jeffrey Road and Irvine Center Drive in Irvine, CA 92620. 

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