For two and a half years, Hayden worked with patent attorney, James R. McDaniel, Esq., who donated his time and services, to file the necessary applications. Both patents were approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office at the first review. Hayden is currently working with his brother, as co-inventor, on a third patent for the software required for added uses of the circuit identifier system with a home or office electrical outlet.
In recognition of his achievements, the Science Center presented Hayden with its Young Inventor Award at the 20th Anniversary Hall of Fame Awards Gala in April 2019.
As of Sept. 2019, more than 240 students had developed ideas in the program,with eight showcase winners who have submitted provisional and full U.S. patent applications. Hayden is the fifth student to have earned a full patent.