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The A-Z of Careers and Jobs, 21st Edition by Susan Hodgson

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PAINTER AND DECORATOR

(see Construction trades)

PATENT ATTORNEY

A patent is a legal document that gives an inventor the right to claim an invention as his or her own work and to produce, sell or make the invention. It also protects the inventor from having his or her work and/or ideas copied by others.

Patent attorneys have expertise in the field of intellectual property. They advise individual clients and companies on matters relating to patent law, and act on their behalf if they wish to patent an invention, or to register a trademark or a design in the United Kingdom or abroad. First, records are searched to gauge the likelihood of a patent being granted. The patent agent then draws up the particulars of the client’s invention clearly and ...

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