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From money-making inventions we think of in the middle of the night to scientific breakthroughs discovered in labs, patents help us protect our original ideas from copycats. With our ideas—legally dubbed intellectual property (IP)—safeguarded, we can then share them with the world. Patent attorney-in-training Peter Brown works with innovative researchers at the forefront of scientific advancement. He puts the necessary IP protection in place so that scientists get credit for their work, and we can all benefit from their novel discoveries.