There are around 2,000 patent attorneys practising in UK industry and private practice. Their work focuses on the ownership and protection of intellectual property – patents, trade marks, designs and copyright. A patent attorney assesses whether inventions are new and innovative and eligible to be patented. This is a fascinating area of law, using the disciplines of science, law and language, and lead individual inventors or companies through the required process to obtain a patent and then act to enforce inventors' rights if patents are infringed. A lot of the work involves applying for patents from the Intellectual Property Office and European Patent Office, presenting complicated technical arguments.