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Anyone can have a great idea for changing the world, but many potential inventors lack the financial resources to properly protect their ideas. Thanks to a new program being piloted in the Denver area, low-income inventors will have an opportunity to protect their own intellectual property. The Colorado Bar Association, the U.S. Patent Office and a local resource center are starting a program that links inventors with licensed patent attorneys, the Denver Post reports. The program will be set up as a "referral system" for inventors; attorneys will serve as counsel for protecting ideas and securing patents. The Post reports that at least four more similar programs could open around the country by the end of 2012.