Until I went through the process of trying to get a patent, I didn’t really understand what it entailed. One of the points that stuck out to me was the concept of idea vs. invention. There are many great ideas out there, but you can’t patent an idea, you can only patent an invention.
For example, I have had two people come to me with something to patent. (This was all done in the wrong way, since being a very new company, I am working on getting to the right way to do things.) Anyway, one had an idea, and the other had an invention. The invention was very simple, and dealt with art philosophy that I didn’t understand, and sadly, I lost contact with that person, and I hope they get back in contact with me. At first it was beyond me, but I eventually did the research on it, and it’s an interesting invention. The one that was an idea was a good idea, with a lot of potential for profitability, unfortunately, it was just an idea, they had no idea how to make it work.
This is the difference between an invention and an idea. Only when you can build it yourself, or are able to explain it well enough to someone in that field that they can build it, only then is it an invention rather than just an idea. I can have the great idea of having a single pill to cure most forms of cancer, but until I figure out how to do that, it’s just an idea.