If you are critical about an concept and want to see it turned into a fully fledged invention, it is crucial to receive some form of patent safety, at least to the 'patent pending' standing. With out that, it is unwise to market or promote the idea, as it is very easily stolen. Much more than that, organizations you approach will not consider you seriously - as with out the patent pending status your concept is just that - an concept.

1. When does an concept grow to be an invention?

Whenever an idea becomes patentable it is referred to as an invention. In practice, this is not constantly...