If you are serious about an notion and want to see it turned into a completely fledged invention, it is essential to acquire some type of patent protection, at least to the 'patent pending' status. Without having that, it is unwise to promote or encourage the notion, as it is easily stolen. A lot more than that, firms you method will not get you significantly - as with no the patent pending status your concept is just that - an notion.

1. When does an concept turn into an invention?

Whenever an notion gets patentable it is referred to as an invention. In practice, this is not usually...