Don't know anything about getting patents. The few original ideas I have had I did not pursue and regretted it later. The one that sticks out the most is a led conversion for a mini-mag. Still mad about that one. And I bought one of the )$#( things. Came up with the concept in college and forgot about it. Actually still have the 3 leds that I soldered together in one of my tool kits. Could have retired by now or at least work when I want to. Sorry the OFF TOPIC but the patent thing struck a nerve.