...and subsequently patented and/or marketed it? The reason I ask is that a friend of mine, apparently inspired by American Inventor, has come up with what I think is a reasonably good idea that could potentially make it to market. Unfortunately, neither of us has any idea how to patent anything. Getting it to market, she can handle I think, once she's got her patent, assuming that's the best way to go (waiting for the patent). I've seen "patent pending" on things, but does that just mean it's been filed, but not approved? I'm really unclear on this process. I've been peripherally involved to some degree in patents at work, but those are always really handled by tech writers and lawyers that I don't interact with, and so don't know the details. Pricing on patents seems fairly low (several hundred dollars to apply and get the patent, if awarded) so that's a good thing. I'm really just looking for some information to help her out - inventor "support" sites, etc. I think she'll need some professional guidance on the whole thing since, well, the best I can do is ask you all! Thanks!