Patent is the best way to keep what is rightfully yours. 1. You need an experienced patent attorney who knows the ins and outs to get you through the gatekeepers. 2. Gatekeepers are the patent examiners who make sure that already existing patents are not copied. 3. Register the idea to the USPTO to get the credit. 4. Once pending, the idea is ready for manufacturing. It can be sold to companies. "It is better to patent your ideas before someone steals it from you. "