I have several ideas I want to develop prototypes on, get patent then pitch (license) idea to a manufacturer who has the manufacturing capabilities and distribution to bring product to market. My question is how do i properly protect my idea. Do I need a utility patent? Patent pending what is that? Provisional patent? I am ignorant to this subject matter. I don't think I need a fully blow patent in this case and I don't think I need to wait for one to be issued but I could be wrong. Anyone out there that can explain the different patents and what your recommendations would be for this case would be much appreciated. I'm looking for an inexpensive way to get my idea protected then sell to an existing organization to bring to market.