xssx: I’m a bit less sanguine than JimIvey and I respond only because I see some words in ur post that I see in a lot of similar posts, and hear all the time from “inventors” (or people who believe themselves to be “inventors”), either on the phone or at cocktail parties. It frustrates me personally that these misconceptions are so pervasive. IMO every college course in business law should include two lectures on basics of IP law.
For example, I was approached by a housewife (I do not denegrate the role) who, upon learning I was a patent attorney, blurted: “I have an idea for a wall mounted trash bag dispenser …”. I cut-off the conversation as fast as I could. But not before it was clear that, based on her experience, she thought it was a really cool IDEA to have such a dispenser that did so-and-so next to the trash barrel (and indeed it could be). But before I excused myself to “wash my hands”, it was clear she was clueless on what such dispenser would look like, how to make one, how it would work, or if similar dispensers already existed. To put it in patenteese, she could not describe the dispenser in sufficient detail to allow someone to make one and use one. A naked idea, not an invention.
The US does not issue patents on “ideas” or “concepts”. Most of the world is the same. Ideas and concepts are “free” in US law. You typed that you have a way to “perfect” ideas and concepts of others, and later typed that you are concerned that your “idea” might get stolen, and that you haven’t talent or means to “invent” the product yourself. This is confusing as heck and ur contradictory language probably due to ur lack of familiarity with patents.
Per Jim’s post, consultation w/ a patent atty may help determine whether you have a naked idea / concept or a legally cognizable "invention". Many attys offer a no-fee half-hour (maybe ¾ hr in a pinch) initial consultation for just this purpose. In my jurisdictions (NY and NJ), such are confidential and privileged. An atty who specializes in software may indeed be able to help you “flesh out” your idea into a patent application.
You asked: “How can I protect my concept and ideas from being stolen so I can approach the company and discuss?” IMO the short answer is 1, file a patent application, maybe a provisional (sorry Jim), or 2 have a good confidentiality agreement. A competent atty can help you with either.