I came across a patent that proposes an idea for a device, and in the background section of the patent, other similar devices that were published in conferences (not even journals) were cited. Seriously nothing unique about the proposed design - not a jaw-dropping.
So consider the following scenario. You are sitting on a front porch, and you come up with an idea.
How do you know if it is worth to be filed as a patent, submitted to a journal, or presented at a conference?
Also, I came across a number of patents, and they were merely theoretical, without proving if the concept works flawlessly. So, how does this concept convince the people in the patent office? I’d like to know what elements make a patent too.