So, you had an Epiphany, the idea came from. Can it be patented? No. The civil code does not give such possibility – the idea that something ephemeral, not falling into any category or classification.
But you still want to "protect" their idea, to declare to her their rights. This can be done in that case, if the idea has already received "material, tangible embodiment.

For starters, you need to decide what type of ideas does your idea. Consider two basic types of ideas.
First: ideas related to art and culture, aesthetic, or informational. In this case, you can publish your literary or musical work, a scientific article and to consolidate their "intellectual product" for a copyright to be printed on the pages of publications. Thus, the fact of publication, will have to prove ownership of this idea to you.

The second type of ideas associated with the invention, including industrial and technical. In this case, to protect your idea, you need to take some practical steps.
First try to define what, in fact, a patent. A patent is a document that certifies and establishes your authorship and your exclusive right to own the invention.

This means that the idea should of thought put into the category of material object - industrial design, model.
So, you produce a model or sample of your invention. Then, for this sample, which can be touched and thoroughly examine you apply for a patent.

Also, as an option, you can patent a "technical essence" of his invention, it may be a sequence of steps impact on material objects, and, again, through financial instruments (funds). The development of this kind, namely the idea that has expressed a specific technical form that can be patented.

Remember that there is one feature that must be observed: the solution (sequence) has to be really original, and its technical solution should not be currently known.
If you have doubts about whether you will be able to cope with all the tasks you need to patent your idea, you can ask for help from a professional.

The professional in this field is called a patent attorney. On your behalf a patent attorney will instead lead you all business in the patent.