Can I even get a patent on my idea?
How much will it cost?
How long does the patent process take?
Is your invention or idea novel (new), non-obvious and useful?
Patent cost range from one innovation to the next?
The entire life cycle of a patent is typically 20 years from the date of filing. There are steps in the patent process that can compress the time to get an issued patent.
*Utility patents protect function while design patents only protect ornamental design.
Remember, just because you have a patent does not mean that it is enforceable, commercially valuable, covers your product or mean that you yourself can make what is claimed in your patent.