aaaaaaaaahahahaha... ya got me! I came across this topic of yours almost immediately after viewing all the posts in the "Sea of Chaos", "Mad Scientist Boiler", "Shipwrecked Theories", and Sci-Fi Pond. There are some pretty insane concepts and theories floating around those rooms. So, when you said "invisible light beam" I instantly thought, ho-boy, here we go again -- another perpetual motion machine used to create anti-gravity to make time travel possible which will be necessary to defeat aliens in future wars. aaaAAAARRRRrrrrrgggg!!!! VERY sorry 'bout that Clouddancer but I had completely forgotten that I had just entered the more rational room of "Collaboration".
Also, when responding to anything, I walk a thin line between what very young children will read and try to understand (learn) here verses being brief enough not to bore an adult physics major to death. This is why when I write CCW for example, I will follow with (Counter Clock Wise) for the younger group and those to whom english is a second language.
Having been a cartoonist for about 35 years I am forced by personal nature to appreciate great humor so please DO NOT STOP!
Can you tell us anything about your two new patents? Congratulations BTW (By-The-Way) on your patent awards!!! Welcome to the ranks of a rare fractional percentage of the world's population of patented inventors! yyyyyyeeeeEEEEEHHHAAAAAaaaaaaa! AND,.. I just thought of a GREAT cartoon to draw for this. Email me a name for you that you would want to represent you on a podium.
To answer your last question; YES there are a lot of licensable ideas within the CP but only if they are progressed through to marketing, business plan, prototypes and sometimes patents -- that massive 'grey area' (lack of money) between inventor and success (money or funding).
For anybody else reading this far, in my opinion, Inventors Digest Magazine http://www.inventorsdigest.com/
is the best all around source of information for independent inventors (not business) to answer virtually any question imaginable about getting from idea/concept to market.
IF in order to make your invention work you need to know how something else works, go to http://www.HowStuffWorks.com/
and you'll usually find it in color illustration and animated where helpful. It is my favorite resource website.
So, Clouddancer, tell us about your patents else I'll ask Steve to BAN YOU FROM THIS SITE for a whole FIVE LONG MINUTES thus forcing you into extremely painful withdraw symptoms.