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You obtain a patent by filing an application through the US Patent office. This can be done by using a patent lawyer to first do a patent search to make sure no one has already patented your idea and then by using the lawyer to fill out the patent application and by hiring an artist to draft the technical drawings which accompany the application.
All of the information needed to search for the patent ad the forms to apply are at http://www.uspto.gov/patent
There is a list of FAQ on patents and their applications at https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/qualifying-patent-faq-29120.html
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