Patents. A very difficult subject. I have had a number of patents granted worldwide, but that was some years ago. Also, I am UK based, so US has important differences. It may or may not still be the case, but for an non-US person to get a US patent was considered more difficult. Nevertheless, I had US grants of several of my applications. That is my patent background.
First point, which I believe still applies generally, is DO NOT PROPOGATE details of your invention. In any discussions, TAKE LEGAL ADVICE in making any disclosures confidential. General disclosure, even just verbally, may prejudice your application(s).
It appears, immediately, that you need financial backing, be careful about disclosures. I was lucky (or just careful). I nearly sold out to a Swedish company (Nobel) but, at the last second, "went public". Years later, shares went from 50p to £137, but that is another story, Are you in UK or US? Anyway, in seeking backing, BE CAREFUL.
One problem for most applicants is policing a granted patent, which can take a lot more money, including fighting large companies who could simply "out-money" you. For example, if you achieved patent coverage on clipping both socks in a pair with a paper clip when you washed them, how would you police it? You would need search warrants to enter private homes to see how they washed their socks! You would be safer, it seems, from this problem - but you need to be very careful with your claims (in the patent). Even in something which you (correctly) describe only briefly here, there could be marginal issues where proving infringement could be very difficult (and expensive) to enforce.
Take this only as general comment. You need legal/patent advice and, as you say, financial backing. If, as you suggest, you are in a high high investment environment, be very careful. You may be dipping your toes in shark infested waters.
, before you get involved in any financial/legal involvement, be very sure that your idea really works
. Do not let dreams interfere with harsh reality.
Best of luck,