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How do I claim ownership of an idea?

Question Details: I have an idea to improve the state owned/run EZ Pass app. My idea would make things easier for the consumer by allowing them to pay their tolls on their phone using the app. I wrote down in as much detail as I could everything I could think of involved in the app extension. I then mailed it to myself after making a copy. So I have a poor man's patent on it. Do I actually have any ownership of this idea when they own the app or is it a waste of time and I should focus on other ideas I have?

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