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What if there was an Informal Patent that has a standard fee and no need for a patent Lawyer or a prototype. If a person pays the fee it get's registered no matter how nutty it is.

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This will not result in any rights but you can apply for a patent in the U.S., however nutty. If the material you send in is in the proper format for a patent, it will be published by the USPTO in 18 months. A patent publication looks a lot like a patent but it does not imply any rights or what will happen next. You can request early publication. If you get a "Missing Parts" notice, the format wasn't right or complete or paid. Fix those but when the rejection comes in the mail just throw it away and in 6 months the application goes abandoned. But the publication of the application is forever. –  George White May 4 at 7:31
    
Is there a way to register an idea no matter how informally , not necessarily for monetary rights but just for recognition as being the first to 'register' the idea with whatever 'recognized' registration system this is? –  user128932 Sep 8 at 5:20
    
Until last year US patent law had provisions for a Statutory Invention Registration. It was what you are looking for. It was little used and SIRs were done away with by the AIA law in March 2013. –  George White Sep 8 at 5:30
    
Do any companies offer something like the S.I.R.s? Thank you for the info.. –  user128932 Sep 8 at 5:46
    
That would be a "defensive publication". There are several companies that offer this service - they usually charge by the page. Some I know of are IP.com, www.researchdisclosure.com, and a Linux specific one called www.defensivepublications.org –  George White Sep 8 at 17:29

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