If your intellectual property goals are to protect your right to use your ideas and to prevent others from patenting them, publishing a technical disclosure rather than filing for a patent, may well make good business sense. For starters, the entire patent process can run $25,000 and up. Publishing a technical disclosure will cost you less than 300 bucks. This can make even more sense if you have multiple ideas or technologies you have developed, but no immediate way to monetize them. You also may not want to freeze out others from developing products around and in concert with your idea by filing a patent.
IP.com has a great free guide that you can download called “Defensive Publishing Via Technical Disclosures“.
Check it out.
And here is a great place to initiate a Patentability Search