Hello I am independent amateur inventor and I've come up with some very practical and versatile consumer product designs. I am not after profit, but if some company finds my concepts attractive I surely wouldn't like to make a bunch of rich fellas richer. So I decided to spend some time researching the patent system. I was astonished by the immense amount of unnecessary bureaucracy involved there. Not to mention the insane costs of filling a simple invention patent and the tons of requirements, despite which a large number of patents get rejected. I am really into research and don't want to get involved in bureaucracy as IMO it is a waste of human resources, and really irritating to me. But if some of my inventions have the potential to become actual products I could surely use some cash income, in order to quit my day job and concentrate solely on R&D. In the past I simply did not publish any of my work, and now I feel regrets because other people came up with my ideas and patented them. Any advices on how should I proceed? I know in the US priority has the "first to invent" rather than the "first to file", are there any ways to protect and market my ideas without spending a fortune on patent attorneys and valuable time on dealing with the bureaucracy surrounding the protection of intellectual property?